The Federal Government has recently announced a new grant program called the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). This program is geared mainly for the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure that is non-commercial and accessible by the public. Examples of eligible projects are recreation infrastructure, libraries, and tourism facilities, or other facilities that improve connectivity - broadband or airports. This program will fund projects to a maximum of $250,000 at 50% - therefore the municipality will need to come up with the balance of the cost. The deadline for application is August 2, 2012, however there will be a second intake of applications in November if there is funding available.
The feedback I have received from Council for projects to make an application under this program include:
-playgrounds for Floatingstone, Stoney Lake, Lindbergh (that were removed from the 2012 budget)
-Lottie Lake - upgrade of playground, cookhouse at ball diamonds
The parks department will provide updated the quotes for these items for the Council meeting.