February 28th, 2024

City’s microgrants a success but lots of money left

By MEDICINE HAT NEWS on June 30, 2023.

Members of the Medicine Hat Lawn Bowling Club welcomed members of the public and officials to the greens on Third Street on Wednesday night as part of a mixer helped along by a "microgrant" program offered by the City of Medicine Hat to promote grassroots organizations in the Hat.--News Photo Collin Gallant


A series of “microgrants” offered by City Hall to promote the arts and community building are being well received, but three quarters of money is still available.

This year the city dedicated $20,000 in total for community groups who applied for up to $500 in funding to bolster “community connection” or promote “Arts, Culture, and Heritage” with small-scale events or projects.

This week, the public services committee heard that to date 10 applications for $500 had been approved, including one arts-centred grant and nine in the community category.

“What we’ve seen so far is a very positive response from the community,” said public services managing director Brian Stauth.

Eligible events for connection grants include activities such as a “beading night” already held to movie nights in local parks, meet the neighbour events, or contests.

One event, a meet-and-greet hosted by membership of the Medicine Hat Lawn Bowling Club invited guests to bowl, learn more about the club and take part in an barbecue.

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