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Apply now for the Northern and Regional Economic Development Program

Alberta's government is pleased to announce the next intake of the Northern and Regional Economic Development Program, which will provide up to $3 million in the 2023-24 fiscal year to support community-driven projects that promote regional economic development and diversification.

To support Alberta’s growing economic momentum, projects must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Investing in economic development-enabling infrastructure 
  • Delivering business supports
  • Supporting labour force attraction and retention 
  • Enhancing tourism planning, capacity building and infrastructure
  • Building capacity for economic development 

Examples of eligible projects include revitalizing central business districts, creating a new economic development officer role within a municipality or organization, improving wayfinding signage to direct shoppers or tourists, developing strategies to address local labour force gaps, and improving internet connectivity in commercial areas.

Alberta municipalities and non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to support economic development can apply for up to 50 per cent support of eligible project costs. Indigenous communities, including First Nations or Metis Settlements, can apply for up to 75 per cent support of eligible project costs.

Apply by December 20 to receive up to $200,000 to support your project.

More information, including links to the program guidelines and application portal can be found online.

Rural Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Forgiveness and Payment Deadline Extended

On September 14, 2023, the Federal Government announced the repayment deadline to qualify for partial forgiveness for loans through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has been extended to January 18, 2024, additionally the deadline to repay RRRF loans in full has been extended to December 31, 2026.

Please contact our office directly if you have questions about your RRRF loan. 

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Volunteer Board of Directors Opportunity

Community Futures Centre West knows that community matters as much as success.

We are recruiting forward-thinking, value-oriented board members with a passion for leadership, community development, and entrepreneurship. Our professional board development program will keep you challenged, stimulate creativity and build leadership capabilities.

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Community Futures is your Board Training Partner

Board Members are dedicated, hardworking volunteers. They are highly skilled in a variety of areas of governance. Regardless of their experience with boards, operations and financial management, Board Training will ensure that they continue to be effective in their governance roles.

Make your board be the best it can be with with Community Futures Leadership Institute Board training for Community and Not-For-Profit Organizations.

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