Shell Scotford is handing out $30,000 to 12 different community groups this year.
In the program's fourth year, and a number of Fort groups are on the receiving end of cheque.
"The community grants are aimed at funding, essentially, the foundation of the community," explained Shell external relations advisor, Conal MacMillan. "The organizations that apply for the grant really make a positive difference in the quality of life in the community."
Groups in the Fort that are receiving money from the grant program are:
- Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild, for new banding wheels and a kiln lid.
- Fort Saskatchewan Riverside Building Association, to replace a drinking fountain.
- Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society, for their NWMP Fort Site interpretive sign project.
- Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank, for a storage area.
- Fort Saskatchewan Quilting Guild ,to buy supplies for creating quilts that will then be donated to individuals in need.
- Fort Saskatchewan Elks Lodge, for tables, chairs, wash station, tent and a generator to support the barbecue trailer.
- Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers’ Society, for boxes to support food drives
"For us, it's not the size that counts, it's the impact on the other side that really matters to us," commented MacMillan.
All applications are collected and provided to a panel of volunteers from the community, as well as Shell staff who live in the area.