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Tuesday, December 07, 2010
More Dollars for Community Leagues
By admin @ 11:35 AM :: 1433 Views :: 0 Comments :: :: Community Programs & Activities, City of Edmonton News

Edmonton’s 154 community leagues will soon see a significant boost in their funding, thanks to the decision reached by Edmonton City Council earlier this week.

In response to a request by the EFCL, council has agreed to a 40% increase in the annual operating grants of community leagues, effective January 1.   This has the potential to raise the average grant from about $11,000 to approximately $15,400, once criteria for funding has been finalized.
On a second front, city council has also agreed to create a capital fund for community leagues, to help them construct and repair all of their facilities on licensed land.   This would include halls, rinks, tennis courts, basketball courts, parking lots, sidewalks – anything the leagues build on their licensed property (note: playgrounds are eligible for NPDP funding as they are on city parkland, not community league licensed land).
Initially, the EFCL asked for $3 million to be placed into this fund each year.  Council decided to begin by stocking it with $1.5 million per year and will consider raising it next year.
Capital funds will be made available to the leagues on a 50/50 matching basis.  Criteria for funding is still be developed, however,  early indications suggest that a portion of the money will be set aside for small, medium and large scale projects.  Dispersal of the funds is also expected to coincide with completion of a new tripartite license agreement, which describes how leagues are able to use the land they get from the city.
A joint committee of EFCL, community league and city staff hopes to complete work on both the grant criteria and license agreement early in the new year.
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