2021 Grant Recipients

In 2021, the foundation received more than 100 submissions for projects that supported either recreational or educational events and activities, or cultural facilities and programs.
The foundation is pleased to support the Alberta communities of Drayton Valley, Carmangay, Canmore, Nampa and Eaglesham with the $100,000 grant for their projects.

The Anglican Church, built in 1937, was moved to the museum in 1997. Grant money will be used to refinish the church floor.
Volunteers Sandra Blades, Charlie Miner and Pamela Schaub invite everyone to come to their museum and check out the refinished Anglican Church. The trio are proud of their museum and the stories it holds.
With the help of the RCF grant, the floors of this 1937 Anglican Church have been refinished and returned to their original glory.
The historic Anglican Church holds pride of place at the Drayton Valley and District Historical Society museum.

The Drayton Valley & District Historical Society
Anglican Church Floor Restoration Project

Drayton Valley, Alta.
Awarded $10,000

Built in 1937, the Anglican Church has been a key part of the community and now the historical society. The church is now one of the museum’s main buildings for tours and educational programs. Preserving the history of the area, its stories, artifacts and buildings is key for the historical society.

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Earlier, the society restored the church roof, belfry and inner ceiling. When volunteers removed the linoleum on the church floor they were delighted to discover the original wood floor was still intact, but in need of restoration. Restoring the floor will help maintain the integrity and historical significance of the building.
The museum is located next to a campground, swimming pool, ball diamonds and conference centre and during the summer the museum attracts visitors and locals who spend time in the community.
The Bow Valley Riding Association added perimeter fencing around their facility to ensure young horses and riders feel safe in the busy recreation corridor.
Kandace Krause, Chloe Vance, Quinn Vance, Kat Bowes, Amy Nelson and Laurie Smith are all active members of the Bow Valley Riding Association.
The money from the RCF grant was used to build 720-metres of fencing to keep out bikers and hikers that may scare the horses.
Kate Barker turns back to make sure Temperance Bowes is doing fine. Before the fence was installed, sometimes the horses would be startled by cyclists or hikers. Now the riders are more confident about riding with young horses and riders on the trails.

Bow Valley Riding Association
Perimeter Fence

Canmore, Alta.
Awarded $13,335

For more than 50 years the Bow Valley Riding Association has provided a do-it-yourself facility to allow owners to keep horses in the Bow Valley. The members shovel manure, repair fences, feed and water their horses and take lessons in the outdoor riding arena on the outskirts of Canmore.

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With safety in mind, especially for young horses and riders, the group built a 720-metre perimeter fence around part of their leased land to give added protection for young horses and riders.
The facility is located on land leased from the provincial government with strict rules for land use and fencing.
The Montana-style fence will allow wildlife to crawl under or jump over, but deter hikers and bikers, who sometimes spook the horses. With improved safety for horses and riders, it is hoped even more members will be encouraged to join their equestrian community.
An old grocery is now used as the new Carmangay Community Center.
Since completing their community center, it has become the hub of the village and a place for friends to meet and have coffee.
Beryl Burke and Edith Svanes welcome visitors to the new community center.
Volunteers from a variety of community organizations joined together to create the Carmangay Community Center. The center will now be the place to meet for everyone in the community.

Carmangay Community Center Association
Carmangay Community Center

Carmangay, Alta.
Awarded $22,365

With a vision for the future, the Carmangay Community Center Association bought an old grocery store in their small village and created their own community center. Badly in need of renovations, volunteers rolled up their sleeves, raised money, fixed the leaky roof, changed windows and added a kitchen and bathrooms.

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Money from the RCF grant was used to add noise-reducing tiles to the ceiling to dampen the sound caused by aluminum panels on the walls and ceiling. An industrial-grade vinyl plank floor will be added in the main hall to match the floor tiles in the recently added kitchen.
Many of the local community organizations identified the center as a priority and worked together on the project. The new center acts as the community hub for everyone. The center will be used for Farmers’ Markets, Christmas markets, children’s programs, funerals, family celebrations and meetings.
Pam Poetker, Andrea Farrell, Doug Greenfield and Martine Piebiak stand in the location of the Sun Shelter. The area is centrally located to allow visitors to watch ball games or other events while being protected from the weather.
Cliff Garrett of UFA joins Andrea Farrell, Pam Poetker, Doug Greenhill and Martine Piebiak of the Eaglesham and District Agricultural Society’s Eaglesham Fairgrounds Park just south of town.
There is fun for all ages at the Eaglesham Fairgrounds Park.
The many buildings at the Eaglesham Fairgrounds Park are used for 4-H clubs, community groups and even a quick meal during the winter.

Eaglesham and District Agricultural Society
Sun Shelter Project

Eaglesham, Alta
Awarded $24,300

The Eaglesham Fairgrounds Park will soon be home to a 30 foot by 72 ft. building to provide shelter from wind and rain during events at the park. The open sides of the fabric sun shelter will allow visitors to watch events while being protected from the weather.

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The park has grown to be much more than a fairground. Various community groups, schools, individuals and families use the park’s ball diamond, playgrounds, riding area, buildings and campground from May to September. In the winter, residents can cross country ski along five kilometres of ski trails.
The new shelter will make the park more enjoyable for everyone and allow the community to attract more events to their region.
An old United Church will be transformed into a community centre. The church was donated to the museum for $1 in 2015.
Carson Murphy, Shannon Gadsby and Richard Helgeson have a vision to transform the old United Church into a useable community centre.
Wall and ceiling panels will be removed, new wiring added along with insulation and drywall to transform the old church into a useable community space.
Carson Murphy, Shannon Gadsby and Richard Helgeson are proud of their community and can’t wait to see the old United Church transformed into a community centre.

Nampa and District Historical Society
United Community Project

Nampa, Alta.
Awarded $30,000

A United Church will now become a community cultural centre thanks to the RCF grant. The church, no longer in use, was donated to the historical society for $1 in 2015. Still in good shape, the museum hopes to transform the church into a multi-purpose community space that is accessible to everyone in the village and surrounding areas.

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The building will be used as an extension of the museum to deliver cultural and heritage programming and house some exhibits. Other community organizations will also use the building to deliver programs and events.
Funds from the grant will be used to build a ramp along the side of the building to make it wheelchair accessible. Inside, a wheelchair accessible bathroom will be added. The old wood panelling will be removed from the walls and ceiling, wiring upgraded, and new insulation and drywall added.
During a survey, residents identified the need for a small community space for meetings, events, markets and community dinners.