Projects for Belonging
In the fall of 2023, our Projects for Belonging Grant application process encouraged community members from the Jasper Place area to submit project proposals to explore how we as a community might strengthen our sense of belonging in the area. We invited people to submit their ideas for projects that foster belonging by:
- Engaging the community
- Developing a community resource
- Repurposing something that already exists
- Hosting an activity or event
- Developing a short term pilot program or initiative
The call for proposals resulted in the program receiving 22 project proposals from community members located across Jasper Place. From these proposals, we were able to fund ten of them, distributing almost $50,000 to the Jasper Place area.
A proposal review committee of local community members came together to assess the proposals. We’re super excited to announce the following ten community projects below were selected by the panel to receive funding.
Jasper Place Community History
Portable Display - $4906.19
(Submitted by Jasper Place History)
A portable display will be developed that will share the stories and histories of the different cultural communities in Jasper Place. Jasper Place History will be working with different communities to collect stories and co-design these displays.
International Festival of Winter Cinema: Belonging in Winter Film! - $5,000
(Submitted by International Festival of Winter Cinema Society of Alberta)
The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) recognizes and celebrates local and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes of any style or genre. This year they will be hosting their festival for the first time in Sir Wilfred Laurier Park in collaboration with Silver Skate Festival.
Black History Month Garth Prince Jasper Place Community Concerts - $5,000
(Submitted by Garth Prinsonsky)
JUNO Award Winner Garth Prince will be hosting two free family friendly concerts celebrating Black History Month in Jasper Place. A promotional singing workshop will also be held free for children to attend prior to the concerts and learn the songs to sing along to.
Art Within Us - $5,000
(Submitted by Red Road Healing Society)
Art Within US will be an addition to the Red Road Healing Society's food security program and a collaboration with the Art Mentorship Alberta Society. A sense of community will be built through an arts program which will be offered to patrons of the food security program.
Playing with Blocks - $5,000
(Submitted by High Park Community League)
The Playing with Blocks (or block socials) initiative will facilitate community building one High Park block at a time. This project aims to develop block leaders that will engage with their neighbours to understand their needs and talents they would like to contribute to the community.
Freedom Dance Scholarship Program - $4,800
(Submitted by Freedom Dance School)
The Freedom School of Dance is committed to breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for children from low-income families to explore the world of dance. Freedom Dance School will be awarding scholarships to children designed to remove financial barriers and create a level playing field for children who may otherwise be unable to access quality dance education.
Crestwood/JP Nordic Walking for Older Adults - $5,000
(Submitted by Crestwood Community League)
The Crestwood Community League will be offering a Nordic Walking program for seniors in the area to improve social bonds with the community and to provide a physical outlet for exercise. This initiative will seek to connect seniors not only to each other but to youth and newcomers in the area as well.
Jasper Place Spring Spirit Festival - $5,000
(Submitted by Allison Ochoa)
The Jasper Place Spring Spirit Festival will bring together artists, musicians, cultural groups and businesses to celebrate Jasper Place in the springtime. This one day festival will uncover and highlight the hidden talents that exist in the communities of Jasper Place.
Block Party Blitz in Meadowlark Park - $5,000
(Submitted by Meadowlark Community League)
The Meadowlark Community league will be offering block party microgrants to community members through this initiative. The league hopes to spark inspiration and build capacity in community members to promote and host block parties.
West End Hot Club Duo at CH Cafeteria - $1,840
(Submitted by Donald William Ross)
This project will present a series of four Saturday afternoons of jazz for clarinet and guitar at CH Cafeteria. Donald William Ross and his fellow musicians hope to bring in community members and strengthen bonds between CH Cafeteria and the communities it is part of.
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