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Alberta Active/Creative (ACE) Communities Initiative

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $4.5 million

Other Investment: $1,807,167

Total Investment: $6,307,167

Project Period: June 2008–May 2012

Community Development Community Development
Sports, Recreation or Culture Sports, Recreation or Culture

T: 780.415.1745
E: frontdesk@arpaonline.ca

Project Description

This unique initiative improves the quality of life in rural Alberta by strengthening community leadership, collaboration, and innovation in recreation, parks, culture, heritage, and the arts. Rural residents are helped with resources, training, and coaching to recognize local community assets and maximize potential benefits. A fundamental element of this three-year endeavour will be to nurture and encourage existing, emerging, and next generation leaders to implement innovations that will lead to more active and creative communities. Twenty communities are participating in the first leg of what is expected to become a permanent program.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Deliver workshops and provide support to communities across Alberta
  • Provide community residents and leaders with information to help identify clear direction and priorities on how to become an active and creative community
  • Increase community capacity and leadership development
  • Increase collaboration amongst government, corporate, non-profit, and voluntary sectors
  • Improve quality of life in rural Alberta through increased access to recreation and culture experiences and opportunities