Every dollar counts
The cost of operating the essential services of a municipality is costly and there is usually not a lot of room in the budget for extra projects or major improvements without long-term financial planning. Grant funding can be used to supplement or cover the costs of community projects.
Grant funding allows the District to complete projects that either were not possible or would have been delayed until money had been saved over time, such as major infrastructure maintenance and improvements, or new parks, trails, and other amenities. Some grants are 100% funded, so your District of Mackenzie tax dollars are not used to complete the project. Other grants may require the District to contribute a portion of the project cost, however usually this portion is significantly less than the grant funders portion.
Each quarter, staff provide a spreadsheet to Council outlining the grant applications applied for each year. If you wish to see what kinds of projects the District has used grant funding for in Mackenzie, please view our January, April, July, and October, Committee of the Whole Council agendas.
District Grant-in-Aid Programs
Council has adopted a Community Grants Policy to provide financial and in-kind support to community associations and other community organizations. This support is in recognition of these groups as a valuable resource in assisting the municipality to provide a strong community focus.
Application Deadlines - September 15th and March 15th
Permissive Tax Exemptions
The purpose of the District of Mackenzie’s tax exemption bylaws are to excuse certain properties from paying all or a portion of municipal property taxes. In order for any other property to be considered for exemption from taxes, the property must be eligible for an exemption under Division 6 of the Community Charter.
For further information please contact the Finance Department at 250-997-3221.
Application Deadline - September 15th
Grant Writing Support Services
The grant writing support program is designed to help non-profit groups in Mackenzie apply for grant funding to enhance or support their service offerings in the community. Since inception, the District has assisted in the successful receipt of over $600,000 in grant funding by local community groups.
We are happy to assist your group with the following:
- Project Brainstorming
- Grant Search
- Grant Planning
- Grant Writing Tips & Tricks
- Review and/or Editing Applications
- Coordinating Letters of Support from Council
For future grant writing assistance, please contact Corporate Services at 250-997-3221 or Email for further information.