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Crime prevention funding alotted for projects

Mountain View Emergency Shelter Society, Olds Rural Crime Watch Association and Water Valley Community Association will be receiving funding from Mountain View County
A look at the a conceptual drawing of the Mountain View Emergency Society's proposed shelter. The organization is receiving $5,820 from Mountain View County to support the project. File photo/MVP Staff File photo/MVP Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - County council has approved crime prevention initiative grant funding for three community groups.

The move came by way of motion at the recent regularly scheduled council meeting.

Funding under the crime prevention grant program is intended to further support local and/or regional initiatives and organizations that propose activities or events that have the potential to reduce the impact of crime within a large community area or throughout the county.

The three organizations receiving funding are Mountain View Emergency Shelter Society, Olds Rural Crime Watch Association and Water Valley Community Association.

The Water Valley Community Association will receive $1,665.

“The association is looking for funding to install additional security cameras in an area around the community hall not currently covered by the existing security cameras,” administration said in a briefing note to council. 

The expenses will include two cameras, cables and labour, council heard.

The Olds Rural Crime Watch Association will receive $5,658.

“Funding in 2023 will assist Olds Rural Crime Watch expand their advertising to a year-round campaign using grants and sponsorships from their corporate sponsors. With plans to run bi-weekly ads with additional adds during Christmas and New Year's. 

“They are also planning to run social media advertising on their own page as well as on local crime and community groups at no cost.”
The group will also be updating its website this year to make it easier to navigate and be more user-friendly, council heard.

The Mountain View Emergency Shelter Society (MVESS) will receive $5,820.

The society is a non-profit organization working to eliminate family violence, provide support, resources, referrals, safety planning and programs for adults and children living with or escaping family violence, council heard.

“They are planning to break ground this year on a physical shelter location where they can house families escaping from and healing from family violence.

“Funding will support MVESS in continuing to hire an assistant outreach coordinator to provide additional support to the vulnerable residents in the county.”

Combined, the three groups had requested $17,323 in total funding, with council agreeing to a total of $13,143.

In other news from the May 10 council meeting, council approved $2,500 in funding for the Carstairs Heritage Festival and the Parade of Kilts.

Through the rural community grant program the county provides funds to rural communities and organizations that operate programs and/or facilities that promote recreation, culture or agriculture in the county.

The June 4 festival will include a parade and other community activities.

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