Legacy Project Information
Hello Neighbours 🙂 I know this is lengthy, but bear with me – I need to tell you this story 🙂 You’ve seen or heard us mention the Hall Renovation over the past several months (or even years!), but as we move into 2023 we are now looking forward to our construction phase to begin in July 2023! Your AGCL has been working towards a facility upgrade for almost a decade, and now that we are this close, we are also seeking some additional support from the community to raise funds to assist with a few costs that are not covered by the Grant money that we have been awarded. To that end, I thought it worth sharing the steps we’ve taken to get us to this point.
As many of you know, the initial goal was to build an addition onto the existing Hall, providing a new, large room for multi-purpose community use. In order for that to be possible, the electrical transformer that serviced the building had to be relocated, which was a project that took a couple of years to complete as it involved obtaining provincial and municipal grants, and much coordination with Epcor and the City of Edmonton. Once the additional land space was available for use, the building plans could be initiated and the appropriate grant applications to support a building expansion, could be submitted.
Your AGCL volunteers applied for municipal and provincial grants in the amount of $400,000 (each) in the hopes that we would have almost $1,000,000 to complete the expansion. We were successful in being awarded a large City of Edmonton grant in 2020 (up to $400,000), but were denied a provincial grant three years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021). Feedback received from the Province indicated that it was unlikely we would be considered for this grant without further significant investment by the League to move the project to a “construction ready” stage, and even then, there was no guarantee a grant would be forthcoming. However, in the Spring of 2022, the City of Edmonton advised that they would allow us to still collect on our large municipal grant if we wished to change the scope of our project. It’s also worth noting that the large municipal grant option was suspended in 2022, making it likely that this would be our last opportunity to receive significant financial support for a single project. The League had to make a decision to either relinquish the grant opportunity and leave things as is, or re-vamp the plans to see what kind of facility upgrade would be possible with a revised budget, and keep pushing forward. We chose the latter 🙂
Working with a construction consultant, a structural engineer and an architect, we have revisited our original building footprint and developed a plan that will see significant changes to the configuration of existing floor space. Most notably, we will be removing interior walls to create a large, open-space main room that will have new garden doors and picture windows, installing a new kitchen and redesigning storage spaces to better accommodate League assets.
The League has set aside a significant amount of savings to match against the grant money to give us the largest working budget possible. However, we are unable to use grant money to purchase non-fixed equipment (ie. fridge, stove, dishwasher, kitchen implements, AV equipment, new furniture etc). To that end, the League is seeking the support of the community in the form of straight-up donations towards the cause! To date, we have done little community-based fundraising because we were never sure the project would be able to move forward, and we didn’t want to ask for, and collect money if we couldn’t proceed. But now, here we are, just a few months away! We are calling this our Legacy Project!
Our goal is to raise $25,000 directly from you (our community members); a short ’n sweet campaign to support bringing this vision to reality. Should we meet our goal, every dollar received over and above can be matched to our Grant money to double that dollar, and retain league savings for future projects. In the coming weeks we will share a few more stories about this community and this League, as well as information about how to donate and we hope you will be inspired to make the revitalization of our community hub part of your Legacy too 🙂
President – AGCL