Sask. government boosts funding for veteran club support program

Applications are now being accepted for the Veteran Service Club Support Program after the Saskatchewan government boosted funding for the program from $100,000 to $1.5 million this week.

Registered, non-profit veteran service clubs based in the province are eligible to apply for grants up to $25,000. Applications are now being accepted with two application intake cut-off dates of April 30, 2021 and August 31, 2021.

Chad Wagner, provincial executive director of the Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command, said the whole idea of the grant is to promote viability of veteran service clubs in the province.

“They are mainly geared towards infrastructure and capital improvements such as HVAC systems, roof repairs, flooring, painting, renovations inside and outside – those certain things,” explained Wagner.

An added opportunity this year is a provision to provide for operational costs for COVID-19 relief which is capped out at $2,500. Groups can apply for the relief portion or apply for the full amount of up to $25,000 for infrastructure projects.

Wagner, one of the adjudicators for this process, mentioned that applications will be prioritized for those that improve and reduce utility costs. He said these opportunities can reduce costing for these facilities so groups can raise money for other projects within the community.

Grant money can also be used toward special events, programs and activities that engage the public and advance the work of veteran service organizations.

More information about the program, guidelines, applications and eligibility are available through the Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command at 306-525-873.

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