ACSRC Monthly News
July 2018

Events and Programs
ECHO (Environment, Community & Health Observatory) Network Annual Meeting 
ACSRC is proud to host the annual meeting for the ECHO Network from July 30 to August 1.  The ECHO Network includes researchers and practitioners from environment, community and health and seeks to understand the impact of resource development on these diverse indicators.  The interdisciplinary meeting will bring together researchers from UNBC, Simon Fraser University, the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, and the Universit√© de Moncton and adds key partners from each of the regional cases including Alberta's Battle River Watershed Alliance, the New Brunswick Environmental Network, and B.C.'s Northern Health Authority and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). The ECHO Network takes many regional differences and looks for commonalities to all.

For information on the project launch from 2017, click the link below.  

Augustana Extended Education 2018-19

Stay tuned next month for the launch of Augustana Extended Education's 2018-19 program schedule. This September through June 2019, AEE is offering 15 programs to transform your leadership skills, position your organization for growth, and explore emerging trends and issues with colleagues and industry experts.

Be sure to sign up for the AEE monthly e-newsletter for the 2018-19 program schedule announcement. 

To sign up for the e-newsletter, click the link below.

Rural Impacts

Rural transportation pilot project    
This fall will see the implementation of a pilot project for rural transportation in the Camrose region.  The program will not only help residents in neighbouring areas reach Camrose at a reduced cost, the shuttle is also expected to connect Camrose with Edmonton.   
ACSRC director, Lars Hallstrom, reiterates that rural transportation is key to connecting individuals to their families, consumers with businesses, and communities in the region.   
For more details on the project, please click the link below.  
Greyhound Shutdown in Alberta     
AUMA is currently looking into the impacts of the recent  decision by Greyhound to shut down services. AUMA will be calling on municipal members and their residents for information in coming weeks.  If you would like to share your ideas, concerns and feedback with AUMA, please contact Che-Wei Chung, Director of Advocacy and Policy, at or 780-431-4531
Conferences and Request for Proposals

Funding deadline to support newcomers in your community
August 1, 2018

Alberta Labour has launched a call for proposals for its newly redesigned Settlement, Integration and Language Program funding. The Ministry is providing funding for innovative projects in the areas of language and settlement supports that address gaps in Alberta's systems to help newcomers more successfully integrate in Alberta's communities.

Your municipality can access funding through one of the following four streams:
1. Basic Settlement Services
2. Building Community Receptive Capacity
3. Supporting Labour market Integration
4. Innovation

For more information visit the Alberta Immigration Grants website or click the link below.


Anti-Racism Community Grant  
Intake 1 - August 1, 2018
Intake 2 - November 1, 2018
Intake 3 - January 1, 2019 

Municipalities wishing to partner with eligible community organizations can submit applications for initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans through the Anti-Racism Community Grant (ARCG) program. The program fosters cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province by offering matching funding up to a maximum of $25,000 for projects that address racism in geographic regions, or in particular communities of racialized/marginalized people.

Please click the link below for full details on the eligible community organizations and grant overview.
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities