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Changes to Operating Grant

We're here to walk you through it all

With a new year comes new ways of doing things for Community Leagues, the EFCL and the City of Edmonton. This includes how Leagues gather information for yearly reporting for the Community League Operating Grant (CLOG). 

Through January and February, the EFCL will offer answers to your questions about the new grant application procedure. This will include four Ask Me Anything sessions in January and February that will allow Leagues to ask questions directly to EFCL Executive Director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley.

REGISTER: Ask Me Anything (Jan. 26, Feb. 1, 17, 22)
DETAILS: Tripartite Renewal 2022-2031
CHECKLIST: Information You Must Gather for Form
FORM: EFCL Annual Reporting for Leagues

Start to Play FAQs

Big questions, answered

A few Leagues are unclear about how the Start to Play program works and EFCL's role. The program came together quickly so this is understandable. Here are a few FAQs and answers:

Who runs Start to Play?
Free Play for Kids is taking the lead and the EFCL supports making the connection with Leagues. The Edmonton Oilers Foundation has provided the funding. Throughout 2022, five Leagues per month will host weekly sessions to get neighbourhood kids together learning a new sport, with some revenue to
Leagues and increased engagement for no cost to families! If you are interested in hosting a month of programs, email and we'll add your name to the list.

Who should I speak to if I see incorrect information?
You can reach out to EFCL's League support team at
More About the Start to Play Program

Pathways to Net Zero

Grant offers new opportunities

We've received a grant from the Alberta EcoTrust Climate Innovation Fund (CIF) to complete $50,000 worth of building-energy plans (read more about it all here). We're using the grant to start Net Zero Pathways. We're searching for Leagues interested in free building-energy models to determine the strategy and cost to convert their community hall to net-zero carbon or net-zero ready. 

Leagues that go through this work can then apply for the federal Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. If successful, this federal program could fund 80 per cent of the cost of a full-scale energy retrofit for the facility (the remaining 20 per cent covered by CLIP).Interested? Fill out the short survey below.
Net Zero Pathways Survey

Save the Date

Winter General Meeting

Mark your calendars for EFCL's Winter General Meeting.
  • February 15, 2022
We will be sending out more information and a link to register in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. 
Get to Know Our Board Members

EFCL Programs

Group Mentorship

Café for secretaries, presidents and vice presidents

Guiding your Community League can be rewarding but challenging at times. Let’s debrief with presidents, vice presidents and secretaries from Leagues across the city and share different approaches to leadership.
  • January 24 at 6:30pm
Learn how other Community League members do what they do. Get together to share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help each other succeed. For this café, the topic will be on board recruiting.

The Group Mentorship Café is a series of virtual spaces made available to Community League volunteers in a variety of board or volunteer positions.
Register for Mentorship Cafe

Group Mentorship

Café Communications Directors

Calling all Communications Directors in charge of newsletters, websites and social media! Get together with other volunteers to share ideas, skills, resources and experiences to help with all communications tasks for your League.
  • January 26 at 6:30pm
Register for Mentorship Cafe

Planning and Development

The Commons 

Catch EFCL's Planning and Development advisor talk cities

MADEcast is a podcast exploring the role of art, design and architecture in western Canada. It's produced by MADE, Edmonton’s not-for-profit design advocacy voice.

In last month's episode, “Communities, good design, and leveraging our grassroots identity,” the High Level Line’s Michael Rivest and the EFCL’s Jonathan Lawrence talk about designing with community in mind. 

Read The Commons
Listen to MADEcast

Other Opportunities

Playground Fair Cancelled

Organizers plan to reschedule

In an earlier newsletter we shared that Canadian Recreation Solutions was hosting a playground fair on January 19. Unfortunately, due to the rising cases of COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Canadian Recreation plans to reschedule in the future. We will let you know when this happens.

Check out Canadian Recreation Solutions Site

Board Development

Raise your governance game

This is a professional development opportunity for League volunteers. The Government of Alberta's Board Development Program hosts free online webinars. The program's winter schedule is up. You can register for a webinar with the button below.

Register for Free Webinars
Check Out EFCL's Online Board Member Training

Grant Opportunities

Fund your community's new initiatives  

Leagues looking to fund community projects or events in 2022 can explore these funding opportunities.

EFCL Finances and Funding Resources

Living Local

We bid adieu to the E-News

The EFCL's newsletter has been in circulation for 10 years. We're giving it a refresh over the coming year, and the first change is the name. We're dropping the E-News name – everything's on the Internet in 2022 – and focusing in on the Living Local part. The focus hasn't changed: this newsletter is aimed at helping you and your League do more for your community. 

We're always open to feedback. Send us a note.
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We respectfully acknowledge the land upon which the EFCL operates is located on Treaty 6 Territory and has served a purpose as a traditional meeting ground for many First Nations groups. This territory has provided a traveling route and home to the Nakoda Sioux, and later, Blackfoot and Cree peoples, followed by Saulteaux and Métis and other Indigenous peoples.
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