Big changes are coming to a dinosaur near you! The World's Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund is being modified to spread the wealth around to more organizations and make the application process run a bit more smoothly.

Heather Bitz is the Executive Director of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.

"We will now be distributing a total of $20,000 annually from the fund," she explained. "A maximum of two $2,500 projects will be funded each quarter now."

The application process will also be streamlined.

"We used to have two intake periods," pointed out Bitz. "Now, applicants are welcome to submit applications throughout the year. If they are unsuccessful in being funded in the first quarter, their applications will stay in the queue for the remainder of the year."

Under the new procedures, there is no deadline to submit an application. If, for example, you apply in February 2018, you will be eligible to receive the grant in each quarterly distribution of 2018. However, if you apply in July, you will only be eligible to receive the grant for the last two quarterly distributions of the year.

Eligibility requirements to receive a grant from the Legacy Fund remain unchanged.

"Any not-for-profit groups or other formally organized groups -- so those groups that are registered under the Societies Act -- are welcome to apply for capital projects that benefit the entire community," said Bitz. "The funds cannot be used to supplement operating revenue or for other deferred maintenance projects."

The World's Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund is made up of a portion of funds generated from the dinosaur and gift shop. To date, the Legacy Fund has given out more than $615,000 to 36 community groups.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Chamber's website or call 403-823-8100.

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