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Applications now open for $1-million Co-op Community Spaces program

February 1, 2024

For the tenth year, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and Co-ops across Western Canada are helping to create places for everyone through Co-op Community Spaces. In 2024, $1 million in funding is available to support capital projects dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.  

“Marking our tenth year of the program is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate how Community Spaces helps us build sustainable communities together,” said Pam Skotnitsky, Vice-President of Strategy at FCL. “The 175 projects funded through the program thus far conserve nature, provide urban agriculture space and create places where we can come together to play and build relationships.”  

Co-op Community Spaces was created to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since launch, it has provided $12.5 million to 175 projects across Western Canada, including educational spaces, community gardens, recreational facilities and more.  

Co-op invites registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2024. Funding between $25,000 and $150,000 per project is available. 

FCL administers the giving program on behalf of more than 160 independent local Co-ops across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).  

To learn more about Community Spaces or to apply for funding, please visit communityspaces.ca. You can also view a list of our 2023 recipients.