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Co-op Community Spaces funds places for everyone

By Dan Yates

January 15, 2018

Co-ops across Western Canada are helping to create places for everyone through the Co-op Community Spaces Program. In 2018, $2 million is available to support capital projects led by charitable and non-profit groups across Western Canada.

Co-op Community Spaces is supporting local projects dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. Funding between $25,000 and $150,000 is available per project.

“As Co-ops continue to grow across Western Canada we want to ensure that communities grow right along with us,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “That’s why the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) continues to give back and invest in our communities. Co-op Community Spaces provides the opportunity to celebrate Western Canadian communities and the efforts of the people behind important local projects.”

The program was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $4.5 million to 64 projects, including parks, greenhouses and sports fields. The program is administered by FCL on behalf of the CRS. Co-op invites registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2018.

Share and win

Co-op is looking for help to find great community projects in Western Canada. Through the Share and Win Contest, Western Canadians can share the Co-op Community Spaces Program with friends and local community groups and enter to win a Fitbit Ionic Watch and a $500 CO-OP® Gift Card. The contest ends Jan. 31.

To learn more about Community Spaces, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit communityspaces.ca.