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Co-op welcomes applications for community funding

February 1, 2022

Co-ops across Western Canada are helping to create places for everyone through the Co-op Community Spaces Program. In 2022, $1 million is available to support capital projects dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.

“Co-ops have been supporting their local communities for years because we believe that communities thrive when there are opportunities to connect, grow and learn,” said Pam Skotnitsky, Vice President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “Now more than ever, we’re proud to invest in projects that will preserve nature and create places where we can come together, build relationships and support one another.”

Co-op Community Spaces was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $10.5 million to 147 local projects, including parks, greenhouses and sports fields.

Co-op invites registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2022. Funding between $25,000 and $150,000 is available per project.

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, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit communityspaces.ca.