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Co-op partners to fund local learning, playing, growing

By Daniel Jungwirth

June 14, 2018

Co-op is helping to build places for everyone in communities across Western Canada with funding for 24 local projects this year.

The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $2 million to help projects like a learning garden at the public library in Victoria, B.C., an inclusive playground in Airdrie, Alta., the Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon, Sask., and a multi-use trail network near Dauphin, Man.

“Co-op Community Spaces is just another way that co-ops help build the communities where we live, work and play. This program is an investment in local organizations and projects that improve the places we call home,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

“We're always impressed by the interesting and meaningful ways that people – working at the grassroots level – use this funding to make life a little better in their communities.”

FCL administers the giving program on behalf of more than 180 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System.

Since 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $6.5 million to 88 projects in three categories: recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. Funded organizations must be registered non-profits, charities or community service co-operatives.

Complete details about all of this year’s recipients are available at communityspaces.ca.