By Lethbridge Herald on June 23, 2015.
Thirteen local not-for-profit groups will receive grants from the city to assist with expansion or upgrades, and enhance services for the community. More than $432,000 from the Community Capital Project Grant program will be divided between the groups, as approved by council on Monday.
The CCPG is an annual grant, with a budget of $450,000, which was established in 2004 from GST Rebate Legislation.
Community organizations can apply every two years for up to $200,000 per project. They must also secure matching grants and complete the project within 24 months.
“It’s a fund that is set up to help non-profit organizations that can use these funds to leverage money. They still come to the table with two-thirds of the money required,” said Councillor Blaine Hyggen.
“It gives them the ability to leverage the funds they have to complete the bigger projects and to get their organizations further along and become a better part of the city.”
Larger projects approved include $125,000 for a playground at Gilbert Paterson School, $112,258.88 for upgrades/accessibility at Lethbridge and District Exhibition, $50,000 for a playground at Nicholas Sheran School, and $40,000 for a tower and transmitter at CKXU radio.
Additional projects include a $37,694 facility expansion for the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club, equipment for Lethbridge Minor Hockey, a grand piano for the Lethbridge Public Library, and upgrades for Lethbridge Community Bingo, among others.
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