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.
â€œItâ€™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,â€ said Councillor Blaine Hyggen.
â€œIt 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.â€
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.