In a significant move to bolster community and outdoor recreation, the Government of Alberta (Canada) has announced a substantial investment in the non-profit sector. A total of CA$42 million is being allocated to 271 non-profit organizations across Alberta, with CA$1.4 million dedicated to 44 groups in the southern region.
This funding initiative is part of the province’s broader strategy to enhance community infrastructure and promote active lifestyles, a report highlighted. The investment is expected to have a positive impact on various sectors, including outdoor recreation.
The Kinsmen Club of Claresholm and The Lake at Heritage Pointe Owners Association in Foothills are among the top beneficiaries in southern Alberta, each receiving CA$125,000. These funds are earmarked for significant community projects, including playground developments and recreational facility enhancements.
Lethbridge has witnessed the distribution of 20 grants, the largest being CA$87,249.36 to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association. This funding is indicative of the government’s commitment to supporting cultural and recreational activities in the region.
Joseph Schow, the Cardston-Siksika MLA and Minister of Tourism and Sport, highlighted the importance of these investments. He emphasized their role in building community spirit, providing new opportunities for youth and residents to engage in sports, and contributing to economic growth by attracting visitors to different areas of the province.
The investment in Enchant and Foothills is particularly noteworthy. The Enchant Recreation Association received CA$50,000 for playground development at the Enchant Campground Playground, a project that will enhance the area’s appeal to families and outdoor enthusiasts. Similarly, in Foothills, The Leighton Foundation and The Lake at Heritage Pointe Owners Association received a combined total of CA$185,000 for community support and playground redevelopment.
The funding also presents an opportunity for these non-profits to collaborate with local businesses in the outdoor recreation industry. By working together, they can create more comprehensive and appealing recreational offerings, further boosting tourism and local economies.