Lethbridge City Council on Tuesday awarded grants to financially assist capital enhancement projects for 15 local non-profit groups and their community-use facilities. The recipients of the annual Community Capital Project Grant (CCPG) this year include local organizations involved in seniors, youth, recreation and cultural activities.
The approved CCPG total this year is $820,183.77, with individual grants ranging from approximately $1,200 to $200,000. Council approved the source of these funds to be $450,000 from the Community Capital Grant annual budget, plus $370,183.77 from funds previously approved but not utilized due to the cancellation of projects or completed projects being under-expended.
Based on a recommendation from the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee, Council also directed the Mayor's Office to provide letters of support to any approved projects, as requested.
The CCPG program allows local not-for-profits to undertake capital projects with funding support of up to one-third of the total project cost, up to a maximum of $200,000. Organizations are eligible to apply every two years. The program was established by the City in 2004 to support not-for-profit societies' ability to expand and upgrade community-use facilities, as well as strengthen their capacity to provide services for their members and the broader community.
The City of Lethbridge's annual Federal GST rebates, as well as money returned to the program through completed, under-expended and cancelled projects from past years, are used to fund the program.
Please refer to the attached Backgrounder for more information.
Backgrounder: 2021 City of Lethbridge Community Capital Grant Recipients
Lethbridge City Council has approved the following 15 qualifying applications for the 2021 Community Capital Project Grant, totaling $820,183.77:
- Blackfoot Family Lodge Society $45,000
- Campus Roots Community Garden Association $1,293
- Downtown Lethbridge BRZ $8,183.33
- Henderson Stadium Society $51,470.11
- Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge $60,165
- Lethbridge Family Services $120,666.67
- Lethbridge Fish and Game Association $76,500
- Lethbridge Oldtimers Sports Association $200,000
- Lethbridge Soccer Association $51,695.00
- Lethbridge Softball Association $30,000
- Lethbridge Symphony Association $4,967
- Lethbridge Youth Foundation $82,500
- Opokaa'Sin Early Intervention Society $13,000
- Romulus & Remus Italian Canadian Club $27,743.66
- The Lethbridge Little League Baseball Association $47,000
A brief description of each project can be found here