A hefty sum of grants was handed out by the Bow RiversEdge Campground Society (BRECS) at an awards ceremony last night (Wednesday, September 28).

A variety of community organizations benefitted from $60,000 worth of funds that were collected by the popular campground.

The mandate of the BRECS board is to be able to give back to the community and was born from a partnership between the Cochrane Rotary and Lions club. 

Every year BRECS receives a multitude of applications from community organizations who wish to access the grant money. 

This year, at the ceremony, held on a lovely evening at the campground, 16 local groups received financial assistance for an assortment of projects. 

Grants were awarded to:

Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation

Bethany Cochrane Family Council

Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area

Cochrane and Area Victim Services Society

Cochrane & District Agriculture Society

Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee (CISC)

Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre

Cochrane Roping Club

Junior Achievement Southern Alberta

Mountain View Cowpokes Junior Rodeo Club

Stockmen's Memorial Foundation

The Rotary Club of Cochrane

United Youth Outreach on behalf of The Inside

Variety-the Children’s Charity of Alberta Association

Robert MacLeod, Director of the Bow RiversEdge Campground says they are retaining some of their earnings as they hope to expand. "We really want to expand the campground west." There is a parcel of land that is owned by Rocky View County that BRECS has its eye on. 

In the meantime, they are happy to award the grants to deserving organizations in the community.