Cochrane-based organizations are among 260 nonprofit organizations assisted by the Alberta government's Community Initiatives Program (CIP).

Today, Tanya Fir, minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women, released the list of recipients from two intake periods for 2023-24.

Cochrane-based organizations received a total of $126,696 in project-based grants. Recipients were:

  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Assoc., $$22,615 to expand the Treaty 7 Elder Camp;
  • Alberta River Surfing Assoc., $6,556 for hosting costs related to Alberta Surf Summers 2023;
  • Cochrane Curling Club, $22,525 for equipment purchase; and
  • Int'l Centre for Development Learning Society, $75,000 for developing a learning engine for reconciliation.

Project-based funding through the program can support new programming and events, commercial vehicle purchases, website development, technology enhancements, and marketing. Projects must address an immediate community-identified need and demonstrate broad community involvement and impact.

CIP also offers operating-based grants.

Minister Fir says she's proud the Alberta government can partner in building stronger communities.

"Thank you to all of the community and non-profit groups across the province whose work helps empower Albertans, connects them with their neighbours, and provides spaces for learning and community," she said during a press conference at the Famous 5 Foundation in Calgary.

A total of $9.9 million was awarded provincewide. It's part of the province's overarching Community Grants Programs.