Posted on Aug 1, 2016
If you’ve kept up to date with my monthly report in your newsletter you may have noticed that I have written about a wide variety of events and organizations that do incredible work bringing people together throughout the communities that make up Calgary Currie. This time I would like to talk a little bit about the ways in which our provincial government helps make these things possible.
For a long time now, the Alberta Lottery Fund has been one of the primary providers of grants for community based organizations and projects. Whether you visit a local library, museum, attend a cultural or athletic event, lottery fund dollars are often hard at work behind the scenes.
Here in Calgary Currie, I have had the opportunity to directly engage with many recipients of funding from The Fund. In Glenbrook they are improving their outdoor skating facility to be more functional year round, a pre-school in Killarney made some renovations to improve accessibility, and both Ghost River and Pumphouse Theatres received funding to help them continue to add to the vibrant cultural scene that contributes to the unique fabric of the riding. When organizations finally acquire a grant, many see it as the culmination of years of hard work, and the final piece of the puzzle that allows them to finally take action on plans laid long ago. The organizations behind these projects received funding because they clearly demonstrated the value added to the community by their initiatives. All around us we have people who are working hard to add to the community around them, and it makes me so proud to represent you all. I love seeing the kind of work people around me in the community are doing and I want to see more of it. It’s never too early or too late to start learning about the tools available to build the community you want to see ,so if you or your community are interested applying for Alberta Lottery Fund grants, please feel free to check out their website (Albertalotteryfund.ca) or give them a call (1-800-642-3855).