Four community projects share $100,000 grant

An old grain elevator, a new skatepark, a rodeo arena, and an old-fashioned drugstore with a soda fountain will benefit from $100,000 in grants from the Rural Communities Foundation.

The six-year-old foundation, created by UFA, recently announced the second batch of winners in a five-year, $500,000 initiative to support projects that enrich education, recreation and culture in Alberta. They are:

  • The Rotary Club of Vegreville, $15,000 for the Vegreville Rotary Skatepark. Along with a concrete skatepark, the project includes a family park with walking trails, picnic tables and benches.
  • The Castor and District Museum Society, $27,250 for repairs and renovations to its heritage elevator, one of the oldest wooden elevators in the province.
  • The 20 Mile Irvine Rodeo Committee, $37,250 for upgrading the 20 Mile Rodeo Arena.
  • The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society, $20,500 for the Colpman’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain in the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, which has more than two dozen historical buildings on its six-acre site in Pincher Creek.

Details on past winners and the application process (which will open again next year) can be found at rcfufa.com.

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