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Cochrane Foundation looks to kick start community projects

A new Cochrane Foundation grant is available for local charities and non-profits to add a bit more "community" to the town.
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A new Cochrane Foundation grant is available for local charities and non-profits to add a bit more "community" to the town.

The grants, up to $5,000 per applicant, will help with the costs of projects and events – assistance the foundation has never been able to help with previously.

For the last 26 years, nearly $1 million in grants to almost 100 organizations has been doled out by the Foundation. Some of the past recipients include Cochrane & Area Victim Services, Cochrane Ecological Institute, the Cochrane Legion Cenotaph project, Helping Families Handle Cance and multiple medical students.

But recently the Calgary Foundation approached the Cochrane chapter and offered $25, 000 for the new Neighbour Grant, according to Kelsey Envik, board secretary for the Cochrane Foundation.

"It's nonprofit and registered societies who are running events and festivals or workshops in town that have a platform to develop community or celebrate community," Envik said. "For example maybe a group or nonprofit needs to pay for an artist lead or some refreshments for a community project."

The deadline for the Neighbour Grant and all other grants offered by the foundation are due Jan. 31. For information on the application guidelines, visit www.cochranefoundation.ca send an email to info@cochranefoundation.ca