Four Airdrie philanthropic organizations are receiving funding from the federal government.

On Tuesday, the Airdrie and District Community Foundation announced $295,000 in funding to support multiple projects through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund.

The Canadian government has committed a one-time $400 million donation to the Community Services Recovery Fund in order to support Canadian charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing organizations.

These are the following projects that are being supported locally:

  • $100,000 was invested in the Airdrie Food Bank to purchase a new forklift.
  • $96,475 was invested in the North Rocky View Community Links Society for computer upgrades.
  • $53,525 was invested in the Rocky View Foundation for furnishings. 
  • $45,000 was invested in the Thumbs Up Foundation for marketing a fundraising campaign.

“The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable organizations that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff and volunteers," stated Jenna Sudds, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development with the federal government. 

"Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Airdrie and the district.”

The Airdrie and District Community Foundation was in charge of selecting who would receive the funding. Dale Rathgeber, the Chair of the foundation, explained these four organizations had to apply for the funding.

"We received applications in the spring and made the grant decisions in June or July. We had several meetings and interviews with the various charities. In some cases, these aren't the full amount the charities requested and sadly had to turn down a few charities."

Rathgeber mentioned back in 2019 and 2020, they received $250,000 from the government of Canada that was also granted to local charities.

When asked if Airdrie might see more grant funding like this, Rathgeber wasn't sure.

"It's unlikely to see these big grants, now that COVID is over. It's possible, but it's unlikely."

A registered charity, The Airdrie & District Community Foundation allows people and organizations to donate tax-deductible funds to a lasting financial legacy that will benefit Airdrie in the future.

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