Big grant gives boost to 30 Red Deer region community projects

Thirty community projects in the Red Deer region will get a financial lift thanks to a one-time Family and Community Support Services grant.

Thirty community projects in the Red Deer region will get a financial lift thanks to a one-time Family and Community Support Services grant.

The board will dish out nearly $186,000, 80 per cent of which comes from the province, to a wide range of projects.

The lowest amount of $700 will benefit the Friends for Life program at Bowden’s Grandview School. The program teaches Grade 5 students self-esteem and other positive social skills.

The highest amount of nearly $30,000 will fund a software program at Red Deer’s Community Information and Referral Society, and the staff training needed for it.

The Red Deer and District FCSS board decided to offer a one-time grant in 2009 and received 50 applications.

The money must go to projects or programs that address prevention.

Besides provincial funding, FCSS is supported by the city and the villages of Delburne and Elnora, the towns of Bowden and Penhold, and Red Deer County.

The City of Red Deer’s portion is just over $30,000.

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