Hitmen look to help

If you know of a local recreation project that could use a little help to be completed, the Calgary Hitmen Foundation Community Restoration Program could be the answer.

One lucky community within 50 km of Calgary’s city limits will receive $50,000 towards a recreational improvement project. The grant is open to all recreation and sports facilities, however the project must be affiliated with a not-for-profit organization or registered charity currently refurbishing an outdoor space or fundraising for a new development.

The project cannot be funded by the City of Calgary or Alberta government.

Candice Goudie, Executive Director of Charitable Foundations and Community Investment with the Calgary Hitmen, said the club is eager to support local initiatives.

“We feel this grant opportunity will enrich the lives of our neighbours while promoting health, wellness and community living,” said Goudie. “We really want to be a part of creating spaces that are safe and encourage kids to be outside or to be participating in recreation. We know how important these are for communities, families and schools.”

The potential opportunities with the Community Restoration Program include things such as parks, playgrounds, outdoor rinks and tennis courts.

“We hear all the time from communities that they’re interested in upgrading their spaces,” said Kendra Varoney, acting manager, Neighbourhood Connections, Calgary Neighbourhoods. “We’re certain that there will be a lot of interest in this and we’re excited for it as well.”

Communities are encouraged to submit their applications before March 28. The top-3 applicants will be announced April 3 and selected based on their plans for the grant. Those final three communities will then create video submissions for the public to vote on at from April 12-26. The video with the most votes will be awarded the $50,000.

The Calgary Hitmen Foundation has been supporting grassroots sport organizations and health initiatives in the community and surrounding area for over 15 years, including Camp Kindle. To date, the Foundation has supported agencies with over $2.5 million.

For complete application and eligibility details on the Calgary Hitmen Community Restoration Programs, CLICK HERE.


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