Co-op Community Spaces Program to support community-based projects across Canada with increased funding of $2 million

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2017, Canadians will celebrate the places and people that bring communities together — and Co-op is joining the party.

Donations totaling $2 million from the Co-op Community Spaces Program will support 27 community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“With increased funding in 2017, Co-op Community Spaces will reach more organizations and communities in a single year than ever before,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 190 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.

“For generations, Co-op has invested in Western Canadian communities and we’re proud to continue that tradition through this innovative program, which is empowering local organizations, fostering community and enriching the places we call home.”

Local results

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects, including parks, community gardens and sports fields. Each is operated by a registered non-profit, charity or community service co-operative.

The 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects include a waterfront park in Port Alberni, B.C, an outdoor athletic facility in Grande Prairie, Alta., a winter recreation hill in Saskatoon, Sask. and an educational farm in Brandon, Man.

Complete details about all of this year’s recipients are available at

Source: CO-OP

Co-op Community Spaces Program now open for applications

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Applications for funding from the Co-op Community Spaces Program are now being accepted. Registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online at between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Co-op Community Spaces supports projects in Western Canada dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture with funding between $25,000 and $150,000, up from $100,000 in 2016. Co-op will increase total funding to $2 million in 2017, up from $1.5 million last year.

“The need to support community-led initiatives remains high in light of the economic slowdown in Western Canada,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Co-op will continue to give back and invest in our communities. Co-op Community Spaces provides the opportunity to celebrate Western Canadian communities and the efforts of the people behind important local projects.”

The program was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $2.5 million to 37 projects, including as parks, greenhouses and sports fields. Administered by FCL on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Share & win

Co-op is looking to fund great community projects in Western Canada and you can help. Tell your friends and local community groups about Co-op Community Spaces by Feb. 15 for a chance to win a $500 CO-OP® Gift Card.

To learn more about Community Spaces, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Co-op