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Grant will fund two Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre positions

A Fort Macleod agency was one of 76 organizations Friday to share in nearly $10-million in provincial grants to reduce violence in homes and communities.
Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre received $133,667 for two positions whose roles will be to increase resiliency of First Nations families.
“Our province is only as strong as our families and communities,” Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir said. “We must all work together to end the cycles of violence, abuse and bullying.”
Kids First will hire a full-time family outreach worker to help at-risk First Nations families, with a focus on early childhood development.
Kids First will also hire a part-time youth worker who will develop healthy relationship programming for at-risk youth.
Provincial Family and Community Safety Program grants announced Friday will fund 76 local projects to prevent family and sexual violence, child sexual abuse.
The grants will also provide supports for parents, early childhood development, and promoting healthy relationships.
The projects target diverse populations, including aboriginals, newcomers to Canada, gender and sexual minorities, and rural and remote communities.
Grants range from $11,840 to $237,500 for a total of nearly $10-million. Projects will be funded for one year with the intent to provide funding for up to two additional years.
The Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource and Crisis Centre in Blairmore, which is also in the Livingstone-Macleod riding, received $11,840.
The centre will use the money to provide single and low-income mothers who are struggling with addictions or mental health issues, with increased emotional support.

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