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Cheyno Finnie of the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (left) and Renee Richards of the Community Foundation grants committee presented a $7,500 grant to Empress Theatre Society president Laura Glover.

Cheyno Finnie of the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (left) and Renee Richards of the Community Foundation grants committee presented a $7,500 grant to Empress Theatre Society president Laura Glover.

Mike Sherman of the Granum Historical Society accepted a $4,000 grant from Community Foundation board member Barb Godkin.

Mike Sherman of the Granum Historical Society accepted a $4,000 grant from Community Foundation board member Barb Godkin.

Anita Walker (left) of Granum Public Library accepted a $5,000 grant from Bob Short of the Community Foundation grants committee.

Anita Walker (left) of Granum Public Library accepted a $5,000 grant from Bob Short of the Community Foundation grants committee.

A Fort Macleod organization and two Granum groups shared in $227,800 in grants awarded last week by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.
The Empress Theatre Society, Granum Museum and Granum Public Library were among 30 groups to receive Community Priorities Fund grants.
“The funding for our Community Priorities Fund comes from generous donors who trust us to identify and support a wide range of important projects that will help enhance the quality of life for residents of southwestern Alberta,” foundation executive director Charleen Davidson said. “It’s always exciting to see what different organizations are working on, and to be able to support their projects is a privilege.”
The grants were presented Thursday during a ceremony in Lethbridge.
Donor gifts to the Community Priorities Fund are unrestricted, and serve the most pressing needs of communities.
The grants will support projects in 14 communities throughout southwestern Alberta for technology upgrades, facility renovations, and enhanced learning opportunities, as well as projects that support the arts, increase public safety, and foster community engagement.
The Empress Theatre Society in Fort Macleod will use its $7,500 grant to buy updated electronics, including new sound and lighting boards, for the theatre.
The Granum Museum will use its $4,000 grant for construction of washroom facilities for the museum.
Granum Public Library will use its $5,000 grant to buy new computers and office software.
Other area projects to receive funding were:
• Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, $15,000 to build permanent artist kiosks at Casa’s east square as part of its 60th anniversary celebration plans.
• Bellecrest Senior Citizens Club, Crowsnest Pass, $10,000 to construct a full kitchen.
• Blood Tribe Social Development, Blood Reserve, $15,000 for a community park in Moses Lake on the Blood Reserve.
• Carriage House Theatre Foundation, Cardston, $8,000 to install energy-efficient LED stage lighting.
• Claresholm Arts Society, $5,800 for permanent stage lighting in the Claresholm Community Centre.
• Nanton Thelma Fanning Memorial Library, $3,500 to buy new computers.
• Pincher Creek Legion, $5,000 to install roof vents and re-insulate the ceiling.
• Raymond High School Show Choir, $2,500 to buy computer equipment, microphones and related accessories for use in choir performances.
• Raymond Playhouse Society, $4,000 for upgrades to the theatre’s sound room and mixer system.
• Stavely Museum, $3,000 to renovate the museum building that houses an antique wooden threshing machine from 1904.
• Milk River Historical Society, $6,000 for historical preservation of a North West Mounted Police barracks.
Other recipients were Catholic Central High School, $10,000; Crossroads Counselling Centre Society, $5,000; Dr. Hamman School, Taber, $10,000; Great Canadian Plains Railway Society, $4,000; L.T. Westlake Fine Arts Elementary School, Taber, $8,000; Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society, $12,000; McMan Youth Family and Community Services Association, $10,000; Nord-Bridge Senior Citizens Association, Lethbridge, $15,000; Park Meadows school, $10,000; Safe Haven Women’s Shelter Society, Taber, $13,500; Theodore Brandley Library, Stirling, $5,000; Stavely Municipal Library, $2,500; Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club, Lethbridge, $2,000; University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music, $6,500; Vauxhall High School, $5,000; Wrentham Fire and Rescue Foundation, $15,000.

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