More money for upgrades
Saint Andrews Lodge in Montague is getting more than $90,000 as one of six projects approved for $190,000 in government funding announced Thursday.
The free masonry lodge will use the funding to improve the accessibility and functionality of the building on Main Street.
All six projects announced Thursday are in the Southern Kings County area and have been allocated investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together.
This was the second announcement of CIP 150 funding in as many days, with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency releasing details for funding five Charlottetown area projects Wednesday.
In Southern Kings, the projects include upgrades to recreational, cultural and social infrastructure. Each project recipient will contribute upwards of 50 per cent of their total project costs.
“These projects support active and healthy communities and help residents to connect, organize and celebrate our stories with one another,” said Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay.
“Together, these organizations are working to strengthen our communities and create a bright and welcoming future for all. I applaud the fine work of all organizations involved.”
As well as the $90,825 to Saint Andrew’s Lodge, CIP 150 is contributing the following: $36,101 to the Eastern Eagles Soccer Association to upgrade the sports complex; $22,380 to the Northumberland Recreation Association to upgrade the ice surface cooling system; $20,910 to Pownal Sports Centre to upgrade the refrigeration system in the arena; $17,467 to the Community of Murray River to upgrade the community centre, library and park; $4,598 to Cardigan Area Heritage Association Inc. to upgrade the heritage centre.
Gerry Franciosa, president of the Eastern Eagles Soccer Association, says his group is using the money for enhancements and repairs to the sports complex building and grounds.
“Without this generous support, most of the needed work would have been postponed or at best scaled back because of fiscal restraints,” he said.