EDMONTON, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Alberta Blue Cross will award four more
$50,000 grants in 2014 to community groups and organizations across
Alberta for projects that promote health and wellness.
The grants are part of the Alberta Blue Cross Healthy Communities Grant
Program, through which the organization is committing $1 million over
five years to support and promote active living in communities across
Alberta. This is the second year of the program.
"We had a fantastic response to this program last year from across the
province, and we're glad to see that it's already making a positive
difference in the communities we serve," says Brian Geislinger,
vice-president of Corporate Relations with Alberta Blue Cross. In 2013,
projects funded through the program included new outdoor exercise
equipment in Blackfalds, a new school playground in Edmonton, new
outdoor sports courts in Calgary and a new toddler play area for Cold
"At Alberta Blue Cross, we have a unique focus on serving the health of
Albertans—and as an Alberta-based organization, our focus is really on
serving the communities in which we live," says Geislinger. "Programs
like this really reinforce our commitment."
Community leagues, school councils, municipalities, seniors associations
or other non-profit community-based groups or organizations in need for
funding for relevant projects are invited to apply for a grant.
Projects can range from the new construction or replacement of
children's playgrounds and outdoor adult gyms to cycling paths and
Funding for the program comes from the ABC Benefits Corporation
Foundation, which was established by Alberta Blue Cross in 1998 in
conjunction with its 50th anniversary.
Information and application forms are available at www.ab.bluecross.ca. The application deadline for this year's grants is Aug. 31, 2014.
As an Alberta-based, not-for-profit organization, Alberta Blue Cross
covers more than 1.6 million Albertans. Earlier this month, Alberta
Blue Cross was ranked as one of Alberta's Top 10 Most Loved Brands in
recognition of the organization's role supporting the health of
In 2013, Alberta Blue Cross processed over 46.7 million claim lines with
a value exceeding $2.04 billion
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SOURCE: Alberta Blue Cross
For further information:
Jaclyn Spurrell, communications officer, Alberta Blue Cross at 780-498-8255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.