Government is contributing to the growth of communities by investing in upgrades to existing facilities across the province. Energy Minister Michel Samson, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, announced today, July 29, a project receiving a grant in Richmond County under the Community Facility Improvement Program. “Facilities like church halls and community centres are often the heart of communities,” said Mr. Samson. “These investments will go a long way to help individuals and families enjoy what their communities have to offer.” D’Escousse Civic Improvement Society will receive $28,653 towards the centre’s kitchen and bathroom upgrades, which will strengthen involvement in the community. Through the program, government will invest more than $1 million for 48 upgraded facilities around the province. “I would like to thank Minister Samson, Minister Ince, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the provincial government for believing in the importance of rural community centres, and for their continued assistance in ensuring the development and sustainability of such organizations,” said Marcel Boudreau, vice-president, Civic Improvement Society. “Infrastructure upgrades, made possible through initiatives like the CFIP program, facilitate the hard work of countless volunteers, who provide important assistance to their communities.” The grants help community groups and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to continue to bring communities together. They will build, expand and improve the functionality of existing community facilities, in turn contributing to the growth of the local economy.