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Local Organizations Receive Legacy Funds

December 4, 2023

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) through the World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD) Legacy Fund has selected four local organizations to receive a total of $59,464.

Earlier this year, the Chamber of Commerce announced that WLD Legacy Fund would be open once again to not-for-profits and other formally organized groups for capital projects. Eleven (11) funding applications were received during the application period from August 1 to September 30, 2023.

The successful applicants are the Atlas Coal Mine Historical Society, Drumheller and Region Transition Society (D.A.R.T.S.), Rails to Trails and Rowley Community Hall Association. The Atlas Coal Mine will receive $6,464 to upgrade their miners’ lamps which are an integral piece of equipment for their underground mine tours. D.A.R.T.S will receive $21,000 to support the completion of their new bottle depot. Rails to Trails and Rowley Community Hall Association will both receive $16,000 each. Funds to Rails to Trails will support the continued development of the pathway system throughout the Drumheller Valley along the former CN rail line. Rowley Community Hall Association will be using their funding to support phase one of their elevator restoration project.

DDCC President Lana Phillips states “The Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have Tyra, the World’s Largest Dinosaur that provides revenues to reinvest through our WLD Legacy Fund. The fund is used to enhance and enrich community economic development initiatives. Over the years, the Legacy Fund has supported many great projects in the Drumheller area, which have had a positive impact on our community’s growth and economy. The DDCC Board of Directors will continue to be pragmatic in managing the WLD Legacy Fund, supporting local businesses and not-for-profits, while saving for the future needs of Tyra.”

Since the creation of the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund in 2004, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce has invested over $800,000 in the Drumheller region. This funding has supported39 non-profit organizations and 35 businesses, including $250,000 to the Town of Drumheller to construct the Badlands Community Facility