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Our team is back at the office, but can we facilitate your request remotely?

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Charleen Davidson  |  Caitlin Gajdostik  |  Kat Weaver

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

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Community Foundation Offers Final Round of Funding for COVID-19 Relief 

Today, we are delighted to announce that we are accepting applications to the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program. In April, we announced our first round of grant funding designated to support charities working on the frontline of the pandemic. Since then, we have awarded 50 unique grants to charities working across Southwestern Alberta. This is expected to be our final call for COVID-19 related grant funding.

To date, we have been able to support our community with over $777,000 in funding specific to COVID-19 response and recovery. These grants have provided our community with everything from food and shelter, to safe spaces where seniors living in care can visit with their loved ones. Now, as we move to what is most likely our final call for COVID-19 related applications, we are confident that we have been able to help our community on the road to a healthy recovery.

Charities working with vulnerable populations are eligible to apply for a grant through the Community Foundation’s online platform ( until 4:30 p.m. on September 8, 2020. Charities interested in applying are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, at, to discuss their proposed project. For more information on the grants program, visit our website at

Seeded by the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program is further supported by the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Donation Matching Program and the generosity of several donors from across the country.

We are proud to be able to continue to support Southwestern Alberta and extend our gratitude to the Community Foundation's many donors and to the Government of Alberta for their support of the community through our work.

Office Re-opening Monday, June 1, 2020

We are excited to announce that our office is open and our team is back on-site! To ensure the safety of both our team and our community, we have implemented some new procedures for receiving visitors. Please review the following protocol prior to coming for a visit: 

1. If you are feeling unwell in any way, we ask that you please stay home. We are happy to facilitate your request through a call or an email. If you are exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms, please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Tool

2. All visitors to the office are required to sanitize their hands and wear a facemask. We have a sanitization station conveniently located immediately inside our door with everything you will need. 

3. Our team is also required to wear facemasks anytime we have guests.

4. We continue to practice social distancing, which means we will remain at least 2 meters away from you throughout your visit. Due to space limitations, visitors must remain in the common area of our office.

5. When you leave, please re-sanitize your hands. You are welcome to keep your facemask if you wish, or you can dispose of it in the garbage bin beside the sanitization station. 

Before coming to the office, please consider whether or not we can facilitate your request by phone or email. We are doing our part to keep our office sanitized and healthy, and we thank you for doing yours. Our team is required to complete the AHS Self Assessment Tool everyday, prior to coming to the office. Anyone exhibiting any symptoms, or exposed to someone exhibiting symptoms, is required to self-isolate for ten days. Our team members are required to sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the office, and will be practicing social distancing while at the office. If we are concerned that anyone on our team has been exposed to COVID-19, we will once again close our doors and continue serving the community from our homes. 

If you have any questions about our new procedures, please call our office at 403-328-5297 or email us: 

Charleen Davidson, Executive Director, 

Caitlin Gajdostik, Grants Coordinator, 

Kat Weaver, Community Knowledge Coordinator, 

For more information, click on the link below:

COVID-19 Response



A registered Canadian charity, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is the ninth-oldest of Canada’s 191 community foundations. We manage charitable gifts from generous donors in permanent, income-earning endowment funds, and distribute the investment income earned to the registered charities our donors wish to support.

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