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Community Foundation Announces Additional Funding For COVID-19 Response

Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) as part of its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants program. This new funding opportunity is made possible by an additional contribution of just over $229,000 that the Community Foundation received for the ECSF from the Community Foundations of Canada.

We are delighted to receive the additional ECSF allocation. We’ve been awarding grants to address the COVID-19 pandemic since April. While we’ve allocated over $1.1M to date, the request for funding is more than double. These additional dollars will help us extend our reach to those charities that have not received or perhaps require further support.

Funded by the Government of Canada and in partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, the United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross, the ECSF is a $350 million initiative that has been supporting Canada Revenue Agency registered charities across the country since May. To date, the Community Foundation has awarded over $720,000 in ECSF grants to 35 charities serving vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local charities working with individuals and groups who are experiencing heightened vulnerability due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for a grant through an online platform that can be accessed from the Community Foundation’s website at www.cflsa.ca/grants. Charities interested in applying are asked to contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator Caitlin Gajdostik at grants@cflsa.ca to discuss eligibility. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2020.

More information on the ECSF, including the application and program guidelines, can be found on our website.

The Community Foundation is grateful to the Government of Canada for its support and acknowledges the tremendous positive impact that the ECSF is making in Southwestern Alberta.

The Emergency Community Support Fund 

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Community Foundation Awards Over $770,000 in Grant Funding to Charities For COVID-19 Relief

Today, we are delighted to announce additional grant funding for charities working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants, which were allocated from the end of June to the end of September, support 40 charities and tally just over $770,000.

Established in March 2020 and seeded by the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program has grown to include the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Donation Matching Program, which received generous support from donors across the country. Through this combined support, the Community Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grant funding since April in support of charities serving vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been an extraordinary time at the Community Foundation. We’ve really seen the best in our community as people came together to support one another through this pandemic. All of us at the Community Foundation feel incredibly privileged to be able to facilitate these contributions into Southwestern Alberta to help maintain a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community.

Successful applicants to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery grants program include charities across the region working with vulnerable populations. Among the recipients is the Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society, which received a grant funded through the ECSF to retrofit its playground and fleet vehicles, and to install two new bathrooms and sanitation stations. These necessary updates will allow Opokaa’sin to meet Alberta Health Services standards and re-open certain childcare programs that were temporarily suspended due to restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Pincher Creek Foundation, which operates various senior and social housing residences, received a grant funded through the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Donation Matching Program for the purchase of additional program materials to increase social activities for residents. Due to the significant risk COVID-19 poses for seniors, they remain an extremely vulnerable population with significant restrictions on visitation and outings. 

We are proud to have been a source of financial support for Southwestern Alberta since the pandemic began, and gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our many donors and friends, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Alberta.


COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program: Now Closed to Applications

Established in March 2020 and seeded by the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program has grown to include the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Donation Matching Program, which received generous support from donors across the country. Through this combined support, the Community Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grant funding since April in support of charities serving vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a complete list of grant recipients who received funding through the ECSF or the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program, please click here.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

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The Emergency Community Support Fund 

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WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DO?

BY HELPING DONORS FULFILL THEIR CHARITABLE GOALS, WE BUILD A HEALTHY AND VIBRANT COMMUNITY.

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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