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

Contact us:

Charleen Davidson  |  Caitlin Gajdostik  |  Kaitlynn Weaver

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

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Caring for our Community: 
Responding to COVID-19

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, 

Kaitlynn Weaver, Community Knowledge Coordinator, 

Community Foundation's Emergency Community Support Fund Accepting Applications

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta reminds local charities that the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) will continue to accept applications until July 27, 2020, or until the funds have been exhausted.

Funded through the Government of Canada – and in partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, the United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross – the Community Foundation received $545,000 to support local CRA registered charities working with vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are thrilled that we are able to bring the ECSF grants program to Southwestern Alberta. We saw a tremendous need for additional financial support from our charities when we had our first round of funding from our COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program in May. The ECSF program will help us extend our reach – and our dollars – to make sure that we are able to support those in our region who need our help the most.

Since the ECSF launched on May 19, 2020, the Community Foundation has awarded thirteen grants to local charities, totalling $206,390. Among the recipients is the YWCA Lethbridge and District’s Harbour House Women’s Emergency Shelter, which received the maximum grant of $75,000. This grant will help the YWCA support vulnerable women and their children seeking shelter from not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also from an outbreak in what many are calling a ‘shadow pandemic’, an increase in the number of cases and severity of domestic violence due to social isolation and job loss. For a complete list of grant recipients and a brief description of their projects, please visit the following link: ECSF Grant Recipients

Charities interested in applying to the Emergency Community Support Fund, are asked to contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, at to discuss their projects and to ensure eligibility. As funds are limited, we encourage charities to apply early. 

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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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June 22, 2020

Thirteen grants awarded to date, for a total of $206,390, to charities in Southwestern Alberta

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