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Charleen Davidson  |  Caitlin Gajdostik  |  Kaitlynn Weaver

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COVID-19 Updates from the Community Foundation

Caring for our Community: Responding to COVID-19

Community Foundation Announces Additional Funding for Local Charities Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Today, we are pleased to announce that two grant programs are now open and accepting applications from CRA registered charities working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic: the Emergency Community Support Fund and the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program.

The Emergency Community Support Fund will provide over $545,000 to local charities working with vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), which was announced by the Prime Minister of Canada on April 21, this program is a partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, the United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross. The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is one of more than 100 community foundations across the country participating in this much needed program.

Starting on May 19, 2020 the Community Foundation will begin accepting applications to the ECSF from CRA registered charities. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020.

The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program will also begin accepting applications from local charities working on the frontlines of the pandemic today. Funded through the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds and generously supported by several donors across the region, this program will focus on the community’s most urgent needs in response to COVID-19 through four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children. This is the second round of funding from this program, which announced $202,800 in grant funding earlier this month.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program will begin accepting applications May 19 from CRA registered charities. The deadline to apply to this program is 4:00 p.m. MST on June 12, 2020.

Charities interested in applying to either the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program or the Emergency Community Support Fund, are asked to contact our Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, at grants@cflsa.ca to discuss their projects and to ensure alignment to the appropriate program. For more information on either grants program, go to www.cflsa.ca/grants.

For anyone interested in supporting the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program, donations made up to May 31, 2020 are eligible for matching funds through the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Matching Donation Program. To make a donation, contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson at cdavidson@cflsa.ca or (403) 328-5297. All donations for the COVID-19 program will go directly back into the community. Gifts will not be subject to administration fees and will not be added to Community Foundation’s endowment fund. Donations are eligible for a tax receipt.

The Community Foundation expresses its sincere gratitude to those who have contributed to the COVID-19 program.

For more information, please click on the following links: Frequently Asked Questions and ECSF Information

Community Foundation Awards 15 Grants to Local Charities for Emergency Funding Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce $202,800 in grant funding to 15 charities working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, we established a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program with a contribution of $375,000 from our unrestricted fund. Due to the generous support this fund has received, both locally and nationally, the Community Foundation will announce a second call for funding in early May.

While successful applicants in the first round of funding include charities across the region providing urgent response work in the areas of food, shelter, and health care, the dominant request was for the provision of food. Other successful projects include providing online mental health supports, support for seniors, and emergency housing for youth-at-risk. For a complete list of grant recipients and a description of their projects, please visit the following link: 2020 Grant Recipients

Due to the high number of applications received, the Community Foundation was not able to support all requests and encourages groups to collaborate and share resources whenever possible. Funding decisions were based on urgent needs in four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children. Also considered was the financial support that charities have previously received from other sources in response to COVID-19. Before awarding funds, we made sure to research which charities have already received support from our generous community versus those who have not been as fortunate. Our goal was to ensure that everyone who needs it receives our support for the critical work they are doing. 

We ask anyone who is in a financial position to make a donation, to consider working with the Community Foundation to leverage your gift for matching funds from the Government of Alberta. All donations received by the Community Foundation for COVID-19 response and recovery will go right back out to support the community. Anyone interested in supporting the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund can do so by contacting Davidson at cdavidson@cflsa.ca. Gifts are eligible for a tax-deductible donation receipt. For more information on the matching donations program, please click here.

The Community Foundation is proud to support Southwestern Alberta at this challenging time, and acknowledges the generous support of our many donors and friends for their critical contributions to our work. 

Government of Alberta Announces COVID-19 Matching Donation Program 

The Community Foundation is happy to announce it has been selected to participate in the Government of Alberta’s new Charitable Giving Matching Donation Program. Starting April 15 and ending May 31, the Alberta government will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations up to 2 million dollars to the existing fundraising initiatives of seven Alberta charities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program. Matching funds depend on the collective amount raised by participating charities and the amount available from the government.

We acknowledge that this is a difficult time and that many Albertans are experiencing financial hardship. However, if you are in a position to donate, we ask that you consider working with us to leverage your gift to bring additional dollars in to support our community. Your gift is eligible for a tax receipt and it will not be subject to administration fees. Donations made specific to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program will go right back out to support the community; they will not be added to our permanent endowment fund.

If you are interested in supporting the COVID-19 grants program, please contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson at cdavidson@cflsa.ca or 403-328-5297. You can also donate online through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s listing on CanadaHelps.org—choose “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” from the funds listed.

For most of us, this is an unprecedented moment in our lives. We do not know how or when this pandemic will end. We do know, however, that Southwestern Albertans have a long history of charitable giving, especially in times of difficulty. Participating in the Government of Alberta’s matching donations program is a great way to leverage donor dollars to make an even greater impact on the well-being of our community. We thank you for your ongoing support of the community through our work.

While our office remains closed at this time, our team is hard at work from home so that we can continue to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the following email addresses if we can be of any assistance to you:

Charleen Davidson, Executive Director: cdavidson@cflsa.ca

Caitlin Gajdostik, Grants Coordinator: grants@cflsa.ca

Kaitlynn Weaver, Community Knowledge Coordinator: research@cflsa.ca

For more information on the Government of Alberta’s Matching Charitable Donation Program, please click here.

Announcing the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program 

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is committed to supporting its community. In order to address the urgent needs arising throughout our region, the Community Foundation is shifting the Community Priorities, Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life, and Youth in Action granting programs for spring 2020. This shift will enable the Community Foundation to provide $375,000 for frontline charitable organizations dealing with those most affected by the pandemic in four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children. It will also facilitate support for recovery efforts in the months ahead. The Community Foundation will work with community leaders and charities throughout Southwestern Alberta to ensure a coordinated and responsible approach to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our community. The Community Foundation will be accepting applications through its online platform (cflsa.fluidreview.com) until Friday, April 17, 2020, at 4:30 pm.

Anyone can contribute to the community’s response to the pandemic through the Community Foundation. All donations received by the Community Foundation for the COVID-19 response and recovery will go right back out to support the community. They will not be added to any permanently endowed funds. If you are interested in supporting the COVID-19 grants program, please contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson at cdavidson@cflsa.ca or 403-328-5297. You can also donate online through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s listing on CanadaHelps.org—choose “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” from the funds listed. Gifts are eligible for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Donors with a Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation can support response and recovery efforts by requesting to make a contribution from their fund, and are asked to contact Charleen to discuss arrangements.

The Community Foundation’s first priority is, and has always been, the community’s well-being. Addressing the effects of the pandemic through the Response and Recovery Grants Program will help to ensure the continued health and well-being of Southwestern Alberta.

Office Closure

The Alberta government has implemented public health orders to close workplaces deemed non-essential. Until further notice, the Community Foundation office will be closed and our team will be working from home. It's important to do everything we can for the health and well-being of our team and our community. Please be assured that business will carry on—although remotely.

We are working with our community leaders and our charities to help identify pressing needs in our community so that we continue to be strategic with our granting programs. If you are interested in supporting the community and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Community Foundation, please contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson directly. You may also make a donation through the CFLSA profile on CanadaHelps and designate it to COVID-19 response.

Though our office is closed, we are continuing to work hard to do what is best for our community. We are currently reviewing ways that we can help to address the effects of the pandemic during this difficult time.

We encourage our community to take care of one another and stay healthy. Please follow the guidance and directives of public health officials, including Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada, practice physical distancing, and, above all else, remain calm. The community of Southwestern Alberta is resilient, and we will endure these new challenges together.

We will continue to update our website during this period. Please direct any inquiries to the relevant Community Foundation team member. Contact information is below.

Executive Director Charleen Davidson:
cdavidson@cflsa.ca

Grants Coordinator Caitlin Gajdostik:
grants@cflsa.ca 

Community Knowledge Coordinator Kaitlynn Weaver:
research@cflsa.ca

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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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