Granting

The Community Foundation currently offers three granting programs.

Community Priorities Grants Program

About the Fund

The Community Priorities Grants Program is our main granting program and is supported by many donors who have given together to support the needs of the day. This program supports a wide range of projects in communities throughout our region.

What you need to know

Prior to filling out your application, please read through our Grant Application Guidelines to see if your organization and project are eligible for funding. Your organization must be a registered CRA charity or be in partnership with a municipality or school to qualify for a grant.

Next grant deadline

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Grant Application Guidelines

Previous grant recipients

2016 Fall 2016 Spring

H.S. Varley Fund for Rural Life

About the Fund

The objective of this fund is to provide support through community organizations to people who are committed to sustaining the rural communities of southwestern Alberta. It was established through the legacy of William "Bill" Long to honour his uncle Henry Varley and the family’s ranching heritage. The Varley family ranched southeast of Pincher Creek in the community of Fishburn for a century.

What you need to know

This fund will grant to rural projects in the areas of Innovation, Community Collaboration, Education and Training, as well as Information and Research Initiatives. Before you begin your application, we encourage you to take the time and read through the Rural Life Fund Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your organization and project are eligible for funding.

Next grant deadline

We accept expressions of interest for this grant program throughout the year.

Grant Application Guidelines

"Since 2013, the Community Foundation has granted over $490,000 in 30 communities throughout our region for projects that help our communities stay vibrant."

Youth in Action Grants Program

About the Fund

Every year the Community Foundation funds projects created by youth throughout southwestern Alberta. The projects funded by this grant program must be initiated, led, and organized by individuals (or a group) under the age of 25 and in collaboration with a charity or school.

What you need to know

Grants can be applied for in any amount up to $2,000. To find out more about eligibility and what projects will be or will not be considered, please read through our Youth in Action Grant guidelines.

Next grant deadline

The next deadline for this program will be in 2018.

Grant Application Guidelines

Canada 150 Grants Program

About the Fund

The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is a national initiative and collaborative effort delivered by your local Community Foundation in partnership with the Government of Canada, and community leaders from across the country.

What you need to know

The Community Foundation considered applications for grants of up to $15,000. Eligible projects were required to match the value of the grant requested (either by in-kind or cash contributions) and must have been connected to this exciting milestone. This could be done by encouraging participation in Canada 150 activities and events, by inspiring a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that shape our country, or by building vibrant and healthy communities for all.

Projects funded through this grants program

In total, 11 projects received funding.

Canada 150 Grants