Awarding over half a million dollars annually, the Community Priorities Fund is our biggest granting program. Support for this program comes from more than five decades of donations, beginning with the first gifts the Community Foundation received in 1966. Donors to this fund allocate their gifts to support the needs of the day. This program supports a wide range of projects in communities throughout our region.
Prior to filling out your application, please read through our Grant Application Guidelines to see if your organization and/or your project are eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-registered charity, or be in partnership with a municipality or school, to qualify for a grant.
The spring deadline to apply for a grant from the Community Priorities Fund is Friday, March 15.
To view recent Community Priorities Fund grant recipients, click the buttons below.2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring
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, in honour of his uncle, Henry Stewart Varley, and the family’s ranching heritage. The Varley family ranched southeast of Pincher Creek in the community of Fishburn for a century.
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 read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your organization and project are eligible for funding.
The spring deadline to apply for a grant from the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life is Friday, March 15.
Every year the Community Foundation funds projects throughout Southwestern Alberta that are created by youth. The projects funded by this grant program must be initiated, led, and organized by individuals (or a group) 25 years of age or younger, in collaboration with a charity or school.
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 the Grant Application Guidelines.
The 2019 deadline to apply for a Youth in Action grant is Thursday, February 28.
The Community Fund for Canada's 150th was a national initiative and collaborative effort delivered by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, in partnership with the Government of Canada and community leaders from across the country.
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.
In total, 11 projects received funding.Canada 150 Grants