The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta 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.
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.
CRA registered 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 the Community Foundations of Canada's online platform. Charities interested in applying are asked to contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator Caitlin Gajdostik at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss eligibility. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30, 2020.
In this round, there are two different streams for applications to the ECSF. If you are part of a national or provincial organization, use this flowchart to learn which stream is most appropriate for your application.
Awarding over $450,000 annually, the Community Priorities Fund sustains our biggest granting program. Support for this program comes from over fifty years of donations, beginning with the first gifts the Community Foundation received in 1966. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their gifts to support the needs of the day, as represented by applications for funding. This program supports a wide range of projects from communities throughout our region.
Prior to filling out your application, please read through our Grant Application Guidelines to see if your project is eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.
As a donor, you can establish an endowment within the Community Priorities Fund. Investment income generated by your endowment will support the twice-yearly grants issued by this program. You can also make a donation online.
This grants program is closed to applications.
To view grants awarded through the Community Priorities Fund, click the buttons below.2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring
The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life was established by local rancher William "Bill" Long and named in memory of his uncle, Henry Stewart Varley. The Varley family ranched southeast of Pincher Creek in the community of Fishburn for a century. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for a high quality of life throughout rural Southwestern Alberta, through organizations, projects, and initiatives that enhance rural communities. Grant applications to this fund are accepted twice yearly.
This fund will grant to projects in the following areas: Innovation, Community Collaboration, Education and Training, and Information and Research Initiatives.
Before you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.
The Varley Fund for Rural Life is a Field of Interest Endowment Fund. Investment income generated by the endowment supports the twice-yearly grants issued by this program. You can also make a donation online.
This grants program is closed to applications.
The Youth in Action Granting Program aims to empower young leaders by supporting youth-led initiatives that will benefit the community. Projects funded through Youth in Action grants must be initiated, led, and organized by residents of Southwestern Alberta up to 25 years of age, in collaboration with a charitable partner.
This granting program accepts applications once per year. Applicants can request a grant of up to $2,000 for their project. To encourage creative, dynamic projects, Youth in Action project proposals are assessed on a case-by-case basis to evaluate how well they exemplify the granting program's mandate.
Before you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for funding. Applicants must apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.
This grants program is currently closed.
Click on the buttons below to view projects previously funded through the Youth in Action Granting Program.2019 Youth in Action Grant Recipients 2018 Youth in Action Grant Recipients
The Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program helps support charitable organizations serving vulnerable populations in Southwestern Alberta impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeded by the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program is further supported by the Government of Alberta’s Charitable Donation Matching Program and the generosity of donors from across the country
This granting program is currently closed to applications.