Grants

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications to the Community Priorities Fund and the H. S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.

Community Priorities Granting Program

About this granting program

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.

What you need to know to apply

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. 

To learn more about the grant application process and how best to prepare your application, interested parties are invited to attend the upcoming grants information session, hosted on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. on September 24, 2020. To access the link and RSVP for this session, please email grants@cflsa.ca

Support this granting program

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.

Next grant deadline

This grants program is accepting applications until 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2020.

Previous grant recipients

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

Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life

About this granting program

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.

To learn more about the grant application process and how best to prepare your application, interested parties are invited to attend the upcoming grants information session, hosted on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. on September 24, 2020. To access the link and RSVP for this session, please email grants@cflsa.ca

What you need to know to apply

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.

Support this granting program

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.

Next grant deadline

This grants program is accepting applications until 4:30 p.m. on October 15, 2020.

Previous grant recipients

2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

About this granting program

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.

Next grant deadline

The Community Foundation is no longer accepting applications to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program.

    What you need to know to apply

    All charitable organizations in Southwestern Alberta, regardless of when they last received a grant from the Community Foundation, are eligible to apply for funding. Retroactive expenses will not be covered by this grants program. Grants will be made based on need and available Community Foundation funding.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, at grants@cflsa.ca.

    The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

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    The Emergency Community Support Fund 

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    "The Community Foundation supports Southwestern Alberta with grant funding to help build a vibrant community where everyone has a sense of belonging."

    Youth in Action Grants Program

    About this granting program

    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.

    What you need to know

    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.

    Next grant deadline

    This grants program is currently closed.

    Previous grant recipients

    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

    Other Granting Programs

    Periodically, the Community Foundation facilitates one-time grant funding in acknowledgment of special events or milestones. This section is provided for informational purposes only.

    Community Fund for Canada's 150th

    About the Fund

    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.

    Community Fund for Canada's 150th

    Emergency Community Support Fund

    About this granting program

    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 allocated over $545,000 in grant funding to support local CRA registered charities working with vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The Emergency Community Support Fund

    Funded by

    GOC TriColour (1)

    ECSF Grant Recipients