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Vital Signs 2018 Launches in October!

August 27, 2018

Join us on Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 at the Community Foundation office (Unit 50, 1202 2nd Avenue S., Lethbridge) as we launch our sixth Vital Signs report. Vital Signs uses local data and indicators to assess quality of life in Southwestern Alberta. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Spring Community Foundation Grants Celebration

May 09, 2018

Please join us at our office on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. for our Spring Grants Celebration. We will be celebrating recipients of grants from the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. Refreshments will be served.

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Now accepting applications for fall grants

July 03, 2018

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is now accepting applications for its fall grants cycle. Again this cycle, project proposals may be directed to either the Community Priorities or Rural Life Granting Programs.

The Community Priorities Fund is the Community Foundation's largest granting program, which exists as the result of unrestricted donations from generous, community-minded individuals over the past 52 years. Applications to the Community Priorities Fund support organizations and initiatives improving the quality of life in many different areas of the community. 

The Rural Life Grants Program was established through a bequest from Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long, who named it in honour of his late uncle, Henry S. Varley. Grants given out by this fund support projects that enhance the quality of life in rural Southwestern Alberta.

Applications are due by Monday, October 15. Recipients will be announced in early December. For more information, please contact the Community Foundation Office or visit

Community Foundation and Knights of Columbus Support Students

Community Foundation and Knights of Columbus Support Students

May 15, 2018

Knights of Columbus Endowment Fund Awards Grant to “Ready, Set, Go!” Initiative

Lethbridge, AB (May 15, 2018) – Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta and the Knights of Columbus #5726 presented the Holy Spirit School Division with a cheque for $3,818.50 in support of the Ready, Set, Go! Program.

Ready, Set, Go! is a collaboration between the Holy Spirit School Division and Lethbridge School District No. 51. The initiative provides school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and many other goods and services to children in need during a back-to-school fair, held before the first day of school each year. The grant awarded today will support this year’s event, scheduled to be held in August. “The Ready, Set, Go! Program gives many children a good head start for the school year. We acknowledge the Knights of Columbus Our Lady Peace Council and thank them for their generous support,” said Chris Smeaton, Holy Spirit School Division Superintendent.

The grant is made possible by the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Peace Council #5726 Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation. This fund was established in 2016 as a Designated Fund that specifically supports the Ready, Set, Go! Program. This is the second grant offered by the fund. “There are so many children in need in our community, so it is our honour to be able to help support this program,” said Ed Hamel of Knights of Columbus #5726.

Attached is a photo taken at today’s cheque presentation, which features (from left to right): Chris Smeaton and Anita Lethbridge-Gross of the Holy Spirit School Division, Charleen Davidson of the Community Foundation, and Ed Hamel of Knights of Columbus #5726. 

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