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Fall Grants Celebration

December 04, 2017

Please join us at our office on Thursday, December 7 at 10:30 for our Grants Celebration We will be awarding over $200,000 in project funding to 30 organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by phone at 403-328-5297 or to

Random Act of Kindness Day with the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge!

Random Act of Kindness Day with the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge!

November 03, 2017

Join the Community Foundation and Volunteer Lethbridge as we participate in Random Act of Kindness Day on Friday, November 3. Form a Kindness Squad with your friends or co-workers and do good deeds! To register your Kindness Squad and have a chance to win a $500 grant for the CRA-registered charity of your choice, click the sign-up link below.

Show how kindness has ROOTS in the community!

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Community Foundation Awards 30 Grants Across Southwestern Alberta

December 07, 2017

CFLSA presents $227,800 in Community Priorities Grants

Lethbridge, AB (December 7, 2017) – The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is proud to announce funding for 30 projects through the Community Priorities Grants program, for a total of $227,800.

Grants for these projects are provided through the Community Priorities Fund, which exists as the result of private donations received from generous individuals since 1966. Gifts to the Community Priorities Fund are unrestricted, and serve the most pressing needs of our community. Twice a year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for grants from the Community Priorities Fund, supporting the work of many worthy charitable causes throughout Southwestern Alberta.

These grants will support a variety of important projects in 14 communities throughout Southwestern Alberta. Grants will go to technology upgrades, facility renovations, and enhanced learning opportunities, as well as projects that support the arts, increase public safety, and foster community engagement. A list of grant recipients and brief project descriptions can be found at the link below.

“The funding for our Community Priorities Fund comes from generous donors who trust us to identify and support a wide range of important projects that will help enhance the quality of life for residents of Southwestern Alberta,” said Charleen Davidson, Executive Director. “It’s always exciting to see what different organizations are working on, and to be able to support their projects is a privilege.”

Through our annual grants program, donors can be confident that the Community Foundation is able to identify and support a wide range of community initiatives throughout Southwestern Alberta.

The Community Foundation would like to extend special thanks to the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) for contributing a combined $10,000 to seven projects.

View List of Funded Projects Here

Vital Signs 2017 Report Release

October 05, 2017

Community Foundation releases 2017 Vital Signs Report

Lethbridge, AB (October 5, 2017) – The Community Foundation’s annual Vital Signs® report was released today, offering a detailed picture of the quality of life in Southwestern Alberta. An initiative of the Community Foundations of Canada, this year’s report concludes a national initiative examining belonging in six impact areas: community connections, cultural life, environment, healthy communities, lifelong learning, and living standards.

Using local data, information, and sources from here in the community, Vital Signs identifies areas of need by presenting the challenges and advantages of life in Southwestern Alberta. Through Vital Signs, the Community Foundation is able to inform donors about pressing issues and focus its granting programs to address those issues by allocating support to charities working in those areas.

Vital Signs has grown to become an important part of the work we do, especially this year,” says Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “Our Community Priorities granting program is now aligned with our Vital Signs work at the application stage. Applicants must now indicate which of the six impact areas their projects will address and what the anticipated outcomes will be. We are committed to building a strong, healthy community where everyone has a sense of belonging, and we are confident that this strategic alignment will spark dialogue and promote civic engagement that does just that.”

Topics covered in Vital Signs focus on homelessness in rural communities and cultural and arts initiatives throughout the region. Guest speakers at the launch included Jody Francis, a housing liaison worker from Fort Macleod, and Amanda Berg from the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge. Both spoke about their respective organizations and how their work helps to improve the vitality of life in Southwestern Alberta.

For more information on the Community Foundation, Vital Signs, or to request a copy of the report, please contact the Community Foundation office at 403-328-5297 or

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