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Community Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

May 09, 2019

Over $275,000 in funding awarded to charitable organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta

Lethbridge, AB (May 9, 2019) – Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awards 37 grants to projects throughout Southwestern Alberta, for a total of $275,610. These grants are a result of this year’s first call for applications to the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.

The Community Priorities Fund contributes $196,030 in grant funding to 33 organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fund serves as the primary legacy for generous donors who have given unrestricted gifts to the Community Foundation over the past five decades, beginning in 1966. A further $25,100 is awarded through eight Field of Interest Funds, established by donors to support projects focused on a particular cause, demographic, or geographical area. Including a generous contribution of $21,000 from the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA), applications to the Community Priorities Fund receive a combined $242,130 in funding.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life provides four grants, for a total of $33,480, to projects from areas of rural Southwestern Alberta. Established by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in honour of his uncle, this Fund enhances quality of life for residents of communities throughout rural Southwestern Alberta.

Grants support a number of important initiatives in 18 communities throughout Southwestern Alberta. These initiatives include building renovations, information technology upgrades, and fine arts education. Successful applications include funding for sports equipment for youth new to Canada, furniture and building enhancements for seniors’ clubs, and life-saving safety equipment. A complete list of grant recipients and brief descriptions of their projects can be found here.

“Our Grants Celebrations are exciting events for us to host,” says Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “As always, we’re supporting a wide range of diverse projects from diverse geographical areas. We’re extremely fortunate to have such a large pool of unrestricted funds, and grateful to the many donors who trust us to use their gifts to respond to the needs of the day in our community. Several of the organizations receiving grants today did not exist when early donors made their gifts, yet, thanks to their prescience, we are able to support their important work.”

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


About the Community Foundation

It’s right there in our name: community. For over 50 years, building a stronger and more vibrant Southwestern Alberta has been the motivation behind our work. We connect generous donors to causes that are close to their hearts. Thanks to their generosity, we awarded over $850,000 in grants to qualified groups throughout our region in 2018. Learn more about us at

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