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Community Foundation Awards Final Round of Grants for 2019

December 12, 2019

Over $280,000 handed out in support of charitable initiatives in Southwestern Alberta

Lethbridge, AB (December 12, 2019)—The giving spirit was in the air today at the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s Fall Grants Celebration, as 36 projects and initiatives received a combined total of $286,180 in grant funding, marking the culmination of the Community Foundation’s granting programs for 2019.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $231,000 in grants to projects from 31 organizations. This funding is made possible by private, unrestricted donations given generously by supporters of the Community Foundation over the past five decades. Three grants received a combined total of $7,810 from various Field of Interest Funds, which provide support to successful applications that meet specific criteria outlined by the donors.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $54,580 to six projects. This fund, established from a bequest by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named to honour the memory of his uncle, supports projects whose purpose is to sustain a high quality of life for residents of rural Southwestern Alberta. One application also received $600 from a Field of Interest Fund.

“Our Fall-Winter Grants Celebration is a fantastic way to wrap up another successful year at the Community Foundation. We’re happy to be able to support our community with these grants, and we’re grateful to the donors who make our work possible,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director.

All of these grants support important projects improving quality of life in several areas, including health technology, parks and recreation, music, building construction and renovation, and youth in sport. A list of projects and brief descriptions can be accessed here: 

With an endowment of over $28 million, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is the largest non-government funding body in the region. Fall-Winter grant disbursements bring the amount of funding allocated in 2019 to over $780,000.

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