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Community Foundation Supports Southwestern Alberta with 42 Grants

May 09, 2018

CFLSA presents $363,155 in Grants from the Community Priorities Fund and Varley Fund for Rural Life

Lethbridge, AB (May 9, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is proud to announce funding for 42 projects through two of its major granting programs, for a total of $363,155.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $269,155 in grants to 36 projects and organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fund 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.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $94,000 to six projects from areas of rural Southwestern Alberta. Established by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in honour of his uncle, this granting program works to enhance the quality of life for residents of rural communities throughout Southwestern Alberta.

These grants will support a variety of important projects in 18 communities throughout Southwestern Alberta. Grants will help provide information technology upgrades, accessibility enhancements, and equipment replacement, as well as to support initiatives increasing educational opportunities and improving mental and physical health. A list of grant recipients and brief project descriptions can be found at the links below.

“This Grants Celebration is particularly exciting for all of us at the Community Foundation,” said Charleen Davidson, Executive Director at the Community Foundation, “because it’s the first time that we’ve combined the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life Grants with the Community Priorities Grants. The Rural Life Grants program has only existed for a couple of years, so it’s very exciting to see it grow and mature to the place where it can be properly celebrated alongside our Community Priorities Grants program.”

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.

The Community Foundation would like to extend special thanks to the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) for contributing a total of $14,250 to eight of the projects supported by the Community Priorities Fund. 

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