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Lethbridge, AB (Friday, December 1, 2023) —  Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce the recipients of grants awarded as the result of the fall call for applications to the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. The Community Foundation will support 32 projects and initiatives with grants totaling $336,050 through the two grants programs.

Through the Community Priorities Grants program, $229,900 is being awarded to projects from 26 organizations across Southwestern Alberta. This funding is made possible by private, unrestricted donations given generously by supporters of the Community Foundation since 1966. The Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) provided an additional $14,650 to 17 of the projects. Thanks to their ongoing generosity, the LADA has allocated over $206,000 across the region since they began working with the Community Foundation in 2014.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $91,500 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.

“These grants essentially mark the end of our granting season for 2023,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, we were able to support the community of Southwestern Alberta with over $1.5 million this year. We thank everyone who contributes to our success and we acknowledge all of the many diverse groups that receive these grants; we are proud to be able to support the projects that help build a strong, healthy community.”

Members of the Community Foundation’s team will be out in the community from the 11th to the 15th of December hand-delivering the grants and talking to representatives from the groups receiving funding about their projects. For more information, follow the Community Foundation’s social media accounts.

A list of the Community Priorities grants can be found here and the Rural Life grants can be found here.