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Lethbridge, AB (Monday, May 13, 2024) — Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and
Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce the recipients of grants awarded as the result of the spring call for applications to the Community Priorities Fund, the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life, and multiple Field of Interest Funds. The Community Foundation will support 43 projects and initiatives with grants totaling $437,925 through its spring application cycle.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $266,875 in grants to projects from 36 organizations across Southwestern Alberta. This funding is made possible by private, unrestricted donations given generously by supporters of the Community Foundation over the past five decades. Additionally, 11 of these grants received a total of $59,600 from various Field of Interest Funds, which provide support to successful applications that meet specific criteria determined by the donors. The Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) provided an additional $8,000 to 13 projects. Thanks to their ongoing generosity they have allocated over $210,000 across the region since they began working with the Community Foundation in 2014.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $84,950 to seven projects, with two of those projects receiving a combined $18,500 from Field of Interest Funds. 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.

“We are all very excited about this round of grants,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “For many reasons, but in part because this will be our first in-house Grants Celebration since the COVID-19 pandemic – the last one being December 2019. We’re delighted to welcome the community of Southwestern Alberta back into our office and we’re looking forward to hearing everyone speak about their projects and the difference the grants make in helping bring those projects to fruition.”

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