By August 24, 2023 No Comments

Lethbridge, AB (August 24, 2023) Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge is pleased to announce $610,000 in funding through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF).

The CSRF is a one-time investment of $400 million from the Government of Canada that is being administered collaboratively through three National Funders: Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and the United Way Centraide Canada. The Community Foundation, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, is supporting 21 projects with a total of $610,000. Successful projects range from technology upgrades to fund development strategies to Indigenous language revitalization. A full list of organizations and the projects funded can be found below.

“We are happy that we were able to bring the CSRF initiative to our community,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “We received over 40 applications, which clearly revealed the need for additional resources in our charitable sector as we continue along the post-pandemic recovery spectrum. This funding will help the successful applicants adapt service delivery, develop new strategies, and purchase new equipment; ultimately this funding will increase the capacity of our sector to better serve our community. We extend our gratitude to the Government of Canada for their support.”

The charitable sector, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, is critical to the wellbeing of the community, however, it has been struggling since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and it continues to struggle due to increased demand for services, reduced revenues and fundraising dollars, and a need to modernize technology. The CSRF was designed to help the charitable sector adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide.

“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable these organizations that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff, and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.”

– Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Click here for a list of recipients.

The Government of Canada supports a more inclusive model of economic growth, one that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada, as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.