Community Foundation Announces First Grants of 2021

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Over $383,000 awarded in support of charitable initiatives in Southwestern Alberta

Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce its support of 36 projects and initiatives with grants totaling $383,940 through three separate grants programs for the Community Foundation’s spring grants programs.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $275,440 in grants to projects from 31 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. Seven of these grants received an additional $30,500 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 $78,000 to five 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.

“It is always an honour for us to be a source of financial support for our community,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “This year it is particularly important for us to able to award these grants as our community attempts to reopen safely while continuing to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Each of these grants support projects that help improve the quality of life of Southwestern Alberta, as well as our community’s health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants support building renovations upgrades, a rural food rescue program, enhancements for outdoor recreation, including the Link Pathway, and projects in various schools across the region.