Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta announces the recipients of its Emerald Anniversary Grants, a program launched in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 55th anniversary.
Ten charities from across the region will each receive $5,500 in grant funding to support projects that create, adapt, or enhance community spaces for safe gathering. Projects range from Blackfoot immersive programming at Fort Whoop-up to disc golf in Raymond to public park enhancements in Barnwell and Claresholm, and community hall enhancements in McNally and Carmangay. A list of grant recipients can be viewed by clicking here.
“Back in 1966, a group of prominent community members came together with the vision of establishing a foundation that could be a permanent source of support to build and enhance community through charitable giving,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “Fifty-five later, our work honours that that original vision, and we are indeed a permanent source of support for our community. Now, after our COVID-19 response and recovery work in 2020, we are proud to celebrate our anniversary and the resiliency of our community by supporting a safe re-opening through our Emerald Anniversary Grants program.”
Officially established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 18, 1966, the Community Foundation has grown to be Southwestern Alberta’s leading centre for philanthropy. With an endowment fund of more than $33 million, the Community Foundation now awards over $1 million in grant funding across the region annually. The Community Foundation acknowledges its many donors and thanks them for their support of the community through its work.