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To commemorate its emerald anniversary, the Community Foundation is launching a special grants program to support safe gathering in community spaces.

Today, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta announces that it is accepting applications to its Emerald Anniversary Grants program. This new initiative is in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 55th anniversary, and will award ten $5,500 grants across Southwestern Alberta for collaborative projects that create, adapt, or enhance community spaces for safe gathering.

“We are delighted to offer this grants program to help mark 55 years of service,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “Our work has always been about supporting the community, so we find it fitting that we celebrate this milestone by continuing that tradition and awarding $55,000 in funding through this commemorative grants program.”

Local CRA registered charities working in collaboration are eligible to apply for funding for projects including, but not limited to, outdoor trails, retrofitting parks, and community halls. More information on eligibility, funding criteria, and the online application, which must be submitted electronically, are available on the Community Foundation’s website at The Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator is available to assist organizations with their grant applications, and can be reached at or 403-328-5297. The deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. MST on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Officially established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on the 18 of April 1966, the seeds for the Community Foundation were planted by a group of prominent local citizens who envisioned an organization capable of accepting gifts, investing those gifts in perpetuity, and allocating the investment income to support the community through grants. Today, the Community Foundation’s endowment fund has grown to more than $33 million, with over $1 million allocated annually across the region.