Community Foundation Fall Granting Programs Open For Applications

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Lethbridge, AB (August 23, 2023) – Applications are now being accepted by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta to the Community Priorities and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life grants programs.

The Community Priorities granting program is the Community Foundation’s largest granting initiative. Through two separate annual intakes, over $550,000 is awarded from this fund to support the work of engaged community groups and the charitable sector in the region. Primarily, this granting program supports one-time costs of construction, renovation, or equipment purchases, in an effort to help improve an organization’s capacity. The application deadline is at 4:00 p.m. on October 16, 2023.

The objective of the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural life is to provide support to community organizations that work to sustain a high quality of life in the rural communities of southwestern Alberta. The Fund was established through a bequest of Bill Long to honour his uncle Henry Varley and the family’s ranching heritage. This fund grants to rural projects in areas of innovation, community collaboration, education, and training and awards over $200,000 annually. The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. October 16, 2023.

 “This is our second and final call for funding this year,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, we will be awarding $1.7 million in grants funding across the region for 2023, and we encourage groups to fill out an application. Every project funded enhances the quality of life for everyone living in Southwestern Alberta.”

Anyone interested in applying for a grant must contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator Caitlin Gajdostik by phone, 403-328-5297, or email, Caitlin is available to answer questions regarding the application process, and will host a free information session via Zoom on at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. To register for this session, please email, and the Zoom link will be shared upon registration confirmation.

In order to apply, applicants must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee, or apply in partnership with a qualified donee, including a municipality, school district or CRA registered charity. All applications must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s online application platform, which is available through its website at