Community Foundation Spring Granting Programs Open For Applications

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Lethbridge, AB (January 15, 2024) – The Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the Community Priorities, Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life, and Youth in Action Grants Programs. 

The Community Priorities Fund is the Community Foundation’s largest granting program and currently awards over $500,000 annually through two calls for funding. This spring, the fund will distribute $300,000 to charities and other qualified donees throughout Southwestern Alberta. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024.

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life supports projects and initiatives from community organizations committed to sustaining a high quality of life throughout rural Southwestern Alberta. This fund grants to rural projects that demonstrate or provide innovation, community collaboration, education, or training. It will support the community with over $90,000 this spring. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024.

The Youth in Action Grants program empowers youth by encouraging collaboration on a project that will have a positive impact on the community. The projects funded by this program must be initiated, led, and organized by individuals (or a group) 25 years of age or younger, in collaboration with a charity or school. The application deadline for Youth in Action grants is 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 29, 2024.

“As we move into a new year, we look forward to seeing the different initiatives that people are working on,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “We know how important these initiatives are to each individual community throughout our region and are proud to be able to provide financial support to groups helping build a vibrant Southwestern Alberta.”

Anyone interested in learning about the application process is encouraged to attend a free grant information session on Tuesday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP to The Zoom link will be shared upon registration confirmation.

More information on eligibility, funding criteria, and access to the applications for grants at the Community Foundation is available on the Community Foundation website Applicants must be a qualified donee under the Canada Revenue Agency, or apply in partnership with one. All applications must be submitted online.

The Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, is available to answer questions regarding the grant application process, and can be reached at 403-328-5297 or