Community Foundation Spring Granting Programs Open For Applications

By January 16, 2023 No Comments

Lethbridge, AB (January 16, 2023) – 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. Through two annual calls for applications, this fund will distribute $550,000 this year to charities and other qualified donees throughout Southwestern Alberta. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

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 $200,000 this year. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Youth in Action Grants empower youth by encouraging collaboration on a project that will have a positive impact on the community. The projects funded by this grant 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. Application Deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

“We know that our charitable sector is facing a lot of challenges right now,” said Executive Director Charleen Davidson. “We are very happy to be able to help address some of those challenges, and proud to remain a permanent source of financial support to our community. We thank the many donors for their continued generous support of the community through our work.”

Anyone who is interested in learning about the application process is encouraged to attend a free grant information session on Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 a.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 is available to answer questions regarding the grant application process, and can be reached at 403-328-5297 or