Grants

The Community Foundation offers two open calls for funding annually, one in the spring and one in the fall. Follow the links below for details.

Please note that the Community Foundation has recently upgraded its grants management system. All users must register for a new account. For more information, contact Caitlin Gajdostik at grants@cflsa.ca

Community Priorities Fund

About these granting programs

Awarding over $450,000 annually, the Community Priorities Fund sustains our biggest granting program. Support for this program comes from over fifty years of donations, beginning with the first gifts the Community Foundation received in 1966. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their gifts to support the needs of the day, as represented by applications for funding. This program supports a wide range of projects from communities throughout our region.

What you need to know to apply

Prior to filling out your application, please read through our Grant Application Guidelines to see if your project is eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.

Support this granting program

As a donor, you can establish an endowment within the Community Priorities Fund. Investment income generated by your endowment will support the twice-yearly grants issued by this program. You can also make a donation online.

Next grant deadlines

March 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Previous Grant Recipients

2021 Spring2020 Fall2019 Fall2019 Spring2018 Fall2018 Spring2017 Fall2017 Spring2016 Fall2016 Spring

Criteria

Please read through the application guidelines carefully to determine if your project may be eligible for a grant from the Community Priorities Fund.

Application Guidelines

Apply

Use our online application system to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) or project proposal to the Community Priorities Granting Program. Community Foundation staff will then contact you to discuss your project.

Submit Application

Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life

About this granting program

The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life was established by local rancher William “Bill” Long and named in memory of his uncle, Henry Stewart Varley. The Varley family ranched southeast of Pincher Creek in the community of Fishburn for a century. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for a high quality of life throughout rural Southwestern Alberta, through organizations, projects, and initiatives that enhance rural communities. Grant applications to this fund are accepted twice yearly.

What you need to know to apply

This fund will grant to projects in the following areas: Innovation, Community Collaboration, Education and Training, and Information and Research Initiatives.

Before you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.

Supporting this granting program

The Varley Fund for Rural Life is a Field of Interest Endowment Fund. Investment income generated by the endowment supports the twice-yearly grants issued by this program. You can also make a donation online.

Next grant deadline

March 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Previous Grant Recipients

2021 Spring2020 Fall2019 Fall2019 Spring2018 Fall2018 Spring

Criteria

Please read through the application guidelines carefully to determine if your project may be eligible for a grant from the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.

Application Guidelines

Apply

Use our online application system to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) or project proposal to the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. Community Foundation staff will then contact you to discuss your project.

Submit Application

Youth in Action Grants Program

About this granting program

The Youth in Action Granting Program aims to empower young leaders by supporting youth-led initiatives that will benefit the community. Projects funded through Youth in Action grants must be initiated, led, and organized by residents of Southwestern Alberta up to 25 years of age, in collaboration with a charitable partner.

What you need to know to apply

This granting program accepts applications once per year. Applicants can request a grant of up to $2,000 for their project. To encourage creative, dynamic projects, Youth in Action project proposals are assessed on a case-by-case basis to evaluate how well they exemplify the granting program’s mandate.

Before you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for funding. Applicants must apply in partnership with a qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.

Next grant deadline

March 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Previous Grant Recipients

2019 Fall2018 Fall

Criteria

Please read through the application guidelines carefully to determine if your project may be eligible for a Youth in Action Grant.

Application Guidelines

Apply

Use our online application system to apply to the Youth in Action Grants Program.

Submit Application

Emerald Anniversary Grants Program

About this granting program

To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta on April 18, 2021, the Community Foundation is pleased to offer 10 grants to eligible organizations in Southwestern Alberta at $5,500 each. The purpose of these one-time grant funds is for community organizations to collaborate on a project that supports the safe re-opening of our community.

This program will support qualified donees that serve the community of Southwestern Alberta as they collaborate with other groups in the community to adapt, create, or enhance public spaces to allow for safe gatherings.

What You Need to know to Apply

This program is eligible to CRA qualified donees, including charities and municipalities, with a business number (BN) located in Southwestern Alberta and requires collaboration with at least one other organization to carryout the project.  Eligible projects will encourage community participation through adapting safe gathering spaces (examples include, but are not limited to: retrofitting parks, trails, and community halls.)

Before you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the Grant Application Guidelines to ensure your project is eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA-recognized qualified donee to be eligible. Learn more about qualified donees here.

Next Grant Deadline

May 17 at 4:00 p.m. MST

Criteria

Please read through the application guidelines carefully to determine if your project may be eligible for an Emerald Anniversary Grant

Application Guidelines

Apply

Use our online application system to apply to the Youth in Action Grants Program.

Submit Application

“The Community Foundation supports Southwestern Alberta with grant funding to help build a vibrant community where everyone has a sense of belonging.”

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