Response and Recovery Granting Program & Emergency Community Support Fund

About these granting programs

Emergency Community Support Fund: This fund provides over $545,000 to local charities working with vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), this program is a partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, the United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross. The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is one of more than 100 community foundations across the country participating in this much-needed program. For more information on this fund, including applicant guidelines, please click here.

This fund is designed to support our community’s most vulnerable such as seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, refugees and newcomers to Canada, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2+ people, Indigenous people, and racialized people.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program: In order to address the urgent needs arising throughout our region, the Community Foundation is providing grants funding for frontline charitable organizations serving those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant applications will be considered for projects in four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children.

Next Grant Deadlines

ECSF: The Community Foundation is awarding grants on a rolling basis until July 27, 2020, or when funds are exhausted

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program: Currently closed to applications

What You Need to know to Apply

All charitable organizations in Southwestern Alberta, regardless of when they last received a grant from the Community Foundation, are eligible to apply for funding.

To ensure that you are applying to the appropriate fund and that your project is eligible, please contact the Community Foundation’s Grants Coordinator, Caitlin Gajdostik, at

Previous Grant Recipients

To view grants awarded to our community for COVID-19 relief, please click the links below:

2020 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grant Recipients
2020 Emergency Community Support Fund Grant Recipients

Apply to the Emergency Community Support Fund

Applications are submitted through the Community Foundations of Canada online portal, which can be accessed at the link below.


Apply to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program

Applications are submitted through our online portal, which can be accessed at the link below.


Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on both grants programs, please visit the link below.