Local Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Recipients

Over $290,000 has been distributed to 31 charitable organizations throughout southwestern Alberta.

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is pleased to announce funding for 31 projects through two major granting programs, for a total of $294,669.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $214,155 in grants to 27 projects and organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fund exists as the result of private donations received from generous individuals since 1966. Gifts to the Community Priorities Fund are unrestricted, and serve the most pressing needs of our community. Twice a year, the Community Foundation accepts proposals for grants from the Community Priorities Fund, supporting the work of many worthy charitable causes throughout Southwestern Alberta. This fall’s grants from the Community Priorities Fund are supplemented by an allocation of $10,075 from various Field of Interest Funds. These funds are established to support different areas of interest, causes, or geographical regions, as chosen by the donor.

The Community Foundation extends special thanks to the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association (LADA) for contributing a total of $16,439 to four of the projects supported by the Community Priorities Fund. The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life will provide $54,000 to four projects from areas of rural Southwestern Alberta. Established by Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in honour of his uncle, this granting program works to enhance the quality of life for residents of rural communities throughout Southwestern Alberta.

A variety of important projects in many communities throughout Southwestern Alberta are receiving funding. Grants will support necessary renovations to community buildings, enhancements to learning environments, and increased options for physical activity. In total, eleven communities will benefit from Community Foundation grants given out today. A list of grant recipients and brief project descriptions is attached.

“It’s always a great pleasure for us to host our community for a Grants Celebration,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “As much as one-third of annual giving occurs in the month of December, and we’re delighted to be able to help our donors achieve their charitable goals by supporting Southwestern Alberta with their gifts. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors, we are able to continue to build a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community.” - Community Foundation Release

Projects receiving grants from the Community Priorities Fund, Fall 2018

* Arrowwood Restoration Society, $4,000
* Blackfoot Family Lodge Society, $13,939 ($3,939 from the LADA)
* Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta South Region, 
* Cardston Junior High School, $7,000
* Coalhurst Parks and Recreation Society, $10,000 ($2,500 from the LADA
* Coutts Municipal Library, $8,500
* Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School, Lethbridge, $10,000
* Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta, $6,000
* Father Leonard Van Tighem School, Lethbridge, $7,500
* Friends of the Claresholm & District Museum Society, $5,000
* Harbour House School, Lethbridge, $2,370
* John Davidson School, Coaldale, $7,500
* Lethbridge and District Music and
* Speech Arts Festival Society, $6,000
* Lethbridge Family Services, $10,000
* Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre, $2,500
* Lethbridge Symphony, $13,360
* Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club, $8,500
* Pincher Creek & District Agricultural Society, $10,000 ($5,000 from the LADA)
* Prairie Winds Clubhouse Society, $10,000
* Shaughnessy Community Association, $15,000
* Taber Food Bank Society, $10,000
* Town of Taber, $10,000
* Town of Vauxhall, $15,000 ($5,000 from the LADA)
* Vulcan Lions Club, $15,000
* Vulcan Spock Days Committee, $3,500
* Willow Creek Ag Society, $10,000
* Wilson Middle School, Lethbridge, $5,000

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