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Community Foundation announces grants

By Lethbridge Herald on December 22, 2021.

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has announced grants to aid organizations throughout southwestern Alberta.
On Tuesday, the CFLSA unveiled the recipients of grants awarded as the result of the fall call for applications to the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. 
The grants will support 32 projects from organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta with over $364,000 in funding.
The Community Priorities Granting Program awarded $269,300 to twenty-six projects. 
Funded by the endowment of the same name, this granting program is the Community Foundation’s oldest and largest, supporting charities and organizations that are working to address the needs of the day throughout Southwestern Alberta. As the Community Foundation’s granting programs are made possible entirely through donor support, individual fundholders also contribute significantly to these grants. 
Field of Interest Funds, established by donors to support a cause or area meaningful to them, provided over $13,000 to three projects with this fall’s disbursement bringing the amount granted by this program in 2021 to over half a million dollars.
The Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life awarded $95,300 to six projects, including one project that received additional support by a Field of Interest Fund. 
Established by a bequest from Pincher Creek-area rancher Bill Long and named in memory of his uncle, the Rural Life Granting Program funds projects and initiatives that enhance quality of life for residents of rural southwestern Alberta. 
In 2021, applicants to this granting program received a total over $173,000.
 “We received many great applications for diverse projects from across our region this fall, and we are proud to be able to support those projects with these grants,” said Community Foundation Executive Director, Charleen Davidson in a release. “We acknowledge and thank our many donors for their generosity because our ability to fund these projects is due to their continued support. Together with our donors, we help build a vibrant Southwestern Alberta.”
The grants support important projects and initiatives aimed at improving quality of life throughout southwestern Alberta, notably by improving accessibility, performing necessary renovations and repairs, enhancing spaces for safe community gathering, providing tools for improved learning opportunities, and increasing capacity for the delivery of social services. 
The Community Foundation acknowledged the Lethbridge Auto Dealers Association for supporting nine projects during this granting period with a total of $17,000.

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