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Posted on: March 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Community Foundation Grant Changes responding to COVID-19

Community Foundation

Caring for our Community: Responding to COVID-19

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is committed to supporting its community. In this time of uncertainty, we are shifting our grants programs so that we can respond to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic on Southwestern Alberta.

In order to address the urgent needs arising throughout our region, the Community Foundation is shifting the Community Priorities, Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life, and Youth in Action granting programs for spring 2020. This shift will enable the Community Foundation to provide $375,000 for frontline charitable organizations dealing with those most affected by the pandemic in four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children. It will also facilitate support for recovery efforts in the months ahead. The Community Foundation will work with community leaders and charities throughout Southwestern Alberta to ensure a coordinated and responsible approach to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our community.

The Community Foundation will begin accepting applications through its online platform ( on Monday, March 30, 2020. The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is Friday, April 17, 2020. Additionally, charitable partners are asked to complete a brief online survey to give the Community Foundation a better understanding of how charities are being affected. Please click here to complete the survey.

Anyone can contribute to the community’s response to the pandemic through the Community Foundation. All donations received by the Community Foundation for the COVID-19 response and recovery will go right back out to support the community. They will not be added to any permanently endowed funds. If you are interested in supporting the COVID-19 grants program, please contact Executive Director Charleen Davidson at or 403-328-5297. You can also donate online through the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta’s listing on—choose “COVID-19 Response” from the funds listed. Gifts are eligible for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Donors with a Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation can support response and recovery efforts by requesting to make a contribution from their fund, and are asked to contact Charleen to discuss arrangements.

The Community Foundation’s first priority is, and has always been, the community’s well-being. Addressing the effects of the pandemic through the Response and Recovery Grants Program will help to ensure the continued health and well-being of Southwestern Alberta.

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