Community Foundation of Lethbridge offering new grants

Nonprofits can now apply to win thousands of dollars. The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is now accepting applications for the Community Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life grant programs. A total of $500,000 will be distributed to eager charities in Southwestern Alberta through two annual calls for applications. Charleen Davidson, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation says with the high cost of inflation, Canadians are curtailing their spending habits and it’s vital to get the money out to those who need it the most.

“And that includes charitable giving. So for us to be able to these grants programs to our charitable sector- which supports our larger community as a whole, is really critical at this point in time. Because charities aren’t receiving the same donations that they were receiving pre-covid or even during covid. Because this pandemic has gone on a lot longer than we all realized and now the far reaching consequences are happening. Such as the increase in our cost of living. So it’s critical for us to get this money out and support the community.”

The release from the foundation says the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life supports projects and initiatives from community organizations committed to sustaining a high quality of life throughout rural Southwestern Alberta. This fund grants to rural projects that demonstrate or provide innovation, community collaboration, education, and training. Applications for the grant programs are due by 4pm on October 17th.

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After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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