42 grants awarded to projects around Southwestern Alberta by the Community Foundation

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
May 9, 2018 - 1:14pm

LETHBRIDGE - The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta announced $363,155 in total funding for 42 projects through two of its major granting programs on Wednesday, May 9.

The Community Priorities Fund will provide $269,155 in grants to 36 projects and organizations throughout the area. 

A release states 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 fund which helps support the work of many worthy charitable causes throughout Southwestern Alberta. 

The other funding comes from the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life, which will provide $94,000 to six projects from rural areas in 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 the area. 

These grants will help provide information technology upgrades, accessibility enhancements, and equipment replacement, as well as to support initiatives increasing educational opportunities and improving mental and physical health. 

Community Foundation Executive Director Charleen Davidson says the Grants Celebration is particularly exciting for everyone at the foundation.

"Because it's the first time that we've combined the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life Grants with the Community Priority Grants," Davidson continued. "The Rural Life Grants program has only existed for a couple of years, so it's very exciting to see it grow and mature to the place where it can be properly celebrated alongside our Community Priorities Grants program."

Here is the full list of grants:

- $11,000 to the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation
- $5,000 to the Arden T. Litt Centre for Learning in Grassy Lake
- $7,500 to Camp Carmangay
- $4,630 to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
- $10,475 to the Children of St. Martha School
- $10,475 to Chinook High School
- $1,000 to the Crowsnest Community Library
- $10,000 to the Crowsnest Nordic Ski Club
- $4,000 to the Enchant Library
- $6,700 to the Fort Macleod Community Health Champions
- $5,000 to the Friends of Taber Literacy Association
- $8,000 to the General Stewart Elementary School
- $2,000 to the Glenwood Communities in Bloom
- $2,400 to the Granum Recreation Society 
- $7,500 to the Horace Allen School in Crowsnest Pass
- $5,000 to the Lethbridge and District Humane Society
- $4,500 to the Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society
- $15,000 to the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization
- $25,000 to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Association
- $5,000 to the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association
- $7,500 to Magrath High School
- $6,000 to the Magrath Public Library
- $5,500 to the New West Theatre Society
- $10,000 to the Picture Butte & District Recreation and Culture Society 
- $15,000 to the Pincher Creek Handi-Bus Society
- $8,000 to the Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum Society in Picture Butte
- $6,250 to the Ranchlands Victims Services Society
- $5,000 to the Southern Alberta Self-Help Association
- $10,000 to St. Catherine's School in Picture Butte
- $8,000 to St. Francis Junior High
- $11,500 to the Stavely Community Hall
- $5,000 to Stavely's Unique Character House
- $3,000 to the Streets Alive Family Support Association
- $10,000 to the Town of Pincher Creek Spray Park Society
- $10,000 to the Walk on the Wild Side Society in Picture Butte
- $3,700 to the Wrenthem Public Library
- $26,000 to the Chinook Arch Regional Library System
- $10,000 to the Friends of Taber Literacy Association
- $3,000 to the Raymond and District Futures Society
- $25,000 to the Rowan House Society
- $25,000 to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation
- $5,000 to the Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society

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