The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is committed to supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to address the urgent needs arising throughout our region, the Community Foundation will provide $375,000 for frontline charitable organizations in Southwestern Alberta that are serving those most affected by the pandemic in four priority areas: food, shelter, health care, and families with children. Further, starting April 15 and ending May 31, the Alberta government will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations up to 2 million dollars to the existing fundraising initiatives of seven Alberta charities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program. With the support of the province, these funds will facilitate support for recovery efforts in the months ahead. The Community Foundation is working 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.
All donations received by the Community Foundation for dealing with the effects of the pandemic will go right back out to support the community through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Grants Program. They will not be added to any permanently endowed funds. Applications to this granting program will be accepted through its online platform (cflsa.fluidreview.com) starting on Monday, March 30, 2020. The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is Friday, April 17, 2020.
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.