Four local organizations receive foundation grants

By Rob Vogt – Local Press Writer
The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has provided grants to four local community organizations.
On Dec. 7, the foundation announced it had supported:
• The Claresholm and District Transportation Society with $10,000.
The funding will be used to help the society purchase a replacement passenger van to provide medical transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities.
• The Claresholm Animal Rescue Society with $10,150.
The funding will be used to improve the interior of the animal shelter and to allow for a cleaner, healthier kennel.
• The Granum Park Society with $10,000.
The funding will be used for the development of a new, multi-age-appropriate playground at Granview Recreational Park.
• The Granum and District Historical Society with $12,250.
The funding will be used to add names to the “Wall of Honour” cenotaph for local veterans who served their country.
The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta announced grants that supported 33 projects from organizations throughout Southwestern Alberta with more than $300,000 in funding.
The Community Priorities Granting Program awarded $220,970 to 27 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 importantly to these grants.
These 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, to name a few.
For more than 55 years, building a stronger and more vibrant Southwestern Alberta has been the motivation behind the foundation’s work. It connects generous donors with the causes close to their hearts. With their help, the foundation will award more than $1.2 million total in grants to qualified groups throughout the region this year.
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