By Stan Ashbee
Recently, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta announced recipients of its Emerald Anniversary Grants — a program launched in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 55th anniversary, it was stated in a media release.
Ten charities from across the region will each receive $5,500 in grant funding to support projects that create, adapt or enhance community spaces for safe gathering.
“Back in 1966, a group of prominent community members came together with the vision of establishing a foundation that could be a permanent source of support to build and enhance community through charitable giving,” stated Executive Director Charleen Davidson.
“Fifty-five later, our work honours that original vision, and we are indeed a permanent source of support for our community. Now, after our COVID-19 response and recovery work in 2020, we are proud to celebrate our anniversary and the resiliency of our community by supporting a safe re-opening through our Emerald Anniversary Grants program,” Davidson added.
Officially established by an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta April 18, 1966, the Community Foundation has grown to be southwestern Alberta’s leading centre for philanthropy.
With an endowment fund of more than $33 million, the Community Foundation now awards over $1 million in grant funding across the region annually.
Emerald Anniversary Grant Recipients
Taber and District Health Foundation
Funding will support the development and enhancement of an outdoor atrium at the Clearview Lodge to ensure safe accessibility for all seniors.
Town of Taber
Funding will support the purchase of portable cornhusk-shaped heaters for public use at Confederation Park. The heaters will be available free-of-charge to residents that want to safely gather in the evening hours at the park.
Village of Barnwell
Funding will support the revitalization and expansion of Heritage Park through the installation of new benches and Community Garden beds.