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New funding supports pandemic recovery

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta and the United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta on Friday announced their participation in the Community Services Recovery Fund.

The fund is a one-time investment of $400-million by the government of Canada to support the charitable sector’s pandemic recovery.

The Community Services Recovery Fund, which will be facilitated by local community foundations, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way across the country, will provide Canada’s charitable sector with the tools needed to adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve their efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability.

Funding from the Community Services Recovery Fund will enable the charitable sector to invest in their own organizational capacity to:

  • Adapt the way they deliver services to support the needs of their staff and volunteers.
  • Buy equipment such as computers and software.
  • Create new ways of working, such as developing new fund-raising approaches.
  • Provide support for staff and volunteers, such as staff training, supports for mental health and well-being.
  • Develop plans to receive funding from diverse sources..

“The charitable sector plays a critical role in our community’s wellbeing,” Community Foundation executive director Charleen Davidson said. “Through the fund, southwestern Alberta now has additional resources to help organizations make updates and changes necessary so that they can continue to support our community.”

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has $570,000 available to award, while the United Way has $419,024 available, for a total of $989,024 to support southwestern Alberta’s charitable sector.

“The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non-profits need right now,” said Jaci Zalesak, United Way Lethbridge and South Western Alberta executive director.  “Funding will ensure there is a meaningful impact in our communities to strengthen organizations, their systems, programs, and people.”  

The application period runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 21.

For more information contact community foundation grants co-ordinator Caitlin Gajdostik at grants@cflsa.ca, or United Way executive director Jaci Zalesak, at together@lethbridgeunitedway.ca  or www.communityservicesrecoveryfund.ca. 

Community service organizations are encouraged to attend the Community Services Recovery Fund webinar on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 12 noon.

This session will give insight on the Community Services Recovery Fund, its eligibility criteria, timelines and next steps, as well as filling out an application.

Register for the webinar at https://communityfoundations.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W0ngdF0AR0a90ind7-4idA.