Thursday, May 14, 2015

Community Foundation introduces Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life grant program

Bill Long and his uncle Henry Varley

Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that expressions of interest are now being accepted for a new grant program, the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life. This grant program will provide support through community organizations to people who are committed to keeping rural communities thriving in southwestern Alberta. The program will fund projects that are innovative and collaborative.

Applicants looking for grants to fund projects in southwestern Alberta communities stretching from the U.S. border north to Nanton, and from the B.C. border east to Grassy Lake can visit to fill out an Expression of Interest form. Applications for this program will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, with the first review of proposals to be considered for funding beginning on June 15, 2015.

Information on the eligibility of organizations as well as the granting criteria is available on the Community Foundation’s website ( The Foundation is only able to provide grants to Canada Revenue Agency qualified recipients. The Foundation staff are available to discuss project proposals and eligibility at 403-328-5297.

The funding for the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life was established through a bequest of William (Bill) Long to honour his uncle Henry Varley and the family’s ranching heritage. The Varley family ranched southeast of Pincher Creek in the community of Fishburn for a century. Bill Long established the Varley Fund at the Community Foundation to support the quality of rural life which the Varley family greatly valued.

“Mr. Long had a vision that rural communities should stay viable and successful long after his passing,” says Dennis Hatt, Foundation President. “We look forward to seeing how this fund can make a difference in rural communities throughout Southwestern Alberta.”

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is a public foundation that helps donors connect their generosity with community needs, now and forever. We’ve been doing this since the Foundation was formed on April 18, 1966 and have contributed over $6 million to a wide variety of charitable organizations in southwestern Alberta.

Related story:

Community Foundation announces $4.4 million gift from Pincher area rancher Bill Long

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