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Activity Grant


About the Activity Grant

The Heart of Our City Committee is committed to enhancing the vibrancy of Downtown Lethbridge. The Heart of Our City Activity Grant was thus created to provide City of Lethbridge funds to assist Lethbridge organizations host events that attract audiences and create an exciting downtown. 

The purpose of the Activity Grant is to provide funds to help Lethbridge organizations host festivals and events that create an exciting and vibrant Downtown and attract audiences to the city centre. ​

2019 Grant Submissions

Applications for the 2019 Heart Of Our City Activity Grant are now CLOSED (accepted until October 31, 2018). Than you to all those who applied. Grant Applications for 2020 will be available in Summer 2019.

2019 Approved Events

The following are the approved events for 2019

  • Lunch and Listen Concert Series
  • Newcomers Welcoming Event
  • Pretty, Witty & Gay Festival, Produced by Theatre Outré
  • Janes Walk Downtown
  • Feel the Beat
  • Jazz At The Park
  • Pridefest
  • Father's Day Celebration
  • Centric MusicFest
  • Sweetgrass Pow Wow
  • 6th Street Best of the Best
  • Lethbridge Bikefest
  • Farmers Market Cartoonist in Residence
  • Shakespeare In The Park
  • Hootenanny Outdoor Children's Play
  • Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival
  • Shelter Me! Party in the Park
  • CariBridge Carnival
  • Songs and Stories of Muscle Shoals (New West Theatre)
  • Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF)
  • Lethbridge Arts Days
  • The Word on the Street Festival
  • Festival of Lights/Dance Festival
  • 2018 Bright Lights Festival

Click on the link below to obtain more details of each of these events including: a description of the event; the date, time(s) & location(s); event organizers and contact information.  The list is preliminary since some aspects of some events may vary from this version.


For complete details regarding the approved events for 2019, click her​e​.​

Grant Eligibility & Funding

Grant Eligibility
The Heart of the City Activity Grant is available to incorporated, not for profit organizations. Unincorporated organizations and individuals may apply provided they provide an indication of support from an eligible organization.   Public Institutions and Foundations may be eligible for projects outside their normal scope of operations.  In order to be eligible for funding the event must be held within the Downtown area or within the Civic Precinct as defined by the Heart of Our City.


The Heart of Our City Activity Grant is not intended for fund raising events.

Grant Funding

Projects will be eligible for up to $10,000.00 in grant funding annually.  A project is not eligible for Heart of Our City Grant funding if it is receiving funds from other City of Lethbridge sources. All grant applications exceeding $1000.00 require the organization to provide 50% matching funds.  Applications for grant funding may receive: maximum grant funding; or partial grant funding; or no funding due to the volume of applications, limited availability of funds or misalignment with grant purposes.


Project budgets must be balanced which means that planned expenditures must equal the anticipated revenues plus the requested funding.

Application Requirements
  • Completed application form
  • Completed project budget
  • Supporting documentation
  • List of Applicant Executive or Event Organizing Committee members
  • Signed Applicant Agreement
Eligible Expenses
  • Fees for services – professional and technical fees
  • Event supplies
  • Marketing and communications – ads, graphic design, brochures, banners, etc.
  • Event infrastructure – venue rental, stages, lighting, sound, portable washrooms, etc.
  • Safety – Security personnel, ambulance
  • Volunteer expenses – identifying clothing, refreshments
Evaluation Criteria

Project Benefits

  • Level of support for the Heart of the City Vision[1]
  • Magnitude of event
  • Event accessibility
  • Projected downtown visitor attraction – participants, volunteers, audiences
  • Duration of project
  • Project sustainability – is the project a one time or ongoing event

Project Viability

  • Background of applicant (organization size, length of operation, prior experience)
  • Indication of community support, including letters of support from sponsoring entities
  • Sufficiency of matching resources

Availability of Funding         

[1]Downtown Vision Statement: Downtown will strive to enhance quality of life for all Lethbridge citizens.  Its vibrancy is rooted in its diverse population and accordingly it will strive to be an open, safe, affordable, accessible and welcoming place to people of all walks of life.  This social diversity will be embraced and celebrated through festivals and cultural events, urban design, architecture, and the day to day functioning of Downtown Lethbridge.

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