Support for growing Rural Community Capacity



Subsidizing Enrollment in Short Courses and Workshops for Community Capacity
  • Leaders and staff from rural municipalities and NGOs located in Southern Alberta may be eligible (see eligibility) to have capacity-building course fees covered through the Prentice Institute. 
  • Based on a new partnership between the Prentice Institute, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge, these funds will facilitate access to courses for rural stakeholders from both the Augustana Faculties “Augustana Extended Education” (AEE) Program and the new Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Continuing Education and Professional Development initiative.
  • The broader goal behind these courses and programs is to support rural community capacity and leadership by delivering courses that respond to expressed rural needs and priorities. Courses are taught by a combination of senior faculty from different universities, as well as established practitioners in areas such as law, politics, community development and planning.

  • Subsidies are made possible by a grant from the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.  The Prentice Insitute gratefully acknowledges the support of the Community Foundation, a public foundation that serves the community of Southwestern Alberta.


Application Process
Send a letter of request to the Prentice Institute at  The letter must include:
  1. Name and position of the person for whom the request is being made;
  2. Name of the course for potential subsidy:
  3. The dates that the applicant will be attending the course;
  4. Name, address and mandate of the "sponsoring" organization (muicipality or non-profit organization in southern Alberta)
  5. Amount of subsidy requested (specify the amount, up to 100%)
  6. Signature of the organization's director/manager (not the applicant)
  7. The application must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the program for the application to be considered

UofA Augustana Extended Education Courses

Arts & Sciences Continuing Education & Professional Development



Established through a bequest for Bill Long and named for his uncle Henry S. Varley, the objective of the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life is to enhance and sustain a quality of life in the rural communities of southwestern Alberta.  The Prentice Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, a public foundation serving the community of Southwestern Alberta.

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