CDCF invites Grant Applications for 2018

These are some of the recipients from the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation’s 2017 granting celebration last June, with donor, Casey Hanemayer, in the centre

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) is inviting eligible non-profit organizations to apply to its annual granting process from January 1st to February 26th, 2018.

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) takes a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provides grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives, including Animal Welfare; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Education; Environment; Mental Health and Addictions; Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity and Sports; Programs for Seniors; and Social and Health Services. Grant applications need to clearly demonstrate a direct, positive benefit to local residents.

According to Lynnette Wray, CDCF Executive Director, “For the first time, we’re offering a grant application form that is specific to organizations that fall within the Fernie Community Fund’s catchment area. We also have our standard application form for organizations in Cranbrook and the surrounding area. Both application forms are fillable pdf’s and can be found at”

“The Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee is in the process of developing their grant application process for 2018,” Wray added. “We encourage eligible organizations in the District of Sparwood to check the grants page on our website for further updates.”

To be eligible to apply, organizations must be a CRA-registered charity, or, if the organization is not a registered charity, enter into an agreement with a registered charity, stating that the registered charity supports the project and will accept the funds on behalf of the applicant.

Although most annual grants through the CDCF are relatively small, ranging from a few hundred dollars to $1500, the positive impact in the local community can be significant. From 2004 to 2017, the CDCF has given almost $500,000 to local projects and programs.

For more information about the CDCF’s 2018 grant application process, local non-profits are invited to contact Lynnette Wray, CDCF Executive Director, by phone at 250-246-1119 or email [email protected].

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation is a CRA-registered charity and was federally incorporated in 2003. The CDCF is governed by 13 volunteer board members and employs one staff person. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation currently holds 29 permanently invested endowment funds, including the Fernie Community Fund and the Sparwood Community Fund.

The CDCF accepts donations of money and permanently invests it so the money earns interest every year, forever. Each year, the CDCF gives the interest out to eligible organizations to do good things in our community. Projects that receive funding come from the community, reflect the unique nature of our community, and improve the quality of life for local people. The CDCF improves the lives of local residents by helping local donors to support local projects to help local people.