Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies 2023 Grant Application Process Now Open

Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook, BC (Jan. 4, 2023) – As of January 1st, the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies’ annual granting process is now open. This includes CFKR’s community funds in Elkford, Sparwood, and Fernie, as well as its endowment funds for Cranbrook and area, including the South Country. CFKR welcomes applications from eligible non-profit organizations from January 1, 2023 to February 15, 2023.

Interested non-profits are invited to visit to review and download CFKR’s 2023 grant application guidelines and fillable pdf application form.

“We’re thrilled to launch our 2023 grant application process,” said Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director. “Our annual granting continues to grow, thanks to the generosity of our donors, who believe in sustainable charitable giving through permanently invested endowment funds.”

To be eligible to apply, an organization must be a CRA qualified donee, such as a registered charity, or, if the organization is not a qualified donee, enter into an agreement with a qualified donee. Grant applications need to clearly demonstrate a direct, positive benefit to local residents.

Most CFKR annual grants range from a few hundred dollars up to $2,000 and support local non-profits in making our communities even better places to live, work, and play.

Since 2003, thanks to the income earned from its endowment funds, as well as external project funding, CFKR has granted a total of over $1 million to more than 300 local non-profit projects in the communities of Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Cranbrook, and the surrounding rural areas.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) provides grants to a wide range of projects: Animal Welfare; Arts, Culture, and Heritage; Education; Environment; Mental Health and Addictions; Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Sports; Seniors’ Programs; and Social/Health Services. For examples of the wide variety of projects funded by CFKR, please see the successful applicants from 2022.

For more information, local non-profits are invited to connect with their local community contact person, listed at

Photos from some of CFKR’s 2022 grants:


Elkford Bike Club – Bike Park


Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Adult Tech Tutoring in Elkford


Elkford Nordic Ski Club – Updated Signs


Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Sparwood KinderGym


FDAC Youth Mini-Banners


KinderGym Fernie


Symphony of the Kootenays – Symphony on the Mountain


Wildsight – Environmental Education


Cranbrook Community Theatre – Bud’s Bench


EK SPCA – Veterinary Care


Cranbrook-Kimberley Wildsight – Spooner Park Joseph Creek Vegetation


Cranbrook Community Forest Society – Trail Maintenance Program


East Kootenay Friends of Children – Financial Assistance to Attend Medical Appointments


Fernie & District Heritage Society – Art Exhibit


Symphony of the Kootenays – Nutcracker Concert