Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies Launches 2024 Grant Application Process

Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook, BC (Jan. 3, 2024) – The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is excited to launch its 2024 granting process. 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 1st to February 15th, 2024.

Interested non-profits are invited to visit to review and download CFKR’s 2024 grant application guidelines and fillable pdf application form.

According to Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director, “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and their commitment to sustainable charitable giving through permanently invested endowment funds, we have over $130,000 available for granting in 2024.”

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 agency 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 2023.

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


Photos from our 2023 grants:


Wildsight Elkford Eco-Stewards: Bat House Project


Elkford Public Library: Photo Printer


Elkford Search and Rescue: Meeting Room Furniture


Fernie and District Arts Council: Cleansing Art Workshops


Wildsight-Elk Valley: Power of Produce Club – Fernie


Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association: U13 Female Provincial Hockey Tournament








Key City Theatre: Faces of Pride Photography Exhibit


Canadian Mental Health Association – Kootenays: Mental Health First Aid Training



Cranbrook Food Bank: Addressing Homelessness Outreach Project — care packages


ANKORS: Addressing Homelessness — Supporting Vulnerable Populations Project


Wildsight: Cranbrook Eco-Stewards



Living Lakes Canada: Groundwater Project


Cranbrook Community Theatre: Work Smarter Project


Cranbrook Food Bank: Meat Slicer



Cranbrook History Centre: Safety & Accessibility Project


Active Cranbrook: Pre-School Activity Kits