Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies Launches Annual Grant Application Process

Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook, BC (Jan. 6, 2021) – The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) has launched its annual granting process for its community funds in Elkford, Sparwood, and Fernie, as well as its endowment funds for Cranbrook and area.

CFKR welcomes applications from eligible non-profit organizations between January 1, 2021 and February 15, 2021.

Interested non-profits are invited to visit to review and download CFKR’s 2021 grant application guidelines and fillable pdf application form.

“Our permanently invested endowment funds continue to grow, and, as a result, our annual granting continues to grow as well,” said Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.

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 $1500 and support local non-profits in making our communities even better places to live, work, and play. From 2004 to 2020, the CFKR has given over $500,000 to local projects and programs.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) 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; Seniors’ Programs; and Social/Health Services.

For more information about CFKR’s 2021 grant application process, local non-profits are invited to connect with their local community contact person, as listed at

Here are some photos from CFKR’s 2020 grant recipients:


Elkford Nordic Ski Club – trail groomer


Sparwood Trails Alliance signage


Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Sparwood


Fernie Nordic Society Trail Signage


Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy-Fernie


Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club – gardening project


Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program – Cranbrook


Animal Welfare – East Kootenay SPCA and Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society


Cranbrook Community Theatre – Technical Workshop


Pidoca Construction Group Memorial Scholarship – Liam Thompson


Cranbrook-Kimberley Hospice Society – equipment for volunteer training


T. M. Roberts Elementary School – Playground Project


Environmental Education – Cranbrook


Mount Baker Secondary School – Basketball Court Project


Automated Emergency Defibrillator – Ground Floor Coworking Space (Cranbrook) in memory of Colin Campbell, community volunteer extraordinaire