Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies Supports Local Non-Profits with its 2022 Community Grants

Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook, BC: May 12, 2022 – The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2022 community granting program. In 2022, CFKR’s community granting continued to grow, contributing a total of $56,841.17 to 40 community initiatives. In addition, a total of $28,810.05 was re-invested in the principals of 17 endowment funds, to grow future granting.

“Once again, we are so impressed by the many ways that local non-profits contribute to our communities, and CFKR is thrilled to support these excellent initiatives with a 2022 community grant,” stated Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) provided 2022 grants to a wide range of community projects and programs. Each grant application was reviewed by CFKR’s local volunteer committees, with granting decisions ratified by the CFKR Board.

The Elkford Community Fund awarded a total of $3,043.58 in its third year of granting:

  • Elkford Biking Club – Elkford Bike Park: $1,618.58
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Adult Tech Tutoring: $977.00
  • Elkford Nordic Ski Club – Sign replacement and repair: $448.00


The Sparwood Community Fund granted a total of $4,741.30 to the following projects:

  • Sparwood Trails Alliance – Bike wash station: $2,541.30
  • Sparwood Golf Club – purchase of new doors: $1,500.00
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Sparwood Kindergym: $700.00


The Fernie Community Fund allocated their $3,573.00 granting total as follows:

  • Fernie and District Arts Council – Youth Art Mini-Banners: $1,336.50
  • Fernie & District Heritage Society – Art Exhibit: $1,236.50
  • Kindergym-Fernie – Play Equipment: $1,000.00


In Cranbrook and area, including the South Country, $14,431.09 was granted to a total of 10 community initiatives, funded by several endowments, including the Cranbrook Community Fund; Seniors’ Enhancement Fund; Kimberley-Cranbrook 2008 Winter Games Arts/Culture and Sports Funds; Knights of Pythias Fund; Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund; Environment Fund; Outdoor Recreation Fund; and the Neil & Patricia Sinclair Fund:

  • Knights of Pythias Community Volunteer Award: $750.00
    • Pending the 2022 award application process, the award recipient will designate this amount to a local qualified donee of their choice
  • CBEEN – Wild Voices environmental education for children & youth: $1,000.00
  • Cranbrook & District Search and Rescue – Pagers: $1,500.00
  • Northern BC Friends of Children East Kootenay Branch – Financial Assistance to attend children’s medical appointments: $2,458.05
  • Galloway Curling Club – Purchase of AED: $1,532.03
  • Junior Achievement BC – Financial Literacy Workshops: $1,500.00
  • Kootenay Employment Services – Tablets for community outreach: $1,400.00
  • Triangle Women’s Institute (Grasmere) – Historical Panels in Community Hall: $1,500.00
  • Wildsight – Environmental Education: $1,500.00
  • Wildsight – Spooner Park Rehabilitation: $1,291.00


CFKR’s agency/designated endowment funds provided the following grants:

  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund to Cranbrook Salvation Army food programs: $3,249.53
  • Columbia Outdoor School/Blue Lake Camp: $2,536.23
  • Symphony of the Kootenays: $2,284.72
  • Cranbrook History Centre: $1,377.66
  • Cranbrook Community Theatre: $518.00
  • Community Connections Society of SE BC – Children First early childhood education/support: $1,535.33
  • East Kootenay Foundation for Health: $1,181.34
  • EKFH-Roy & Annabel Maundrell Fund: $236.11


CFKR’s donor-advised funds granted the following:

  • Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions – BC Schizophrenia Society, regional support group: $456.93
  • Community Matters Fund – Foundry East Kootenay: $294.21
  • Greg Fisher Community Fund – Cranbrook Salvation Army: $1,213.18
  • Janice Regnier Fund for Mental Health and Addictions – Cranbrook Salvation Army: $484.91
  • Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Fund:
    • Symphony of the Kootenays – Nutcracker Concert: $1,500.00
    • Symphony of the Kootenays – Mountain Concert: $1,500.00
    • Cranbrook Community Theatre Society – Bud’s Bench: $1,500.00
    • Cranbrook Community Forest Society – Trail Maintenance: $1,934.06
    • Cranbrook History Centre – Ed Talks Lecture Series: $5,000.00
    • East Kootenay SPCA – Veterinary Care: $5,000.00


CFKR looks forward to awarding our 2022 scholarships in the coming months, in partnership with School District #5 (Southeast Kootenay):

  • Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship (Fernie): $1,100.00
  • Mark Mahovlic Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $1,000.00
  • Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $350.00


Thanks to their belief in the power of growing endowment funds, the following endowment fund holders re-invested some or all of their 2022 grants, thereby growing both their principals as well as their future granting:

  • Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Funds:
    • East Kootenay Foundation for Health Fund: $6,000.00
    • Friends of Fort Steele Fund: $6,000.00
    • Symphony of the Kootenays Fund: $5,500.00
  • Niedermayer Family Fund: $1,529.86
  • Friends of Fort Steele Society Endowment Fund: $5,207.84
  • Northern BC Friends of Children East Kootenay Branch Endowment Fund: $296.42
  • Key City Theatre Legacy Fund: $316.63
  • Key City Gymnastics Club Endowment Fund: $492.75
  • Cranbrook Past and Present Teachers’ Legacy Fund: $287.72
  • Hough Ingalls Fund for Animal Welfare: $396.26
  • East Kootenay SPCA Fund: $397.96
  • Cranbrook Public Library Endowment Fund: $687.67
  • Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Education Fund: $265.85
  • BGC Cranbrook Fund: $303.21
  • Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $68.17
  • Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship Fund (Fernie): $59.71
  • Pidoca Construction Group Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $1,000.00

Each year, CFKR’s annual community granting program opens January 1st and closes  February 15th. Further details can be found at