The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) takes a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, providing grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives, including the following areas of interest:
- Animal Welfare
- Arts, Culture, and Heritage
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Sports
- Programs for Seniors
- Social and Health Services
Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies participates in Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic.
With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF is reopening a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) is proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to make this funding available in our local communities of Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Cranbrook, and the surrounding rural areas, including the Ktunaxa Nation communities of ʔaq̓am and Yaq̓it ʔaknuqⱡi ‘it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band).
Through this second round of ECSF, CFKR will be investing an additional $50,000 towards local charities and qualified donees, which are supporting people who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations can apply between October 5, 2020 and October 30 2020.
For this second round of funding, CFKR has set the following geographic granting guideline, allocating a total of $30,000 for Cranbrook and the surrounding rural area and $20,000 for the Elk Valley (i.e. Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and the surrounding rural area). Further, CFKR has set the maximum grant size at $10,000 per application for Cranbrook and $5,000 per application for the Elk Valley.
Click here to learn more about this program, including program eligibility and the application form.
CFKR grants over $100,000 in Round 1 of the Emergency Community Support Fund
CFKR is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Cranbrook, and the surrounding rural areas, in order to support our most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following ECSF’s launch on May 19, 2020, we are very pleased to report that CFKR has granted the full $109,120 available to our communities through this program. CFKR is no longer accepting applications for this program.
The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) has awarded $109,120 in grants to ten local charities/qualified donees, to support residents who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. These grants are part of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), funded by the Government of Canada.
The grants are as follows:
- Ktunaxa Nation Council Society – Outreach, support, and communications: $35,000
- Elkford Women’s Task Force Society – Wage costs for COVID-19 staffing requirements at Elkford Play School: $10,000
- Yaq̓it ʔaknuqⱡi ‘it/Tobacco Plains Indian Band – Outreach, support, and communications: $15,000
- The Salvation Army Kootenay Valley Community Church/Cranbrook Salvation Army – Equipment for food security and home delivery of meals: $6,647
- Blue Lake Forest Education Society – COVID-19 Day Camp in Cranbrook: $5,060
- Blue Lake Forest Education Society – COVID-19 Day Camp in Fernie: $6,515
- Trinity Lodge in Fernie – COVID-19 cleaning strategy: $7,860
- Community Connections Society of Southeast BC – Office renovations and technology for communications: $19,910
- BC SPCA/EK SPCA – Emergency pet food and board: $2,000
- SQx Danza – Dance program at the Jaffray school: $1,128
Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form.
We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community. More information about other national funders is available here.
We invite you to follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website for further updates as well.
Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada(CFC), United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply: https://www.communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/emergency-community-support-fund/
The Emergency Community Support Fund
CFKR’s 2021 CFKR GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS will open January 1, 2021
For Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook
- 2021 Grant Application Process will opens January 1, 2021 and closes March 1, 2020
- Eligible projects will directly benefit the community and will effectively utilize a grant ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $1,500
- 2021 Grant Application Guidelines will be posted by January 1, 2021
- 2021 Grant Application will be posted by January 1, 2021
- Please Note: Save the application form to your computer first, and then begin to fill in the form, saving often
- CFKR is required to grant to “qualified donees”, as defined by the CRA.
- When a grant applicant is a registered BC non-profit society but not a qualified donee, the applicant can partner with a qualified donee in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.
- Some examples of qualified donees include CRA-registered charities, CRA-registered Canadian amateur athletic associations, CRA-registered housing corporation resident in Canada constituted exclusively to provide low-cost housing for the aged, CRA-registered Canadian municipalities, and CRA-registered municipal or public bodies (e.g. First Nations) performing a function of government in Canada.
- Please click this link to see an example of the required Charitable Registration page for a qualified donee
- Please click on this link for the agency agreement template, to be used when a registered BC non-profit society partners with a qualified donee, in order to be eligible to apply for a grant
CFKR-Elkford Community Fund:
- The Elkford Community Fund will consider grant applications from eligible organizations within the District of Elkford and the surrounding rural area.
- Please click on this link for a list of qualified donees in Elkford.
- For more information, please contact Terry Vandale, Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee Chair, by phone (250-425-5700) or email ([email protected])
CFKR-Sparwood Community Fund:
- The Sparwood Community Fund will consider grant applications from eligible organizations within the District of Sparwood and the surrounding rural area.
- In addition to registered local government (e.g. District of Sparwood, RDEK), please click on this link for a list of other qualified donees in Sparwood.
- For more information, please contact Beverley MacNaughton, Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee Member, by phone (250-425-2423) or email ([email protected])
CFKR-Fernie Community Fund
- The Fernie Community Fund will consider grant applications from eligible organizations within the City of Fernie, east to Hosmer, and west to Elko, including Tobacco Plains Indian Band and the South Country.
- In addition to registered local government (e.g. City of Fernie, RDEK), please click on this link for a list of other qualified donees in Fernie and area (e.g. Grasmere, Baynes Lake)
- For more information, please contact the Fernie Community Fund Steering Committee by email ([email protected]).
- For Cranbrook and area, CFKR will consider grant applications from eligible organizations within the City of Cranbrook, rural Cranbrook, ʔaq̓am, Moyie, Fort Steele, Mayook, Bull River, Wardner, Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake, Galloway, and the portion of Wycliffe not served by the Kimberley and District Community Foundation.
- In addition to registered local government (e.g. City of Cranbrook, RDEK), please click on this link for a list of other qualified donees in Cranbrook and area (e.g.Fort Steele, Jaffray)
- For more information, please contact Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director, by phone (250-426-1119) or email ([email protected]).
RBC FUTURE LAUNCH COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
CFKR and RBC Foundation Award $28,000 to Youth-Led Projects
In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day on November 15, 2019, the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies and RBC Foundation were thrilled to announce that they have provided a total of $28,000 in grants to local, youth-led projects.
In Cranbrook, $10,500 has been granted to the June 2020 BC Performing Arts Festival, which will be held in Cranbrook, and $4500 has been granted to an arthritis research project through the East Kootenay Foundation for Health.
“It’s so exciting to receive this support to help our communities. Thank you to the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies and RBC Foundation for recognizing the impact young leaders can make,” said Mya Robinson, youth leader with the BC Performing Arts Festival in Cranbrook.
In the Elk Valley, $5000 has been awarded to the Elkford Youth Action Network for a terrain park on the local ski hill, $3,000 to the Sparwood Youth Action Network for a gardening project at Sparwood Secondary School, and $5,000 to the Fernie Youth Action Network for a space in the Fernie Heritage Library, tailored to teens.
Justin Hart, Elkford Youth Action Network leader, added, “These grants are going to make a real difference in our communities, by adding to our community resources and by developing leadership skills among our local youth.”
As part of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, grants like these are being made to youth-led projects in 150 small and medium sized communities across Canada.
“The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is so pleased to partner with RBC Foundation to bring these funds and this opportunity to our region,” stated Michele Bates, CFKR Board President.
The goal of the RBC Future Launch program is to shift the power to young leaders making positive social or environmental change in their communities, while gaining valuable skills and experience.
“Young people are not future leaders — they are leading social and environmental change right now. We are honoured to play a role in the bold change that youth are leading across the country through this national initiative with RBC,” said Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.
“RBC is committed to the power, vision, and potential of youth, and the important role they play in their communities,” said Angela Gagne, RBC Branch Manager-Sparwood.
Karl Sterk, RBC Branch Manager-Cranbrook added, “We are thrilled to see the results of this important partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, supporting positive, youth-led projects in communities across the country.”
About RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services.
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a partnership between RBC, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), and local community foundations, including CFKR. This initiative will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. CFKR will also bring youth and community members together for ‘Vital Conversations,’ opportunities for community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.
Through the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, participating community foundations across Canada will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities, from coast to coast to coast. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.