The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) stewards a total of approximately $3.5 million in 41 permanently invested funds
Since 2003, CFKR has granted nearly $1 million to almost 300 local non-profit projects.
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
For Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook
- CFKR’s 2021 Grant Application Process opened January 1, 2021 and closed February 15, 2021.
- 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
- Please begin by carefully reviewing the grant application guidelines
- 2021 Grant Application Form
- Please Note:
- First, download the application form to your computer
- Second, fill in the form, saving often
- Please Note:
- 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 Yaq’it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains) 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]).
COVID-19 has seriously impacted our access and use of public spaces which are a big part of what makes our communities safe, vibrant, and connected.
The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19. The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies is proud to be working with Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and other community foundations in the BC-Southern region to provide $1.5 million of funding to support organizations that are helping people to connect and access public spaces safely while still respecting public health measures.
Round 1 applications were accepted from February 9, 2021 until March 9, 2021. The recipients of Round 1 funding in the BC Southern Hub have now been announced.
Round 2 applications are now being accepted, from May 14, 2021 until June 25, 2021. Visit https://www.cfso.net/chci/ to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants, and sign up for community mobilization sessions.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE KOOTENAY ROCKIES GRANTS $50,000 THROUGH ROUND 2 OF THE EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND
The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). ECSF’s goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations that are serving vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities and continue to do so in the face of real challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our government is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during these difficult times.” – Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Thanks to the first round of ECSF funding, CFKR invested over $100,000 in ten local charities/qualified donees, during the late spring and early summer of 2020.
ECSF’s Round 2 launched on October 5, 2020. With Round 2, CFKR has invested an additional $50,000 through the ECSF towards local charities and other qualified donees that are supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability due to COVID-19.
CFKR is very pleased to announce that ECSF has invested in the following Round 2 projects, with four in the Elk Valley and four in Cranbrook:
- $5,000.00: Yaq’it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band)’s Covid-19 food security project
- $5,000.00: Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society’s project to re-open its dining room (Sparwood)
- $5,000: Rocky Mountain Village Auxiliary Society’s project to provide free wifi for residents, family, and visitors (Fernie)
- $5,000: Fernie Public Library Association’s project to provide a safe, accessible, and welcoming outdoor space
- $1,000: Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s computer donation program
- $9,000: Cranbrook Salvation Army’s weekend drop-in warming centre
- $10,000: ANKORS AIDS Network, Outreach & Support Society’s software library for harm reduction drug-checking program:
- $10,000: Cranbrook Food Bank’s covered roof for client pick-up area at its new location
CFKR has now granted its full ECSF-Round 2 allotment of $50,000 to qualified donees in the Elk Valley, Cranbrook, and the surrounding rural areas. CFKR is no longer accepting applications for this program.
“CFKR is deeply honoured to have brought a total of over $150,000 in ECSF funds to our communities. These funds have provided much-needed support to the charities, qualified donees, and First Nations governments that have been working tirelessly to assist our most vulnerable residents, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.
Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is one of three partners activating the Emergency Community Support Fund, along with the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada. CFC, in partnership with 170 community foundations in Round 2, is flowing a portion of the total $350M Fund to support the over 85,000 registered charities in Canada. With the completion of Round 2, funds for ECSF have now been exhausted. CFC continues to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector.
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund:
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) – 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/
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.