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Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen Grant

Grants to Southern British Columbia Charities
and Municipalities to Benefit Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen

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Deadline Date:

10/18/19 5:00 PM


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Grants averaging $5,000 to British Columbia registered charities and municipalities for projects that benefit the residents of the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen. Applicants requesting multi-year funding must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for youth, seniors, education, health and wellness, culture, belonging and leadership, safety, environment, housing, better living standards, and employment.

Eligible communities include Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, and Keremeos. 

The purpose of the program is to support activities that address community needs, positively affect a significant number of people, build effective community partnerships, improve organizational effectiveness and plan for continuation of the project beyond initial funding. Grants are available for capital projects or programs that have a definite purpose and cover a specific period of time. 

CFSOS’s key funding priorities are its 2018 Vital Signs Report, the Youth/Young Adults, Seniors, and the Smart & Caring Communities Initiative. 

CFSOS does fund wages if it is an expansion of an existing program or a new program being introduced.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166455

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants average about $5,000. There is no specific limit.

The Foundation usually has one grant of about $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to registered charities and other qualified donees, including public agencies. Organizations that are not a registered charity may apply through a qualifying fiscal sponsor.
Grants may only be awarded to registered charities and qualified donees under the Income Tax Act (i.e. agencies in possession of a registered charitable number from the Canada Revenue Agency, including Municipalities). In exceptional cases, a grant may be made to an agency acting as a sponsor for an organization that is not registered but wishes to carry out a charitable activity.

Organizations must be located within the funding source's service area:

Grants will not be awarded to:
- Cover deficits or retire debts
- Provide endowment funds
- Support ongoing operating expenses of established organizations or programs (with rare exceptions). This does not mean wages or salaries.
- Support sectarian, religious, or political purposes
- Respond to annual fund drives for sustaining support
- Provide retroactive funding for project expenses incurred prior to approval of the proposal by the Community Foundation Board of Directors
- Fund projects for which the applicant has sufficient resources

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Writing Workshops:

September 24, 10 am - 12 pm in Osoyoos
Sonora Community Center (Room 4 and 5)

September 25, 2 pm to 4 pm in Penticton
Shatford Center (OSA)

September 26, 10 am - 12 pm in Princeton
Princeton Museum

Register online on the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 18, 2019, by 5:00 PM.

- August 23, 2019: Application cycle begins
- October 18, 2019: Application cycle ends
- October - November 2019: Grant committee review
- End of November 2019: Board of Directors approves recommendations. Applicants are notified.
- Early January 2020: Grants payments made to successful applicants

If your project requires multi-year funding please contact the office BEFORE beginning the application process.

Projects requesting $1,000 or less qualify for a short-form application process.

Smart Caring Communities:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Sarah Trudeau

Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen
390 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Penticton, BC V2A 5C3
Phone/Fax: 250-493-9311
Toll Free: 877-493-9311

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Penticton, Districts of Summerland and Oliver, Towns of Osoyoos and Princeton, and the Village of Keremeos

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia