Is your organization planning an exciting project within the next year that would really benefit this community?
Osprey Community Foundation distributes grants to local organizations to support the great work they are doing. This year’s grant application guidelines and forms are now online at www.ospreycommunityfoundation.ca. The deadline for applications is April 20.
Applicants must be registered charities or sponsored by qualified donees as defined by Revenue Canada. Osprey also distributes one or more grants each year from its BC Festival of the Arts Legacy Fund. Each year a different arts discipline is selected, and this year the focus is on music arts. These grants support local artists, preferably young or emerging artists, to create new works. Applications for these grants are also online, with an April 20 deadline.
Last year’s Osprey community grants helped pair trained volunteers with isolated seniors, supported educational environmental podcasts, helped individuals with acquired brain injuries access support, and provided funding to help Our Daily Bread quickly pivot from providing sit down meals to take away lunches for vulnerable populations. Osprey grants helped fund programs at the Nelson and District Hospice Society, Touchstones Nelson and the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network.
These grants are possible because local citizens have made donations over the years to Osprey’s Community Fund. The community benefits go on year after year, because donations to the foundation are never touched, but become part of an endowment – a growing community orchard – generating income to support the people of this area in perpetuity.
Osprey is also now accepting Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants applications. These are grants of up to $500 for individuals to support small scale community projects. Anyone with an idea can apply by April 20.