Osprey Foundation invites grant applications

The Osprey Community Foundation distributes grants to local organizations to support the important work they are doing.

A 2015 Osprey community grant helped fund improvements to the Pulpit Rock Trail. Applications are now being accepted for 2016 grants.

A 2015 Osprey community grant helped fund improvements to the Pulpit Rock Trail. Applications are now being accepted for 2016 grants.

The Osprey Community Foundation distributes grants to local organizations to support the important work they are doing. Osprey invites eligible organizations to apply for its 2016 grants.

Application guidelines and forms are online at ospreycommunityfoundation.ca. The deadline for applications is March 31. Applicants must be registered charities or sponsored by “qualified donees” as defined by Canada Revenue Agency.

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. This year the focus is on dance projects. These grants support local artists, preferably young or emerging artists, to create new works. Applications for these grants are also online, with the same deadline, and applicants must be sponsored by a registered charity or qualified donee.

Last year’s Osprey community grants made improvements to Pulpit Rock Trail, provided better access to the streetcar, helped train volunteers, mentored young artists, grew community gardens and supported outdoor environmental education. They helped fund programs at the Nelson Friendship Outreach Club, Anderson Gardens, and Touchstones Nelson, and boosted the work of Kootenay Kids and the Nelson and District Youth Centre.

One grant helped low-income residents afford emergency dental care.

“I was not a healthy woman because of my dental health,” wrote a client. “I was barely making ends meet and my health was suffering from it. My top plate denture became worn and brittle and had broken in a few places. I had held them together by Crazy Glue and my bottom teeth were rotting and cracking.

“If this program wasn’t there, I would have never been able to smile again without covering my mouth with my hands.”

Osprey’s grants are possible thanks to local citizens who have donated to Osprey’s Community Fund. Donations to the foundation become part of an endowment a growing community nest egg generating income to support the people of this area in perpetuity.

For the third and final year, Osprey has a great opportunity to grow this community fund in 2016. For every dollar contributed by the community, a donor has agreed to kick in half that amount. Donations can be made by cheque or online.

Osprey is a public, charitable foundation, created in 2000 by and for the people of Nelson and area. Donations to Osprey are pooled in a permanently-endowed fund, one that now exceeds $6.8 million, generating income each year that flows back to local charities and eligible organizations. For further information, go to ospreycommunityfoundation.ca or call 250-352-3643.