Osprey seeks applications for grants

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

Is your organization planning an exciting project within the next year that would 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 March 28. Applicants must be registered charities or sponsored by “qualified donees” as defined by Revenue Canada.

Previous grants have helped send kids to camp; build playgrounds; train community volunteers; grow fresh produce for seniors in need; and connect young students to the outdoors through hands-on field trips to local wild spaces.

That’s just a sample.

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 Media Arts, the use of film, video, new media and audio as a means of artistic expression. These grants support local artists, preferably young or emerging artists, to create new works.

This is all possible because of donations local citizens have made 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 nest egg — generating income to support the people of this area in perpetuity. Currently all donations to the Community Fund will increase in value by 50 per cent, thanks to matching by a private donor.

For more information, contact executive director Vivien Bowers at 250-352-3643 or ED@ospreycommunityfoundation.ca

Osprey is a public, charitable foundation, created in 2000 by the people of Nelson and the surrounding area.

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