Happy Birthday Osprey!

Brithday cakeWe can’t throw a party. But there’s a way you can help us celebrate. It’s called a Better Together Fund. 100% of all donations to this Fund will go directly to local charitable organizations affected by the pandemic. If you are in a position to give back, please help us reach our goal of $20,000 in donations. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. E-transfer ed@ospreycommunityfoundation.ca or click the donate button below.


Applications Now Open For Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2 and BETTER TOGETHER Grants

1 (1)The applications portal is now closed. You may view the list of projects being funded from Round 1 and the community foundations across Canada who participated in ECSF. Round 2 results will be published in January 2021. 

Call for applications: Two streams to apply for Emergency Funding for Qualified Donees Responding to COVID-19 and serving vulnerable populations.
Emergency Community Support Fund: With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Nelson, Kaslo, Salmo, Slocan and RDCK Areas D, E, F, G, H to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing $50,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020.

Click here to learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply.

Better Together Fund: Funds are available to award to qualified donees in Nelson and RDCK Area E and F. Click here for more details and to apply.


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Osprey Community Foundation is stepping up to help coordinate local support to address the impacts of the COVID crisis. By donating to the Better Together Fund you can make a direct and immediate difference to the health and well-being of our community. The Fund, seeded by resources from Osprey, will provide one place for community leaders, corporations and individuals to support our community’s charitable organizations as they work to respond, recover and rebuild from the pandemic. A tax deductible receipt will be issued for all donations $20 and over.
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Grants of up to $5000 are available to award to qualified donees in Nelson and RDCK Area E and F. Click here for more details and to apply.



The Osprey office will be closed to the public until further notice. We are happy to connect with you via email, phone or virtual conferencing.

Our thoughts are with our community as we all adapt to this quickly changing, unprecedented time.

Take care and stay safe.

Tina Choi, Executive Director
250 352 3643


We are the Osprey Community Foundation, a public, charitable foundation created by and for the people of Nelson, BC and the surrounding area. We are here to help groups and individuals make an ongoing difference in their community. Donations to Osprey are pooled in a permanently-endowed fund – our community’s nest egg – which currently has a value of over $9 million. Each year, income generated by that capital flows back to the community in the form of grants to eligible charities and activities.

Photo courtesy Dave Gluns


Neighbourhood Small Grants now open!

NSGThere are so many creative ways to support and build community. Neighbourhood Small Grants provide grants of up to $500 to individuals to support small scale community projects. Grants can cover project expenses and honorariums of up to $350. From virtual arts classes to delivering care packages to isolated community members, we can help make your project a reality. Applications now open until November 30th. Click here for more details.


Grants for Seniors Projects


Osprey has partnered with the local organization, Friends of Nelson Elders (FONE) to disburse small grants that enhance the lives and well-being of seniors in the Nelson area. FONE has a year-round granting cycle. For more information on grant opportunities click here or contact FONE at 250-352-3585.