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.

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OspreyGrant2021Applications for Community Grants and Arts Legacy Grants for Music are now open. Click here for more details. Check back on Feb. 23rd to apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant.


Call for Nominations


Osprey’s Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours one of our community’s environmental leaders. The income from the Fund provides an annual award to a deserving West Kootenay female environmentalist. Click here for more details. Nominations close March 15th.


Happy Birthday Osprey!

Brithday cakeTHANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS! Since April 2020 we have granted out $64,000 from the Fund. We are now closing the Fund and are no longer accepting applications. Check back for a list of all the charitable programs the fund has supported. We 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.


Neighbourhood Small Grants Now Closed. Check back in Feb.

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.