Apply for a Grant

GRANTS UPDATE: Our 2020 Community Grants are now closed. Check back in February 2021 for the next intake.

Is your organization planning an exciting project within the next year that would really benefit the community if only you were able to access some funding? Is yours a charitable organization, or can you enlist the support of a charity willing to sponsor your project? If so, we invite you to submit an application for a grant from the Osprey Community Foundation. While much of the funds generated within the Foundation are already targeted by donors for specific charitable purposes, we also have several funds that generate income we can use more generally for community granting.

This year, Osprey Community Foundation is offering four types of grants.

  1. General Community Grants– Community Grants for charitable programs and projects. Deadline: Monday April 6th, 4pm. Please note that preference will be given to those applications that isolated and vulnerable community members.
  2. BC Festival of the Arts Legacy Fund Grants – Grants from a fund specifically designated for supporting artists. Each year a different discipline is selected. (If your arts-related proposal doesn’t fall into this category, you may still apply for a General Community Grant.) In 2020 the discipline is Media Arts. Deadline: Monday April 6th, 4pm.
  3. Neighbourhood Small Grants – Neighbourhood Small Grants is based on a simple but powerful idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share. We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity. Have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood? Apply for a grant and bring your idea to life!  Click here to find out morePostponed to September 2020.
  4. Projects That Enhance the Lives of Seniors: Grant applications are accepted year round at Friends of Nelson Elders in Care, which administers seniors-related grants on Osprey’s behalf. Click here for more information.

To apply for a General Community or BC Festival of the Arts Legacy Fund grant, follow the steps below.

Please review the 2020 Granting Guidelines before applying for a General Community or Arts Legacy Fund grant. If you are applying for an Arts Legacy Fund grant, you will also need to review the 2020 Arts Legacy Fund Guidelines The same application form can be used for both General Community grants and Arts Legacy Fund grants.) Here is the 2020 Grant Application form in Word: 2020 Grant Application Form in Word.

Fill in the application form. Submit your application, preferably e-mailed as an attachment with any other supporting material, to: If this is not possible, please mail or drop off (slip under the office door) a completed application form and supporting documents, postmarked by the March 29th, 2019 deadline, to:
Osprey Community Foundation
B8 – 625 Front Street
Nelson BC  V1L 4B6

We’ve provided some grant_writing_aids to help you submit an effective proposal.

Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society



Grant Writing Aids

2020 Grant Application form

2020 Granting Guidelines

2020 Arts Legacy Fund Guidelines

2019 Grant Final Report PDF

2019 Grant Final Report Word Doc