Osprey Grant

Sheba Seniors Grants

GRANTS ARE NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK SPRING 2025.



Key Considerations in Preparing Your Application

Sheba Seniors Grants (Formerly known as Friends of Nelson Elders in Care (FONE) Grants)

For many years FONE administered a grants program using a portion of generated income from the Osprey’s Sheba Fund. Last spring, after consulting with its membership, FONE announced that it was no longer able to administer the grants program. Osprey has now assumed administration of the program.

Sheba Seniors grants primary purpose is to support the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens, through funding of programs and services in Nelson and RDCK Areas E and F.
Osprey Community Foundation defines seniors to be individuals over 65 years of age.

2024 SUBMISSIONS

In order to bring  the Osprey’s Sheba Seniors Grants cycle in alignment with the Osprey Community Grants cycle, we are now accepting 2024 Sheba Seniors Grants for projects/programs that run from June 1st 2024 to June 1st 2025. 

If you are applying for a 2024 grant, for the same project for which you received a 2023 Sheba grant, please refer to your 2023 application’s Project End Date. Osprey will only entertain requests for funding for project expenses that are incurred between your 2023 Project End Date and June 1st, 2025.  

If you are applying for a 2024 grant for a new project not related to your 2023 grant then the project must take place between June 1st 2024 and June 1st 2025. Application deadline is April 12th, 2025.

To apply complete the online form on our website. First time visitors will need to register.
While online grant applications are preferred and will ensure that all the information we require is received and processed accurately, Osprey still accepts manual applications. Contact us at admin@ospreycommunityfoundation.ca for an application.

  • Under federal law, Osprey can provide grants only to registered charities or other qualified donees (see Important Note at the end)
  • Projects that qualify for Osprey grants serve residents of the City of Nelson and RDCK Areas E and F.
  • In the budget section under revenues, include all donors to whom you have applied to for funding or from whom you have already received funding for this project. Osprey may share summary information about your grant application with other local granting bodies.

Low Priority Activities:
We do not want organizations to become dependent on Osprey for their operational sustainability. However we will consider grants for strategic projects that will boost an organization’s operational capacity, or for the launch of new organizations providing programs in emerging and high priority service areas of specific interest to the Foundation, if there is evidence these programs can be sustained.

Activities of religious organizations that primarily serve their membership and/or their direct religious purposes, unless the community at large will benefit significantly.

Other Low Priority Activities:

Retroactive fundingDeficit reduction
Exclusively travel focused activitiesFund-raising campaigns
ScholarshipsAcademic and scientific research
Please note that applications for low priority activities will be considered on a case by case basis.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Under federal law, the Osprey Community Foundation can only accept applications from qualified donees as defined by Revenue Canada. Qualified donees include:

  • registered charities (including registered national arts service organizations);
  • registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
  • listed housing corporations resident in Canada constituted exclusively to provide low-cost housing for the aged;
  • listed Canadian municipalities;
  • listed municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.

Such organizations will have a Revenue Canada Charitable Registration Number. Applicants must either have their own number or be sponsored by another group/organization with one. Feel free to call the Osprey Community Foundation if you would like more information on how to do that.

ONLINE
Applications are accepted on our online application system. First time visitors will need to register. Click here to preview the 2024 application.

MANUAL APPLICATIONS
While online grant applications are preferred and will ensure that all the information we require is received and processed accurately, Osprey still accepts manual applications. Contact us at admin@ospreycommunityfoundation.ca for an application.


"The Friends of Nelson Elders ongoing support of our Seniors Outreach is essential to our ability to offer quality service to seniors in care. "
Lyndsay Forsythe, Public Services Coordinator Nelson Public Library