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: Applications are currently closed. 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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THANKS 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. 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.
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.


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Call for Nominations for Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund Award

suzy-hamiltonOsprey’s Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund honours the work of one woman environmental activist in the West Kootenay each year through a cash award. The fund was established in 2016 after the death of well-loved and dedicated West Kootenay environmental activist, journalist, founder of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and mentor to many, Suzy Hamilton. Click here for more details. Nominations close on March 31st.



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.