Community Foundation North Okanagan launches new portal for grant applications – Vernon News
Community Foundation North Okanagan has launched an open call for applications for its Smart & Caring Communities grant program.
Applications are being accepted through a new online grants portal until March 31.
“Last year, this program donated $248,000 to local charities,” says Executive Director Leanne Hammond. “Thanks to continued donor support, this program provides flexible funding to organizations that focus on positive social change and help balance inequalities in our region.”
All charities in the North Okanagan are encouraged to apply for funding in the following areas: arts and culture, education, environment (including animal welfare), health and social services.
“Organizations and projects that support Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives, engage youth in leadership, or work toward climate change mitigation are strongly encouraged to apply. »
On March 8, charities are invited to attend a grant information session to introduce the new online application process, answer eligibility questions, and help charities without charitable status. charities to partner with intermediaries.
Projects supported last year by the Smart & Caring Communities program include the Okanagan College Foundation’s Kalamalka Garden, where a grant helped complete construction of a drying rack used for traditional Aboriginal practices to make tea, food , medicines and gifts.
The Canadian Red Cross has received a grant to purchase equipment for its Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), which has seen unexpected growth since the onset of COVID-19. Many families have needed home care equipment for longer as they try to keep their loved one out of long-term care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Athletics 4 Kids from hosting its regular fundraising events and has negatively impacted funds available for athletic grants in the region. A CFNO grant helped A4K provide grants, averaging $200 each, to North Okanagan families in need of financial assistance to get their children into sports.
Organizations interested in applying for grants are encouraged to visit www.cfno.org, email [email protected] or call 250-542-8677.