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Community Fund for Canada's 150th
Friday, April 15, 2016


Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. It's a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations.

The Fund will distribute small grants through community foundations to locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, and official language minority groups.

Please read the Grant Guidelines carefully before applying for this grant.

Grant Guidelines for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Grant Intake:

  • 2nd Grant intake date:  March 1,2016(4 weeks)  March 1, 2017 open to applications and close on March 31, 2017
  • SCF Final Adjudication date:  April 1,2017 (4 weeks) April 31,2017
  • National Review Committee: April 2017
  • Successful grants disbursed by early May

 Eligibility Criteria for CFC and SCF:

In collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, Shuswap Community Foundation has available for this one-time grant cycle $10,000 ($5,000 SCF & $5,000 CFC) for local groups to fund projects for Canada’s 150th.

 SCF will consider applications for grants up to $1,000 from projects that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1.  Projects must be focused on the Fund’s objectives, that is, to:
  • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our pluralism, official language minorities, and youth.
  • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our communities and our country.
  • ENCOURAGE participation in community initiatives, activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th 
  1. Projects must be committed to completing grant-related activities before January 31, 2018.
  1. Successful applicants will be required to:
  •  Sign Grant Agreement:
  •  Join 150Alliance by clicking here
  •  Post picture and success story to the 150Alliance website.
  1. Projects must demonstrate an ability to match (cash or in-kind) the value of the grant requested. For example, a project requesting a $1,000 grant must be able to make an in-kind or cash contribution of $1,000 in-kind contributions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Volunteer hours
  • Donated professional services
  • Other services
  • Rental equipment or use of space

Each project can receive a maximum of one grant; a recipient may have multiple successful projects.

5.    In addition to the Fund’s objectives and criteria, Shuswap Community Foundation’s criteria will include:

SCF will allocate $1,000 of grant funds to each of the communities in its service area, and with the matching grants from CFC of an additional $1,000 there is $2,000 per community available. The Shuswap communities of SCF’s service area include, City of Salmon Arm, District of Sicamous and the North and South Shuswap.

The remaining $2,000 and any residual of the above $3,000 will be allocated to worthwhile grants in our service area.

Grant funds cannot be used to fund projects already underway or to retire past debt.

For example:  Grant application is for $1000. Total project budget is $2,000.

SCF Grant $500; CFC Grant $500; Qualified Donee $1,000 in cash or in kind (volunteer hours or other resources, donations)

Community groups are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application and act as a fiscal agent on behalf of the collaborating parties.

Eligible Projects:

A wide range of projects can work towards the Fund’s goals:

  •   Celebratory or commemorative activities and events;
  •  Community building initiatives, activities and events;
  •   Sport and active-living activities and events;
  •   Learning materials and activities;
  •   Exhibits;
  •   Documentary films;
  •   Artistic projects and initiatives;
  •  Environmental stewardship initiatives.

Ineligible Projects:

The following describe projects that are ineligible for funding:

  • those that have already received funding from the Government of Canada (federal government)
  • those related to political activities or lobbying;
  • projects that are designed for fundraising purposes;
  • projects deemed controversial, dismissive, or offensive;
  • ongoing activities such as the publication of regular issues of newsletters, magazines and periodicals;
  • any activity taking place outside Canada.


For more information on the involvement of Shuswap Community Foundation in the Community Fund for Canada's 150th please contact:

Shuswap Community Foundation

Shuswap Community Foundation
102-160 Harbourfront DR NE
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4N7


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