Grant Guidelines

Before You Apply

Prior to starting the application process, please read through our Grant Application Guidelines to see if your organization and/or your project are eligible for funding. Your organization must be a CRA registered charity, be in partnership with a charity, municipality, or school, to qualify.

Once you have determined your groups’ eligibility, use our online application system to begin the grant application process.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before you Apply for a Grant.

1. For your project to qualify for a grant, your Society must:

  • Operate within the boundaries of the Shuswap area of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. View Service Area Map
  • Be a registered charity (i.e., have a CRA number: BN—- —–RR000–)
  • A non-profit group seeking funding without a registered charity number can only apply through a Registered Charity with which they have a formalized partnership, a history of collaboration, and a similar mission and vision. The grant application must be submitted by the Registered Charity.

2. Your project must contribute to the well-being of residents of the Shuswap in the following grant categories:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Cultural Activities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Heritage (land or buildings of historic or environmental significance)
  • Safety
  • Social programs (including from our Vital Signs Report: Belonging and Leadership, Gap Between Rich and Poor, Housing, and Work)

3. The Foundation will not support projects of a partisan, religious or political nature.

4. The Foundation does not normally fund ongoing operations. Grants are intended to be one time and should support projects that can be completed and evaluated within a reasonable period. For capital projects, the Foundation reserves the right to approve the project, but not advance funds until invoices are received and confirmation of other funding sources has been received.

5. The Foundation will not fund projects already underway.

6. Grant funds may not be used to retire debt.

7. Your Online Application must be submitted no later than June 15 (First Cycle) or January 31 (Second Cycle). Funds typically are available for distribution within 4-6 weeks of notification of approval.

The following must be included with your Grant Application:

A Registered Charity requesting funds:

  • Proof of eligible CRA number (your CRA number is sufficient as proof). For more information, or to look up your CRA number, visit:
  • Financial Statement for last complete year. These can include Audited or Reviewed financials prepared by an accountant, financial statements prepared in accordance with recognized accounting or bookkeeping practices – Statements must be prepared within the 18 months prior to this application and cannot be National financials if part of a larger organization. (Financial statements preferred are an Income Statement and Balance Sheet)
    If your organization is holding significant cash reserves, earmarked for specific purposes, please provide a detailed explanation either as an attachment or in the space provided, and any supporting documents such as bylaws or board confirmation.
  • Board of Directors with contact information (Phone #’s and email addresses)
  • Annual Budget
  • Project Budget for which you are requesting funding
  • Supporting Documents and/or Contractors Quote

A Non-Profit Group with a Host Registered Charity requesting funds:

(Grant application must be submitted by Registered Charity)

  • All of the above for the Host Registered Charity AND for the non-profit group the following:
  • Project Partnership Agreement with the Host Registered Charity
  • Current complete financial statements
  • Annual Budget
  • Supporting Documents and/or Contractors Quote
  • Board of Directors with contact information (Phone #’s and email addresses)

8. A Project Evaluation Report must be submitted to the Foundation by December 15th (Second Cycle) or May 15th (First Cycle) of the following year for the Society to be eligible for future grants.

If you have any questions about your project’s eligibility, please contact the Foundation.

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