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With the new season of Spring about to begin, Community Foundation North Okanagan is announcing the opening of the Smart & Caring Communities Grants Program. Applications are being accepted through the new online granting portal until March 31, 2022.
“Last year this program awarded $248,000 to local charities”, says Leanne Hammond, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “Thanks to the continued support of donors, this program has been offering flexible funding to organizations that focus on making positive social change and that are helping to balance the inequalities in our region.”
All North Okanagan charitable organizations are encouraged to apply for funding in the following areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment (including animal welfare), Health, and Social Services.
Leanne Hammond adds, “Organizations that have not previously received funding should consider applying for a grant. Organizations and projects that support Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives, engage youth in leadership, or are working towards the mitigation of climate change are strongly encouraged to apply.”
On March 8th at 12 pm, charitable organizations are invited to participate in a Grant Information Session. This interactive session will introduce the new online granting portal application process, answer grant eligibility questions, offer grant writing tips, review the budget process, and guide organizations without charitable status to partner with intermediaries.
Highlights from 2021 Smart & Caring Community Grants Program:
Okanagan College Foundation - Kalamalka Garden Drying Shed
K’nmalka? Senqualten (Kalamalka Garden) is an Indigenous Garden that serves as a unique working environment where Indigenous youth can be employed to teach their traditional knowledge. This grant helped complete the build of a drying shed for the garden and will be used for traditional drying practices to make teas, foods, medicines, and gifts.
Canadian Red Cross - BC Southern Interior - Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)
This grant helped purchase the equipment needed to meet the unexpected growth this program experienced since the onset of COVID-19. Many families have needed homecare equipment longer as they attempt to keep their loved one’s out of long-term care.
Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to visit or contact Leanne at