Community Foundation of the North Okanagan Announces New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

A new collaboration for Canada’s 150th anniversary is bringing people and places together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities, and events.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaboration led by Community Foundations of Canada and the national network of 191 community foundations, including the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, with the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast. The Fund will engage Canadians from all walks of life in a wide range of local 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.

“Canada’s 150th is an historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to one another. The collaborative Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will spark thousands of initiatives and activities that bring out the best that Canada has to offer,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “The Fund will encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that fosters a greater sense of belonging, inclusion, and reconciliation, leaving a lasting legacy for our communities and our country.”

According to Leanne Hammond, the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan’s new executive director, “This is an exciting way to leverage some of our foundation funding, and to kick-start our 2017 celebrations. There are as many creative ways to mark the sesquicentennial as there are groups in our communities!”
Call for applications begins now and continues through February 28th. For more information, please visit or


About the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan: we provide an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through building endowments, grant making, and community leadership. Learn more at

About Community Foundations of Canada: we are the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. Learn more at

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