Smart & Caring Community Fund

As time passes communities grow and change. At the Community Foundation North Okanagan we recognize the importance of flexible funding to help organizations address current and changing issues. 

Our Smart & Caring Community Fund and Granting Program unites donors and organizations that want to respond to the most important needs of our local community.

Responsive grant-making addresses a wide variety of social, cultural, educational, and environmental needs, while keeping a pulse on the issue areas that are specific to our North Okanagan region.

Our donors give to the Smart & Caring Community Fund, to enable responsive grants that will support the evolving needs of our region.

Arts & Culture • Education • Environment • Health & Recreation • Social Services

~We want to invest in the future, without trying to predict that future. 

Many of our generous donors and fundholders share this common philosophy

How the Smart & Caring Community Granting Program works:

  • The Annual Spring Granting Cycle opens every March.
  • Applications are submitted by charitable organizations for a wide variety of community interest projects.
  • Grant Committees made up of local experts, review applications and make recommendations that go to the Board of Directors to be ratified.
  • Board of Directors approves funding and the Foundation disburses grants to approved grant applicants.
  • Grant recipients implement their programs and projects.
  • Grant recipients submit progress reports.
  • Community Foundation highlights projects and programs through their communications.

There are many ways to give:

  • Start a named endowment fund that will provide income to our community forever
  • Donate to the Smart & Caring Community Fund
  • Make a one-time donation of any amount to a Fund of your choice
  • For more information on our giving options click here

Whether a gift is large or small, it all helps our community! 

To support the Smart & Caring Community Fund you can make a donation or contact Leanne Hammond at [email protected].

The 2017 National Community Foundation movement was set in motion by the former Governor General of Canada, David Johnston; declaring that every community across Canada will be served by a Community Foundation and that Smart & Caring Communities Funds will be established at Community Foundations from coast to coast to coast.
Read about the movement here.

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