Recent Grants

Thanks to the collective support of donors, partnerships, and programs the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan has been able to support hundreds of local charitable organizations in our collective mission to build stronger and more resilient communities.

Many of the grants made by the Community Foundation are distributed from funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and charitable organizations. We also facilitate granting programs and partnerships that can be in part funded through the government and other organizations. 

We’ve been able to grant out over $1 million in funds throughout 2020, here is a description of the fund types and granting programs that contributed to that support:

Smart & Caring Community Fund – is a responsive grantmaking program that addresses a wide variety of ever changing social, cultural, educational, and environmental needs. Our granting committee thoroughly assesses applications based on emerging community priorities.

Designated Funds – grants are made to a selected charity or charities not just once, but every year in perpetuity.

Donor Advised Funds – offers donors the flexibility to support the charities and causes they care about most. Many donors select a portion of their granting dollars to go towards the Smart & Caring Community Fund to support ever changing community needs.

BETTER TOGETHER COVID-19 Community Response Fund – this is a non-endowed rapid response funding option to provide immediate support to the community. This fund was initiated by a group of thoughtful donors and partners as a way to flow support directly to organizations responding to an emergent need.

Emergency Community Support Fund – a source of rapid response funding has been made available to support organizations working with vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program is a partnership with the Government of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way and the Canadian Red Cross. 

Investment Readiness Program – supports social purpose organizations as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. The program is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered in partnership with community foundations in the Central and South Okanagan.

Sustainable Recovery Partnership – this funding stream responds directly to emerging and shifting sustainability needs of charities and social enterprises. Grants provide coaching and support focused on resilience and recovery in four key areas: revenue, operations, people, and impact. This grant program is a partnership with United Way, Interior Savings Credit Union, Valley First Credit Union, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan and Purppl Social Enterprise Accelerator.


The following groups received support from the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan in 2020:

Smart & Caring Community FundGranting Program

Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon Society
Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society 
Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society
BrainTrust Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon 
Cherryville Community Food Bank 
Cops for Kids 
Cycling Without Age
Good Samartan – Herons Grove 
Independent Living Vernon Society
John Rudy Health Resource Centre 
Kindale Development Association 
North Okanagan Artists Alternative (Gallery Vertigo) 
Tetra Society Vernon Chapter
Vernon Adaptive Society 
Vernon Native Housing*
Vernon Rowing & Dragon Boat Club
White Valley Community Resources Centre


Designated & Donor Advised Funds

Abbeyfield House of Armstrong Spallumcheen Society
Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon Society
All Saints Anglican Church
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
Archway Society for Domestic Peace
Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society
Baptist Missionary Society of Latin America
BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
BC SPCA Vernon & District Branch
Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement
Brain Trust Canada Association
Caetani Cultural Centre Society
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon and Dist.
Cherryville Community Food Bank
City of Kelowna
Clubhouse Childcare Center
Community Dental Access Centre Society
The Compassionate Friends – Vernon
Cops For Kids Charitable Foundation
District of Lake Country
Eagle Bay Camp Society
East Hill Community Reformed Church
Elevation Outdoor Experiential Programs Association
Family Resource Centre Society
First Nations Friendship Center Society
Food Action Society of the North Okanagan
Good Samaritan Society
Grand Bend Community Foundation
Greater Vernon Museum & Archives Society
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan Society
HOPE Outreach
Independent Living Vernon
IndigenEYEZ – through Tides Canada Foundation
The Institute of the Franciscan Clarist Sisters
John Rudy Health Resource Centre Association
Kindale Development Association
The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC BC)
Learning Disabilities Association of BC
Let’s Talk Science
Literacy Society of the North Okanagan
Medical Ministry International
Nature Trust of British Columbia
Nexus BC Community Resource Centre Society
North Okanagan Artists Alternative
North Okanagan Hospice Society
North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association
North Westside Road Firefighters Society
O’Keefe Ranch & Interior Heritage Society
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
Okanagan College Foundation
Okanagan Regional Library
Okanagan Symphony Society
OneSky Community Resources Society
People Place
Potters Without Borders Association
Regional District of North Okanagan
Salvation Army Vernon Community Church
School District #22
School District #58
School District #83
Schubert Centre Society
Shuswap Hut and Trail Alliance Society
Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports
Simon Fraser University
Spinal Cord Injury BC
St. John Ambulance Society
Sustainable Environment Network Society
Tetra Society Of North America
Trinity United Church – Special Gifts Committee
Trinity Western University
Turning Points Collaborative Society
United Way Southern Interior BC
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia Library
University of Victoria
Vernon & District Community Land Trust Society
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Society
Vernon Christian School Society
Vernon Community Arts Centre
Vernon Community Music School
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation
Vernon Native Housing Society
Vernon Pensioners Accommodation Society
Vernon Public Art Gallery Society
Vernon Restholm Association
Vernon Rowing & Dragon Boat Club
Vernon Science & Discovery Society
Vernon Theatrical Arts Centre Society
Vernon Upper Room Mission Society
War Amps of Canada
Whitevalley Community Resource Centre


BETTER TOGETHER COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Archway Society 
BrainTrust Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon*
Community Dental Access Centre 
East Hill Community Church 
Enderby & District Community Resource Centre 
Good Food Box 
Habitat for Humanity
HOPE Outreach*
Independent Living Vernon 
Kindale Development Association 
Let’s Talk Science
NexusBC Community Resource Centre 
North Okanagan Friendship Centre 
Salvation Army North Okanagan*
Spinal Cord Injury
Vernon & District Land Trust 
Vernon Public Art Gallery 
Vernon Upper Room Mission*
White Valley Community Resources Centre 


Emergency Community Support Fund

Abbeyfield Houses of Vernon Society
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society 
Archway Society for Domestic Peace 
BC SPCA
Boys & Girls Clubs Okanagan 
Cherryville Foodbank
FED- Enderby Foodbank
First Baptist Church Vernon
Independent Living Vernon 
John Rudy Health Resource Centre 
Launch Okanagan -Financial Literacy Foundation
Literacy Society North Okanagan 
NONA – N.O. Neurological Association
People Place Society 
Roots of Empathy – SD #83
Schubert Centre 
Vernon Restholm


Investment Readiness Program

BrainTrust Canada
Clubhouse Childcare Centre
Community Dental Access Centre 
Connect Counselling 
Do Some Good 
Elevation Outdoors 
GreenStep Solutions
Happipad
OneSky Community Resources 
Ooknakane Friendship Centre


Sustainable Recovery Partnership

IndigenEYEZ
HOPE Outreach 
Kelowna Women’s Shelter 
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project
South Okanagan Recope Society 
Venture Training


*received 2 grants for different programs

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