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2022 Grant Recipients


The 2023 Grant Application will be available on March 1, 2023.

(for CFNKLS Neighbourhood Small Grants Application or Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Application, scroll down further on this page)

CFNKLS distributes grants each Spring to registered charities in the North Kootenay Lake region (Kaslo and Area D).  On this page you will find information and links to our granting requirements, application forms and timelines.

If your organization is not a registered charity, you can seek to partner with one of the existing charities in the region.  These include most churches and local academic institutions.  A non-registered charity can also be sponsored by a qualified donee which includes schools, churches, and provincial organizations. You can find a list of eligible institutions here:

Registered Charities Kaslo & Area D, updated January 2022


CFNKLS is legally required  to award its grant monies from its endowment funds only to official charitable organizations labeled by the Canadian Revenue Agency as “Qualified Donees”. These organizations include all officially registered charities, and other registered entities that include churches, schools, municipalities, and government bodies. CFNKLS applauds and values our local charitable organizations that support the many worthy projects enriching our lives and our communities. Local Not-For-Profit volunteer groups, which are not themselves registered charities, do require one of the many local qualified donees to overview and administrate all of the funds that CFNKLS grants for community projects.

CFNKLS understands that some supervising charities, with paid administrative staff, may need to charge an administration fee to the grant projects that they agree to oversee. In general, however, CFNKLS prefers not to devote more than 12.5% of any grant award, or $400, whichever is lower, for the administrative and supervisory costs of the various projects it supports. CFNKLS may give some preference to applications where applicants have a relationship with the supervising charity, one that permits the entirety of the grant to be applied to the proposed project.

Grant applications that request more than these guideline amounts should provide an explanation as to why a greater support for administration costs is justified for this application. Such applicants should also be prepared for the possibility that their grant award may be reduced by some amount because the administrative costs will otherwise be higher than CFNKLS prefers to support.

*** After obtaining and using your grant, it is MANDATORY that you report results with this form:  Project Report. Please remember to include details of how your money was spent. If you are going to thank CFNKLS publicly, please add the CFNKLS logo. The link for the logo:

Please note that grants will be made to the registered charity and that they are responsible for the funds.  Your proposed activities need to fit within the mandate of the sponsoring organization and both organizations need to understand their responsibilities under this arrangement.  More information about grantee eligibility is available: Grant Eligibility Policy

Historic Granting Information can be found at: Historic CFNKLS Fund Data


Vancouver Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grants

Applications Now Open!! Closing May 16, 2022

Neighbourhood Small Grants provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Projects must follow current BC public health guidelines.


CFNKLS Neighbourhood Small Grants Initiative

Do you have a community-building event coming up and want a bit of financial support (up to $100)? Please contact the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society at PO Box 661 Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0 with a letter of intention outlining your project or email: No deadlines and you don’t need to have charitable status. We have a limited funds so first come first serve!


SLIDE folks (Supporting Learning of Inclusivity, Diversity, and Empathy) is an ongoing effort to combat and support the unlearning of racism and discrimination in our community. SLIDE received a $100 grant from the Small Neighbourhood Grant Initiative in 2020. Along with other fundraising, they were able to purchase diversity books for the library.


Second round of The Emergency Community Support Fund application window is now closed. See Events page for recipients.