The 2023 CFNKLS Grant Application and The McKinnon Bursary granting cycle are now open. Please check the Apply for Grants page for more information.





Do you have a community-building event coming up and want a bit of financial support? 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 Program in 2020. Along with other fundraising, they were able to purchase diversity books for the library.


CFNKLS received a donation for 2021 from KSCFOUNDATION


The application window for The Emergency Community Support Fund is now closed. This was a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada to Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), and The Red Cross, designed to help Canada’s more vulnerable populations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The global crisis has left no community untouched, and it is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable Canadians who are less equipped to deal with its health, social and economic impacts. CFNKLS was awarded $8,000 in the first round, and $4,200 in the second round. Funding was rewarded to communities in the RDCK of North Kootenay Lake (Kaslo and area) to the following recipients: 

  • Emergency Funding (Autumn, 2020)
  • Lardeau Valley Historical Society (for Lardeau Valley Community Club re: Septic system) – $3,000
  • North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society for Community Connections for Kaslo Seniors during Covid-19 extended – $1,200


RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

CFNKLS is excited to announce the recipient of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge! Thanks to a $5,000,000 donation from the RBC Foundation, a registered charity, RBC has committed to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide opportunities for youth-led projects which include community change projects, and which help to build new skills, community connections, and experience for youth. The 2019 grant recipient for the area that CFNKLS services is the North Kootenay Lake community Services Society, specifically Kaslo and Up the Lake Youth Network. They received $5000. The youth chose to celebrate, with input from the Village of Kaslo, the first Pride Parade in Kaslo. The sidewalk at 4th Avenue and Front Street has been painted a rich mix of colours.

The CFNKLS Board is Proud to have supported KULYN’s application for the RBC grant, that made this wonderful project possible in our beautiful community. Congratulations to Tatum Hearne and the Kaslo Pride Committee for spearheading this celebration of diversity!

The celebration took place on August 29th, later than the usual June date due to the Covid-19 situation.



Covid-19 Emergency Fund Recipients Spring 2020

NKLCSS,$6000 and VHKAS, $2000


Recognition and Celebration of

Youth Philanthropy in Kaslo and Area D

CFNKLS celebrates youth philanthropy

On November 15, 2018 seven local (Kaslo and Area D) youth celebrated youth philanthropy over pizza in a local restaurant. The youth, ages 12 – 18 were nominated for their involvement and volunteerism. Their activities include fundraising, helping home construction in Mexico, working with seniors, volunteering at the library and food hub, mentoring younger youth, helping at community functions, participating as board members, student trustees or youth liaison and work involving mental health.

The evening started, reflecting on the value of philanthropy when the youth shared their best moments while volunteering and continued with discussions as to what they found inspiring, meaningful and important. They then related those discussions to what they believed are needs in the area that may not be met. These young people discussed topics that were meaningful and passionate to them which included, arts and culture, mentoring initiatives, continuing education, generational bridges, youth involvement/empowerment/self confidence, reduction of poverty and fair distribution of resources, animal welfare, sports and mental health. They then decided how to distribute $500 to local charities including KAAPS (animal welfare), the Langham for youth mentorship in the arts, music or video and the Kaslo Food Hub.

The event, sponsored by the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society (CFNKLS) and facilitated by Shannon Isaac, youth worker with Kaslo and Up the Lake Youth Network (KULYN) was enjoyed by all. The youth also provided suggestions for a few improvements and a hearty recommendation to make this an annual event.

Submitted by Joe Johnston