The 2017 Grant Cycle Process is now closed. Please check back in December for details of the 2018 Grants.
|December 2, 2016||February 10, 2017||Early March 2017||Late March 2017||Early April 2017|
|Application cycle begins.||Application cycle ends. All applications must be received by end of business day.||Grants and Community Committee review applications and make recommendations.||Board of Directors approves grant recommendations. Applicants are notified.||Grant payments can be made to successful applicants.|
We hosted four Grant Writing Seminars in January 2017.
January 17th from 1pm-3pm in Oliver at the Oliver Community Centre
January 18th from 10am-12pm in Penticton at the Shatford Centre
January 19th from 10am-12pm in Princeton at the Princeton Museum
January 19th from 2pm-4pm in Keremeos at the South Similkameen Health Centre
A 2 STEP APPLICATION PROCESS
The 2017 application process involves two online steps:
- Creating or updating your profile on the Community Knowledge Centre.
- Completing an ONLINE application form for your project or grant request.
NOTE: We will no longer accept paper applications. All applications must be submitted online. If, for some reason, you are unable to use the online application form, please contact our office.
STEP #1: Community Knowledge Centre (CKC) Profile
You must have a CKC profile in order to be eligible for funding. All existing profiles MUST BE UPDATED as part of the application process.
Note: You do not need to have completed your CKC profile in order to start your application BUT your profile must be completed by the application deadline of 5pm on February 10th, 2017.
- If you know your log in details for CKC then update your profile here.
- If you do not have your log in details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you DO NOT have a CKC profile please complete this form to get started.
STEP #2: ONLINE PROJECT APPLICATION
If your project requires multi-year funding please contact our office BEFORE beginning the application process.
You can download the application questions to help plan your application in advance. Projects requesting $1,000 or less qualify for a short-form application process.
NOTE: the documents below are for planning purposes only! Please do not submit a PDF as your formal application. You must complete the online application form by clicking the green button below.
If you would like to review approved projects from previous years you can download a sampling below:
Frequently Asked Questions:
We do not make grants for projects specifically intended to promote a specific faith or faith-based perspective. However, faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply for projects that provide direct support or benefit to the wider community.
Short answer: no. We provide grants to charities and non-profits operating within the boundaries of the RDOS.
We have 108 endowment funds that all have the opportunity to assign grant criteria for their money.
Some of these endowment funds restrict granting based on geography (only Penticton, for example) and/or a field of interest (only animal welfare).
So the answer is, yes, demographics play a role in the decisions, but how that plays out is based on the criteria chosen by the donors, not by the CFSOS.
It is very rare that we cannot find a sponsoring charity for a worthy project. However, if that does happen there is no way for the CFSOS to legally provide funding. Because we have issued tax receipts for the many donations that fund our grant cycle, we are obligated by the Income Tax Act to provide grants only to registered charities or qualified donees.
If you forgot to submit your report please contact our office before proceeding through the application process.
We will still accept your report, but your application will only be eligible for funding if the report is in before the 2017 application deadline of February 10, 2017.
Grant awards will be available after the March 28th, 2017 board meeting, assuming the project is ready to receive the funds. We do not release money until the charity confirms they are ready to use the money. For example, if your project begins in September and you won’t be spending money on it until August, you will be eligible to receive the money in August.
It’s important to note that you will not receive the money until you formally request the funds.
Applications are initially reviewed by staff to ensure they are complete, meet the basic requirements for applying, and include enough information to allow the Grants Committee to make informed decisions. Staff also provide additional information to supplement the application including history of past grants, quality of past grant reporting and promotion by recipients, and other background details that may assist the committee in making its decisions.
The Board of CFSOS appoints a Grants Committee comprised of 5 board members and 2-3 independent community members. The committee members first review and rate the applications independently. Individual rankings are combined to create an aggregate ranking of all applicants.
Applications are ranked on merit using five key criteria that remain confidential. This means that a seniors project will be ranked in direct comparison to a heritage project, for example.
The Committee then meets to discuss the specifics of who will receive grants, and for how much. An initial discussion of the aggregate rankings takes place which sometimes results in an applicant moving up or down the list. After that, the applications are reviewed from the top down until we run out of money.
When the Committee approves a grant amount, staff immediately confirm which endowment fund is available to grant for that project. Because most endowment funds have some grant criteria, it is possible that we won’t have money to grant to a specific project, even if it ranks very high on the list. For example, if the top three projects happen to be for youth, we may run out of “youth-specific” funds after we award #1 and #2. In that case, the third high quality youth grant request could not receive funding.
We have posted our timeline at the top of this page. The plan is to formally approve grant recommendations at the March 28th, 2017 board meeting.
After that approval, unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Successful applicants will be phoned directly to discuss next steps.
As of the 2016 granting year, the Foundation will accept application requests for most types of expenses. In fact, it’s easier to consider what we won’t fund as you will see in another FAQ.
We will fund the start up of a new charity or project, wages associated with a specific program, bridge financing, capital costs, training costs, operating expenses like rent (under certain circumstances), and most other things you can think of.
It’s important for applicants to understand that the Foundation wishes to invest in change, but we recognize that change takes time. We don’t want to be a revenue line item on your annual operating budget, but if you need an infusion of cash to get started (or stay afloat) then perhaps we can work together.
If you have plans for how to improve the long-term prospects of your charity or clients, but need funding to test the idea and move towards measurable outcomes then, again, maybe there’s a fit.
We will be granting a total of $407,000 in 2017. However, about 1/2 of the granting is pre-designated by donors. That means that about $203,000 will be available for the grant application process.
Keep in mind that the Foundation doesn’t usually have FULL discretion with the grant decisions. Most funds have some criteria that we must honour when selecting recipients. For example, the Smith Family Fund may have $10,000 available for granting, but if Mr. & Mrs. Smith have specified animal welfare projects as their area of interest, then we can only grant to groups that fit that criteria.
Grants are not made for:
- capital deficits.
- retroactive funding or for any project expenses to be incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date.
- annual fundraising campaigns, form letter requests or telephone campaigns.
- the establishment or addition to endowment funds.
- debt retirement, to provide reserves or for mortgage pay-downs.
- funding sabbatical leaves or student exchanges.
- projects whose primary purpose is to promote religious activities or beliefs.
Most of our grants probably average about $5,000, but this is not intentional or required. We usually have one grant of around $15,000.