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Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF) Grant

Grants to British Columbia Registered Charities,
Municipalities, and Schools for Community Benefit Programs

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Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF)

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Grants to British Columbia registered charities, municipalities, and schools in eligible regions to improve the quality of life for local residents. An expression of interest must be submitted prior to applying. Organizations must provide programs and services within the boundaries of the Shuswap area of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Projects must contribute to the well-being of residents of the Shuswap in the following grant categories:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Cultural Activities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Heritage (land or buildings of historic or environmental significance)
  • Safety
  • Social programs (including from our Vital Signs Report: Belonging and Leadership, Gap Between Rich and Poor, Housing, and Work)

Eligible proposals are those that:

  • Have a program/project that will positively impact persons and/or communities within the Shuswap;
  • Develop competencies and skills enabling individuals to live fuller, more productive lives;
  • Address a significant need affecting the region's population or special populations;
  • Have the ability to leverage resources through other funding, in-kind donations, volunteers and partnerships;
  • Demonstrate their capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145775

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation does not set a minimum or maximum amount for grant awards however, the Foundation is limited by the funds available to us (based on the rate of return on investments) and the number of successful applications received in any given grant cycle.

Term of Contract:

Shuswap Community cannot entertain requests for ongoing or multi-year funding at this point in time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be CRA-registered charities, or be in partnership with a municipality or school, to qualify for a grant.

For a project to qualify for a grant, organizations must operate within the boundaries of the Shuswap area of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Activities that typically do not receive funding:
- An organization's usual operational or core expenses, such as heat, rent, or existing staff salaries. Projects can only include costs that are incremental to an organization’s existing operations;
- Grants for individuals;
- Fundraising campaigns;
- Covering deficits, retiring debts or mortgage payments;
- Providing for or establishing endowments;
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or for direct religious purposes;
- Political organizations or campaigns;
- Lobbying legislators or influencing elections;
- Improvements or additions to land or property which might revert to private ownership;
- Travel costs;
- Team or club sponsorships;
- Projects that duplicate services provided by other organizations;
- Special fundraising events/celebration functions;
- Marketing endeavors and personal research, unless the marketing is directly connected to the program in your grant application;
- Core operating expenses for public and private elementary and secondary schools and public and private colleges and universities;
- Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, provincial or local governments;
- Scholarship programs; SCF holds several scholarships and bursaries that are available to students within the Shuswap area;
- Requests for ongoing or multi-year funding;
- Programs that have already taken place or any type of retroactive funding requests (expenses which predate the current grant cycle).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycles:
- Expressions of Interest are due before December 15th (Spring Cycle) or May 15th (Summer Cycle).
- A completed Grant Application Form should be submitted online no later than January 31st (Spring Cycle) or June 15th (Summer Cycle).
- Grants will be disbursed in March for the January 31st grant intake deadline (Spring Cycle) or in August for the June 15th grant intake deadline (Summer Cycle).

Before you apply:
Prior to starting the application process, please read through the Grant Application Guidelines to see if your organization and/or your project are eligible for funding. Once you have determined your groups’ eligibility, use the online application system to begin the grant application process. Once you have submitted your Expression of Interest, a Community Foundation staff member will get in touch with you to discuss your project.

It is preferred, but not required that grants are matched by funding from other sources.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Expression of Interest form:
Online Application form:

While online grant applications are preferred, SCF still accepts “manual” applications. All required documents may be emailed to

Shuswap Community Foundation
102-160 Harbourfront DR NE
Box 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7

Phone: 250-832-5428

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Shuswap area of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia

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