Valley First Community Endowment

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The Valley First Community Endowment is funding projects that enhance the resourcefulness and resiliency of individuals in the Okanagan, Thompson and Similkameen regions.  This focus can support programming that improves people's capacity and ability to care for themselves and their families; learn new skills and become resilient in the face of change and challenge and to become resourceful and self-sufficient.

Grant funding is typically $5,000 - $10,000 per project. Click here for a list of our 2016 Valley First granting.

  • Funding is available for a wide range of programs
  • Types of projects that will be considered for funding include (but not limited to):
    • Parenting education and support programs
    • Community kitchen programming
    • Food preparation education programs (e.g: senior's teaching the art of canning, or food preparation workshops for immigrant families)
    • Outreach support services
  • Please note: funding will not be available to food banks as Valley First currently runs a "Feed the Valley" campaign to raise funds for all the food banks in its communities.

Applications will be considered using the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to projects benfiting the communities in which Valley First operates. (Currently: Pentiction, Kelowna, Kamloops, Armstrong, Keremeos, Lumby, Oliver, Peachland, Princeton, Vernon, and Winfield)
  • Preference is given to projects that build individual or community capacity. For instance, instruction on healthful food preperation on a budget builds individuals' capacity to care for themselves and their families on a budget.
  • It is preferred that the requesting organization should be contributing toward some of the project costs or should be raising funds from other sources, as the Foundation's role is one of partnership.
  • Proposals should be for clearly presented specific projects or programs.
  • Projects should benefit many and offer equal access.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please complete an expression of interest form. Our deadline to receive expressions of interest is one month prior to the application deadline. If your project is a good fit with the Fund's funding focus, your organization will be invited to apply for a grant.

 

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The Foundation was created on the vision of helping create vibrant and healthy communities. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life.

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