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Posted: May 12, 2022

CFKR supports non-profits with 2022 Community Grants

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2022 community granting program.

In 2022, CFKR’s community granting continued to grow, contributing a total of $56,841.17 to 40 community initiatives. In addition, a total of $28,810.05 was re-invested in the principals of 17 endowment funds, to grow future granting.

“Once again, we are so impressed by the many ways that local non-profits contribute to our communities, and CFKR is thrilled to support these excellent initiatives with a 2022 community grant,” stated Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies provided 2022 grants to a wide range of community projects and programs. Each grant application was reviewed by CFKR’s local volunteer committees, with granting decisions ratified by the CFKR Board.

Elkford Biking Club: grant to support Elkford Bike Park

The Elkford Community Fund awarded a total of $3,043.58 in its third year of granting:

  • Elkford Biking Club – Elkford Bike Park: $1,618.58;
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Adult Tech Tutoring: $977;
  • Elkford Nordic Ski Club – Sign replacement and repair: $448;

The Sparwood Community Fund granted a total of $4.741.30 to the following projects:

  • Sparwood Trails Alliance: grant for bike wash station.

    Sparwood Trails Alliance – Bike wash station: $2,541.30;

  • Sparwood Golf Club – purchase of new doors: $1,500;
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Sparwood Kindergym: $700.

The Fernie Community Fund allocated their $3,573.00 granting total as follows:

  • Fernie and District Arts Council – Youth Art Mini-Banners: $1,336.50
  • Fernie & District Heritage Society – Art Exhibit: $1,236.50
  • Kindergym-Fernie – Play Equipment: $1,000.00

In Cranbrook and area, including the South Country, $14,431.09 was granted to a total of 10 community initiatives, funded by several endowments, including the Cranbrook Community Fund; Seniors’ Enhancement Fund; Kimberley-Cranbrook 2008 Winter Games Arts/Culture and Sports Funds; Knights of Pythias Fund; Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund; Environment Fund; Outdoor Recreation Fund; and the Neil & Patricia Sinclair Fund.

  • Knights of Pythias Community Volunteer Award: $750.
Galloway Curling Club: grant to purchase AED

Pending the 2022 award application process, the award recipient will designate this amount to a local qualified donee of their choice.

  • CBEEN – Wild Voices environmental education for children & youth: $1,000;
  • Cranbrook & District Search and Rescue – Pagers: $1,500;
  • Northern BC Friends of Children East Kootenay Branch – Financial Assistance to attend children’s medical appointments: $2,458.05;
  • Galloway Curling Club – Purchase of AED: $1,532.03;
  • Junior Achievement BC – Financial Literacy Workshops: $1,500;
  • Kootenay Employment Services – Tablets for community outreach: $1,400;
  • Triangle Women’s Institute (Grasmere) – Historical Panels in Community Hall: $1,500;
  • Wildsight – Environmental Education: $1,500;
  • Wildsight – Spooner Park Rehabilitation: $1,291

CFKR’s agency/designated endowment funds provided the following grants:

  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund to Cranbrook Salvation Army food programs: $3,249.53;
  • Columbia Outdoor School/Blue Lake Camp: $2,536.23;
  • Symphony of the Kootenays: $2,284.72;
  • Cranbrook History Centre: $1,377.66;
  • Cranbrook Community Theatre: $518;
  • Community Connections Society of SE BC – Children First early childhood education/support: $1,535.33;
  • East Kootenay Foundation for Health: $1,181.34;
  • EKFH-Roy & Annabel Maundrell Fund: $236.11.

CFKR’s donor-advised funds granted the following:

  • Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health and Addictions – BC Schizophrenia Society, regional support group: $456.93;
  • Community Matters Fund – Foundry East Kootenay: $294.21;
  • Greg Fisher Community Fund – Cranbrook Salvation Army: $1,213.18;
  • Janice Regnier Fund for Mental Health and Addictions – Cranbrook Salvation Army:  $484.91.

Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Fund:

  • Symphony of the Kootenays – Nutcracker Concert: $1,500;
  • Symphony of the Kootenays – Mountain Concert: $1,500;
  • Cranbrook Community Theatre Society – Bud’s Bench: $1,500;
  • Cranbrook Community Forest Society – Trail Maintenance: $1,934.06;
  • Cranbrook History Centre – Ed Talks Lecture Series: $5,000;
  • East Kootenay SPCA – Veterinary Care: $5,000.

CFKR looks forward to awarding our 2022 scholarships in the coming months, in partnership with School District #5 (Southeast Kootenay):

Dr. Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship (Fernie): $1,100.

Mark Mahovlic Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $1,000.

Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $350.

Thanks to their belief in the power of growing endowment funds, the following endowment fund holders re-invested some or all of their 2022 grants, thereby growing both their principals as well as their future granting:

Casey and Corrine Hanemayer Funds: East Kootenay Foundation for Health Fund: $6,000; Friends of Fort Steele Fund: $6,000; Symphony of the Kootenays Fund: $5,500.

  • Niedermayer Family Fund: $1,529.86;
  • Friends of Fort Steele Society Endowment Fund: $5,207.84;
  • Northern BC Friends of Children East Kootenay Branch Endowment Fund: $296.42;
  • Key City Theatre Legacy Fund: $316.63;
  • Key City Gymnastics Club Endowment Fund: $492.75;
  • Cranbrook Past and Present Teachers’ Legacy Fund: $287.72;
  • Hough Ingalls Fund for Animal Welfare: $396.26;
  • East Kootenay SPCA Fund: $397.96;
  • Cranbrook Public Library Endowment Fund: $687.67;
  • Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Education Fund: $265.85;
  • BGC Cranbrook Fund: $303.21;
  • Joyce Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $68.17;
  • Dr. Sparling and Mrs. Mary East Memorial Scholarship Fund (Fernie): $59.71;
  • Pidoca Construction Group Memorial Scholarship (Cranbrook): $1,000.

Each year, CFKR’s annual community granting program opens January 1 and closes  February 15. Further details can be found at

Lead image: Cranbrook and District Search and Rescue: grant to purchase new pagers for CDSAR volunteers. Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies photos

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