GRANTS

WHAT WE FUND

The Phoenix Foundation focuses its Grants Program within the Boundary region’s geographic area which includes the communities of Bridesville, Carmi, Westbridge, Beaverdell, Christian Valley, Rock Creek, Kettle Valley, Midway, Greenwood, Grand Forks, and Christina Lake, collectively known as the "Boundary" area. The Phoenix Foundation's Community Grants Program looks for a wide range of creative projects designed to benefit the maximum number of people in the Boundary area. Funded activities should provide a direct service to the community, or take an innovative approach to community concerns. The funded activities must be in one or more of the categories as outlined. The Phoenix Foundation will consider requests for:

  • Capital projects, including construction and equipment purchases
  • Program related projects, such as specific, time-limited activities designed to meet certain goals


Typically, the Phoenix Foundation will fund up to 30% of a proposed project. Organizations should have at least 50% of their funding in place before they apply. The Foundation may, at its discretion, fund up to 100% of a project's cost.

The Phoenix Foundation anticipates disbursing its funding to many groups throughout the Boundary Area, working in many fields of interest. Therefore, it may be necessary to limit the frequency of application from any one organization to ensure equitable access to all organizations.


ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO APPLY TO THE FOUNDATION?

To qualify for funding from the Phoenix Foundation you must either be a registered charity or have a registered charitable host agency with similar mission statement and values.

How to Apply

STAGE 1 – Letter of Interest

DEADLINE - The Foundation must receive your Letter of Intent, either electronically to phoenixfoundationbdry@gmail.com (preferred) or by mail to the Grants Committee, Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities, Box 1012 Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0 by midnight on March 31st of the current granting year.

If you believe your project falls within the guiding principles and decision making criteria. please submit a completed letter of interest form DOWNLOAD HERE

If your letter is received by email, we will acknowledge your application by reply email. If you do not receive a reply, please contact us to ensure your application was received.

Your letter of interest will be reviewed to assess eligibility. This preliminary process takes two to four weeks. If there is potential to fund the project, your organization will be invited to submit a formal application.

STAGE 2 – Grant Application

Those who qualify are invited to submit a formal application. The application form is available for DOWNLOAD HERE or by contacting the Phoenix Foundation. Your formal application will be reviewed by the Grants Committee of the Phoenix Foundation. A representative of the Grants Committee may contact your organization to gain a complete understanding of your project; this may include a site visit. At the conclusion of the review process, the Grants Committee makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Foundation for their approval. You can expect to receive an answer to your application within six weeks of the application due dates.

Letters of Interest and/or grant applications may be submitted via e-mail to phoenixfoundationbdry@gmail.com or via Canada Post to Box 1012, Grand Forks, B.C. V0H 1H0. If your proposal is received by email, we will acknowledge your application by reply email. If you do not receive a reply, please call to ensure your application was received.

We will be looking for outcomes that relate to issues identified in the most recent Vital Signs and Community Conversations.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Community Grants Program of the Phoenix Foundation distributes dividends from the unrestricted Community Fund. Applications for these funds are reviewed in the spring of each year. The Board of Directors of the Phoenix Foundation is responsible for the overall policies and practices of the Foundation. In considering applications for funding, the Board relies on the recommendations of the Grants Committee and Advisory members serving in the following categories:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Children and Families
  • Elderly and Special Care
  • Environment
  • Health and Welfare
  • Libraries and Education
  • Social Justice
  • Youth
  • Community Health


INELIGIBLE REQUESTS

  • 100% of a project's cost
  • An organization's operational or core expenses
  • Retroactive funding, or for any project expenses to be incurred prior to the Foundation's decision date
  • Debt retirement, reserves, or mortgage pay downs
  • Activities of organizations serving primarily their membership and/or their direct purposes.
  • Sabbatical leaves, student exchanges
  • Endowment grants
  • Activities supported through government funding
    • Amateur sports
    • School construction (including post-secondary)
    • Publication of books
    • Support for dissertation research
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