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We’re putting our money where our community is. Sponsorships, bursaries, grants and workshops to support the Kootenays.

Sponsorships & Donations

If your organization needs a helping hand with financial support or prizes for your upcoming community event or initiative, let us know a bit about your group and what you're planning. For larger funding requests over $1000, be sure to check out the information on how to apply to the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation by scrolling down this page. We're excited to hear about your project and/or event and to make a positive impact together!

Application Instructions

Note: Funding applications for research, surveys, studies, salaries, wages, or employee benefits will not be entertained.


Education & Leadership Awards

It’s important to us to help people who are interested in education and personal growth get the opportunities they deserve. We reward students in high school, post-secondary and continuing education with sponsorships and awards each year. 


Community Champs Bursaries

If you're a Kootenay-area Grade 12 or post-secondary student who jumps at the chance to give back to your community, we want to hear from you! What are you doing to make a difference? Are you volunteering? Working with community groups? Mentoring peers or younger students? Tell us your story and you could win $2,000 for your education. Six bursaries will be awarded this year. One could be yours!
2024 applications are now closed.  Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in mid-June.

CUFBC Bursaries

We’re proud to help BC students reach their post-secondary education goals through the Credit Union Foundation of BC Bursary Program. Submit your bursary application today and get help towards funding your future.


High School Bursaries

Every year we show our support to local high school graduates by providing $1,500 bursaries to deserving students who plan to attend a technology, university, college or vocational school. To be eligible to receive a KS Community Foundation Bursary, students or their parents must be members of Kootenay Savings. More information on how to apply for these bursaries is available at your high school office.

YES Camp Sponsorships

The YES Camp at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island is an incredible experience for teens aged 14-18. Each year, we sponsor local Kootenay kids to attend the camp for an action-packed week of fun, learning and adventure. With fun games, events and activities campers are sure to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.


Community Foundation

Since awarding its first grant in 2000, the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation has invested millions of dollars into non-profit cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social projects and initiatives in the Kootenays. Together with our partners, we’re working to make the Kootenays even better.  If your community organization is looking for funding of $1000 or more, we invite you to explore the details below for application information.


​Funding Criteria

We're passionate about supporting community-driven initiatives that are not-for-profit and free from political, racial, religious, or gender bias. The projects should contribute to the well-being of communities served by Kootenay Savings. Note: Funding applications for one-time events, research, surveys, studies, salaries, wages, or employee benefits will not be entertained.

​Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation before 5:00pm PST on March 31 and September 30 each year. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

​Apply for Funding

To ensure a streamlined process, as well as reduce our environmental footprint, all applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email to



Financial Literacy

We believe that everyone in our communities deserves to have access to the information and resources they need to feel empowered and knowledgeable when making financial decisions. Our Financial Literacy Instructors can facilitate a workshop at your community organization, school or business. All workshops are free to attend.