The Banff Canmore Community Foundation, the Canmore Rotary Charitable Foundation and the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation are working collaboratively with Bow Valley municipalities to help fund front-line organizations that are keeping our community safe and healthy.

Organizations eligible to apply:
CRA QUALIFIED CHARITIES serving those affected in the Bow Valley region by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive this grant. **Please note ** a registered Not For Profit or Society may still need a qualified charitable organization as partner so please give us a call if we can help with info on this point or find aligned fiscal partners for this application. If you have any questions on this charitable status please give Elizabeth a call before you start to apply. Office 403-763-8549 or Cell 403-763-8596.

Grants and grant amounts will be based on need and available funding and in consultation with all partners.
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To be determined based on need in consultation with all partners
A registered CRA charity (registered with Canada Revenue Agency is eligible to apply if it serves the Bow Valley community. Key priorities are programs or projects that focus on keeping Bow Valley residents fed, sheltered, safe and connected, especially vulnerable residents.

Eligible initiatives:

- Must be charitable in nature;
- Must be for the benefit of the Bow Valley community;
- Must provide direct response and support to those affected by COVID-19, particularly those who are
most vulnerable and those who may be facing social isolation;
- Must use the grant awarded to provide for expenses incurred or planned in the Bow Valley region.

The following initiatives are ineligible:

- Deficit reduction (e.g. debts or loans);
- Building an endowment or general fundraising;
- Sponsorships;
- Primarily benefiting individuals (such as scholarships);
- Initiatives without specific benefit to the Bow Valley region;
- Religious activities or services that focus on only one spiritual tradition;
- Political activity that is prohibited by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The grant assessment criteria is determined in consultation with all partners.
Each application will be evaluated considering how the applicant demonstrates:

- Project clarity/quality of idea;
- Potential for impact and benefit to the Bow Valley community;
- Urgency of need.

The funding partners value innovation, experimentation, and curiosity. We also place a high value on sharing what we learn openly and honestly, and we want our grantees to do the same. Please complete a simple Impact Report by March 31, 2021 that includes:

- What did you learn?
- Share 1-2 stories of impact (can be selfie-video, photos, or quotes);
- A minimal budget outline.
- Staff may contact you to discuss your application.
- Within one week, you will receive an email notifying you if your grant request was approved or denied.
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