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Grants to British Columbia Registered Charities for Projects that Benefit Local Residents

Quesnel Community Foundation Grants

Quesnel Community Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #165738

Grant Description

Grants to British Columbia registered charities for projects that benefit residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit a project proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended for programming within the focus areas of education, arts, environment, recreation, and social services. Eligible projects benefit the Quesnel, Lhtako Dene, and North Cariboo regions.

Grants from the Foundation are intended to support projects that benefit the local area and residents, provide a service to the community, or take a new, innovative approach in responding to local needs or concerns. In addition to the general Grant Application, there are currently two Field of Interest Grants established by donors in the community.   

  • Holger Bauer Forest Safety Award: Grant established for the purpose of aiding in forest safety, outdoor recreation, forest stewardship, and forest conservation.
  • David Gibb Memorial Arts Award: Grant established for the purpose of supporting the practice of the arts by both groups and individuals in the Quesnel area.

Preference will be given to new initiatives that:

  • Have broad public appeal; 
  • Are widely accessible to the community; 
  • Promote and enhance self-sufficiency within the community; 
  • Emphasize and utilize the skills and resources that exist in the community;
  • Strengthen the social and cultural structure of the community; 
  • Demonstrate partnership and collaboration;
  • Will realize a significant result with the funding;
  • Have a definite purpose and a clear timeline;
  • Respond creatively and effectively to local problems and challenges;
  • Build on the community’s social capital and civic vitality, and 
  • Agree to a commitment for project evaluation and assessment.  

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community organizations that are registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act are eligible to apply for grants from the Foundation.

Please note: Non-profit society registration in British Columbia does not, by itself, qualify an organization as a registered charity.

Organizations that do not have charitable status may still be considered through a partnership agreement with the City of Quesnel. This relationship and agreement must be formal and in writing between the Registered Charity (City) and the applicant organization. The relationship must be a formal arrangement set out in writing between the registered charity (City) and the applicant organization after FINAL project approval by the Foundation.

To apply for registered charitable status, contact the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency.


Projects will not be considered eligible if:
- Funds requested are an organization's usual operational or core expenses;
- Funds are for any expenses which predate the award;
- Funds are used to cover deficits, retire debts or mortgage payments;
- Funds are to provide for or establish endowments;
- Funds are used for sectarian, religious, or political purposes;
- Funds are used for travel costs;
- Funds are used for team or club sponsorships;
- Funds are part of an annual fund drive for sustaining support;
- Funds are used for an individual as opposed to a project or organization
- The organization shows a dependency on future funding
- The project duplicates services provided by other organizations
- Organizations are totally government funded or directed
- Without good reason, the project cannot be completed by the end of the calendar year.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Deadline for Project Proposals: Friday, January 27, 2023, at 5:00 pm
- Deadline for completed Applications: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm
- Board Approval: Tuesday April 18, 2023
- Notification to Applicants: Monday, April 24, 2023
- Grant Signing Awards Ceremony: TBA

Project Proposals will be reviewed by the Grants Committee within a few weeks of the due date. All proposals will receive a reply. A more detailed application will be sent to groups that submit qualifying projects.


Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by the end of the calendar year.

Contact Information:

E-mail project proposals, applications, and questions to Foundation Coordinator, Sue Hunt, at

To apply for registered charitable status, contact the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384 or visit their website:

For questions, please contact:
Patty Morgan, Coordinator
Quesnel Community Foundation
PO Box 4158
Quesnel, BC V2J 3J2
or at the above email address

Quesnel Community Foundation
P.O.Box 4158, Quesnel,
British Columbia, V2J 3J2
Phone: 250-985-1612

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