Still Mo' Money Out There!


Albino Cow Moose - Fort St. James B.C.

Hello from the Fort, Funds Fans!  We made it and yes – we have wi-fi.  We don’t have a snowbrush for the truck but that’s a minor detail easily remedied by using a regular household broom.  Granted, it’s not as sophisticated as using a proper snowbrush but it works.  I’ll thank you to know that due to careful foresight on other fronts, that being the fact that I have 200 lbs. worth of sandbags in the back, I was able to use my travel mug as a sand scoop this afternoon when I couldn’t quite get back up the hill from our resort.  I’ve been advised to take the hill straight-on next time and to “gun it” in order to get enough momentum to reach the top without spinning out halfway.  I’ll let you know how this tactic works out.  There’s a corner at the top of the hill flanked by twelve foot snowbanks…

The photo is from Wildlife Group, taken in Fort St. James.  However, since it’s not a travel blog, I’ll get straight to the point.  For those of you just tuning in, what we do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other juicy tidbits on where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.  I also shamelessly promote the use of Professional Writers for any proposal writing and reporting requirements for reasons found in previous posts.  I do try to keep things fun and funny around here but for the really funny stuff you should check out and LIKE my FaceBook page. 

So, where’s the money?

BMO Financial Group provides donations and sponsorships at both the community and national levels.  Specific projects or programs may be supported if they add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Hospitals, Health and Research
  • Civic and Community Services
  • Arts and Culture

Donation requests are reviewed quarterly by BMO’s Corporate Donations Committee and donations are made to organizations designated as registered charities by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.  Multi-year funding is available.  It appears that Sponsorship requests are not quite as stringent in their eligibility and may be made at any time provided the proposal is complete as per BMO guidelines.

Farm Credit Canada provides funding for rural community initiatives through their FCC Agri-Spirit Fund.  Donations from $5,000 to $25,000 are available to supplement other fundraising efforts.  Successful projects in the past have included hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens.  Online applications will be open from May 7 to June 18, 2012.  Eligible applicants include: 

  • a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • a registered non-profit organization
  • a municipal body (a municipal body can include a town, city under 100,000 people, a rural municipality or a First Nations band)
  • a non-profit organization that will partner with a municipal body who agrees to receive the money contributed and issue a receipt in their name

Eligible projects will:

  • enhance the vitality of rural Canada
  • be completed between December 1,2012 and December 31, 2014
  • be accessible to all members of the community
  • be a capital project (equipment, building funds, etc.)
  • be located in rural Canada
  • benefit a rural community with a population less than 100,000 people
  • recognize FCC’s contribution and allow FCC to put up a permanent sign

Fundsblogger Note:  I will send out a Deadline Alert closer to the date.  For any keeners out there, it’s never too early to start planning.

For those of you with a Thrifty Foods in your neighbourhood, Thrifty provides community support grants and community organization sponsorship grants.  Applications for over $500 are reviewed on a monthly basis, requests under $500 are reviewed bi-weekly.  Please submit applications at least six (6) weeks prior to the event or anticipated need.

For those of you who have any sort of memories or experience related to Canadian Forestry, there is an opportunity for you to contribute to the World Forest History Series.  “The volumes are intended to address… the “rise of state and scientific forestry and the evolution of environmental land management practices, with a special focus on colonial forestry and its legacy,” and to “feature a substantial section of primary sources related to the history of humans and forests.” (emphasis added)  Editors would appreciate hearing from anyone interested in contributing at their earliest convenience.

Fundsblogger note: Please see my FB post “Help write the book on Forestry!”  for contact details on this opportunity.

That’s all from here, folks.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome 🙂