Kootenay Savings Supports SVF

As is has annually since our inception, the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation has once again provided flow-through funding to the Salmo Valley Fund to support our granting program and administration. This year, they generously contributed almost $3,200 to us.

We appreciate Kootenay Savings’s ongoing support!

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Our steering committee was pleased to receive a great variety of grant applications this past fall: Submissions addressed everyone from young children to seniors, and covered diverse areas such as food security, sport and active living, and literacy. We were fortunate to be able to award just over $8,000 in grants and to fund all requests fully.

The projects that the SVF is helping to fund this year are:

  • Trails maintenance with the Salmo Valley Trails Society. Most funding that the SVTS can access is earmarked for new trail construction, so the SVF can fill a need by helping to pay crews to maintain the wonderful trail network that has been built.
  • Family tech literacy programming with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. The SVF is funding the purchase of programmable robots that will be used in STEAM programming, which is offered to families with children aged 6-12, at the Salmo Valley Public Library.
  • Seniors Dinners with Salmo Community Resource Society. This program brings together seniors for affordable, monthly communal dinners.
  • Batting cage at Lions Park. Multiple funders have come together to help Salmo Baseball build a batting cage to aid local youth players in developing their skills.
  • Updating the reference collection at the Salmo Valley Public Library.

Thanks to the Salmo Valley Fund steering committee for taking the time to review applications and make decisions. This year, we were fortunate to have help from: Virginia Stockdale, Maureen Berk, Jack Janssen-Steenberg, Mike van Wijk, Maureen Gagnier, and Kurtis Paddison.

Thanks also to the Village of Salmo for acting as a sponsor to applicants who are not registered charities. This greatly increases the reach of the Salmo Valley Fund in our community and helps direct funding where it is needed.

RBC Future Launch Grant Awarded

The Salmo Valley Fund, with the support of the RBC Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada, is pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 grant in support of the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society’s “The River Speaks” campaign.

The funding will support a youth-led, multi-media public outreach and engagement program relating to the importance of a healthy local watershed. Look for events being hosted by the SWSS through the first eight months of 2020.

This project is an example of the value of having a local community endowment fund: because of our affiliation with Community Foundations Canada, we were able to tap into a funding source that would otherwise have been unavailable and bring outside resources into our region.

2019 Granting Program Now Open

The 2019 granting season is now open! As usual, we will be accepting applications from individuals, non-profit organizations and registered charities throughout the month of October. We have just over $8,000 available this year.

Please visit our Grant Applications page for more detailed information on requirements and eligibility, and to download relevant forms.

$5,000 RBC Future Launch Community Challenge Youth Grant Available!



The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a call to action for youth, aged 15 – 29, in more than 150 small and mid-sized communities across Canada. It’s made possible thanks to a $5 million donation from the RBC Foundation.

Globalization. Technological innovations. Climate change. An aging population. Urbanization. Demographic shifts. Everywhere we look, our communities and our country are rapidly changing, and the gap between the experiences of rural and urban communities is growing. In each participating community, youth and partner organizations will have the opportunity to team up and apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to support youth-led projects. We’re inviting you to come up with an innovative, bold new idea to address a local need. And then, if your application is successful, we’ll give you money to put your idea into action!


Youth and organizations are invited to team up to submit an application to the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge. All eligible applications will be submitted by a partnership between youth, aged 15 – 29, and a partner organization that is a qualified donee. (Don’t stop reading here, if you have a great idea and need help finding a partner, we can help you with this.)

Applications may be submitted by youth or by the partner organization. Each application will be required to demonstrate the role played by both youth and the partner organization. Each grant will be made to the partner organization, who would accept it on behalf of the partnership.


The Salmo Valley Fund is pleased to be able to make available one grant worth $5,000 to youth in Salmo and Area G.

Are you still with us? Great! Everything else you need to know can be found in the Application Guide.

Still have questions? Click the Contact tab and send us an e-mail.

Click here to visit the application portal.



Salmo FM Radio Society donates to Salmo Valley Fund

The Salmo FM Radio Society has donated an additional $207.10 to the Salmo Valley Fund. (An initial contribution of $2200 was made in 2018.) As the Hummingbird wound down its operations, its board of directors saw the SVF as a good steward for remaining financial assets held by the society. Thanks to them, over $2400 has been permanently invested to serve the public throughout the Salmo Valley, demonstrating just one of the ways community members can make use of their community fund.

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation contributes to SVF

The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation has once again made a donation to the Salmo Valley Fund to provide funding for community grants as well as administrative support. This year, the KSCF has generously contributed just over $3200.

In addition to being a founding sponsor of the Salmo Valley Fund, Kootenay Savings has made donations every year since we started. We greatly appreciate their ongoing support!

2018-2019 Granting Decisions

We are pleased to have approved funding for four projects as part of our 2018-2019 granting program:

West Kootenay BMX Racing will be able to make improvements to its track, located at the Salmo Ski Hill, and purchase technology upgrades to help with program administration.

The Salmo Valley Farmers’ Market will once again be able to provide a stipend to its market manager, helping to reduce the demands placed on volunteers.

Salmo Secondary School students are working in partnership with the Salmo Public Library to build and enhance the collection of First Nations materials. As part of their studies, students have been able to work with the Library Director to assess the existing collection and research and select materials that should be added.

Salmo Secondary School is working to equip the school foyer to serve as technologically up-to-date space for community performances and events. The SVF is helping to purchase seating as part of this project

We were pleased to see that several new groups applied for funding this year; it is our mission to serve as broad a section of our communities as possible. Our next granting session will take applications throughout October, 2019.