Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Quesnel Community Foundation?
The Quesnel Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 2001 to collect and manage funds in the North Cariboo for charitable purposes. Grants are made to qualifying projects throughout the region.
How does the Quesnel Community Foundation operate?
A nine-member Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policies and practices of the Foundation. Each year, Board members join with community members on our Grants Committee to consider applications for funding made available from income generated by the Foundation's Endowment Fund.
Where does the Foundation get its money?
The fund started in 2001 with a $50,000 contribution from the 2000 BC Winter games, which was matched by the City of Quesnel. The fund continues to grow thanks to donations, financial gifts, and bequests from area residents, local businesses and other charitable organizations, alomng with the support of the City of Quesnel and organizations like the Vancouver Foundation and Northern Development Initiative Trust.
In addition, the Foundation hosts special events and other fundraising activities to help keep operating costs to a minimum and thus direct more income to the community. The Foundation welcomes any financial contribution, big or small.
What are the different Funds within the Foundation?
Many people have given their money to the Quesnel Community Foundation in order to build a legacy for our community. Specific funds have been set up to offer a wide selection of donation opportunities, such as:
- Community Endowment Fund - the income from this fund is provided to local organizations to address current and future needs. This fund is the ideal way for individuals, groups and businesses to make a difference.
- Family Fund - this fund gives donors the opportunity to help our community and at the same time be acknowledged and recognized. Individuals and businesses making a donation of $5,000 or more - or whose accumulated donations total $5,000 or more - can have a fund set up in their own name, business name, or in the name of someone they wish to honor. Family funds can be added to at any time by the original donor or by others, such as family members, friends or employees.
- Agency Fund - this is a type of designated fund established by charitable organizations to ensure a continual source of annual income for their programs and operations.
- Donor Advised Fund - this funds allow donors to be actively involved with the Foundation in selecting recipient charitable organizations.
- Scholarship or Bursary Fund - a fund can be established in the name of a family, individual, business or organization to help deserving individuals receive education or training they may not otherwise obtain.
- Flow-Through Fund - this is a non-permanent fund which passes throught the Foundation to qualified charitable organizations according to the donor's wishes. This fund may be attractive to donors who wish anonymity for their philanthropic giving, an impartial third party to distribute their community gifts, or for those who are not registered charities but wish to provide tax receipts for donations.
Who is eligible for a grant?
Eligible applicants include registered area charities and qualified donees as identified under the Income Tax Act. Under special circumstances, sponsoring relationships may be arranged for groups that normally would not qualify for funding.
Grants are not made to individuals or to businesses. Some specific types of projects are considered ineligible. For more details, please contact a Foundation representative or see our "How to Receive Grants" page.
What is the difference between a registered charity and a non-profit organization?
Registered charity are regulated by Revenue Canada and may issue charitable donation tax receipts - Quesnel Community Foundation is a registered charity. A non-profit organization is not regulated by CRA in the same way and activities are not exclusively serving charitable purposes; a non-profit may not issue tax receipts.
Information on how to become a registered charity can be found at www.cra-arc.gc.ca
What does the Foundation provide funding for?
The Quesnel Community Foundation supports a wide range of projects that are of demonstrated benefit to area residents. Funded activities provide a direct service to the community, or take an innovative approach to addressing changing needs and concerns within the North Cariboo region. Projects approved for funding could involve any number of concerns including (but not limited to): Health, Education, Arts & Culture, Sports & Recreation, Environment, Social Programs.
See "Funding Guidelines" under "How to Receive Grants" for a detailed list of what can be funded and what is not eligible.
Click here to see a list of the projects that the Foundation has funded since its first grants cycle in 2002.
How can my group apply?
The Quesnel Community Foundation has a two-stage application process. The first stage is the submission of a "Letter of Intent" for the Foundation to determine basic eligibility. The second stage requires the submission of a more detailed formal grant application.
The forms for your Letter of Intent can be found under "How to Receive Grants" and must be submitted electronically. The detailed application form will be sent to the groups that qualify once all LoI's have been reviewed.
How are decisions made regarding granting?
The Grant Committee consists of Board members and volunteer community members who evaluate each project for its impact on the community. The amount granted will depend on how many applications are received and how much money is available for the given grant cycle.
Are there deadlines for application?
Applications are subject to two deadlines. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is in January of each year. The formal application must be submitted in February. Deadlines change each year; see the "How to Receive Grants" page.
Are there any other requirements once funds are granted by the Foundation?
After a grant is awarded, donees are expected to follow a specific list of performance & management procedures. Monitoring of projects will be performed by the Foundation to ensure that funds are used appropriately. Projects must be completed by October 31 of the calendar year. Projects that cannot be completed must apply for an extension. If for any reason the project cannot be completed, all grant monies must be returned to QCF.
Can groups apply more than once?
Groups may apply for funding as often as they need to but only one application per grant cycle will be considered. If you have received a grant in the past and have not completed all the requirements of that grant, future applications will not be considered until those requirements have been met.
Will QCF give partial funding for a project?
If you have a large project you are encouraged to source out other funding and provide these details in your application. The amount awarded from QCF will depend on how many applications are received and how much grant money is available for distribution. Sometimes smaller amounts are awarded in order to help more community groups.
Where can I get more information on the Quesnel Community Foundation?
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