Foundation Grants

The NORTH THOMPSON COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION spring granting cycle has now closed.

Download our updated application for this year which can be printed off and mailed to the North Thompson Communities Foundation, Box 121, Clearwater, BC V0E1N0.

E-mail inquiries to
Sandy Wetterstrom
Grant Committee Coordinator

2024 Grant Award Recipients

  • Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce: Funds to purchase an OWL 3 Camera to facilitate meetings and other media related content
  • Tourism Wells Gray: Funds to purchase 3 tablets to assist international visitors with communication at the Visitor Information Centre
  • Barriere Trails Society: Funding for a website, brochures, cards and a banner
  • Blue River Improvement District: Funding to assist with the renovations of the Blue River Firehall bathroom
  • Barriere Minor Ball: Funding to purchase equipment for Barriere youth softball
  • Blue River Community Garden: Funding to repair 16 garden boxes
  • Shine the Light Wellness Society: Funding to purchase merchandise to accompany the program currently being delivered in the Barriere schools and at Chu Chua
  • North Thompson Stock Dog Association: Funding to purchase materials and build frames for signage directing visitors to event locations

2023 Grant Award Recipients

  • Blue River Powder Packer’s Society: materials to build a safety cache for snowmobiler safety
  • North Thompson Stock Dog Association: signage, tickets and programs for “Dogs with Jobs” event
  • Tourism Wells Gray: OWL-3 camera to facilitate Board meetings
  • Barriere and District Heritage Society: paint and primer for Museum exterior
  • Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce: new website and business directory compilation
  • Barriere Outdoor Society: poles and brochures for Nordic Walking program
  • Wells Gray Lively Arts Society: support for Summer Stage Last Night
  • Blue River Community Garden: soil and materials for construction of 10 bat boxes
  • North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association: insulated curtains for meeting room at the Fairgrounds

2022 Grant Award Recipients

  • Blue River Community Garden, soil and peat moss for 8 garden boxes
  • NT Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, educational signage for the fair grounds
  • Barriere and District Heritage Society, printing of pamphlets and a heritage picture calendar
  • Wells Gray Lively Arts, lighting and sound upgrades
  • NT Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society, event tent, table and propane stove and tank
  • Barriere Search and Rescue, building materials for hall expansion
  • Barriere Outdoor Society, Amazing Race fall event

2021 Grant Award Recipients

  • The Blue River Community Garden, washing station and prep table
  • The Blue River Powder Packers, wildlife patrols to reduce the potential impact of snowmobiling on the Caribou population 
  • Yellowhead Community Services, early education program
  • The Barriere Outdoor Club, resurfacing the area used for pickleball, tennis, volleyball and skating

2020 Grant Award Recipients

North Thompson Communities Foundation Covid-19 Response
Emergency Community Support Fund
Community Foundations of Canada

  1. Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary $27,000
    Purchase of ventilator
  2. Vavenby Christian Church $10,500
    Winter firewood for families, individuals and elders
  3. Clearwater Christian Church $1150
    Using a digital platform to reach the congregation for services and bible study. Purchase of a camera and zoom subscription
  4. North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association $1350
    Creation of sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds and in buildings

North Thompson Communities Foundation 2020
Covid 19- Emergency Funding
Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund

  1. Barriere and District Food Bank $3500
    Cooling system to ensue food does not spoil and efficiently reduce the heat created by numerous appliances. Crisis has resulted in higher volumes of food and hampers
  2. Aboriginal Cultural Society $2500
    Purchased items for the “Family Scavenger Event” as the annual Aboriginal Day event had to be reorganized due to Covid-19
  3. Wells Gray Senior Society $3000
    Gas cards and food vouchers
  4. Vavenby Christian Church $3700
    Gas and taxi vouchers and food gift cards
  5. YCS Better At Home $3700
    Home support services for seniors in rural and remote areas. Grocery and meds delivered.
    Minor home repairs and housekeeping
  6. YCS $4000
    Gas cards and grocery vouchers
  7. YCS Barriere and Clearwater Food Support $9600
    Meals provided in Barriere and Clearwater and surrounding areas

2020 Grant Award Recipients are as follows:

  • Barriere and District Food Bank Society (shelving)
  • North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association (updates to the fair grounds educational garden)
  • Evergreen Acres Senior Housing Association (landscaping and outdoor activity centre)
  • Blue River Community Garden (soil for new garden boxes)
  • Clearwater Municipal Junior Council ( installation of water bottle filling stations)
  • Yellowhead Community Services (Let’s Get Growing campaign)

2019 Grant Award Recipients

  • Avola Community Hall and Recreational Cooperative Association
  • Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society (Barriere)
  • Wells Gray Seniors Society (Clearwater)
  • Little Fort Recreation Society (Little Fort)
  • YCS Indigenous Family Drop in Program (Clearwater)
  • Clearwater Christian Church Youth Adventure Week (Clearwater)
  • Amazing Race and School Program (Barriere)
  • Blue River Community Garden Project

Grants Awarded in 2018:

Clearwater Christian Church Youth Adventure Week
Blue River Community Garden Project 2018
Barriere and District Heritage Society
Outdoor Club Barriere Amazing Race
Clearwater Christian Church Youth Adventure Weekend
Bursaries awarded in 2018:
Redman Family Memorial Bursary was awarded to Natalia Biagioni (Clearwater Senior Secondary)

Grants Awarded 2012-2015

2018 Grant Recipient – Blue River Community Association and the Blue River Community Garden project. The school children were taught how to plant seeds and grow vegetables and the garden was upgraded.