Success Stories


Nakusp and Area Community Foundation funded $68,720 to community projects in 2020.

NCAF gave out $18,720 from NACF endowment interest. $10,000 from Vancouver Foundation for Food programs for Nakusp and Area schools. $40,000 from Community Foundations of Canada's emergency Community Funding, From the Federal Government for COVID issues. This was given to A&SLCS for Stop the Violence Program.

Nakusp Climbing Wall Opens Up


At the Nakusp climbing wall, the blue ropes no longer hang slack all day, and the paint is already showing smudgy shoeprints. Our dream has come true as the days have started where students are waiting to use the wall while watching others climb and belay each other. It has been an incredible journey – from conception to funding to construction to training - and there have been so many hurdles to overcome. The fact that the wall is being used by students has made all that hard work worthwhile. The final pieces were the certified safety mats, and thank you to NACF, NACFOR, RDCK and others for supporting this last part of the project. Now that several staff and many students have been trained in belay safety, we’re off to the races! We have scheduled classes climbing several times a week, and a climbing club has formed after school which seems to get slightly larger every week! Not only a great recreational opportunity, but the entire climbing wall project has also been a fantastic learning opportunity for students. We could not have done any of this without the generous support of local groups in helping us fund the project. When the pandemic is over, we look forward to inviting community members into the school to see and use the wall.


Nakusp and Area Community Foundation Funded $14,270 community projects in 2019.

Helping School students

Nakusp Elementary School and Nakusp Secondary School received support from the foundation to provide after school bus services to students living in rural areas. “Equity of access to extracurricular activities is important to our school and families. Extra bussing supported Jr. and Sr. Boys Soccer; Gr8 Girls and Sr Girls Volleyball and basketball. At NES, extra bussing allowed rural students to join after school activities: coding, drama and basketball. Feedback from parents indicated how much this is helping them out and hoping the program can continues. The partnership between NACF and School District 10 has allowed many children to get more out of their school experience. The effects of this go beyond just being able to access another sports practice- they connect with positive school climate and healthy kids” Mike Hibberson, Principal, Nakusp, Burton and Edgewood Elementary Schools.

Kootenay Adaptive Sports

Kootenay Adaptive Sport Associate and Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Access BC hosted the second stop of the Kootenay Try it Series in Nakusp. Focusing primarily on the accessible mountain biking trails at Mt Abriel Trail locals and visitors were treated to complimentary bike rentals and adaptive mountain bikes. Many new riders were introduced to outdoor recreation in our region. With the help from the Nakusp Community Foundation, this event was able to grow to a two day event that helped to educate participants on the benefits of universal access for all. The two day Try It event brought locals and visitors together in a space that promotes inclusivity outdoors and in our village.

Nakusp child Care Society

Nakusp child Care Society was thrilled to receive new indoor play equipment for the Stepping Stones Children’s centre. "We were so grateful to receive support in the form of this grant to replace equipment that was either borrowed or falling apart” commented Dawn Driscoll - board member for NCCS. "The kids were so excited that first week to see new equipment in the center.”

September 2018

Nine youth and two sup' Club facilitators gathered to complete the Food Safe: Level 1 certification course. Sup' Club, a program provided on a weekly basis by the Nakusp and Area Youth Network each Thursday for youth aged 12 to 18.

The evening teaches skills and comfort in the kitchen and helps teach youth teamwork, knife safety, food preparation techniques and budgeting. Selkirk College hosted the Food Safe group of 11 for a day focusing on creating a culture of food safety.

Thanks to funding received from the Nakusp and Area Community Foundation, the youth received their Food Safe certification at no cost to them or their families.

July 2017


Nakusp and Area Community Foundation provided funding to help the community put on the Canada 150 Celebrations on July 1st. This included funding towards the parade and various activities for the day including the band concerts.

June 2016


The Nakusp and Area Community Foundation provided some of the funding to help the Nakusp Rail Society bring the caboose and Plow Truck to Nakusp from Revelstoke. The items were donated to Nakusp by CP and the Society worked tirelessly to prepare the pieces for transport and placement in Nakusp. According to CP, both pieces of equipment either worked or are identical to the pieces that did work on the Kaslo Subdivision. The plow would be from the 1920's or 1930. The projects is a benefit to Nakusp, adding another unique sight and activity for residents and visitors to enjoy and learn from. Nakusp's history is based on the railway.