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Community Giving

Decisions on community giving are made at the local level – to ensure EKC is meeting the unique needs of each community we’re part of. If your event, activity, or project aligns well with our Community Giving program, we'd love to hear from you!

Initiatives we support

​EKC invests in our communities by supporting a number of great programs and initiatives, focusing on:

Community programs

​Youth education

Festivals & tournaments

Health initiatives

Recreation programs


Ineligible applicants 

Support is generally not given to the following types of projects and organizations:

  • Government entities
  • Political parties
  • For profit organizations
  • Causes which carry a religious bias or other religious activities
  • Private businesses (could support an event supported by the private business if it is valued by membership)
  • 100% operating or administrative costs, wages, retroactive funding, deficit reduction
  • Donations that are outside trade area that do not benefit the cooperative moment
  • Requests from national organizations or organizations that do not provide a direct benefit to EKC communities
  • Individual pursuits or interests that are primarily for personal gain

How to submit a community giving request

We accept community giving applications year-round, but we appreciate as much notice as possible (typically four weeks min.) to ensure enough time for us to review your application properly. 

​Once submitted, you’ll receive a confirmation email within two days and be contacted within four weeks.
If you don’t get a confirmation email, please contact us again.

Keys to a successful application 

At EKC, we want to support your success. Here are a few things you can add to your application to help make it successful: 

  • Be clear on your objective
  • Show leadership
  • Introduce your team
  • Demonstrate how your goals align with EKC’s
  • Allow enough time for the application to be processed
  • Be clear on what your success looks like

Note: the application form requires use of Adobe Acrobat or Reader, not built-in viewers provided with mobile devices.


​EKC’s community programs


Camp YES 

The YES leadership camp is a summer camp that provides week-long leadership retreats for youth from all over BC.

EKC sponsors youth members who apply. 

The YES leadership camp is a summer camp that provides week-long leadership retreats for youth from all over BC. Skills training is offered for 14-16-year-olds in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. Participants take part in the creation of a strong community of support, respect and growth in the summer camp. Not only is there a chance to learn and grow, it's also tons of fun! From canoeing and hiking to arts and crafts, we have many options for fun activities each day. 

Application information is available here and in-branch in early April, and the application period closes at the end of May each year.


East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund 

EKC and the Community Foundation both believe in the importance of investing locally, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play – today, tomorrow, and into the future.

EKC donates to fund in honour of community icons 

EKC has contributed to the East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund in honour of Brian Adams and Don King. Brian and Don each made significant contributions to our credit union and the community. This fund is held by the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies.

EKC and the Community Foundation both believe in the importance of investing locally, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play, today, tomorrow, and into the future. As a member-owned and community-based co-operative, EKC recognizes that having a strong and sustainable Community Foundation will benefit our members and our community, now and in the future. 

If you wish, you can donate too


Student Awards 

These awards are given to post-secondary students to assist them in meeting the financial demands of their education.

Each year EKC gives out $12,500 in Student Awards. since 2011 EKC has awarded $123,000 to 142 students.

EKC’s 2022 Student Award application process is now closed.

  • Applications for 2023 will be available in February 2023

2022 Student Awards Recipients

Nelson Labonte Smith $1000
Virushaa Bahra
Mount Baker Secondary

Fred Marasco $1000
Lochlann Freitag
Mount Baker Secondary

Dylan Rauser
Sparwood Secondary

Mitchel Wyld
Sparwood Secondary

Aiden Baytaluke
Sparwood Secondary

Piper Whelan
Fernie Secondary

Landon Kubos
Fernie Secondary

Sam Brennan
Fernie Secondary

Elkford Staff Award $500
Payton Bauer
Elkford Secondary

Jackson MacDonald
Mount Baker Secondary

Anastasiya Ishchook
Mount Baker Secondary

Brady Betker
Mount Baker Secondary


2022 Winners

Cranbrook Branch

  • Fred Marasco $1000: Lochlann Freitag (Mount Baker Secondary)
  • Nelson Labonte Smith $1000: Virushaa Bahra (Mount Baker Secondary)
  • $1000: Brady Betker (Mount Baker Secondary)
  • $1000: Jackson MacDonald (Mount Baker Secondary)
  • $1000: Anastasiya Ishchook (Mount Baker Secondary)

Sparwood Branch

  • $1000: Aiden Baytaluke (Sparwood Secondary School)
  • $1000: Dylan Rauser (Sparwood Secondary School)
  • $1000: Mitchel Wyld (Sparwood Secondary School)

Fernie Branch

  • $1000: Landon Kubos (Fernie Secondary School)
  • $1000: Piper Whelan (Fernie Secondary School)
  • $1000: Sam Brennan (Fernie Secondary School)

Elkford Branch/Staff Award

  • $500: Payton Bauer (Elkford Secondary School)

Credit Union Foundation of BC Education Awards 

Bursaries are offered to students in financial need three times a year.

EKC members are encouraged to apply.

Education Awards from the Credit Union Foundation of B.C. 

Award Amounts:

Awards vary up to a maximum of $3,000. The amounts are determined primarily by the costs and level (year) of the program as well as the need. For example:

  •  1st year student attending 2 consecutive semesters full time in most degree programs can expect up to $1,000.
  • 5th year PDP student attending 3 consecutive semesters full time at university can expect up to $2,400. 



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When you bank at EKC, profits are returned to you and your community by way of patronage rewards and dividends. 

It’s easy, the more you bank at EKC, the more money stays local, and in turn builds local prosperity.


​Get to know EKC better

​Since 1950, we’ve helped our communities grow by understanding the East Kootenay economy and our members’ passion for the mountain lifestyle. A full-service financial institution, with a financial planning and insurance division, we’re committed to making the communities we serve an even better place to live.