2018 North West District Funding Guidelines

North West District – Overview

The North West District represents members living in the geographical district, which includes but isn’t limited to the following communities: Bellevue, Birch Hills, Candle Lake, Canwood, Christopher Lake, Leask, Marcelin, Paddockwood, Prince Albert, Shellbrook and St. Louis.

Our Funding Priorities and Preferences

We strive to support a broad range of projects and initiatives that contribute to stronger communities and local economies and that address local needs, priorities and opportunities.

Our preferred areas of support include:

  • Community economic development.
  • Youth and education.
  • Health and arts.
  • Agriculture.
  • Amateur sports and recreation.


    Types of requests we consider include: 

  • Capital requests for facilities construction or improvement projects.
  • Capital requests for equipment, furnishings or other capital items.
  • Program funding and 1-time project funding requests.


    When assessing applications, we put priority on organizations and initiatives that:

  • Address a compelling community need or priority and demonstrates strong community support and partnerships.
  • Demonstrate potential to achieve tangible impact on residents and communities and where possible, align with Affinity community impact areas of focus.
  • Demonstrate capacity to carry-out the proposed project successfully and have secured the other funds or in-kind resources required to carry out the project.
  • Demonstrate the potential to be sustainable in the future (this includes capital projects such as buildings, renovations, and equipment purchases).
  • Are local, community-based organizations/initiatives that have wide-spread community support and a strong track-record.
  • Are projects that produce broad benefits for many residents in the community.
  • Are seeking funding for 1-time initiatives rather than ongoing operational costs.
  • Have a membership at Affinity Credit Union. This isn’t a requirement, but preference will be given to organizations who are members.  


    Eligible for Funding

    You’re eligible to apply for funding if:

  • You’re a local not-for-profit or other community-based voluntary organization
  • They are a municipal, First Nations, or local educational institution / entity
  • The organization and initiative is located in and/or benefits the communities within this District.


    Typically, we do not consider the requests for the following:

  • Where the primary applicant is an individual or private business
  • Political or lobby groups
  • Religious activities
  • Contingency funds or deficit funding (short term retroactive funding for capital initiatives may be considered)

Application Deadline and Processes

We accept applications on an ongoing basis however we will consider all applications submitted by the following deadlines and will inform the group of our funding decision within six to eight weeks of the funding deadline.

  • May 15, 2018
  • September 15, 2018