Sponsorship Request Guidelines
Canfor and its employees are active and supportive members of the communities in which we operate. We want our neighbours and our employees to feel that their community is stronger because Canfor is a part of it.
We are proud of our long tradition of supporting events and organizations – particularly those that benefit children and youth – and which provide health and wellness, benefits for our employees, their families, and their communities. We have made financial donations to a variety of organizations in line with these ideals, from local children’s amateur sports groups and community food banks, to large organizations such as the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and United Way, and have well-established scholarship programs to support youth seeking to start a career in our industry.
We receive a high volume of requests for funding each year. To keep up with these requests, and to ensure that all of the information needed for payment is provided, Canfor manages all donation applications through our online application form. All applications will be reviewed in a timely manner, and funding decisions will be based on our sponsorship guidelines, and with a view to providing fair funding distribution across Canfor’s many operating communities. Please note that applicants who approach Canfor or Canfor Pulp staff directly for donations will be referred to the online application process.
Applications should be submitted only once, and they will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect a response within 2-6 weeks. Given the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to accommodate requests for funding on short notice, nor are we able to fast-track the review process. Please apply as early as possible.
Subject to available funding, our donations program places priority on:
- Youth amateur sports, including support for tournaments held in Canfor communities;
- Youth clubs, such as 4-H, high school rodeo and similar clubs in Canfor communities;
- Selected events in Canfor operating communities (examples include the Canada Day Fireworks in Prince George, Vanderhoof Air Show, Sam Steele Days in Cranbrook, “Radium Days” in Radium Hot Springs, the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships, Grande Prairie’s 100th Birthday and similar events in many other Canfor communities);
- First Nations cultural events in Canfor operating areas;
- Annual funding contributions to charities such as the United Way, Variety Club, and a range of health charities and hospital foundations that benefit employees from Canfor operating communities.
Please note that the following are not eligible for funding:
- Association meetings or conferences;
- Groups, events, or activities without a direct connection to our operating communities and to the forest products industry;
- Individual requests for educational sponsorship outside our established scholarship programs;
- Professional sporting events or competitions;
- Enhancements to public or private school property;
- International travel, accommodation, or meal expenses, including for educational purposes; or,
- Individual participation in health charity fundraising drives.
While Canfor appreciates the effort of those that raise funds for health charities through their participation in walk, run or ride events, it is Canfor’s policy to contribute directly to major health charities rather than sponsoring individual participants.
Funding decisions will be made strategically in order to ensure that funds are distributed equitably between our operating communities, and to ensure that our donations contribute to our core ideals of supporting children and youth programs, and providing benefits for our employees and their communities.
Canfor / Canfor Pulp may, in some cases, request proof of non-profit/charitable status before donations are approved.
To submit an application for funding please complete our online application form.
Any requests for lumber donations will be considered in the same manner as financial donation requests and will be subject to the same guidelines as well as product availability. Donations will be coordinated with our nearest sawmill. We are unable to provide transportation for the materials. Recipients will be responsible for transport and/or pickup.
Funding for Dry Grad Celebrations
For schools in Canfor communities holding a supervised, overnight, and drug- and alcohol-free graduation party for students, Canfor offers a donation of up to $2,000 per school, based on a rate of $5 per graduating student. Schools with fewer students will be eligible for a minimum $500 contribution. We will also provide Canfor-branded materials for distribution to students and chaperones at these events.
How to Apply: Schools in Canfor / Canfor Pulp operating communities will be contacted directly each year ahead of the graduating season. Schools interested in the program should send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.