When more people choose Northern Savings for their banking, investment, and insurance needs, the more we can give back to impactful and meaningful projects right here in the North! For 2023, Northern Savings' INSPIRE Fund is $75,000!

Congratulations to our 2023 INSPIRE Fund Recipients!

Dr. R.E.M. Hospital Foundation $45,000

Closer to Home

Tier 3-NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for Mills Memorial Replacement Hospital.

Masset Market Collective Society $10,000

Community Enhancement

Expand and enhance signage and sheltered community seating.

Change Makers Education Society $5,000

K'oomtk Youth Centre

Safe gathering space for youth and young adults to gather, collaborate, and learn. 

Kermode Friendship Society $5,000

Kermode Outreach

Prepare and distribute nutritious meals to vulnerable members and families.

North Coast Bike Association

Asphalt Pump Track

Build a pump track, focused on inclusivity and enhancing outdoor recreation in Prince Rupert.

Masset Volunteer Fire Department $5,000

Road Rescue Upgrade

New equipment for stabilizing crashed vehicles and safely rescuing people.

Financial funding to support sustainable Northern communities.

  • Requests of $5,000 - $50,000
  • Applications accepted July 4 - September 1, 2023
  • INSPIRE Funds are distributed annually in October


Preference will be given to programs/organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Are members of Northern Savings
  • Are located within our market area
  • Not-for-profit society, registered charity, social enterprise, co-operative, Indigenous community and/or organization
  • Benefit the greatest number of people for the longest period of time
  • Have measurable results
  • Initiatives that reflect the essence of our Vision of, “Neighbours Helping Neighbours to Build Sustainable Communities”
  • Create long-standing or legacy impact (i.e., local infrastructure or events that yield high levels of economic impact)

Benefit Areas

Request for INSPIRE Funds should provide direct benefit in one or more of these areas:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Economic Development
  • Co-Operative Development
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Environment Sustainability
  • Financial Literacy
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Truth & Reconciliation

Support will generally not be given to/for the following:

  • Research, surveys, or studies
  • Retroactive expenses
  • Wages
  • Individuals
  • Religious or political organizations
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Events / projects not within the communities that are serviced by Northern Savings*
  • Applications that represent a conflict of interest for Northern Savings, or that promote specific programs or issues where members of the Credit Union may have significantly divergent views

How to Apply

The INSPIRE Fund application period is now closed. All applicants will be notified of funding deisions in October. Stayed tuned for information about the 2024 application period!

*On occasion, Northern Savings provides financial support to communities or initiatives beyond Northern BC.