The Richmond Community Foundation's 2019 grant cycle is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a Letter of Intent. Organizations whose projects are selected to move forward will be notified in November, and invited to submit a full application. Final funding decisions will be made early in 2019, with funds distributed shortly thereafter.
Next year's grant cycle will open in October 2019, but you can start planning your project right away. On this page, you'll find more information on our Collaboration grant stream. If your initiative's not a good fit, remember that we also offer Jump Start and Impact grants, which may better align with your project and its goals. We're always happy to answer questions about our grant process, so don't hesitate to get in touch. We can be contacted at 604-270-4483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaboration – Two or more organizations doing something together that they may otherwise not do themselves
In 2015, the Richmond Community Foundation and Volunteer Richmond Information Services officially launched Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, a collaborative initiative that has transformed the giving landscape in our community.
The process, though challenging, gave us a greater appreciation of the many ways collaboration can strengthen non-profit organizations. We’ve seen firsthand that, by working together, non-profits can become more efficient in their operations, and more effective in their missions.
As a result of our own positive experience, we now offer two collaboration grants, for $2,500 and $1,000, to support other organizations as they explore collaborative opportunities. The funds can be used for workshops, meeting space, facilitators, equipment, and other tools or resources that would assist in developing a collaborative initiative.
The first step in getting your project funded is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Simply download and complete the Collaboration grant LOI template below.
Apply: Collaboration Grant
Please ensure that you download the template, and fill it out using Adobe Reader. This way, you'll be able to save your LOI and return to it later. Please do not complete the template within your web browser, as, chances are, the information won't be saved.
The final day to submit an LOI was Monday, October 22, 2018. If you're planning a project for next year's grant cycle, this graphic will help you better understand how the Foundation awards funding, and the steps involved in the process.
Richmond-based community organizations that are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and fit the following criteria:
1. Initiatives that will directly benefit the residents of Richmond that have broad based community impact, address a significant community challenge and respond to a significant existing or emerging need
2. Initiatives that are available without discrimination because of race, colour, creed, sex, age, marital status or ability
3. Initiatives that build community capacity and build or develop partnerships among community organizations and community resources
4. Initiatives that are undertaken by organization(s) that have charitable tax status under the Income Tax Act
5. Initiatives that are undertaken by organization(s) that can fulfil the Grant Application Requirements
6. Up to 10% of the grant money may be used for administration costs of an agency undertaking a project
1. Operating expenses of established organizations, program, or services, other than #6 above
2. Wages or salaries, other than #6 above (Note: grant funds can be used to fund an instructor or other position specific to the grant project)
3. Operating or capital deficits
4. Annual fundraising campaigns, form letter request, or telephone campaigns
5. Capital campaigns
6. Adding to endowment funds
7. Direct religious activities
8. Team sponsorships
9. Conference or travel expenses