Thank you for your interest in the Community Foundation's granting program! While we're not currently accepting applications, the information on this page will help you get ready for our next granting cycle, which opens in August 2024.
In addition to our general eligibility criteria, we've listed our community investment priorities and provided an overview of our application process. Familiarizing yourself with these details will save you time when preparing your submission, and help you develop a stronger application overall.
Last but not least, it's worth taking a look at some of the projects and initiatives we've funded in the past. Each one represents a successful application, and can hopefully serve as a source of inspiration!
On this page, you'll find more information on our Exploring Collaboration Grant. If your initiative's not a good fit, remember that we also offer Community 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 email@example.com.
The two videos below - they're just over 10 minutes combined - offer a succinct overview of the Foundation's granting process. We encourage you to watch them both, to gain a better understanding of the types of projects we support, and what we look for in an application.
Community Foundation Grants - Purpose & Goals
Community Foundation Grants - Funding Streams & Application Process
Collaboration – Two or more organizations doing something together that they may otherwise not do themselves
We offer Exploring Collaboration Grants, for up to $2,500, to support organizations as they pursue collaborative opportunities. The funds can be used for:
● Meeting Space
● Accessing a Professional Who Can Help with Project Design and Budget
● Other Tools or Resources That Would Assist in Developing a Collaborative Initiative
These grants are perfect if you have idea but aren’t quite ready to submit a full grant application.
The first step in getting your project funded is to submit an LOI. Simply download and complete the template below by the stated deadline.
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.
If you're planning a project, 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