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More than 100 young leaders have graduated from the Youth Now program.
Each year, over 100 non-profit professionals attend our training opportunities.
Over two dozen non-profit organizations have participated in the Youth Now program.
The CCRR provides nearly 400 child care referrals per year.
On average, the CCRR hosts 30 workshops and training courses each year.
Every year, over 500 child care providers and parents attend CCRR training opportunities.
Every year, RCRG completes over 3,000 grocery orders for local seniors.
Nearly 300 seniors make use of our Better at Home services.
Our volunteer drivers complete more than 1,200 trips annually.
At least 350 people per year find a volunteer position using our Volunteer Match program.
Close to 500 volunteers support RCRG’s programs and services.
Volunteers contribute nearly 23,000 hours to our organization each year.
Each holiday season, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps more than 2,200 low-income residents.
Every year, the Christmas Fund provides over 600 children with toys, books, and sports equipment.
The Richmond Christmas Fund was first started by Ethel Tibbits, in the 1930s.
The number of Neighbourhood Small Grants we’ve awarded has increased every year since 2014.
Block parties are the most popular type of Neighbourhood Small Grant project.
Every year, the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre serves over 7,300 local women.
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre currently offers 16 programs and services.
Nearly 60 volunteers support the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, contributing nearly 2,500 hours per year.
Richmond is home to over 350 registered charities, all of which rely on volunteer support.
There are nearly 13 million volunteers across Canada.
International Volunteer Day is celebrated throughout the world on December 5.
There are 35 volunteer centres in British Columbia.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations, worth a combined $59,000.
The Foundation manages $6 million in 60 Forever Funds, returning, on average, CPI plus 4%.
Between 2020 and 2022, the Foundation distributed $656,000 in grants, scholarships, charitable disbursements, and Emergency Community Support Funds.
Foundation activities result in the enhancement of our community and residents’ sense of belonging.
ROCA has raised over $21,000 for local charities.
ROCA has performed its Elementary School Concert Series to over 8,000 students.
ROCA provides mentoring and life changing opportunities for aspiring musicians.
The Richmond Arts Coalition was founded in November of 2005.
RAC co-produces the ArtRich exhibition every two years!
RAC highlights Richmond's arts events in a monthly email.
The Richmond Music School is the oldest not-for-profit music school in Richmond.
The Richmond Music School offers affordable music lessons through its diverse programming.
Our students performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.
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Community Grants

The Richmond Community Foundation is not currently accepting grant applications, but wait - don't leave! If you plan on applying in the future, this page covers everything you need to know, from our eligibility criteria to the types of projects we're looking to fund. By reviewing the information, you can lay the groundwork for a successful application, and indeed, get much of the work done ahead of time! Our next granting cycle opens in August 2023. If you start planning now - designing your project, making a timeline, setting your objectives - you'll be ready to apply on day one.

On this page, you'll find more information on our Community Grant. If you're still developing partnerships for your initiative, please consider our Exploring Collaboration Grant prior to submitting a Community Grant application.

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 info@richmondfoundation.org.

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

In the non-profit sector, the reality of limited resources gives rise to abundant creativity. In order to carry out their mission, organizations must find increasingly innovative ways to deliver services and design programs. Our grants favour projects that involve multiple community partners.

This grant is issued in amounts between $1,000 and $10,000, and supports projects that will have a broad community impact. We give grants to initiatives that:

● Feature new ideas
● Expand or improve existing programs
● Focus on capital expenditures that will lead to greater efficiencies

We’re looking for projects that will benefit all of Richmond, and a lot of people. But while a project’s impact should be broad, its focus can be very specific. For example:

● Children & Youth
● Seniors
​● New Immigrants
​​● Low-Income Families
​​● People with a Disability

And of course, we support initiatives in a wide range of fields, including:

​​● Arts and Culture
​​● Healthcare
​​● Environment
​​● Food Security
​​● Sports and Recreation
​​● Social Services

Even if your initiative will directly benefit only a segment of the community, tell us about the ripple effect. The waves might well reach all corners of Richmond!

The first step in getting your project funded is to submit an LOI. Simply download and complete the template below by the stated deadline.

The Community Grant applies to most projects. Remember, though: if you're not quite ready yet, and would like to work with others, you can apply for an Exploring Collaboration Grant instead.

Community Grant LOI Template

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 amount may be used for adminstration costs of an agency undertaking a project

Not Eligible
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