The Richmond Community Foundation's 2019 grant cycle is now open! On this page, you'll find more information on our Jump Start grant stream, and how you can submit a Letter of Intent. If your project's not a good fit, remember that we also offer Jump Start and Collaboration 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 hesistate to get in touch. We can be contacted at 604-270-4483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These grants, issued in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, are to support projects that will have a broad community impact. We’re looking for initiatives 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. Programs for at-risk youth or seniors? They could work. Services for new immigrants or low-income families? There’s definitely potential there. Arts and culture, healthcare, the environment – projects in any of these fields could be eligible. 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 a Letter of Intent (LOI). For Impact grants, there are two LOI templates to choose from. The standard version is for projects that primarily involve a single organization. The second version is for collaborative projects, where multiple organizations will share the workload. You can download and complete the appropriate template below.
Apply as an Individual Organization: Standard Impact Grant LOI
Apply as the Lead Organization in a Collaborative Project: Collaborative Impact Grant LOI
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 is Monday, October 22, 2018. Completed templates can be sent to email@example.com or mailed to the following address:
Richmond Community Foundation
190 - 7000 Minoru Blvd.
Richmond, BC V6Y 3Z5
If your LOI is successful, you'll be notified in late-November, and invited to submit a full application. The application, in turn, will be due in January 2019.
In the meantime, please refer to this graphic, which shows the process that all Community Foundation grants follow, from Letter of Intent, to Application, to Disposition Report.
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
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