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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 $4.5 million in nearly 50 Forever Funds, returning CPI plus 4%.
In 2017, the Foundation distributed $198,000 as community and Canada 150 grants, scholarships, and charitable disbursements.
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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Jump Start Grants

The Richmond Community Foundation's 2020 grant cycle is now open! On this page, you'll find more information on our Jump Start grant stream. If your initiative's not a good fit, remember that we also offer Collaboration 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 info@richmondfoundation.org.

Sometimes – oftentimes – good ideas don’t catch on immediately, if at all. Innovation can be disruptive. Change, even for the better, can be frightening. For good ideas to survive those early days of doubt and skepticism, they need support, which is why the Richmond Community Foundation developed Jump Start Grants.

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. We want to be a partner in that process.

Jump Start Grants, available for up to $5,000, are for creative projects that don’t yet have funding sources. If your organization has an idea that needs a little help getting off the ground, then we want to hear from you. We might be able to give your project a jump start!

The first step in getting your project funded is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). For Jump Start 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 Jump Start Grant LOI

Apply as the Lead Organization in a Collaborative Project: Collaborative Jump Start 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 Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 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 administration 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