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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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