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Community Enrichment Grants

Grants to British Columbia Registered Charities and Qualified Donees
to Enrich the Community and Address Needs Related to COVID-19

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Comox Valley Community Foundation

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Grants to British Columbia registered charities and qualified donees in eligible locations to address community needs. Funding may be requested for operational support in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Additionally, grant funds may be used to support projects, programs, and services that enrich the community. The project or organization (for Operational Requirements requests) must be located within the defined geographic boundaries of School District 71. Organizations located outside the Comox Valley delivering programs must clearly demonstrate how all funds will remain within the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Community Foundation bases their granting on the following principles:

  • Comox Valley Community Foundation supports innovation where there is demonstrated need, the likelihood of effectiveness, and strong potential to serve as a model to others.
  • The Foundation strongly supports partnerships and collaborations to make the best use of limited resources.
  • Projects should build on the strengths of the community to respond to identified issues and priorities.
  • The organization should demonstrate a commitment to the project through a contribution of human and/or financial resources.
  • Significant and appropriate support from other funding sources (including the community) should be evident.
  • The organization should demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity.
  • Projects that will be ongoing after the grant's end should provide realistic plans for longer-term funding.
  • Organizations should have a significant and appropriate amount of their funding in place when they apply.

NEW 2020/21 Funding Priorities:

In response to the pandemic and the major impact on the charitable sector in the community, CVCF has added the following priorities: 

  1. Basic, critical, or essential needs specifically related to the impacts of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. food, shelter, access to care for the community’s most vulnerable)
  2. Organizations that have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 whose requests clearly demonstrate the financial hardship experienced by the organization
  3.  Organizations and programs who are working to adapt programs and services that were offered pre-COVID, while meeting all public health requirements (e.g. PPE, increased sanitation, physical distancing, barriers, etc.)
  4. Organizations and projects serving less advantaged and vulnerable populations
  5. Programs and projects which have a broad scope

Grant Categories

Applicants will be asked to choose between two distinct categories and submit their single application to one of the following two categories:

  1. Programs, Services or Projects Similar to previous years, in addition to programs and services, the Programs, Services and Projects category may include facility renovations and upgrades, and the purchase of equipment and/or small capital assets.
  2. Operational Requirements as a Result of COVID-19 The new Operational Requirements category must be directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on the organization, resulting from loss of revenues due to fewer donations and/or cancellation of fundraising events, loss of rental income, loss of ancillary service income, and/or increased costs as a result of new COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Requested funding within this category may include staff salaries, rent, utilities, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147784

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum limit on the amount of funds organizations may request; however, the Foundation strongly encourages applicants to keep their requests reasonable. Funding is limited and there are many vital organizations within the community applying for funds. For information, the largest grant issued last year was $23,556, while most grants were under $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Note that projects are expected to be completed within eight months of the receipt of the grant check. If the project changes from what is proposed in your application, or cannot be completed within this time frame, please contact the Community Foundation immediately. The CVCF Board is likely to approve of the change or delay if it still meets the spirit of the original application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be in good standing as a federally-registered charity or other qualified donnee as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency. If you are a non profit without a CRA number, then you will need to partner with a registered charity and complete a Sponsorship Agreement 2020 (see Supporting Documents below). Acting as a Sponsor for another organization does not hinder an organization's ability to submit their own application as the primary applicant.
- The project or organization (for Operational Requirements requests) must be located within the defined geographic boundaries of School District 71. Organizations located outside the Comox Valley delivering programs must clearly demonstrate how all funds will remain within the Comox Valley.
- Final Reports from all previous CVCF grants must be completed unless an exception has been granted by CVCF prior to your application being submitted.

Capital building projects and land acquisition campaigns will not be supported in 2020/2021.

Community Enrichment Grant Ineligibility:
- Retroactive funding or any project expenses to be incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date
- Academic research
- Tours or travel outside the community (unless incidental to the project)
- Scholarships or bursaries (funded elsewhere by the Foundation)
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
- Political activities as defined by Income Tax Act
- The establishment of or addition to endowment funds
- Building and/or land acquisition campaigns
- Annual fundraising campaigns, form letter requests or telephone campaigns
- Operating or capital deficits
- Individuals or for-profit organizations

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020/21 Community Enrichment Awards will be open from August 24, 2020 to September 24, 2020 at 5:00pm. Decisions will be communicated in late November.

All grant applicants will be informed via the CVCF grants portal user dashboard as to whether they are successful and if so, the amount of their grant. Decisions will be made in late November. Successful applicants will receive their grants in January 2021.

Organizations wishing to apply for a Community Enrichment Grant may apply for only one grant, and it should be your organization’s most urgent need.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Foundation at 250-338-8444 or via email at

Grant Coverage Areas:

Comox Valley

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