Grants of up to $25,000 to British Columbia charitable organizations to address community needs in eligible regions. Funding areas of interest include community resilience building, seniors, education and youth, health and social well-being, environment and parks, and arts and culture. Eligible programs benefit residents of Bowen Island.
Vital Conversations 2023 resulted in eight priority improvement opportunities. These are listed in no particular order below. Applicants are urged to review the entire Vital Conversations Report, available on the BICF’s website.
To apply, you MUST have a Charitable Registration Number or partner with an organization that has one.
Grants are not made to individuals or to businesses.
Please note that grants may not be approved to organizations for any of the following factors:
- 100% of a project’s costs
- An organization’s operational overhead
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant application date
- Debt retirement or reserves; mortgage pay-downs; conferences, competitions, symposia, or travel to/attendance at such events
- Fund-raising costs
- Funding for Endowments.
Application Deadline: February 15 at 5:00 PM
The Foundation Grants Committee will consider applications for Community Impact Grants in two stages:
Stage 1: The 500-word grant applications will be received by the Foundation via email 5:00 PM on February 15.
Confirmation of receipt of submissions will be emailed to the applicant by 5:00 pm on February 16. If you have not received confirmation that your submission was received by this date/time, please contact the BICF Administrator right away.
After applications are received, the Grants Committee will assess each application for: (1) compliance and eligibility; (2) reasonable chance of success, based on the specific information provided; and (3) likely impact on the community in the short, medium, or long term.
Stage 2: During the last week of February, the Committee Chair will advise all applicants whether their proposals have been short-listed for further consideration in Stage 2, or not.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to meet with the Grants Committee to provide details of their project (the budget and whether grant monies might be leveraged in some way; the project structure and personnel; timelines), answer the Committee’s questions, and ask any questions of their own.
Prospective recipients will be invited to interview sometime the first and second week of March (dates to be confirmed). The Committee will try to be as flexible as possible; interviews will take place in the late afternoon and evening.
The Foundation will announce the recipients of Community Impact Grants at its Annual Meeting on May 5th, 2024.