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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits for Environmental Projects and Youth Internships

Environmental Legacy Grants


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Funding Source
Whistler Community Foundation (WCF)
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia: Whistler Region; Youth must be from the Sea to Sky region;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/28/22
Deadline: 02/18/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations for environmental conservation, stewardship, and sustainability projects in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Environmental projects that incorporate youth internships and that promote racial equality are also encouraged. WCF supports projects and programs taking place primarily in the Whistler or Sea to Sky region.

The ELF Grants Program has 2 components:

  • Environmental Legacy Grants
  • Youth Mentorship Grants

In 2022, WCF is supporting issues related to racial equality, Vital Signs, and Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on climate change across all grant programs.

For additional information on the above, see:

Low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, as well as projects that promote climate change awareness, resilience and positive climate action may be prioritized. Environmental Legacy Grants will be awarded to projects that:

  • Establish environmental conservation activities;
  • Restore, rehabilitate or enhance natural habitats;
  • Provide, encourage or support scientific research that benefits the environment;
  • Provide, encourage or support public education or raise public awareness about environmental stewardship;
  • Map and inventory natural resources for environmental management planning purposes; and
  • Establish or promote local environmental stewardship or local participation in programs that preserve, enhance, conserve or restore the environment.

Youth Mentorship Grants are available to recipients of Environmental Legacy Grants as an additional opportunity to provide learning for local youth in the area of environmental conservation, research, stewardship, public education, and planning. Grants are made possible by the Environmental Legacy Fund.  Preference is given to youth who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field.

WCF seeks to fund programs/projects that focus on the following characteristics:

  • Creating Impact
  • Building Connections
  • Supporting Inclusiveness and Equality 

For additional information on the above, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be qualified donees or have secured a charitable partner for their grant application.

Eligibility of Youth:
Youth must
- Be between 15 and 30 years old
- Live in the Sea to Sky region;

WCF will not provide funds for:
- Retroactive funding
- Debt
- Activities for direct religious purposes
- General fundraising campaigns
- Any activities that are discriminatory or service the interests of the members of an applicant organization to the exclusion of the community at large

Pre-Application Information
Submit letters of inquiry January 17 – January 28, 2021.

- Submit Letter of Inquiry: January 17-January 28, 2022
- Receive feedback on LOI from Foundation by February 4th
- Full Application Due: February 18, 2022

All applicants will receive written notification of WCF’s decision and if successful, the terms and conditions of any grant that has been awarded by the end of March 2022.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Environmental Legacy Grants between $2500 and $25,000 will be awarded.
- Youth Mentorship Grants include up to $2000 to be used towards wages or a stipend for the youth and up to an additional $1000 towards administering the mentorship.

Contact Information

For questions, contact:

The CEO manages the process of grant making and is available for questions by emailing Claire at

Community Foundation of Whistler
PO Box 1184
Whistler, BC V0N 1B0

(604) 935-8080

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