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Community Grant

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits for Environment,
Arts, Health, Education, and Community Services in Victoria

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Victoria Foundation

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Grants of up to $40,000 to British Columbia nonprofits in the Victoria Capital Regional District for programs in the areas of arts, culture, and heritage; environment; community services; education; or health and recreation. Added consideration is given to programs in the areas of homelessness and food security.

All applications must also address at least one of Victoria Foundation’s Vital Signs Issue Areas identified in the Victoria’s Vital Signs® report:

- Arts and Culture
- Belonging and Engagement
- Economy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Getting Started
- Health and Wellness
- Housing
- Learning
- Safety
- Sports and Recreation
- Standard of Living
- Transportation

Victoria Foundation has three streams within the Community Grants program:

Focus Grants (Up to $15,000): These grants may be used to develop projects at the idea stage, pilot a project that addresses one or more of the above-listed " Vital Signs Issue Areas," or support initial collaboration with community partners. Focus Grants may also be used for a capital project, or to support or strengthen an existing effective project or program.

Vital Grants ($15,000 to $40,000): These grants support evidence-based projects or programs that address one or more Vital Signs Issue Area. In general, Vital Grants support proposals to expand, replicate or adapt an existing proven project or program. Vital Grants also support the development of regional collaborations with community partners.

Collaboration Grants (Amount Variable): Eligibility for the Collaboration Grant is by approval only. Applicants must demonstrate that projects or programs meet the Eligibility Criteria and General Guidelines.

Each of these three streams has special guidelines. You can find additional information about each of the streams in the guidelines, linked below (see Supporting Documents).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174784

Estimated Size of Grant:

Focus Grants: Up to $15,000
Vital Grants: $15,000 to $40,000
Large-Scale Collaboration Grants: Variable

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Community Grant, applicants must:

1) Be in good standing as a federally-registered charity or another qualified donee with the Canada Revenue Agency,
2) Be located within the Capital Regional District,* and
3) Have met all reporting requirements on previous grants from the Victoria Foundation (if applicable).

* Projects located outside the CRD on Vancouver Island or in Powell River that provide employment or education for adults with developmental disabilities may be eligible.

The Victoria Foundation does not offer Community Grants for:
- General fundraising campaign contributions
- Sponsorships
- Capital campaigns for new buildings, monuments or playgrounds
- Deficit reduction (e.g. debts or loans)
- Expenses incurred before the date of grant approval
- Religious activities or services
- Political activity that is prohibited by the CRA
- Sports teams or club sponsorships, except for sport development
- Current curricula for schools or post-secondary institutions
- Fees for professional performers or guest artists
- Support for named individuals or for their travel

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for 2018/2019 Community Grants will open May 28 and close July 31, 2018.

Applicants interested in receiving a Collaboration Grant must first receive approval from the Foundation before applying.

All Community Grant applications follow the same three-step process:

1. Registration: Before you apply, create an online account to access Victoria Foundation’s online granting portal. You will use your organization’s Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charitable registration number as your user name. If you are not a registered charity, but a qualified donee, please contact grants staff for more information.

2. Eligibility Self-Assessment: After you register, you will have access to the online eligibility assessment which must be completed to determine if you meet the Victoria Foundation’s eligibility requirements.

3. Application: If you are eligible, you will receive access to the full online application form. Paper applications are not accepted.

After you submit your application, staff may contact you to discuss it or to set up a site visit. The Community Engagement Committee (Grants Committee) will meet to recommend grants for approval by the Board of Directors. By mid-December, you will receive a letter notifying you if your grant request was approved or denied.

Victoria’s Vital Signs® report:

Contact Information:

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

Register to apply:


The Victoria Foundation
#200 – 703 Broughton Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 1E2

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia