Foundation / Corporation
Central City Foundation
Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia charitable organizations to improve the lives of needy residents of the inner city of Vancouver. Applicants must contact the funding source before applying. LOIs must be submitted by September 15, 2018. Funding is intended to address the areas of children and youth, community transformation, and urgent needs. Grants may be used for small capital projects including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases.
The Foundation invests in promising programs that offer innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problems faced by inner city residents: homelessness and a lack of affordable housing; poverty, food security and access to nutritious food; mental and physical health challenges; addiction; and more.
To improve the lives of people in need in Vancouver’s inner city through grants and leading, sustainable social purpose investment in facilities and programs.
Children and Youth:
Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at risk or marginalized in Vancouver communities. These organizations are helping young people overcome many of the challenging conditions faced by residents and families in the downtown east side and inner city including poverty, homelessness, food security, lack of access to education and opportunities.
These capital grants support programs and organizations whose mission enhances the inner city community, by providing economic opportunity or other opportunities to transition to an improved situation for those in need in the inner city. Central City Foundation invests in community transformation in the inner city by supporting outcomes-based counselling programs, community support groups and social enterprises. The Foundation focuses on social enterprises that create jobs, accessible goods and services, and strengthen the sustainability of the non-profit sector, all of which promotes economic growth and revitalization of local economies.
Urgent needs of people in the inner city:
Central City is committed to providing capital grants to organizations that focus on the day to day needs of some of the most vulnerable residents in the inner city, including basic shelter, food and nutrition, as well as support services.
GrantWatch ID#: 179730
Maximum allowable grant is $30,000
Preference will be given to organizations that are registered Canadian charities with a federal charitable tax number and are a registered BC Society.
Grants will not be awarded to political organizations, for deficit financing, ongoing operating funds, staffing costs, endowment funds, general fundraising campaigns, amateur sports, conferences, workshops or seminars.
Grants are not awarded for medical equipment or computers.
Organizations may only apply to the Central City Foundation once a year.
- Call the Foundation directly to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant.
- Submit a Letter of Intent: If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline, and September 15th for the November 1st application deadline.
- Submit an application: Upon review of your Letter of Intent, you will be asked to submit an application if your project is deemed suitable. Application deadlines are twice a year on May 1st and November 1st. Please allow three to four weeks after the deadlines for evaluations and adjudication.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Central City Foundation
206 – 304 W. Cordova St.
Vancouver BC V6B 1E8
Jennifer Johnstone, President & CEO
Deanna Wing, Program Coordinator
Vancouver’s inner city neighbourhoods
Canada: British Columbia