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Central City Foundation Grant

Grants to Vancouver, British Columbia to
Address Social Issues in the Inner City

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Foundation / Corporation

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Vancouver, British Columbia nonprofit organizations to improve the social welfare of inner-city neighborhoods. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. LOIs are due September 15. Programs may address issues such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, mental and physical health challenges, hunger and access to healthy food, and addiction.

Funding is provided for small capital projects including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases. These capital grants support programs and initiatives in the following three areas:

-Children and Youth: Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at-risk or marginalized in local communities. These organizations are helping young people overcome many of the challenging conditions faced by residents and families in the downtown eastside and inner city including poverty, homelessness, hunger, lack of access to education and opportunities.

-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 neighbors in the inner city including basic shelter, food, and nutrition as well as support services.

-Community Transformation: 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 Vancouver’s inner city by supporting outcomes-based counseling 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 nonprofit sector, all of which promotes economic growth and revitalization of local economies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179730

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable grant is $30,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must call the Foundation to determine if the project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant.

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 15 for the May 1 application deadline, and September 15 for the November 1 application deadline.

Upon review of your Letter of Intent, staff will ask you to submit an application if your project is deemed suitable. Application deadlines are twice a year on May 1 and November 1. Please allow three to four weeks after the deadlines for evaluations and adjudication.

-Letter of Intent Deadline: March 15, 2017
-Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

-Letter of Intent Deadline: September 15, 2017
-Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Contact Information:

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

Applicants must call the Foundation prior to submitting a Letter of Intent: 604-683-2263

Julie McGill, Char

Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO

Central City Foundation
206 - 304 W. Cordova St.
Vancouver BC V6B 1E8

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia