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Nanaimo Vital Fund

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Grants to British Columbia registered charities and qualified donees for projects to benefit communities in eligible regions. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended for pilot projects and capital projects. Eligible activities must benefit residents within the geographical boundaries of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 68.

The Nanaimo Foundation recognizes that the most persistent funding gaps for many local charities are in relation to capital projects and pilot projects. Thus, these represent the entire scope of grants available from the Nanaimo Foundation Vital Fund.
Capital Projects:
  • A capital project is a project that helps maintain or improve an asset. To be considered as a ‘capital project’, a project must meet one of the following criteria:
    • It is a new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement project for existing facilities. The project must have a total cost of at least $10,000 over the life of the project. Project costs can include the cost of land, engineering, architectural planning, and contract services needed to complete the project
    • It is a purchase of equipment (assets) costing $10,000 or more with a useful life of at least 10 years.
    • It is a major maintenance or rehabilitation project for existing facilities with a cost of $10,000 or more and an economic life of at least 10 years. Major maintenance is defined as maintenance or repair of capital assets that are not needed on an annual or biennial basis and that it is not the function of regular maintenance.
  • If a project relates to a building, then it must enhance the value of that building. A capital project includes acquisition of capital assets or improvements and additions to these.
Pilot Projects:
  • A pilot project is generally a project which is designed as a test or trial to demonstrate the effectiveness of a full program. A pilot project tends to involve fewer participants, covers a smaller geographical region, and lasts for a shorter time than a project with proven effectiveness. A pilot project helps the proponent gain experience and reduce risk by shining light on ideas to reveal flaws or to surface new ideas or surprise trends before investing in long-term initiatives. Thus, a pilot project provides opportunity to test and refine hypotheses while enabling those managing the pilot project freedom to apply adjustments, new measurements, and to eliminate components that don’t work.
  • The fundamental reasons for a pilot project are to:
    • Manage Risk
    • Validate Benefits
    • Promote Positive Change

For additional information on Pilot Projects, see "Projects We Support" in Pre-Application Information, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 196939

Term of Contract:

The Nanaimo Foundation will consider requests for multi-year funding for initiatives or activities that may take longer than one year to fully develop, and/or to achieve/document results that are meaningful, or to build sustainability. Applications of this nature should generally not exceed a two-year (24 month) time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for a Nanaimo Foundation grant, applicants:
- Must be a registered charity or other qualified donee defined under the Income Tax Act
- Must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management
- Should demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity
- Should demonstrate a commitment to the project through a meaningful contribution of their own human and/or financial resources.

To be considered for a Nanaimo Foundation Vital Fund grant, applicants must meet all of the above criteria. Additionally:
- Applicants must currently operate within the geographical boundaries of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 68
- Only applications for capital and pilot projects will be considered.

If your organization is a “municipal or public body performing a function of government in Canada”, please note only registered municipal and public bodies included on the Canada Revenue Agency’s list will have qualified donee status. For more information, please refer to the CRA website.

The Nanaimo Foundation does not make grants of any kind to individuals or businesses, nor will it consider new requests from previous grantees that have not yet met all reporting requirements.

Applications for ongoing program delivery and administrative expenses will not be considered.

Capital Projects: A capital project does not include preventive maintenance consisting of normal upkeep or repairs to keep capital assets and their fixtures in their present condition, state of usefulness, or to prevent their deterioration.

Grants shall not be approved for the following purposes:
- Retroactive funding, or for any project expenses to be incurred prior to the approval date of the grant.
- Debt retirement or reserves, and mortgage pay-downs.
- General fundraising campaigns.
- Where the activities of the applicant organization are discriminatory or service the interests of the members, employees, or constituents of those organizations to the exclusion of the community at large.
- Grants support an organization’s operational core expenses.

Ineligible grant expenditures include:
- Purchase of alcoholic beverages or liquor permits;
- Purchase of any illegal substances;
- Gifts, payments for recognition, or prizes;
- Any legal fees, including traffic fines and penalties.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent submissions: September 1st – October 31st.
Applicants will be notified approximately 16 weeks after the letter of intent submission deadline.

Application submissions: March 1st – April 30th.
Applicants will be notified approximately 16 weeks after the application submission deadline.

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

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For more information, please contact email address, above, or
Phone: 250.734.3971

Nanaimo Foundation
205 – 75 Front Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9

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Canada: British Columbia: Within the geographical boundaries of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 68;

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