Community Recovery Program
Please complete the online survey by September 21 to be considered for the first round of funding.
The Community Recovery Program will support federally-registered charities and qualified donees in the Capital Region with flexible, general operating funds in response to the social and economic impacts COVID-19 has had on these organizations.
The goal of the program is to support communities affected by the pandemic and to strengthen the charitable sector more generally to maintain capacity to deliver services across a broad range of areas, from the arts and environment, to education and health, and community services.
Funds will be released on a rolling basis, to distribute resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Organizations may only submit one funding request, as funds are limited.
Review the list of questions and prepare your answers prior to completing the survey.
Who do we fund?
To be eligible for a Community Recovery Grant, you must:
- Be in good standing as a federally-registered charity or other qualified donee with the Canada Revenue Agency.
- Be located within the Capital Region.
Please note that nonprofits registered solely under the BC Societies Act are ineligible to apply.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, we encourage you to please contact Victoria Foundation at email@example.com.
What do we fund?
The goal of this program is to support eligible organizations with flexible, general operating funds in response to the social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Grants will be made through the lens of recovery efforts and building resilience for our local charities for the short and long-term.
Organizations may apply for funding to support activities including, but not limited to the following:
- General operating costs
- Program adaptation
- Technology adaptation
- Capital costs
- Projects or programs, including relief efforts
If you are a funder or large-scale organization with a primary fundraising purpose, please note that other organizations without strong fundraising capacity or financial stability may be given priority consideration. We encourage you to reach out to our team if you have questions about your eligibility for future funding opportunities.
What we don’t fund
Ineligible expenses include:
- General fundraising campaign contributions
- Capital campaigns (e.g. for new buildings, monuments)
- Religious activities or services
- Political activities that are prohibited by the Canada Revenue Agency
- Current curricula for schools or post-secondary institutions
How to Apply
First round of funding:
From September 14-21, eligible organizations may complete a brief online survey to submit a funding request and an up-to-date balance sheet. Additional materials will not be accepted. To help you prepare your answers prior to taking the survey, a list of questions can be found here. (Please note this list was updated on September 14th – please refer to the current document when preparing to submit your request).
Requests will be considered on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage organizations to complete the survey and submit their funding request by September 21 to be considered for the first round of funding. We expect a minimum of two funding rounds, depending on funds available.
Victoria Foundation anticipates a high volume of funding requests that will exceed the amount available. Funding requests are encouraged between $5,000 and $30,000. Larger requests will be subject to a highly competitive process in the context of the high need of many organizations across the broad range of areas in the sector.
What happens after I submit my application?
- Staff may contact you to discuss your application
- All grants are approved by the Victoria Foundation Board of Directors
Please note: Grants are provided on the basis of:
- The availability of funds
- How well the proposed project aligns with our grant guidelines
How do we assess applications?
Submissions will be assessed on the following areas:
- Strength of organization
- Financial feasibility
- Need for services
- Community impact
Victoria Foundation will seek input from of a voluntary advisory committee comprising of Victoria Foundation Board members and community partners prior to bringing grant recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Victoria Foundation will continue to consult with community groups and networks to receive input and feedback on community needs.
Reporting and Stewardship
- Grantees will be required to provide an update on the use and impact of the funding, and an up-to-date balance sheet when 50% of the total grant funds have been spent out
- Grantees will be required to provide an update on the use and impact of the funds received and an up-to-date balance sheet when grant funds are fully spent out
A reporting template will be provided to organizations that receive a grant, and the process will be outlined in the Grant Letter and MOU. Victoria Foundation is committed to decreasing reporting burden on grantees, while maintaining accountability and transparency on the distribution and use of funds.