The Community Recovery Program is anticipated to open on March 29, 2021.

As part of our continued response to COVID-19, the Victoria Foundation’s community grants will launch as the Community Recovery Program on March 29, 2021. 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 of the pandemic.

The goal of the program will be 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.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Zahura Ahmed at 250-381-5532 x 230 or via email.

Application Process

  • Who do we fund?

    To be eligible for a Community Recovery Grant, you must:

    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

  • 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
    • Staffing
    • 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
    • Sponsorships
    • 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

    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.

If you received a Community Grant or funding through the Community Recovery Program and would like to submit a mid-cycle or final report, please review our Granting Resources page.

We also encourage you to keep up to date on other funding opportunities in the context of COVID-19, that are available in the region by exploring the Greater Victoria Community Funding Opportunities page.

Visit our Community Recovery Program Distributions page to see the full list of grants from 2020.

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