Grants help organizations build community

Applications for two major granting opportunities from the Victoria Foundation are now open, offering local organizations the chance to make real difference in the Capital Regional District.

As part of the Victoria Foundation’s mission to strengthen community wellbeing by investing in people, opportunities and solutions, Community Grants and Canada 150 Grants offer organizations the chance to work towards building a vibrant, caring community for all.

In 2015, $1.7 million in Community Grants were distributed to Capital Region organizations for projects such as the ArtsREACH In-School Program, which provides free 90-minute workshops in visual arts, theatre and dance through public schools that serve the highest populations of low-income families.

Another recipient, the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust Society, received a grant to help create a food security hub, focused on identified needs including local food storage, coordinated distribution, food literacy, workshops and regional demonstrations.

This year we’re looking for equally innovative and important projects to support and are inviting charities looking for funding opportunities to check out what is available.

Community Grants are broken up into three granting streams:

Focus Grants – Up to $15,000 – For organizations that want to develop a project at the idea stage, pilot a project or support an existing program

Vital Grants – $15,000-$40,000 – Vital Grants are for organizations that want to expand existing projects or programs to achieve a greater impact.

Large-Scale Collaboration Grants – amount variable – Eligibility for Large-Scale Collaboration Grants is by invitation only (for more information contact us at or 250-381-5532).

Applications to the Community Grants program address the needs and opportunities identified by the Foundation’s annual community report card, Victoria’s Vital Signs®. Community Grants are reviewed and recommended by volunteer members of the Foundation’s Community Engagement Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

New this year are the 2016 Canada 150 Grants, a unique national granting opportunity to support community initiative around Canada’s 150th anniversary. Again, projects must be based in the Capital Region and meet one or more of the fund’s objectives to:

ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary

INSPIRE a deeper understating about the people, places and events that shape our country and communities

BUILD vibrant and health communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, youth and official languages minorities.

Organizations interested in applying for either grant should read the general and specific granting streams guidelines first, to ensure your organization is eligible.

Applications for both grants close on August 15, 2016.