Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund call for applications 2015


Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund


2015 Micro Grants

Application Deadline:  April 17, 2015 (Noon)

The Victoria Foundation is now accepting applications on behalf of the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund for funding of projects in support of adoption and permanency related initiatives in British Columbia. 

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for new or existing activities that promote permanency options for BC’s children and youth.

These small grants are intended for the following purposes:

  1. Promote and encourage new adoptions and permanency arrangements;
  2. assist in the development of, or attendance at, special events, workshops, and conferences;
  3. provide support across British Columbia on issues related to adoption, culture and ancestry;
  4. develop organizational systems and training which can be used by others; and
  5. engage in results oriented research which can be used by other organizations in the support of children and youth in care seeking permanent families.


The Trust welcomes applications from charities and organizations across the province of British Columbia.  Applicants do not have to be registered charities.

To be eligible for a grant, you must be able to respond “yes” to each of the following statements:

  1. Our organization does not have an overdue report or an ongoing grant from a past application at the Victoria Foundation.
  2. Our organization is located in the province of British Columbia.
  3. Funding for our project is not required before June 1, 2015.

NOTE:  Applications for direct support to individual families are not accepted.

Review Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by Victoria Foundation staff and the Trust’s Advisory Committee. We may contact you to ask further questions, seek information, seek an interview with your representative or request a site visit. 

In reviewing applications, the Advisory Committee will be seeking:

  • Evidence of new, unique or innovative approaches;
  • Evidence of collaboration or joint partnerships;
  • Demonstrated experience in the adoption & permanency field;
  • Capacity of the organization to deliver the proposed project or program;
  • Geographic representation or benefit across BC.

All applicants will be notified of grant approvals or denials by May 15, 2015.


The application form and further details are available through the Trust’s website (see the Apply Now tab):


Application Deadline:  April 17, 2015 (Noon)


Fund Background

In 2003 an independent trust fund was established by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development to help British Columbia’s children and youth awaiting adoption or other permanent connections. The fund is a permanent endowment with annual proceeds distributed to support organizations and individuals in finding and maintaining lifelong connections for children and youth in BC families.  The fund is named in honour of the late Lex Reynolds.

The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) supported the inception of the trust fund and is responsible for recruiting members of its Advisory Committee which reviews and approves applications for project funding. The Victoria Foundation is the Trustee of the fund and provides administrative support. 


The purpose of the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund (the “Trust”) is to offer a range of grants: 

  • to help support healthy permanent placements;
  • to encourage innovative research, projects and initiatives;
  • to develop a higher level of awareness of permanency options in our communities;
  • to facilitate adoption programs and services within BC.

The Trust undertakes two separate granting processes each year – “Micro-Grants” of $2,000 each are awarded in the spring, and Full & Research Grants of up to $20,000 are awarded in the fall.