Foundation / Corporation
Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC)
Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, First Nations, and professional associations for projects that promote sustainable land use and enhance the real estate industry. Funding is intended for projects supporting sustainable practices in land use, built environments, fresh water, food lands, and the real estate profession.
REFBC grants can fund:
- Public education
- Education for professionals
- Law reform and policy analysis
General Grants can fund projects in all five of REFBC’s interest areas:
Sustainable Land Use: Land use is the human use of land – that is, management, conservation and modification of natural environments, built environments and semi-natural areas – for the purpose of supporting human settlement and communities. Sustainable land use enables people to thrive within nature's limits; it integrates social, environmental, economic and cultural objectives into policy and practice for the long-term well-being of communities and ecosystems.
Built Environment Sustainability: The built environment encompasses the buildings and infrastructure that support where and how people live. The way we plan, design, build and operate communities has significant economic, social and environmental impacts. By funding initiatives focused on better land use policies, development regulations and building practices that respond to both human and ecological needs, the Real Estate Foundation contributes to more sustainable communities.
Freshwater Sustainability: A safe and abundant supply of fresh water is vital to sustainable communities – freshwater sustainability means making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future. The Foundation’s interest is in initiatives such as new approaches in land use planning, policy and regulation; mapping studies and applied research that contributes to the health of freshwater systems.
Local and Sustainable Food Systems: A sustainable food system integrates production, processing, distribution and consumption of food, and waste management, in ways that enhance community well-being. Communities in BC are facing challenges that affect food security, including climate change, rising oil prices and development pressures on agricultural land. The Foundation supports initiatives that contribute to novel land use policy and planning that supports sustainable food systems.
Professional Excellence in Real Estate: Professional excellence in real estate helps equip the real estate community with better information, professional development opportunities, and knowledge about real estate and land use practices. It helps build public awareness and advance the field towards emerging trends, laws and standards that help foster thriving and resilient neighborhoods.
GrantWatch ID#: 173220
The Foundation funds small, grassroots projects (typically between $2,000 and $20,000) as well as larger initiatives (as large as about $400,000).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://refbc.smapply.io/
Noémi Pomerleau, Grants Coordinator
Hedy Rubin, Grants Program Manager
Leanne Sexsmith, Grants Program Manager
Nick Davies, Grants Program Manager
Real Estate Foundation of BC
660-355 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2G8
Canada: British Columbia