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Central City Foundation Grant

Grants to Vancouver, British Columbia Charitable
Organizations to Improve the Lives of Inner City Residents

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Grants of up to $30,000 to British Columbia charitable organizations to improve the lives of needy residents of the inner city of Vancouver. Applicants must contact the funding source and submit a letter of inquiry before applying. Funding is intended to address the areas of children and youth, community transformation, and urgent needs. Grants are provided for small capital projects including grants to support construction, renovation, and equipment purchases.

The Foundation invests in promising programs that offer innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problems faced by inner-city residents: homelessness and a lack of affordable housing; poverty, food security and access to nutritious food; mental and physical health challenges; addiction; and more.

The Foundation focuses capital grants on programs and initiatives that support these three areas:

Children and Youth: Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at risk or marginalized in Vancouver communities. These organizations are helping young people overcome many of the challenging conditions faced by residents and families in the downtown east side and inner city including poverty, homelessness, food security, and lack of access to education and opportunities.

Community transformation: These capital grants support programs and organizations whose mission enhances the inner city community, by providing economic opportunity or other opportunities to transition to an improved situation for those in need in the inner city. Central City Foundation invests in community transformation in the inner city by supporting outcomes-based counseling programs, community support groups, and social enterprises. The Foundation focuses on social enterprises that create jobs, accessible goods, and services, and strengthen the sustainability of the non-profit sector, all of which promotes economic growth and revitalization of local economies.

Urgent needs of people in the inner city: Central City is committed to providing capital grants to organizations that focus on the day to day needs of some of the most vulnerable residents in the inner city, including basic shelter, food and nutrition, as well as support services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179730

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable grant is $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Preference will be given to organizations that are registered Canadian charities with a federal charitable tax number and are a registered BC Society. Grants are provided for small capital projects including grants to support construction, renovation, and equipment purchases.

Grants will not be awarded to political organizations, for deficit financing, ongoing operating funds, staffing costs, endowment funds, general fundraising campaigns, amateur sports, conferences, workshops, or seminars.

Grants are not awarded for medical equipment or computers.

Pre-Application Information:

Application procedures:
- Call the Foundation directly to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant.
- Submit a Letter of Intent: If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline, and September 15th for the November 1st application deadline.
- Submit an application: Upon review of your Letter of Intent, you will be asked to submit an application if your project is deemed suitable. Application deadlines are twice a year on May 1st and November 1st. Please allow three to four weeks after the deadlines for evaluations and adjudication.

Organizations may only apply to the Central City Foundation once a year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jennifer Johnstone, President & CEO

Deanna Wing, Program Coordinator

Central City Foundation
206 – 304 W. Cordova St.
Vancouver BC V6B 1E8

Grant Coverage Areas:

Vancouver’s inner city neighborhoods

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia