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Community Grants


West Vancouver Foundation supports charitable organizations working to create and sustain a healthy and vibrant North Shore, where everyone is valued, contributes and feels they belong. Community Grants support a wide range of community programs and projects that create connection and belonging for the North Shore community.


$1,500 - $10,000


The 2021 program is now closed and applicants have been notified.  If you applied an haven't heard, you can log in to our grant portal and check on your application status. 

Who Can Apply

A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the West Vancouver community and is a registered charity or qualified donee with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are not a registered charity but wish to apply for funding, we encourage you to develop a formal and genuine partnership with a registered charity whose mandate is similar. The registered charity would apply for funds for the proposed project on your behalf. CRA recommends that the relationship between the registered charity and the non-charitable organization is documented. Click here to visit CRA’s website for more details.


Community Grants aim to support connection and belonging for the North Shore community and will support a wide range of organizational needs. Organizations must have submitted a final Impact Report for previous WVF grants before submitting a new application.

Eligible initiatives:

  • Must be charitable in nature;
  • Fall within the Impact Areas as listed above;
  • Must be for the benefit of the North Shore community including West Vancouver;
  • Improve connection and belonging for the North Shore Community.

Check on Your Application

Visit our online grant portal and check on your grant application status. 

Staff may contact you to discuss your application or to set up a site visit. The Grants Committee will meet to recommend grants for approval by the Board of Directors. By the end of March 2021, you will receive an email notifying you if your grant request was approved or denied. If you received a 2020 Community Grant be sure to submit the Checklist and Impact Form prior to applying. 


We held webinars on Nov 24, 2020 and Jan 13, 2021. View the presentation here. 



Contact Info

If you have questions about Community Grants, please contact Denise Howell.


Other Information

You can preview the guidelines & application here

You will be asked to submit a budget using our template.  You can prepare this ahead of time using the template here

This grant program is funded by the Howard Martin Memorial Fund, donor advised funds and the Caring Community Fund.


Community Grant Highlights

For 2021, we received 59 applications and were able to fund 44 initiatives for over $230,000. The grant recipients are featured on the right side of this page. 

In 2020, the process was modified due to COVID-19. Some recipients that were originally selected to receive funding were unable to modify their programming and their project was cancelled. In total, 29 grants were issued for $189,000. Grant Recipients 2020. You can find out more about the impact the grants have had in the community on our In The Community page. 

In 2019, we received applications requesting a total of $330,000 and were able to award $180,000 to thirty-seven projects: 2019 Community Grants



2021 Grant Recipients


For the 2021 cycle, we received 59 applications and are happy to announce that we were able to fund 44 initiatives. Here is the list of the 2021 recipients:

365Give - Do1GiveDay

Avalon Recover Society

BC SPCA (Donor Advised Grant) 

BC Mountain Foundation

Canadian Mental Health Association

Crisis Centre BC - Lions Gate Bridge Crisis Phones

Family Services of the North Shore

Four Our Future Indigenous Economics

Harmony Arts Festival - DWV

Harvest Project

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Indigenous People's Day Celebration - DWV

KidSport North Shore

Lighthouse Park Preservation Society

Lionsview Seniors Planning Society

Lookout House - Dundarave Festival of Lights

Mothers Matter Indigenous HIPPY

North Shore Celtic Ensemble

North Shore Community Resources - Farsi Senior Support

North Shore Community Resources - North Shore Young Citizens' Forum

North Shore Keep Well Society

North Shore Meals on Wheels

North Shore Restorative Justice Society

North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre

Ocean Ambassadors Canada

Pain BC Society

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

PLEA /Children of the Street 

Silver Harbour Seniors' Centre - Cycling Without Age

Special Olympics BC North Shore

Summer Work Experience Program - DWV

St John Society - Therapy Dog Program

Theatre West Van

Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports

VanDusen Master Gardeners - West Van Bug Garden

West Van Art Museum - Family Art Project

West Van Community Arts Council - Art Walk

West Van Historical Society - Storied Walks

West Van Marine Rescue Society

West Van Memorial Library - Dial-in Story Hour

West Van Police Department - Ch'ich'iyuy Canoe Program

West Van Police Department - Junior Police Camp

West Van Youth Band

Zajac Ranch for Children


Thank you to the donors that make these grants possible, including:

Howard Martin Memorial Fund

Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund

Bonnie J McLaren Memorial Fund

Nancy Farran Compelling Opportunities Fund

Musica Nautica Fund

Caring Community Funds

Mayor's Endowment Fund

Fred/k E. Russell Fund

Thunderbird Marine Corp Fund

Irene Carpenter Fund

Hender Family Fund

Mrs Kay Meek Fund

Adine Mees and David Van Seters Family Fund

Denning-Chunn Family Fund

Robertson Taylor Endownment Fund

Joshua Goos Memorial Fund

Ron and Barbara Howard Fund


If you would like to donate to an existing fund, or perhaps open your own fund, visit our site for more information:

Donate to a Fund

Open a Fund