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.

The 2023 intake is now open, until January 31, 2023. 

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


This year, 2022, we’re happy to see so many in-person programs are able to start again. 56 grant applications were received and 49 will receive funding! In total, over $357,500 will be granted out in 2022 through the Community Grant program. 

For 2021, we received 59 applications and were able to fund 44 initiatives for over $230,000. The grant recipients are featured below.  You can learn more about some of the featured grant recipients here: Cycling Without Age, Butterfly Garden, The Welcoming Pole, Spectrum Mothers Support Program, Hollyburn Family Services.  You can see our full 2021 grant recipient list here. 

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 Impact 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 Grants6


In 2022 49 charities will received funding through our Community Grant and Donor Advised grant programs. Most charities serve the North Shore but thanks to our Donors, charities in Vancouver and Northern Canada are also recipients this year. 

Avalon Recovery Society

Canadian Mental Health North & West Vancouver

Capilano Community Services, Out & About Club

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

Family Services North Shore, Senior Support

Harvest Project

Lionsview Seniors Planning Society

North Shore Community Resources, Seniors programming

North Shore Disability Resource Centre

North Shore Stroke Recovery

North Shore Women’s Centre

West Vancouver Seniors Activity Centre, Shuttle Bus

North Shore Keep Well Society

Silver Harbour Seniors Centre, Cycling Without Age

Special Olympics BC North Shore

School District 45, Glenealges Ch’axáý Outdoor Community Hub

West Van Police, Ch’ich’iyuy Canoe program


Bridge Festival

Dundarave Festival of Lights, Lookout Foundation

Ferry Building Gallery, Reflecting on Home

National Indigenous People’s Day

North Shore Celtic Ensemble, Winter Concert

VSO School of Music, West Van Satellite

West Van Art Museum, Family Art Project

West Van Community Arts, Creative Voices 2022


365Give, #Do1GiveDay

Big Sisters, Virtual Go Girls Program

Hollyburn Family Services, Youth Education Navigator

Junior Achievement of British Columbia

North Shore Restorative Justice, Youth Action Council

MADD Canada, School workshops BC

North Shore Community Resources, North Shore Young Civic Forum

PLEA Community Services, Taking Care of Ourselves Workshops

Public Health Association of BC, Building Community Food Literacy across the Shore 

Red Fox Healthy Living Society, Youth Engagement Project

Summer Work Experience Program, District of West Vancouver

West Van Police, Youth Academy summer camp

Zajac Ranch for Children

BC Mountain Foundation, Baden Powel Trail

Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, Birdsong Path

Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, Education & Outreach

Ocean Ambassadors Canada, adults 55+ Ocean Connect

BC SPCA West Vancouver Branch


Lions Gate Hospital

Vets Without Borders

Vancouver Art Gallery, Indigenous Cultures Program

West Vancouver Marine Rescue

West Van Streamkeepers, Nelson Creek Fish Ladder repair


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:


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

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


Community Impact

Read more about the impact your donations have in the community, through our grant programs. 

Grants Committee for 2022

The purpose of the volunteer Grants Committee is to adjudicate the grants applications that are submitted to the West Vancouver Foundation for funding, ensuring that the generosity of donors is directed to the causes that inspire them and to the issues that matter most in West Vancouver. Our 2022 Grants Committee is:

  • Justin Yoo, Chair
  • Alex Chunn
  • Dierdre Ert
  • Hoon Choi
  • Melina Tai
  • Nancy Farran
  • Yang Wang