Community Prosperity Fund

We are taking part in delivering the Community Prosperity Fund a $25 million investment from the Government of B.C. that advances poverty reduction and social inclusion in local communities. West Vancouver Foundation is accepting new applications through the online application portal until June 24.

The Government of B.C. recognizes that non-profits are vital to people and communities in B.C. They are important partners, often providing services to those made vulnerable in all corners of British Columbia. The Community Prosperity Fund will support organizations by providing funding for up to three years to drive positive change in our communities. 

Every community is unique, and so are their needs. You know this, and review committees do, too. West Vancouver Foundation will ensure your application will be reviewed at the local level. The Community Prosperity Fund also gives you the space to complete your best work. You have up to three years for your activities, giving you space to implement the funding over time and in a way that works best for your organization. What if you only need one year? That’s also great. You know best what you need.

You can apply to support your operational expenses, expand a current project, or create a new one. It’s up to you! You get to decide what would benefit your organization most so that you can continue the incredible work that benefits our community. 

Applications are open now until June 24! Charities, non-profit organizations and Indigenous-serving organizations are encouraged to apply by June 24, 2024. Visit Vancouver Foundation’s website to find out more about how to apply, explore resources, and submit your application. 

Have questions? Email us at info@westvanfoundation.ca. 

3 Things to Know

  1. Funding can support operational expenses or project delivery. This funding focuses on making a difference for people at the community level who are struggling during a time of global inflation. You know best what would benefit your community most. To support your organization’s critical work and long-term sustainability, you can apply to: Fund operational expenses that contribute to your organization’s long-term resiliency or project delivery funding that addresses community needs.
  2. It’s a local approach. Every community is unique, and so are their needs. You know this, and review committees do, too. The over 50 community foundations participating in this fund will ensure that there is local decision-making with local review committees making decisions. This means your application will be reviewed at a local level.
  3. It takes a long view. The Community Prosperity Fund gives you the space to complete your best work. You have
    up to three years for your activities, giving you space to implement the funding over time
    and in a way that works best for your organization. What if you only need one year? That’s
    also great. You know best what you need.

Should you Apply?

Some of the criteria the grants committee will be looking at includes:

  • Is your organization meeting some of the communities key needs (Health & Wellness, Youth & Education, Sports & Recreation, Environment, Arts/Culture/Heritage)
  • Are you serving one or more equity-deserving groups?
  • Are you a registered charity, non-qualified donee that has worked with the Foundation in the past, or First Nation.
  • Are you connected to the West Vancouver, Lions Bay or Squamish Nation area.
  • Is the budget reasonable. 

Ineligible Applications

Some ineligible activities are below. For the full list, visit the application site or read the Applicant Guide.

  • For-profit organizations
  • Unincorporated non-profits
  • Recipients that already received a grant through a related program
  • Business non-profits such as business associations, chambers of commerce
  • Provincial service providers such as hospitals, schools, and health authorities
  • Local and regional governments.

apply by june 24

The program is offered throughout the province of British Columbia. If you would like to see where you should apply, you can see the map here>>

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