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COVID19 Grant



This program has issued 37 grants for $145k. In addition to urgent and emergency programs, the grant program also covers recovery, rebuilding and program modification, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The North Shore COVID-19 Response Grant is for local charitable organizations serving those disproportionately affected on the North Shore (with priority given to charities that serve West Vancouver) by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be made based on need, reach and available funding.


A registered charity (registered with Canada Revenue Agency) is eligible to apply if it serves the West Vancouver and the North Shore community, and is BC based.


The North Shore COVID-19 Response Grant aims to support local charitable organizations serving those disproportionately affected on the North Shore by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Key priorities are programs or projects that address food security, safe shelter, mental & physical wellness, and the social & economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, for vulnerable North Shore residents.  Eligible expenses must be in response to the pandemic and include incremental costs for new or modified programs, operational modification costs to aid in recovery and long-term adaption to the new standards, and rebuilding or reinvention costs.

Additional funding may be available for those projects that are transformational in nature and take action to address the root causes of pressing issues, while still addressing a COVID-19 need. If your project is looking at the root cause and planning for long-term solutions, you may apply for up to $10,000.

Eligible initiatives must:

  • be charitable in nature;
  • be for the benefit of the community of West Vancouver and the North Shore;
  • provide direct response and support to those affected by COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable and those who are facing social isolation;
  • use the grant awarded to provide for expenses incurred or planned on the North Shore;
  • align with the purpose of the fund, with key priorities being Food Security, Safe Shelter, Health & Connection, and Modifying of operations to allow for continuation of charity's current services;
  • done by registered charities, based in British Columbia.   

The following initiatives are ineligible:

  • Projects not in response to the pandemic. For regular programming you are welcome to apply through one of our other grant programs;
  • Deficit reduction (e.g. debts or loans);
  • Building an endowment or general fundraising
  • Sponsorships;
  • Primarily benefiting individuals (such as scholarships or bursaries);
  • Initiatives that have already received support through other grant programs;
  • Initiatives without specific benefit to West Vancouver.

How to Apply

1. Read the Guidelines.

2. Download the application, fill it out & save, and email to

3. The Grants Committee meets every other week so you will hear back within 3 weeks. 



If you have questions please contact Denise Howell.


Please note that this grant is funded by the new North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and the amounts available to grant will depend on the amounts donated to the fund. 


Grant Recipients To Date:

West Vancouver Senior's Activity Centre - Multiple food security programs for seniors

Harvest Project - Food security/grocery program

BC Crisis Centre  - COVID Emergency Response program 

Enhance West Van - Food security/grocery programs for families 

BC SPCA - COVID Emergency Response program

Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre - Food security program for seniors

North Shore Community Resources - Responsive Better at Home Program

Hollyburn Family Services - Women Fleeing Violence Program

North Shore Women's Centre - COVID response for low income/homeless women/families

CNIB - Phone Mate Program for almost 600 North Shore vision impaired residents

JDRF - Increased outreach to those with Type 1 diabetes, during the pandemic

House of Omeed. Food basket program for newcomers and refugees 

North Shore Restorative Justice Society - Virtual & Restart Restorative Justice for Youth and Families program

Avalon Women's Centre  - Re-Opening COVID-19 Safety program.

North Shore Community Resources - Farsi Assistance with Food Security and Better at Home Services

Lionsview Seniors Planning Society - Seniors Organizational Emergency Response to the COVID-19 crisis: Seniors Working Group

Sharing Abundance Association - Re-opening meal 'to go' program

Canadian Mental Health Association North & West Vancouver - Homeless Outreach during COVID-19

North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre - Exercise Equipment & Winter Blues Care Packages, due to COVID-19

North Shore Women's Centre - COVID-19 Tech Support Response