COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANT
During the first wave of emergency-based granting the WVF issued 26 grants for over $130k. The grant program is now paused while we re-work it to focus on recovery, rebuilding and program modification, in addition to building up the fund to allow for more granting. Check back in November for updates. In the meantime, the Emergency Community Support Fund is open October 5-30. Check that page for more information.
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.
WHO CAN APPLY
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
- Primarily benefiting individuals (such as scholarships or bursaries);
- Initiatives that have already received support through the COVID19 grant program;
- Initiatives without specific benefit to West Vancouver.
How to Apply
New Guidelines and Application to come in October.
If you have questions about Community Grants, 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