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.
- 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.
If you have questions about Community Grants, please contact Denise Howell.
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
BC SPCA (Donor Advised Grant)
Crisis Centre BC - Lions Gate Bridge Crisis Phones
Four Our Future Indigenous Economics
Harmony Arts Festival - DWV
Indigenous People's Day Celebration - DWV
Lighthouse Park Preservation Society
Lookout House - Dundarave Festival of Lights
North Shore Community Resources - Farsi Senior Support
North Shore Community Resources - North Shore Young Citizens' Forum
Silver Harbour Seniors' Centre - Cycling Without Age
St John Society - Therapy Dog Program
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 Memorial Library - Dial-in Story Hour
West Van Police Department - Ch'ich'iyuy Canoe Program
West Van Police Department - Junior Police Camp
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: