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Transformation Grant


West Vancouver Foundation supports charitable organizations working to create and sustain a healthy and vibrant West Vancouver, where everyone is valued, contributes and feels they belong.

The Transformation Grant supports community initiatives that focus on systems-level change and transformation for current and emerging issues for the benefit of the community of West Vancouver.

Why Systems Change?

Big, complex problems cannot be solved by any one improvement or any one organization acting alone. These problems, sometimes called "wicked problems", typically have numerous causes and lack clear solutions. They involve multiple stakeholders and ultimately require lots of people and organizations to shift their mindset and behavior. Examples include; climate change, poverty, mental health and wellness. Principles for action can include collective solutions, developing learning cultures and alternatives to top-down leadership.

Grant Amount 

Up to $15,000

Grant Timeline

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021.  

Who Can Apply

An organization is eligible to apply if it serves the West Vancouver Community, is a registered charity or qualified donee with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and hasn't received the Transformation or Major grant in the past.

An organization that is not a registered charity wishing to apply for funding from the Foundation, may consider developing a formal and genuine partnership with a registered charity whose mandate is similar. The registered charity would apply for funds for the proposed project and receive the funds on behalf of the partner. The CRA requires this relationship to be set out in writing, signed by the charity and organization doing the charitable work. Click here to visit CRA's website for more details.



The Transformation Grant aims to support the West Vancouver community and address root causes of issues. Organizations must have submitted a final report for previous WVF grants before submitting a new application.

Eligible initiatives:

  • Must address the root cause and aim to transform the issue, versus general operations;
  • Must be charitable in nature;
  • Fall within the Impact Areas as listed in the Grant Guidelines;
  • Must be for the benefit of the community of West Vancouver.

The following initiatives are ineligible:

  • Deficit reduction (e.g. debts or loans);
  • Building an endowment or fundraising;
  • Primarily benefitting individuals (such as scholarships);
  • Expenses incurred before the date of the grant approval;
  • National or provincial initiatives without specific benefit to West Vancouver;
  • Religious activities or services that focus on only one spiritual tradition;
  • Political activity that is prohibited by the Canada Revenue Agency.

How To Apply

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines and assess your program/project eligibility
  2. Submit your application via the online grant portal. 

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 mid-June 2021, you will receive an email notifying you if your grant request was approved or denied.


Contact Info

If you have questions about the Transformation Grant, please contact Denise Howell


Past Webinar


Did you miss our webinar on April 14? You can see the presentation here.  


Webinar April 14