Enriching Life in the Comox Valley

Enriching Life in the Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Community Foundation provides an opportunity for people to contribute to a permanent endowment fund which is used to enrich the quality of life in the Comox Valley.

Making A Difference In Our Community

Making A Difference In Our Community

This year interest generated by funds donated to the Comox Valley Community Foundation has allowed us to award grants, bursaries and scholarships totaling nearly $200,000 to enrich life in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society

The Comox Valley Hospice Society

This year, as a Community Foundation "Signature Project", the Comox Valley Hospice Society has been given $16,000 to furnish one of the four new residential hospice suites at their new hospice facility.

The Comox Valley Special Olympics Society

The Comox Valley Special Olympics Society

The Foundation awarded the Comox Valley Special Olympics Society $24000 for equipment, facility rental, registration fees and transportation for Comox Valley Special Olympians and volunteers.

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada Camp Gilwell

Scouts Canada's Camp Gilwell, on the banks of the Browns River, needed to refurbish their kitchen. With the Foundation's grant of $4,000, they'll be able to do just that.

Courtenay Recreational Association

Courtenay Recreational Association

Our grant of $16,000 will help this organization support Special Needs Recreation programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Responsible Stewardship

We attract, develop and manage permanent endowment funds through responsible stewardship.

Meeting Community Needs

We assess and respond to existing, emerging and changing community needs through grants to eligible organizations.

Facilitating Philanthropy

We provide a means for individuals and organizations with varied interests and levels of giving to contribute financially to their community.

Tickets going fast for fundraiser gala!

Join us for our annual fundraiser gala, Saturday, October 22. Tickets $100 and are going fast, get yours today by emailing cvcf@shawcable.com or call (250) 338-8444.

Cocktails: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Dance: 9:00 pm
Music by The Fabulous Mutts
Semiformal, Black Tie optional



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Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about

our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a

breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer, now and for future generations.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support community initiatives from coast to coast

to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada,

and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.



The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is available to qualified donees operating within Canada, with the

exception of federal, provincial, and territorial governments; the United Nations, and the Crown.

Community groups and other actors are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application

to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application and act as a

fiscal agent on behalf of the collaborating parties. Check the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listing,

and List of Other Qualified Donees to find potential partners in your community -

they may be interested in collaborating on your project!


In collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, the Comox Valley Community Foundation

will consider applications for grants of up to $15,000 from projects that meet the following eligibility criteria:

1. Eligible projects must be based in Canada and must work towards the Fund’s objectives to:

· ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th.

· INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our communities and our country.

· BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians,

including Indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, youth, and official language minorities.

2. Eligible projects are required to match the grant requested, through in-kind or cash contributions equal to the value

of the grant. For example, an applicant that requests a $2,000 grant for a project would be required to come to the table

with $2,000 worth of cash or in-kind support for their own project.  Cash contributions may come from other funding

sources; in-kind contributions may include volunteer hours or other resources that are not covered

by the requested amount.

3.  Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved

and before January 31, 2018.

Please note that the following projects will be ineligible for funding:

· Large-scale infrastructure projects (ie. building a building or a local facility).

· Recurring events, activities or festivals (ie. the annual folk fest, the 26th annual community fair)

· Projects related to political activities or lobbying

· Projects that are designed for fundraising purposes

· Projects deemed controversial, dismissive or offensive

· Ongoing activities, such as the publication of regular issues of newsletters, magazines and periodicals

· Any activity taking place outside Canada

· Projects that are funded in whole or in part by the Government of Canada


Comox Valley Community Foundation will be accepting applications for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th during the following application period:

September 1st to October 22nd, 2016.

The information gathered through the application process will not be made public and will be shared with community foundations and the Government

of Canada exclusively for purposes related to the Fund.

Please note that all applications received for funding under this program will automatically be considered in the Comox Valley Community Foundation's

regular fall Community Enrichment granting program. There is no need to submit a

separate application.


The Comox Valley Community Foundation will be accepting applications for Canada's 150th during the September 1st to October 22nd
application period.   As of September 1st, all applications will be received through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th granting platform.

You will be directed to register an account before you can start your application.


If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Comox Valley Community Foundation,

the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre la

fondation de communautaire de Comox Valley, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires

de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.

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Community Foundations

What does the Community Foundation do?

It provides a means whereby the community's charitable assets and decision making can be applied locally; it pools the charitable gifts of many donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment that benefits the people of this valley and fulfills the philanthropic objectives of individual donors; it makes grants from the earnings on these funds to support a broad variety of initiatives from health, education and social services to arts, culture and the environment; and it offers neutral advice and support to all kinds of individuals and organizations trying to make philanthropic decisions..

Who Manages It

A seventeen-member Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policies and practices of the Foundation and relies on the recommendations of the Distribution Committee, which oversees the granting process and is made up of volunteers with knowledge and expertise in five fields of interest: Arts and Culture, Environment and Parks, Health and Welfare, Education and Youth and Seniors; the Investment Committee, responsibile for the policies and general administration of the Foundation's investments; .........

Who Donates?

Individuals and Families

Individuals and families often establish an advised fund within the Community Foundation instead of establishing their own foundation. This adds to administrative efficiency and reduces expenses.

Corporations and Charities

Some corporations rely on the expertise of the Community Foundation to administer their corporate donations programs.

Many charities, including other foundations, place their endowment funds with the Community Foundation in order to ensure their future financial viability, preserve their endowments in perpetuity and benefit from ongoing professional endowment management expertise.