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.
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.
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 Foundation awarded the Comox Valley Special Olympics Society $24000 for equipment, facility rental, registration fees and transportation for Comox Valley Special Olympians and volunteers.
Meeting Community Needs
In 2015, the City of Courtenay is celebrating its centennial. Join us in creating a legacy to enrich the lives of all those living in Courtenay for the next 100 years!
A gift to the Courtenay Centennial Legacy Fund, administered by the Comox Valley Community Foundation will be invested in perpetuity, and each year the income generated by the fund will be granted by the Foundation for a charitable purpose in the community. This annual allocation will be based on an on-going assessment of needs in the community and the applications submitted. The Foundation’s mandate is to broadly distribute their grant funding available to best enrich the lives of all residents in the community, and each year there will be a call for applications on how charitable organizations can address this mandate.
Needs and opportunities will change over the next 100 years and beyond - your gift will help address either or both. It is a gift that keeps on giving - and in a way that is most beneficial to the community - however Courtenay evolves! Contributing to the Legacy Fund is a wonderful way to recognize and celebrate the richness we enjoy that comes from being a part of this very special community!
We are now accepting online applications from local groups for community grants for 2015-16.
Last year the CVCF granted more than $118,000 to 20 different community groups. “Our mandate is to be a broad-based grant maker,” explains CVCF President Norm Carruthers. “We disburse our funding to many groups throughout the Comox Valley working to build our community in so many different ways. The variety is truly amazing.” A list of last year’s grants is here.
The Foundation considers, primarily, applications in seven broad areas: Arts, Culture, & Heritage; Environment; Seniors; Health & Welfare; Education & Youth; Developmental Disabilities; and Homelessness. Other areas providing significant benefits to community life are also considered. “To achieve these goals and to ensure equitable access for all qualified organizations, we limit the frequency of grants to any one organization,” continues Carruthers.
Groups seeking grants must be charitable organizations or must have prior arrangements to partner with such an organization. Guidelines are set out here.
The Foundation's Distribution Committee considers all applications and makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Grants are awarded to successful applicants at the annual Community Enrichment Awards Ceremony in January.
For more information about the Community Grants applications – and the online applications -- see the Tab “For Charities” .