Community Response Fund (CRF)
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began, Vancouver Foundation moved quickly to bring rapid funding relief to non-profits and charities, especially those working on the frontlines. In partnership with Vancity, United Way Lower Mainland, and the City of Vancouver, we launched the CRF just days after the province declared the COVID-19 pandemic a public health emergency. In three months, Vancouver Foundation had distributed a total of $19.2 million in pandemic response funding, a large portion of which came from the CRF.
Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)
The Government of Canada launched the ECSF in 2020 as a national rapid response fund to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF provided grants of up to $50,000 to Vancouver-based charities working with vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We partnered with the Community Foundations of Canada to distribute $2.8 million to address vulnerable groups’ urgent social inclusion or well-being needs.
Investment Readiness Program (IRP)
The IRP is an initiative by the Government of Canada that funds social purpose organizations like charities, non-profits, co-ops, and social enterprises. We gave IRP funding to projects that strengthened their viability and expanded their business.
We granted to organizations based in Metro Vancouver in partnership with the UBC Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing and Vancity Community Foundation. We also granted to organizations based in areas of BC that another IRP partner did not cover.
Vancouver Foundation distributed more than $1.9 million over two granting cycles from 2019 to 2021. Learn more about who we funded through IRP:
Fund for Gender Equality
From 2019-2020, the Fund for Gender Equality supported organizations in BC working to advance gender equality for women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people through community-level initiatives. Organizations could use this funding to:
● pilot new initiatives
● address community needs
● support pandemic recovery
In total, distributed $755,000 to 21 organizations. Learn more about the recipients of this grant program:
Tax AID DABC
From 2016-2017, Vancouver Foundation partnered with Disability Alliance BC to fund a grant program that provided simple income tax filings, information, and referrals for those struggling with their taxes. This program was for those receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit.
Greenest City Fund
The Greenest City Fund distributed almost $2 million to support community-led green projects to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020. We offered these grants through our Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program as part of a four-year partnership with the City of Vancouver. Today, some NSG communities continue to offer Greenest City Grants.