Current Partnerships

Recovery and Resiliency Fund

Launch: July 2022

The Recovery and Resiliency Fund is a ground-breaking fund made possible through a partnership with the Government of BC, United Way BC, and New Relationship Trust. The fund will distribute $34 million to charitable and non-profit organizations.

 

This fund provides flexible, three-year grants between $50,000 and $72,000 annually to organizations that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted. New Relationship Trust grants a portion of this fund directly to Indigenous-led organizations.

Neighbourhood Small Grants

Launch: 1999

Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) helps build communities. We work with local partners across BC to distribute grassroots grants of $50 to $500 to people who want to strengthen neighbourhood connections. NSG has supported thousands of project leaders in making communities stronger, safer, and more welcoming.

Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants

Launch: 2010

Vancouver Foundation delivers the Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants (DTESSAG) program in partnership with the Carnegie Community Centre. DTESSAG offers grants between $500 and $1,000 to support, showcase, and celebrate the work of scores of artists in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. 

Endowment 150

Launch: 2015

Endowment 150 helps British Columbians with disabilities to learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. We fund this program in partnership with Plan InstituteDisability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute distributed a one-time $150 gift to help low-income BC residents with disabilities start growing their RDSP.

Past Partnerships

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.

Tax Aid DABC

Many people with disabilities struggle with their taxes. We partnered with Disability Alliance BC to assist people who are receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit or the Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers (PPMB) benefit with simple income tax filings and information/referrals.

Endowment 150

Plan InstituteDisability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society united to launch a new program designed to help British Columbians with disabilities learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute distributes a one-time $150 gift to help low-income British Columbians to start growing their RDSP.

Greenest City Fund