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Types of grants

Vancouver Foundation offers three types of Field of Interest Grants, created for the different stages of social innovations. We fund no more than 50% of the budget for a project, due to funding limitations.

Vancouver Foundation considers both cash contributions and in-kind donations of services or goods for incurred expenses as valid matching funds. In most cases, Vancouver Foundation does not expect to be the sole external funder connected to the project, nor the largest source of funding.

Develop grants

Maximum grant: $10,000 for up to one year.
One stage application process: you submit a Project Overview including a project summary and budget.

Develop grants are short-term grants to help project teams explore complex social issues and to develop viable projects that might address these issues through social innovation. Project teams will have already begun working on this idea and need further support to move the idea forward to become a viable project plan.

Develop grants:
  • Support teams when there is a high degree of uncertainty or lack of agreement on what the issue is, how to address the issue, and who to work with to address the issue. 
  • Allow teams to gather information, meet with key stakeholders to learn more about the system and systemic issue, and begin to form a model or prototype of a social innovation.
  • Support the capacity of an existing or expanding project team. If the project team has not yet formed, then the grant application must include the steps that will be taken to form a complete and appropriate team.
  • Enable applicants to apply for a Test Grant in the future. Please note any future applications must represent a social innovation that works towards one of the ten broad outcomes that Vancouver Foundation has identified under our four fields of interest.
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Test Grants

Maximum grant: $75,000/year for up to three years.
Two stage application process: you submit a Project Overview including a project summary and budget and - if invited to proceed – you then submit a Full Proposal supported by various documents.

Test grants are longer-term grants to help project teams run and test the effectiveness of a new or existing social innovation on a systemic issue. Project teams will have a clear sense of the systemic issue they intend to address, what the social innovation is that they are implementing, who they are partnering with throughout the work, and how they will evaluate their project and monitor the outcomes.

Test grants:
  • Support teams with well developed timelines of activities and budgets that reflect the project team's demonstrated knowledge of what is needed to have an impact on one of the broad outcomes associated with Vancouver Foundation's fields of interest.
  • Allow teams to connect their project with other projects working towards the same outcomes, and could help you to generate the evidence needed to approach sources of longer-term funding.
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Grow grants

Maximum grant: $50,000/year for up to three years.
Two stage application process: you submit a Project Overview including a project summary and budget and - if invited to proceed – you then submit a Full Proposal supported by various documents.

Grow grants are longer-term grants to help project teams scale an existing and successful social innovation to new geographic areas (scale out), new levels of systems of institutions (scale up), or to embed the social innovation further within existing levels of systems or institutions (scale deep).

Project teams will have a clear sense of what the systemic issues are, what type of scaling they would like to implement, and how scaling the social innovation will support the potential for greater systemic change. Project teams will have established partners and will know how they evaluate their project and monitor the social system that is being influenced.

Grow grants:
  • Support social innovations that have already been demonstrated as effective through a written evaluation.
  • Support teams with well developed timelines of activities and budgets that reflect the project team's demonstrated knowledge of what is needed to have an impact on one of the broad outcomes associated with Vancouver Foundation's fields of interest.
  • Allow teams to connect their project with other projects working towards the same outcomes, and could help you to generate the evidence needed to approach sources of longer-term funding.
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