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Fostering Change Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 per year for organizations with projects across the Lower Mainland that support youth in-and-from foster care. Together we can make sure that young people leaving foster care have the opportunities and support they need to thrive as adults.
up to $10,000.00
Who can apply: 
Next deadline: 
March 10, 2017

Fostering Change developed out of Vancouver Foundation’s long-standing interest in strategies to address youth homelessness. We believe the best way to end youth homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Given over 40% of homeless youth have been part of the child welfare system, we have committed to strengthening the support systems available to youth as they leave government care and transition into adulthood.

Fostering Change Grants provide funding for community-based strategies across the Lower Mainland that build capacity to support youth in-and-from foster care. We invite grant applications from organizations that can help improve policy, practice and community connections, leading to better outcomes for young people leaving foster care.

New: Fostering Change Small Grants 

These grants will provide up to $10,000 for youth and community led initiatives in four key areas: youth engagement, research and learning, relationship building and public engagement.

We are particularly interested in projects that can demonstrate the potential to amplify and honour the voices of young leaders while activating the communities and organizations who care about them to mobilize for the social change required to ensure their successful transition to adulthood.

Your organization can apply for a Fostering Change Small Grant online, through a one-stage application process. We review applications with members of the Fostering Change Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer experts who offer a depth of relevant community knowledge, skills and experience.

Read our Fostering Change Small Grants 2017 Call for Proposals to find out if your project is a good fit.

DOWNLOAD: Fostering Change Small Grants 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS 
DOWNLOAD: Fostering Change Grants STRATEGIC PLAN



In recognition of the need to provide funds in a time-sensitive manner, there are two deadlines for this call for proposals:

Friday, March 10th

This first deadline is for all projects requiring funds for activities leading up to and around the May 9th provincial election.

Monday, April 3rd

This second deadline is for all other projects.


Eligible applicants include registered charities and other qualified organizations as well as some First Nations bands that may be considered a public body performing a function of a government body. All organizations must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.

Fostering Change Grants are not available for individuals or businesses.

Visit the Fostering Change website

The Fostering Change initiative of Vancouver Foundation has a goal to make sure that every young person leaving foster care has the opportunities and support needed to thrive as adults. 

We support this through youth engagement, shared learning, evaluation and research, and public engagement work to support young people leaving foster care, in addition to making grants. 

Learn more about the Fostering Change initiative at: