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Grant Program Updates
Vancouver Foundation is on a journey find ways to shift and share power in our work— and while we do that, how and what we grant in 2022 will look a bit different than in previous years.
Our goal is to distribute the entire 2022 granting budget while we prototype practices and processes in our grantmaking that will:
- Make it easier for equity-seeking communities to access funding.
- Reduce application and reporting burden on applicants and grantees.
- Increase transparency and accountability in our decision-making.
We will also deepen relationships with current grantees by sustaining the momentum of their work through additional funding, more time, and greater flexibility.
Which grants will be available?
We will hold open calls for applications for the following programs:
- Participatory Action Research Grants – Applications are currently open until February 7, 2022, for organizations and researchers to investigate the root causes of complex health issues.
- LEVEL BIPOC Grants – Applications will open in Q3 (July-September 2022) for BIPOC-led groups, including Indigenous communities and organizations, seeking flexible, core funding.
- Additional Grant Programs (TBD) – We hope to offer other funding opportunities through open calls for applications over the course of the year. We are currently exploring what those opportunities are and will share information when we can.
For current grantees, we will offer additional funding through the following programs:
- Systems Change Grants – We will explore ways to offer funding to expand and deepen systems change and PAR projects that result from previously funded work.
- LEVEL BIPOC Grants – In addition to holding an open call, we will also offer additional funding to some of our current grantees. The eligibility requirements and selection process are currently being finalized.
We will continue to grant from:
- Indigenous Priorities Grants – We increased the budget to approximately $6.5 million and will continue granting from last year’s pool of more than 240 applications rather than holding another call for applications and creating additional burden for groups to apply again. Applicants will be notified if their grant has been approved or declined by March 1, 2022.
2022 is intended to be a year of transition as we explore how we can do more to center a trust-based approach to our grantmaking, while exploring and planning how we will move towards more reimagined ways of doing our work more equitably in the long-term.
Over the course of the year this work will involve engaging with community to learn, evaluate, and co-design programs and approaches to grantmaking in ways that shift and share power.
To stay updated on this work and about our grant programs, sign up for general granting updates by clicking here.