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Greenest City Community Grants

Greenest City Community Grants were a partnership between The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation from 2012 to 2015. During that time we teamed up to create the Greenest City Fund – a four year fund to support community-led green projects – and distributed almost $2 million to projects in Vancouver that support the City’s Greenest City Action Plan.

The Greenest City Fund was a successful program since inception and was welcomed by the community. We know there is interest from the community to continue the program so Vancouver Foundation will work with the City of Vancouver as they evolve this program to align with new and emerging priorities. In the meantime, please contact Angela Danyluk, City of Vancouver Sustainability Specialist, at, if you have any questions. 

2017 Greenest City Grants now available from the City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has opened grant applications for 2017 Greenest City Grants. This year you must apply directly to the City of Vancouver, and not Vancouver Foundation. 

Grants are available of up to $100,000 for projects and programs by registered charities or registered BC societies that aim to establish, test, or build on ideas or actions that support Greenest City targets. The grants are administered by the City of Vancouver's Social Policy and Sustainability groups. 

Visit the City of Vancouver website for more information and to apply.

Please contact Angela Danyluk, City of Vancouver Sustainability Specialist, at, if you have any questions.

What happened next with Greenest City Community Grants

Greenest City Community Grants provided organizations and projects with funding for activities to reduce environmental impact and improve the health of local habitat. Project examples include youth led waste diversion in schools and community centres, creation of bird and bee habitats within inner-city neighbourhoods, and addressing the re-use of material from homes undergoing demolition.

Organizations that received a Greenest City Community Grants were selected through a two-stage process including a Letter of Intent and a Full Proposal. All applications were reviewed by our Volunteer Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer experts with experience and expertise in all things green.

Between 2012 and 2015, we distributed 63 Greenest City Community Grants.

Projects supported by these grants address one or more of the following goals from the City of Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Green Buildings
  • Green Transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Access to Nature
  • Lighter Footprint
  • Clean Water
  • Local Food
  • Green Economy

Existing grant holders

If you received a Greenest City Community Grant, you must report on your progress according to the schedule outlined on your grant information sheet. If you have questions or require more information about your existing grant, please contact us as indicated below.

Report templates

Past grantees

Vancouver Foundation and The City of Vancouver are proud to list the recipients of Greenest City Community Grants.