Starting January 1st, 2017, grantees who apply for and receive project funding though Vancouver Foundation's Field of Interest grant making program are required to add a CC BY 4.0 open license to the materials they produce as a result of our funding.
Examples of works a grantee might produce could include project outlines and evaluations, guides on how to scale or facilitate a project in new spaces, templates, posters, pictures, plans and processes.
In the case that this license isn’t suitable for the work in question, Vancouver Foundation requires grantees to consider and use other Creative Commons license options.
Materials that are not beneficial to share are not included under this policy - such as content required to maintain the financial sustainability of a project or charity, materials containing private participant data, works belonging to other rights holders, or traditional or cultural knowledge that is not subject to traditional copyright law.
The Open Licensing Policy is designed to encourage grantees to intentionally consider, extend and make explicit the terms upon which others may access, share and benefit from the knowledge and innovation they create. Grantees are not required to produce materials in order to qualify for funding, nor are their applications assessed based upon any intention to share licensed works.
Beginning in 2017, Vancouver Foundation will openly license research and datasets owned by the organization, will digitize and license information about its granting activity throughout its 75-year history, and will license and issue materials that support knowledge sharing and capacity building for other charities and community foundations across BC and Canada.