Accessing SCF Grants and Funds

The Squamish Community Foundation was established to create a legacy of giving in our community. We’re entrusted with managing an ever-growing portfolio of donations, which are contributed from both individual and corporate donors.

We re-invest in Squamish through grant and fund programs that support important community initiatives. In fact, we have distributed more than $250,000 since 2003.

Do you have an initiative you want to see funded? Find everything you need to know about SCF community grants and funds right here.

Annual Grants

Grants are an investment in people, ideas and community. Funded by the income earned from our endowment funds, the Squamish Community Foundation awards grants to eligible organizations focused on causes that improve the lives and wellbeing of Squamish residents.
We accept applications for Annual Grants each year between April 1 and May 31.

What Do We Fund?

Any registered charitable organization may apply for an Annual Grant. Grants are awarded to projects that benefit the people of the District of Squamish with a focus on the following categories: Health and Social Development, Recreation and Sports  Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, Youth and Families, Environment, or Community Enhancement.

Projects must also comply with the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • Benefit the people of the District of Squamish. Priority will be given to applicants who specifically address a community issue outlined in the Vital Signs report.Projects must also fit into one or more of the following grant categories: Health and Social Development; Recreation and Sports; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Children, Youth and Families; Environment; and Community Enhancement.
  • Organizations located outside of Squamish will only be eligible if their project operates in Squamish and with the involvement of local partners.
  • Be put forward by an organization with a CRA charitable registration number (i.e. BN ____ RR0001).
  • Have a definite purpose and be completed in a specific period of time.
  • Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need.
  • Funds must be used by April 30th of the year following receipt of the grant, and a written final report is required by May 1st, reviewing how the funds were utilized and whether all monies received were spent.
  • If applying for a grant in a second consecutive year, organizations must submit their final report from the previous year prior to submitting a new application.

What Don’t We Fund?

Squamish Community Foundation does not provide funding for certain types of projects. Grants are NOT:

  • Awarded to retire debt or fund projects already completed.
  • Awarded to fund religious or political organizations for direct religious or political activities.
  • Made to support fundraising, advertising, promotional activities or commercial events.
  • Made to establish or add to endowed funds.
  • Available to annual fund drives for sustaining support.
  • Made to be used towards operating or capital deficits.

How are Recipients Determined?

All applications are reviewed by an independent Grant Committee, which is comprised of Squamish community members and chaired by one or more SCF board members. The committee provides a list of recommended recipients to the SCF Board of Directors, which are then voted upon by the board.

Previous Grant Recipients

Last year, the Squamish Community Foundation awarded $22,000 to 10 recipients, enabling them to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. Read more about the 2020 grant recipients here.

If you have received a grant in the past and need to submit your final report, please visit Grant Support.

Apply Now

Applications are now closed. Please check back again in April 2022.

FINAL REPORT - 2021 GRANTS (due May 1st, 2022)FAQ

Community Enhancement Grants

SCF has entered into a 4-year agreement with the District of Squamish to manage and distribute the Community Enhancement Grants. Community Grants support vulnerable citizens, youth, reconciliation, equity and diversity, social wellbeing, and connectedness in our community. Community Enhancement Grants are funded by the District of Squamish. Read more about the grants and District partnership here.

Who qualifies?

This grant is specifically geared towards projects that seek to enhance the community of Squamish through programming that aligns with the overarching goals of the District of Squamish’s Official Community Plan. Funds will be awarded to non-profit or charitable organizations that propose to enhance the lives of local citizens through the following:

  • Decolonization and reconciliation initiatives
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Enhancement of neighbourhood connectivity
  • Environmental stewardship, sustainability and/or climate action
  • Equity and Diversity programming
  • Support of physical health, mental health and/or social wellbeing
  • Youth-led initiatives
  • Programming for social services that assist Squamish’s vulnerable populations
  • Recreation programming

For projects with an arts and/or culture focus, please refer to the Arts & Culture Grant provided by the Squamish Arts Council.

Apply Now

Applications are now closed. The next round of applications will be accepted in early 2022.

2021 APPLICANT GUIDEFAQ

Please note that you can only receive either the Squamish Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Grant OR the Squamish Community Foundation’s Community Enhancement Grant. If you believe that your project could feasibly apply to both, please email info@squamishartscouncil.com or info@squamishfoundation.com to determine which grant you should apply to.

Neighbourhood Small Grants

From neighbourhood block parties to community gardens and cultural events, there are many ways to build a thriving community. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is based on a simple, but powerful idea—that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.

The Squamish Community Foundation launched the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in 2017, with the help of the Vancouver Foundation (which pioneered the program). Since then, these grants have funded a variety of activities that nurture our community.

Who qualifies?

This Neighbourhood Small Grants program is open to groups or individuals (of any age), who are not currently a registered charity. We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.
Have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood? Apply for a grant and bring your idea to life!

In 2020, NSG granting criteria was adapted to support projects which brought together community and fostered connections in a safe way. Read more about the 2020 NSG grant recipients here.

Applications are open from February 23rd to Apr 20th, 2021.

LEARN MORE & APPLYFAQ

Grant Support - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete a final report?

Yes, for both Annual Grants and Community Enhancement Grants. In order for the SCF to responsibly manage our funds and donor agreements, we require verification of your project and how the grant funds have been applied in accordance with your application. See the grant sections above for more details. Organizations who do not submit their final report will not be eligible for future grants.

Is there a funding hold-back?

No, we provide all funds upfront.

How do I complete my final report?

The final report for Annual Grants can be found here. The final report for the Community Enhancement Grants can be found within the Applicant Guide here. For assistance in completing your report, please contact info@squamishfoundation.com.

Do I have to submit a progress report?

No, SCF only requires a final report following completion of the project, and before applying for any future grants. However, we are happy to hear about and celebrate the milestones you wish to share with us.

What if there are changes to my project?

If there are significant project changes which are beyond the scope of your initial application, please contact SCF directly at info@squamishfoundation.com.

Will my organization be listed on the SCF website?

We endeavour to share the work of the SCF and the projects we support both on our website and through other communication channels (e.g. social media). If you would prefer not to be listed or featured, please contact us directly.