You love our community and there are countless ways to help it grow and thrive. Whatever your charitable goals and no matter your means, you can make a difference.

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Grants at the Comox Valley Community Foundation support a wide range of local charitable organizations to make our city a better place to live, work and play.

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 Vital Signs

The Comox Valley Community Foundation is launching the first of an ongoing series of Comox Valley Vital Signs initiatives.

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Community Impact

You live your life with intention and focus. You are passionate about our community and have a vision for the future. What will your legacy be?

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Welcome to the Comox Valley Community Foundation!

Enriching lives in the Comox Valley has been our purpose, promise and passion since 1996 when we started connecting donors to community needs and opportunities.

We are a community catalyst and engage in three core activities:

  • We bring donors to the table as community builders, and help them formulate and realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests and concerns with community needs and opportunities, and finding innovative and responsible ways to give their investments lasting impact.
  • We take the broadest view of what a community is and what it needs to thrive. This is why our grants support everything from safety and support of the less able or less fortunate to recreation, the arts, and the environment.
  • We take a long-term view of the community and though our Vital Signs Comox Valley initiative, our granting and community engagement help make our community more caring and compassionate, resilient and better positioned for an improving future for all who live here.

As an independent charitable organization, we are only limited by the will and imagination of our donors, and the groups and people we support in the community.  Since inception, our donors have generously entrusted us with over $11.5 million which we have promised to establish and maintain as endowment funds – in perpetuity, the income from which is to be used to benefit the Valley residents through the invaluable work of registered charities and other qualified service providers. A gift of any size, does and will continue to make a difference. To date, we have returned more than $2 million to the community in grants, scholarships and bursaries for students and investment returns to those organizations that entrust their funds with us.  And this will keep growing!

We invite you to get involved with the work of the Community Foundation.  Explore our website to:

Please feel free to contact us with any question you have or arrange to meet.  We look forward to working with you!


Community Enrichment Awards - January 19th, 2:00 p.m.


In 2017 we are supporting 21 local charitable organizations through our Community Enrichment Grants to make the Comox Valley a better place to work, live and play.  

For Canada's 150th anniversary, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Canada, we are also supporting 5 registered charities' projects that:

  • encourage participation in community activities and events to mark Canada's 150th,
  • inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our community and our country, and
  • build vibrant and healthy communities.

If you would like to join us at our event, please contact our Administrator Antonia Mahon at

CVCF Impact in the Community

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Community enrichment awards celebrate another record

Originally posted on the Comox Valley Record website. This year the Comox Valley Community Foundation will award $316,300 to local charities and students. The majority of the grants will be awarded during the Foundation’s annual Community Enrichment Awards on Thursday, January 19. This year 21 local charities will receive $114,900. In addition, for Canada’s 150th…


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CVCF Announcements

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer,…


Sold Out 2016 Gala a Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who supported and joined us on Saturday October 22nd at our annual fundraising gala to celebrate 20 years of Enriching Lives in the Comox Valley.


Canada 150

COMMUNITY FUND FOR CANADA’s 150th Canada’s sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country. In the spirit of this moment, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will activate a breathtaking array of ideas and activities that will bring out…