CVCF Announces 2023/24 Community Enrichment Grants

The CVCF is pleased to announce that over $441,360 will be available in the form of grants supporting the not-for-profit sector.

The CVCF invites all eligible organizations to apply online now until September 21 to propose funding needs for programs, services, operating activities, and initiatives within the Comox Valley.

“This annual funding would not exist without the generosity and caring of so many individuals, families and businesses who give through the Community Foundation,” said Christine Helpard, CVCF’s President. “Granting decisions will continue to follow a community-based approach through five granting streams.”

2023/24 grant funding will be distributed through each of the five streams:
• $75,000 to address housing insecurity and homelessness
• $50,000 to support recreation and social programming for adults with diverse abilities
• $50,000 to support environmental initiatives
• $20,000 to assist with charitable/not-for-profit sector education and training
• $236,369 for distribution via the Community Enrichment Grants program to address the following four priority areas: Food insecurity and food systems, Mental health and connection, Indigenous led or benefitting projects/organizations, Arts, culture and heritage.

Housing insecurity, housing affordability and homelessness continue to be among the critical issues we are facing in the Comox Valley. $75,000 will be available under the direction of the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness through its Homelessness Supports Grant application. This is the third year of a three-year commitment to address housing insecurity.

$50,000 will support recreation and social programming for adults within the diverse abilities’ community thanks primarily to the Developmental Disabilities Fund, which was established in 2013 to promote well-being and enrich the lives of adults with diverse abilities living in the Comox Valley. Grant amounts will be determined by the organizations that deliver the programming in the community.

Support for environmental initiatives will continue with a commitment of $50,000. A community table, comprised of environmental and climate action-focused organizations, will convene to determine how to best allocate the funding to meet local needs.

FREE training and development for the charitable and not-for-profit sector will be available again with $20,000 prioritized to support organizational and operating strength through a series of training opportunities to be announced this fall.

Finally, $236,369 will be available through our annual Community Enrichment Grants program. Applications will be accepted where the focus addresses at least one of the following four priorities: Food insecurity and food systems; mental health and connection; Indigenous led or benefiting projects/organizations; and arts, culture and heritage.

Priority areas set for the Community Enrichment Grants stream were established during community conversations, which prioritized housing as its top concern, followed by the four focus areas as the highest immediate need in our community and all of which span a variety of age groups.

Grant applications for the Community Enrichment Grants and Homelessness Supports Grants will be accepted Monday, August 14 through Thursday, September 21, 2023. Community Enrichment Grants are intended to fund programs, services, operating activities, and initiatives within the Comox Valley (School District 71 boundaries) offered by registered charities, societies, and other public nonprofit organizations.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit: https://cvcfoundation.org.

Since 1996, Comox Valley Community Foundation has awarded $5.75 million to over 175 local non-profits and 250 students in the form of grants and scholarships. As a funder, we support all not for profit and charitable organizations in our community so that they may respond to the pressing and ever-changing needs and priorities of our residents. For further information about how you can help build our community’s fund, please email office@cvcfoundation.org or call 250-338-8444.

Media contacts:
Jolean Finnerty
Executive Director, Comox Valley Community Foundation
250-880-6584
jolean@cvcfoundation.org

 

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