COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant Criteria

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants from the Comox Valley Community Foundation are a response to the unprecedented situation in which we currently find ourselves. This granting stream is intended to offer resources for the community where it’s needed most and will support urgent issues, particularly those being experienced disproportionately within vulnerable sectors.

In keeping with the intentions of Robert & Florence Filberg Fund, the funding source, the funds will be directed to support organizations focused on child welfare in the broadest sense, and religious organizations/churches providing services to our community.

a) Granting Principles

All grants are made only to support the purposes as stated in the Foundation’s Constitution and in accordance with the policies from time to time approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation bases its granting on the following principles:

Demonstrated need, the likelihood of effectiveness, and the desire to serve others.
Partnerships and collaborations to make the best use of limited resources.
Projects that build on the strengths of the community to respond to the emergent issues and priorities facing our community.
Demonstrated inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity.

b) Eligibility & Criteria

Eligibility for all CVCF Grants

The minimum eligibility requirements for all CVCF grants include:

Registered charities and other qualified donees as defined in the Income Tax Act. In exceptional circumstances, a grant may be given to a qualified donee acting as a Sponsor for a non-profit organization that is not a registered charity but wishes to carry out an activity consistent with CVCF mandates and policies.
Projects and/or activities must occur in the Comox Valley (School District 71) or be of direct benefit to the residents of the Comox Valley.
All applicants also must be in good standing with the Foundation.

Criteria: COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

The following activities/costs are eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants:

  1. Programs and activities intended to enhance “Child Welfare” interpreted in its broadest sense, which could reasonably include support to families with children who are experiencing unemployment, difficulty in accessing food, shelter and/or care due to workplace/school closures, etc.
    2. Programs and activities offered by religious organizations and or churches intended to serve the broader community, especially our most vulnerable citizens
    3. General operating costs to deliver the above referenced programs and activities.

The following activities/costs are not eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants:

  1. Retroactive funding or any project expenses to be incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date
  2. Academic research
  3. Tours or travel outside the community (unless incidental to the project)
  4. Scholarships or bursaries
  5. Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
  6. Political activities as defined by Income Tax Act
  7. The establishment of or addition to endowment funds
  8. Building and/or land acquisition campaigns
  9. Annual fundraising campaigns, form letter requests or telephone campaigns
  10. Operating or capital deficits
  11. For-profit organizations