Annual Grant Guidelines

Through its Annual Foundation Grants Program, the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation supports initiatives designed to improve the quality of life of the residents in its communities.

During the COVID-19 health crisis, we will also consider emergency response projects for our Annual Foundation Grants. 

During this time, we will especially consider applications with projects that improve the capacity of homelessness service providers. This would include things like:

  • securing additional accommodation to reduce overcrowding in shelters;
  • purchasing supplies and materials to reduce the risk of transmission, such as personal protective equipment for staff;
  • increasing the frequency of cleaning with disinfectants in high traffic areas;
  • securing sufficient accommodation to quarantine individuals infected;
  • purchasing beds and physical barriers to place between beds in newly purposed facilities; and
  • staff hours to operate these new facilities.

Grants are made to organizations that are registered as a charity with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency or to organizations that are sponsored by a registered charity. 

Sponsorship will not jeopardize the sponsoring organizations’s own eligibility for grants. Qualifying organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.


UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2020

Deadline for applications in any calendar year is typically March 31st, or the last weekday of March.

Eligible Communities 

Annual Foundation Grants are awarded on an annual basis in May of each year to communities within District #69. District #69 encompasses the area of the east coast of Vancouver Island stretching from the Lantzville overpass northeast along the coast to Cook Creek and southeast to Cameron Lake. It includes the communities of Nanoose, Errington, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Dashwood, Horne Lake, Deep Bay and Lasqueti Island.

Preferred Projects:

  • Promote volunteer participation
  • Do not duplicate services provided by other organizations
  • Promote youth activities
  • Promote cooperation between groups
  • Enhance community self-sufficiency
  • Build on current community strengths to meet locally identified needs
  • Innovative activities that might not happen without the Foundation’s support

Projects NOT Eligible:

  • Annual fund drives
  • Core operating expenses
  • Building campaigns, however identifiable components of capital projects may be considered
  • Deficit reduction
  • Direct religious activities
  • Institution’s statutory programs
  • Individuals
  • Political Activities
  • Travel Costs
  • Regular staff wages or professional fees