Victoria Foundation

Connecting people who care with causes that matter®


The Victoria Foundation grants more than a million dollars a month to support hundreds of organizations each year – 366 in 2014 alone. We have a long and valued history of strengthening community wellbeing by investing in people, opportunities and solutions. Building on our connections and knowledge of the non-profit sector, we provide insightful, effective grants to increase the vitality of our communities.

What inspires us is the opportunity to make a difference in virtually every aspect of community life. In 2014, the Victoria Foundation granted $13.3 million, and we have now awarded over $150 million since the Foundation was established in 1936.

Granting Areas

Most of our grants follow recommendations from fund holders to grant to organizations that they wish to support. All of these grant recipients are registered charities in Canada or other qualified organizations under the Income Tax Act. 

Grants are also made to qualified organizations and individuals from provincial scholarship and adoption funds, including from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, the Youth Education Assistance Fund and the Lex Reynolds Adoptions and Permanency Fund.

We also administer grants that eligible organizations can apply for. The Community Grants program is supported by the Vital Victoria Fund and several dozen funds with specific terms that reflect donor intentions. These donors have placed their trust in the Victoria Foundation to carry out their legacy.

Applications to the Community Grants program must address the needs and opportunities identified by the Foundation’s annual community report card, Victoria’s Vital Signs®. Community Grants are reviewed and recommended by volunteer members of the Foundation’s Community Engagement Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Grants are made across five fields of interest:

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage
  • Community Services
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health & Recreation

Community Grant Highlights

2015 Community Grants

Notification letters will be mailed to all applicants the week of December 7th, 2015.  A complete list of all approved grants will be posted below at that time.

In 2014, the Victoria Foundation approved $1,495,972 in Community Grants to 86 qualified organizations in the Capital Region.

Full descriptions of all projects funded in recent years are available below.

2014 Community Grants
2013 Community Grants
2012 Community Grants
2011 Community Grants
2010 Community Grants
2007 - 2011 FASD Action Fund

For information about how to apply for a Community Grant, see our Community Grant Guidelines

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