Victoria Foundation

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The Victoria Foundation has a long and valued history of helping, supporting and investing in our region. With our close connections to the non-profit sector, we provide insightful, effective grant distributions to improve the quality of life in our community.

Granting Areas

What inspires us is the opportunity to make a difference in virtually every aspect of community life. Grant priorities are based on the insights acquired through working with hundreds of charitable organizations and researching the annual community report card called Victoria’s Vital Signs®. Improving resources for child care, affordable housing and homelessness are the priorities set by the Board of Directors for the Vital Victoria Fund.

We grant in five key areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact:

  1. Arts, Culture & Heritage
  2. Community Services
  3. Education
  4. Environment
  5. Health & Recreation

Fund holders at the Victoria Foundation make gifts to registered charities throughout Canada. We also manage provincial scholarship and adoptions funds. (See The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, the Youth Education Assistance Fund and The Lex Reynolds Adoptions and Permanency Fund). For our discretionary grant programs, we accept applications from charitable organizations primarily from within the Capital Regional District surrounding Victoria, BC, Canada.

Grant Highlights

In 2014, the Victoria Foundation approved $1,495,972 in Community Grants to 86 non-profit organizations on Vancouver Island.  This brings to over $13.3 million the total amount awarded by the Foundation in 2014 and over $144 million awarded since the Foundation began in 1936.

Community Grants have ties to Victoria’s Vital Signs®, an annual community report card produced by the Victoria Foundation and sponsored by Island Savings Credit Union.  All of the grants have a connection to one or more of the 12 issue areas identified in the report that contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of our community: Arts & Culture, Belonging & Engagement, Economy, Environment, Getting Started, Health & Wellness, Housing, Learning, Safety, Sports & Recreation, Standard of Living, and Transportation.

One theme that emerged from the 2014 applications was the issue of food security. Ten projects were funded in this area for a total of $264,398, including projects to provide meals for vulnerable seniors and children, a project to preserve traditional First Nations food knowledge, and projects to increase the amount of fresh and local produce available at food banks and schools.

A full list and description of all 86 projects funded is available below.

2014 Community Grants

2013 Community Grants

2012 Community Grants

2011 Community Grants

2010 Community Grants

2007 - 2011 FASD Action Fund

Community Grants

Applications are accepted for our community grant program made up of estate funds and two active endowments: the Vital Victoria Fund and the Environment Fund. Many donors also consider the applications before they recommend their fund distributions. Most funds disbursed by the Victoria Foundation are designated by donors for a specific registered Canadian charity.

The Vital Victoria Fund

Distributions from our largest discretionary fund allow us to respond to what the community tells us is important in the annual Victoria’s Vital Signs® report. Up to 50 per cent of the balance of this fund is allocated to board-mandated priorities arising from Vital Signs. The current priorities are for projects that increase childcare space and affordable housing or reduce homelessness.

The Environment Fund

This active endowment fund accepts donations and includes allocations from other estates for environmental projects. It focuses now on initiatives that address climate change in our region.

Community Estate Funds

Estate funds that provide community grants include:

The Goodwill Enterprises Perpetual Trust Fund supports projects that address educational and employment preparation services for adults living with developmental disabilities. Grants from this fund are available to charitable organizations located across Vancouver Island and in Powell River, BC.

Examples of initiatives supported through this fund include:

  • Technology assistance
  • Employment and job training; enhanced community access and integration; and life skills training for adults living with developmental disabilities

The Helen May Noxon Fund provides resources for palliative care, research, equipment purchase and treatment of cancer and heart disease.

Examples of initiatives supported through this fund include:

  • Program evaluation and research
  • Symptom management; research and care enhancement in those living with cancer and heart disease or those requiring palliative care

The Ernest and Hazel Kay Fund for Seniors aims to improve the quality of life of seniors with priority given to programs that benefit needy, frail and vulnerable seniors.

Examples of initiatives supported through this fund include:

  • Volunteer training
  • Social, recreation and leisure opportunities

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Vital People

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Vital People: Habitat Acqusition Trust

Habitat Acquisition Trust works with students throughout the CRD to preserve nature's ecosystems.

Victoria's Vital Signs

2014 Victoria's Vital Signs

Read the 2014 Victoria's Vital Signs® report, our ninth annual check-up of the Greater Victoria region as a place to live, work, play and grow.

Read the 2014 Vital Signs Report»

Vital Youth celebration 2015

On May 13, Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre was buzzing with excitement as we gathered for the year-end celebration of our Vital Youth program.

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