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About Granting at VF

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

Our Place Society volunteers

Our Place Society's 400 weekly volunteers help change lives in Greater Victoria. Watch this Vital People segment to learn more...

Victoria's Vital Signs

2013 Victoria's Vital Signs

Read the 2013 Victoria's Vital Signs® report, our eighth annual check-up of the Greater Victoria region as a place to live, work, play and grow.

Read the 2013 Vital Signs Report»

Canadian Mental Health Association, Victoria Branch

Canadian Mental Health Association Victoria will provide skills to manage and support distress, anxiety, or anger and reduce bullying through education and facilitator training. Learn more...

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