Sunshine Coast Community Foundations has one grants cycle in the winter/spring of each year. It is a two-step process. On or about February 1st of each year, the Foundation opens a portal to accept Letters of Intent, with a deadline around February 28th. In late March, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application, with a deadline around April 30th. Successful recipients are notified around June 1st.

The Foundation offers two grant streams. This Responsive Community Grants stream offers up to $7,500 for worthwhile community projects. The Intentional Community Grants Stream offers up to $40,000 per year for up to three years for organizations, programs, or projects that address a priority challenge identified in Vital Signs. Visit this page if you are interested in applying for an Intentional community grant. Continue reading if you are interested in applying for a Responsive community grant.

The Foundation occasionally will consider requests for grants for exceptional projects serving populations on the Sunshine Coast that are time-sensitive and cannot wait for the annual community grants cycle. To inquire about this opportunity, please contact [email protected].

Review the General Guidelines, Eligibility and Restrictions before starting.

In 2019, the Foundation launched a new online grants system, powered by Foundant. Once you have reviewed the Guidelines, Eligibility, and Restrictions and believe your organization and project qualify for a grant, start your Letter of Intent here. Take a look at the video tutorials for assistance in navigating the grants management system.

Organizations who received grant in previous years and are invited to submit a full proposal in the current year must complete all Evaluation Reports before submitting their full application. Evaluation forms for grants between 2016 and 2018 are found on the Community Force web site in the folder with your grant application for that year.

Need help writing a compelling grant application? We have an experienced volunteer willing to assist those applying to the Foundation. Contact us for more information.

Looking for other sources of funding? The Sechelt Public Library offers access to Grant Connect, a searchable database of Canadian and US funders. Access Grant Connect on one of the Library's computers.

Other local sources of funding include:

Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Community Forest, Sunshine Coast Health Care Auxiliary, and TELUS.