Grants are made to non-for-profit organizations on the Sunshine Coast recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities and must directly benefit the citizens of the Sunshine Coast. Under special circumstances, a group that normally would not qualify for funding may arrange a partnering relationship with a registered charity.
General Granting Guidelines
The concept of community capacity building is the cornerstone of our community grants program.
Grant making for community capacity building occurs when proposals:
- build on the strengths and assets of a community or an organization, rather than on deficiencies and needs.
- include the involvement of several groups in the development and implementation of a project thereby instilling a broad sense of ownership.
- build on existing organizational strength.
- results encourage broad community support and participation.
- demonstrate clear outcomes.
- help create and strengthen community networks among neighbors and/or organizations.
- provide seed funding for initiatives that promote the active involvement of the general community.
- address community opportunities and challenges as outlined in the Foundation’s Vital Signs report.
Our Environmental Grants will be available to assist organizations that are working towards:
- protecting and preserving the habitat and biodiversity for our fragile and unique Sunshine Coast ecosystems.
- protecting and improving the quality of our air, water and soil.
- encouraging stewardship of our private land, water & shorelines
- educating the community on environmental and stewardship issues.
In order to be eligible, the applying organization must:
- be providing services which directly benefit the citizens of the Sunshine Coast
- be a federally registered charity under the Income Tax Act . (Those organizations applying who do not have federal charitable status, please refer to the following documents
- Statement re partnering with a registered charity and Template letter from a registered charity.) make services available without discrimination
- provide all information required pursuant to the Community Grant Letter of Interest 2013 and the Community Grant Evaluation Report 2013.
- demonstrate fiscal and managerial responsibility.
Grants will not be made for:
- academic research
- tours or travel outside the community
- scholarships or bursaries
- activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
- political organizations
- general endowment
- core operating costs
- building campaigns
- operating or capital deficits
Grants available from donor-advised funds administered by the Foundation are not necessarily restricted by these guidelines.