Community Foundation Grants are Open for Applications

The Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation (PQF) has come a long way since its inception, starting with a modest $25,000 and now boasting a Community Fund exceeding $4 million. In 2023 alone, PQF’s Community Foundation Grants program provided a total of $39,480 to 13 local organizations, enabling them to undertake impactful projects that significantly benefited the community.

As we step into 2024, the PQF is thrilled to announce the opening of applications for its annual Community Foundation Grants from February 1 to March 31. This initiative aims to support projects designed to enhance the quality of life for residents within BC School District 69, also known as Oceanside.

Grants ranging up to $4000 are available to organizations registered as charities with the Canada Revenue Agency, or BC Society Not-for-Profits sponsored by a registered charity. To qualify, organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.

Preferred projects align with the Foundation’s goals, and include those that promote volunteer participation, avoid duplicating services provided by other organizations, encourage youth activities, foster cooperation between groups, enhance community self-sufficiency, build on current community strengths, and bring innovative activities to life with the Foundation’s support.

Eligible communities include District #69, which encompasses the area of the east coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from the Lantzville overpass northeast along the coast, to Cook Creek and southeast to Cameron Lake. It includes the communities of Nanoose, Errington, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Dashwood, Horne Lake, Deep Bay and Lasqueti Island.

Organizations or groups seeking funds must showcase a dedicated group of volunteers and efficient resource management. Preference is given to projects that align with the foundation’s vision and goals.

Parksville-Qualicum Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our local communities. With a vision of vibrant communities for all through permanent legacies, PQF builds endowment funds, provides grants to local organizations and fosters community philanthropy. The Foundation consists of various endowed funds established by individuals, families, charitable donations, and corporations—a true community of donors. These funds are pooled, invested, and the generated income is distributed as grants to local charitable organizations, spanning social services, children and youth, environment, culture, and education.

As we invite you to apply for a Community Foundation Grant, we encourage you to let your initiative be the next success story that contributes to the vibrant and thriving communities envisioned by the Parksville-Qualicum Foundation.

Apply for a Community Foundation Grant by March 31, 2024.

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