2014 Grant Recipients


Group 3At the Annual General Meeting of the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation, cheques totalling $10,250 were presented to 11 Community Groups.   Established in 1999, the Foundation was pleased to celebrate its 15th anniversary by supporting local non-profit groups and helping to build vibrant communities.

Organizations receiving funds were:

  • Oceanside Building Learning Together Society
  • The Parksville and District Historical Society
  • Arrowsmith Search and Rescue
  • The Stroke Recovery Association of BC - Oceanside
  • Qualicum Beach Honours Society
  • Lighthouse Community Center
  • Young Life of Qualicum Beach
  • Errington Preschool Parents Society
  • Haven Society
  • Errington and District Volunteer Fire Department
  • 893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets

The grants came from the Community Fund which is just one of the over 20 funds managed by the Foundation.  With assets of over $2 million invested with the Vancouver Founadtion (Canada's largest Community Foundation) the total impact of dollars returned to community organizations, individuals and educational funds was in excess of $80,000 for the year 2013.   This money comes from the return on investment of the funds held by the Foundation.

2013 Grant Recipients


The Parksville-Qualicum Foundation was pleased to award a total of $14,500 in grants to the following organizations who are helping to build vibrant communities.

Arrowsmith Agricultural Association $1,000 Arrowsmith Agr Assn 640x480
893 Beaufort Squadron Air Cadets $1,000 893 Beaufort Sqad. Air Cadets 640x480
Qualicum Beach Historical & Museum Society $1,000 QB Historical Mus. 640x480
Qualicum Cat Rescue $1,000 QB Cat Rescue 640x480
Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society $5,000 Lighthouse Marine Rescue 640x480
Nicholls Park Revitalization Project $1,500 Nicholls Park Rev. Project 640x480
Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society $1,000 Mid VI Enhancement Soc 640x480
For the Love of Parrots Refuge Society $1,000
Vancouver Island Opera $1,000 Vancouver Isl. Opera Soc. 640x480
Winchelsea Elementary School PAC $1,000 Winchelsea PAC 640x480

Grant Guidelines


District #69 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.

Grants from the Parksville-Qualicum Foundation are awarded on an annual basis in May of each year.  An application form can be downloaded by clicking here. The deadline for applications in any calendar year is March 31, or the last weekday of March.

Grants are made to organizations that are registerd as a charity with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency or to organizations that are sponsored by a registered charity.  Sponsorship will not jeopardize the sponsoring organizations's own eligibility for grants.  Qualifying organizations must have been in operation for at least one year.

All applications are considered on merit and in light of the funds available for distribution.  Due to the limited resources of the Community Fund, in general grants are not allocated to the same organization more than twice within a five year period.

Organizations/groups seeking funds must demonstrate that they have a strong and committed group of volunteers and an effective management of resources.  Grants are awarded for specific defined purposes and for projects covering a specified period of time.

Preference is given to projects that:

  • Promote volunteer participation
  • Do not duplicate services provided by other organizations
  • Promote youth activities
  • Promote cooperation between groups
  • Enhance community self-sufficiency
  • Build on current community strengths to meet locally identified needs
  • Innovative activities that might not happen without the Foundation's support

The following are not normally eligible for grants:

  • Annual fund drives
  • Core operating expenses
  • Building campaigns, however identifiable components of capital projects may be considered
  • Deficit reduction
  • Direct religious activities
  • Institution's statutory programs
  • Individuals
  • Political Activities
  • Travel Costs
  • Regular staff wages or professional fees

For a grant application form please click here.


Grants Overview


2013 Grants Recipients 640x480Through its grants program, the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation supports initiatives designed to improve the quality of life of the residents of its service area.

Grants are made to organizations which are registered as charities with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and that have been in operation for at least one year.  Grants may also be made to groups sponsored by such organizations.

All applications are considered on merit and in light of funds available for distribution. The Board may, at its discretion, set guidelines for the use of funds to reflect its priorities and the changing needs in the community.

Due to the limited resources of the Community Fund, grants are not generally allocated to the same organization more than twice in five years.  Sponsorship of a smaller or newer organization will not jeopardize the sponsoring organization's own eligibility for grants.