Accessing Squamish Community Foundation Grants and Funds

The Squamish Community Foundation was established to create a legacy of giving in our community. We’re entrusted with managing an ever-growing portfolio of donations, which are contributed from both individual and corporate donors.

We re-invest in Squamish through grant and fund programs that support important community initiatives. In fact, we have distributed more than $250,000 since 2003.

Do you have an initiative you want to see funded? Find everything you need to know about SCF community grants and funds right here.

Annual Grants

Grants are an investment in people, ideas and community. Funded by the income earned from our endowment funds, the Squamish Community Foundation awards grants to eligible organizations focused on causes that improve the lives and wellbeing of Squamish residents.
We accept applications for Annual Grants each year between April 1 and May 31.

What Do We Fund?

Any registered non-profit organization may apply for an Annual Grant. Grants are awarded to projects that benefit the people of the District of Squamish with a focus on the following categories: Health and Social Development, Recreation and Sports  Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, Youth and Families, Environment, or Community Enhancement.

Projects must also comply with the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • Be a registered charity: have a BN/Registration number OR be put forward by non-profit organization with a CRA charitable registration number (BN _____ RR000-)
  • Have a definite purpose and be completed in a specific period of time
  • Include provision for an evaluation and realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage

Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need. We also encourage participation of other organizations in funding projects and may provide matching funds or challenge grants to stimulate increased responses from other sources.

What Don’t We Fund?

Squamish Community Foundation does not provide funding for certain types of projects. Grants are NOT awarded in the following cases:

  • To retire debt or fund projects already completed.
  • To fund religious organizations for direct religious activities
  • To promote activities or support advocacy initiatives
  • To establish or add to endowed funds
  • To be used for annual fund drives for sustaining support
  • To be used towards operating or capital deficits

How are Recipients Determined?

All applications are reviewed by an independent Grant Committee, which is comprised of Squamish community members and chaired by one or more SCF board members. The committee provides a list of recommended recipients to the SCF Board of Directors, which are then voted upon by the board.

Previous Grant Recipients

Last year, the Squamish Community Foundation awarded $15,000 to 8 recipients, enabling them to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. View the full list of grantees and projects here.
If you have received a grant in the past and need to submit your final report, please visit Grant Support.

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Neighbourhood Small Grants

From neighbourhood block parties to community gardens and cultural events, there are many ways to build a thriving community. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is based on a simple, but powerful idea—that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.

The Squamish Community Foundation launched the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in 2017, with the help of the Vancouver Foundation (which pioneered the program). Since then, these grants have funded a variety of activities that nurture our community.
Applications open each year in February, with a deadline of April 6, 2020.

Who qualifies?

This Neighbourhood Small Grants program is open to groups or individuals (of any age), who are not currently a registered charity. We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.
Have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood? Apply for a grant and bring your idea to life!

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Squamish Community Foundation Funds

Thanks to the generous contributions from corporate and individual donors, we are able to offer a range of funds and scholarships that support the arts, health and wellness, recreation, the environment, and education.
Learn more about these funds and how to become a donor here.

Funds Available in Squamish

Smart and Caring Community Fund

Contributing to general charitable purposes within the Squamish community.
Established by the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation with contributions from the Founder’s circle.

Valhalla Environment Fund

Supporting capital projects which benefit the environment.
Established by the owner of Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Murray Sovereign.

Lloyd and Leona Ingraham Fund

Supporting health and social development in Squamish.
Established by Lloyd and Leona Ingraham in 2005.

Realtors Fund

Supporting social development and housing in Squamish.
Established in 2009 with donations from the realtors of Squamish.

Ray Peters Memorial Fund

Supporting community recreation, trail development and Outdoor Leadership.
Established in 2006 in memory of Ray Peters, Squamish resident, whose dedication to the establishment of a trail network throughout the community is revered.

Squamish Terminals Youth and Environment Fund

Supporting children, youth, and families in Squamish.
Established in 2015 by Squamish Terminals Ltd.

Ron Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Annual scholarship of $1000 to a Grade 12 student from the Squamish region who is registered to attend a post-secondary institution to pursue education in Political Science, Business, or Transportation, and has demonstrated service to the community.

Established by Squamish Terminals in memory of Ron Anderson, former Squamish Terminals President and CEO, who lost his battle with cancer in August, 2016. Ron was a dedicated volunteer and was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his long-time commitment to the community.

Music Making Squamish Fund

Supporting musical education and expression in Squamish including activities and events with a focus on inclusivity and diversity.
Established in 2018 by Margaret Fellowes.

Grant Support - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete a final report?

Yes, in order for the SCF to responsibly manage our funds and donor agreements, we require verification of your project and how the grant funds have been applied in accordance with your application. You must submit your report to SCF by March 31st. Organizations who do not submit their final report will not be eligible for future grants.

Is there a funding hold-back?

No, we provide all funds upfront. Annual Grants are confirmed in June with the funds distributed in October.

How do I complete my final report?

The final report for Annual Grants can be found here. For assistance in completing your report, please contact info@squamishfoundation.com.

Do I have to submit a progress report?

No, SCF only requires a final report following completion of the project, and before applying for any future grants. However, we are happy to hear about and celebrate the milestones you wish to share with us.

What if there are changes to my project?

If there are significant project changes which are beyond the scope of your initial application, please contact SCF directly at info@squamishfoundation.com.

Will my organization be listed on the SCF website?

We endeavour to share the work of the SCF and the projects we support both on our website and through other communication channels (e.g. social media). If you would prefer not to be listed or featured, please contact us directly.

The Squamish Community Foundation was established to create a legacy of giving in our community. We’re entrusted with managing an ever-growing portfolio of donations, which are contributed from both individual and corporate donors.

We re-invest in Squamish through grant and fund programs that support important community initiatives. In fact, we have distributed more than $250,000 since 2003.

Annual Grants

Grants are an investment in people, ideas and community. Funded by the income earned from our endowment funds, the Squamish Community Foundation awards grants to eligible organizations focused on causes that improve the lives and wellbeing of Squamish residents.

We accept applications for Annual Grants each year between April 1 and May 31.

What Do We Fund?

Any registered non-profit organization may apply for an Annual Grant. Grants are awarded to projects that benefit the people of the District of Squamish with a focus on the following categories: Health and Social Development, Recreation and Sports  Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, Youth and Families, Environment, or Community Enhancement.

Projects must also comply with the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • Be a registered charity: have a BN/Registration number OR be put forward by non-profit organization with a CRA charitable registration number (BN _____ RR000-)
  • Have a definite purpose and be completed in a specific period of time
  • Include provision for an evaluation and realistic plan for financial viability beyond the pilot stage

Capital projects will be considered if there is a demonstrated need. We also encourage participation of other organizations in funding projects and may provide matching funds or challenge grants to stimulate increased responses from other sources.

What Don’t We Fund?

Squamish Community Foundation does not provide funding for certain types of projects. Grants are NOT awarded in the following cases:

  • To retire debt or fund projects already completed.
  • To fund religious organizations for direct religious activities
  • To promote activities or support advocacy initiatives
  • To establish or add to endowed funds
  • To be used for annual fund drives for sustaining support
  • To be used towards operating or capital deficits

How are Recipients Determined?

All applications are reviewed by an independent Grant Committee, which is comprised of Squamish community members and chaired by one or more SCF board members. The committee provides a list of recommended recipients to the SCF Board of Directors, which are then voted upon by the board.

Previous Grant Recipients

Last year, the Squamish Community Foundation awarded $15,000 to 8 recipients, enabling them to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. View the full list of grantees and projects here.

If you have received a grant in the past and need to submit your final report, please visit Grant Support.

APPLY NOW
COMPLETE YOUR REPORT (Due March 31st)
FAQ

Neighbourhood Small Grants

From neighbourhood block parties to community gardens and cultural events, there are many ways to build a thriving community. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is based on a simple, but powerful idea—that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.

The Squamish Community Foundation launched the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in 2017, with the help of the Vancouver Foundation (which pioneered the program). Since then, these grants have funded a variety of activities that nurture our community.

Applications open each year in February, with a deadline of April 6, 2020

Who qualifies?

This Neighbourhood Small Grants program is open to groups or individuals (of any age), who are not currently a registered charity. We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.

Have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood? Apply for a grant and bring your idea to life!

APPLY NOW
FAQ

Squamish Community Foundation Funds

Thanks to the generous contributions from corporate and individual donors, we are able to offer a range of funds and scholarships that support the arts, health and wellness, recreation, the environment, and education.

Learn more about these funds and how to become a donor here.

Funds Available in Squamish

Smart and Caring Community Fund

Contributing to general charitable purposes within the Squamish community.
Established by the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation with contributions from the Founder’s circle.

Valhalla Environment Fund

Supporting capital projects which benefit the environment.
Established by the owner of Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Murray Sovereign.

Lloyd and Leona Ingraham Fund

Supporting health and social development in Squamish.
Established by Lloyd and Leona Ingraham in 2005.

Realtors Fund

Supporting social development and housing in Squamish.
Established in 2009 with donations from the realtors of Squamish.

Ray Peters Memorial Fund

Supporting community recreation, trail development and Outdoor Leadership.
Established in 2006 in memory of Ray Peters, Squamish resident, whose dedication to the establishment of a trail network throughout the community is revered.

Squamish Terminals Youth and Environment Fund

Supporting children, youth, and families in Squamish.
Established in 2015 by Squamish Terminals Ltd.

Music Making Squamish Fund

Supporting musical education and expression in Squamish including activities and events with a focus on inclusivity and diversity.
Established in 2018 by Margaret Fellowes.

Ron Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Annual scholarship of $1000 to a Grade 12 student from the Squamish region who is registered to attend a post-secondary institution to pursue education in Political Science, Business, or Transportation, and has demonstrated service to the community.
Established by Squamish Terminals in memory of Ron Anderson, former Squamish Terminals President and CEO, who lost his battle with cancer in August, 2016. Ron was a dedicated volunteer and was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his long-time commitment to the community.

Grant Support - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to complete a final report?

Yes, in order for the SCF to responsibly manage our funds and donor agreements, we require verification of your project and how the grant funds have been applied in accordance with your application. You must submit your report to SCF by March 31st. Organizations who do not submit their final report will not be eligible for future grants.

Is there a funding hold-back?

No, we provide all funds upfront. Annual Grants are confirmed in June with the funds distributed in October.

How do I complete my final report?

The final report for Annual Grants can be found here. For assistance in completing your report, please contact info@squamishfoundation.com.

Do I have to submit a progress report?

No, SCF only requires a final report following completion of the project, and before applying for any future grants. However, we are happy to hear about and celebrate the milestones you wish to share with us.

What if there are changes to my project?

If there are significant project changes which are beyond the scope of your initial application, please contact SCF directly at info@squamishfoundation.com.

Will my organization be listed on the SCF website?

We endeavour to share the work of the SCF and the projects we support both on our website and through other communication channels (e.g. social media). If you would prefer not to be listed or featured, please contact us directly.