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$80,000 given to 13 charities in the 2023 Community Grants Cycle!

June 21, 2023

June 16, 2023

The Campbell River Community Foundation gathered in the Grand Foyer at the Museum on Tuesday, June 13th along with representatives from 13 other charities in Campbell River to celebrate the 2023 successful grant applications!  Each organization applied for a grant from the Foundation in the 2023 Spring Community Grant cycle. Funds were granted to support projects ranging from supporting infants and pregnant mothers, food security, seniors, mental health recovery, an educational summer program, an employment skill-building program for unemployed community Peers, and more. 

The Foundation is a registered charity that provides grants to other charities in our community.  Founded in 1992 with a $5000 seed funding investment from the City Council, the Foundation now has over 3.4 million dollars in its Endowment Fund.  This fund is invested, and all earnings are used each year to make grants to organizations in need.  Using Vital Signs, a publication identifying statistics in 13 sectors on our community well-being, the Community Foundation Grant Committee met in early May to review each application and determine which projects would be funded.  The Foundation received 36 applications totalling almost $360,000 in requests. 

The Community Foundation slogan is “Helping People Help Others” and each grant went towards supporting an organization that is helping people in our community.  Further, our slogan also represents that we help our donors to help people, too.

The successful grant organizations and sizes were:

Backpack Buddies for $5,000

Beacon Club Society for $6000

Canadian Red Cross Society $2,500

CR Child Care Society $5,700

CR Family Services $10,000

CR Food Bank $20,800

CR Head Injury Support Society $8,000

CR Hospice Society $3,000

Discovery Passage Aquarium Society $7,500

Mental Health Recovery Partners North Island $4281.67

Quadra Circle Community Connections Society $2,000

The Salvation Army Ocean Crest Community Ministries $3,000

The Community Foundation gives thanks to all the donors in our community that made each of these projects possible. We also thank each organization for applying for the grant – from thinking of a community need and then taking action to advocate for its success through seeking a grant, is a big undertaking.   The 23 unfunded grant applications range in size from $2,000 to $76,000 and are available for donors to view.  The grants committee has vetted each application and each is a project we wish to make possible, with the support of a community member or funder.  Any interested parties, individuals, corporate donors, or others, are encouraged to reach out to the Campbell River Community Foundation Executive Director, Michaela Arruda, at to set up a time to view and make possible even more projects that support Campbell River.  

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