Community Grants

Community Grant Applications Will be Open on April 1st, 2023



Community Grant Applications will open on

April 1st, 2023

The Campbell River Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with the energy, ideas, and needs of our community. Our Endowment Fund has grown from $5000 to $2.2 million since 1990. We use the interest from this endowment fund to support non-profit organizations in Campbell River. All of these community projects help make Campbell River a healthier, more vibrant, and livable community.

Our Community Grants offer the most flexibility to fund emerging priorities and address needs as they change over time, while supporting a range of charitable interests including education, health, children, arts & culture, and our environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how valuable the Community Grants are – allowing us to direct dollars where and when they are needed most.

Click here to see our past grant recipients.

How to Apply for a Grant

The geographic area served by the Campbell River Community Foundation is defined by the boundaries of School District 72 which includes Sayward, Quadra and Cortes Islands, the City of Campbell River and all regional areas within School District 72.

Please note that your organization must be a not-for-profit entity and possess a Charitable Registration Number. ​Eligibility criteria is outlined below. ​If you have any questions about your organization’s eligibility or require more information, please feel free to contact us at

Grant Eligibility

The Campbell River Community Foundation is committed to creating a healthy and vibrant community. We engage our donors and area non-profits to create opportunities for all citizens to experience a high quality of life. Since 1997, the Campbell River Community Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to a wide range of registered charities committed to building a better Campbell River. Our grants are made possible through the generosity of community-minded donors. We work closely with our donors to connect them with causes that matter in a variety of areas. Please review the information provided to determine if your organization and your initiative meet our criteria for granting.

Impact Stories

Eligible Organizations:

Your organization must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for grants from the Community Foundation:

The organization must be located in the Community Foundation’s service area, which is within School District #72’s (Campbell River and Area) boundaries.

Provide all information requested according to the Foundation Grant Making Guidelines.

Provide a benefit to the citizens of the geographic area served by the Foundation.

The organization must be a CRA Registered Charity and the charity number must be included in the application.

Projects must align with one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). For more information about the SDG’s please click HERE.

Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management.


NOTE: Applications will not be accepted if they do not have a charity number or if it originates from an individual or for-profit organization

The Campbell River Community has been really good to us through years of developing our businesses, so it has been really important on a philanthropy level and family morals level, to give back to the community that has always supported you.

Amanda Raleigh

The level of giving, and the level of philanthropy in this community is unbelievable.

Bill Matthews

The Campbell River Community Foundation is an organization that has a lot of professional people in it that manage the funds extremely well and distributes them to the individual organizations that really need them.

Randy Leigh

We have chosen to invest in the Campbell River Community Foundation because it is a way of giving back to the community and a continuing future legacy in which the funds are well managed and not heavy in administration fees. Local organizations in need are well served by this growing Foundation.

Kerry & Barry Watchorn


  • Educational and Training
  • Workshops
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Computer labs
  • When a substantial portion of funding comes from other sources

Please review past projects to develop a full overview of the ‘types’ of past grants awarded

  • The Mailman Family Fund
  • For the physically or mentally challenged
  • For children in need due to their family structure for development and education programs
  • Fisheries habitat conservation, enhancement, or creation
  • Restoration of fish species and populations
  • Public education promoting the values of fisheries conservation
  • Promotion of the sport of angling
  • Creation of angling opportunities
  • Priority locations for consideration are located on the lakes, rivers and marine foreshores within the City of Campbell River boundaries.
  • Provide a direct service to the community
  • Benefit a wide audience
  • Contribute to the betterment of the community
  • Strive to have a lasting impact on our community
  • Involve collaboration and partnerships
  • Build on existing community strengths and assets
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively
  • Leverage funds from other sources
  • Individuals or Businesses
  • Deficits or project expenses incurred prior to application or grant approval
  • Fundraising Activities
  • Endowment Grants
  • Religious organizations or purposes
  • Arts & Culture
  • Heritage & Historical
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Community Wellness
  • Environmental
  • Fish Enhancement
  • Youth
  • Seniors

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