Foundation Grants

The Alberni Valley Community Foundation currently makes grants from the Community Fund once a year. To apply for a grant, registered non-profits are invited to submit an expression of interest by February 28th. Qualifying charities will be notified should the Foundation require further information regarding their application.

Grants are usually in the $500 to $5,000 range.

Areas that the foundation supports are:

  • Arts Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Social Services
  • Environment

The foundation will consider requests from registered charities for;

  • Program-related projects (i.e., specific, time-limited activity or a series of activities designed to meet certain goals)
  • Capital projects, including construction, renovation or equipment purchases.

Among those who have received support from the Foundation are:

School Backpack Program; Meals on Wheels; The Community Arts Council; Kidsport; Art Rave; Special Olympics; Cycle Alberni; ADAPS Youth and family; ACAWS; Abbeyfield; Heritage Place.

Families, organizations, institutions and corporations often choose to establish a Named Fund or indicate a field of interest to which their investment income is directed. Organizations see the added benefit of professional administration guaranteeing a steady return to help with operating costs, programs or a scholarship fund. A representative of the foundation would be pleased to discuss such arrangements with you or your group.

Click here to download Grant Guidelines (Updated Nov 2023)

2020-2022 Grant Recipients

Who Benefits?

The Community

Organizations apply for grants to help fund local projects. The Foundation has established broad and flexible criteria, enabling it to support innovative activities.


People want to be sure their charitable dollars are used wisely, where it can do the most good. Donors may choose to support a favourite cause or they may ask the Foundation to distribute the income from the invested funds.


Contact the Foundation to find out how you, your family, or your organization can help create lasting benefits for our Community.

Alberni Valley Community Foundation
4255 Wallace Street, Port Alberni BC V9Y 3Y6
P: (250) 720-7012  E: