How to Apply for a Grant

Central City Foundation welcomes applications for grant funding from community-led organizations who are dedicated to helping people in Vancouver’s inner city improve their lives. We invest in promising programs that offer innovative solutions to issues such as homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, poverty, food security and access to nutritious food, mental and physical health challenges, addiction and more. Does that sound like your organization? Read more about our funding criteria, and check out where we’re making an impact in the inner city.

Please note that our regular grant cycle is currently on hold so that we can focus on supporting the response to COVID-19. We ask that community organizations with related requests please contact Deanna Wing at

General Funding Guidelines

  • Mission Statement:
    Central City Foundation invests in community-led solutions that help people in the inner city improve their lives
  • Geographic Scope:
    Vancouver’s inner city neighbourhoods
  • Grant Range:
    Maximum allowable grant is $30,000
  • Criteria:
    Preference will be given to organizations that are registered Canadian charities with a federal charitable tax number and are a registered BC Society. Grants are provided for small capital projects, including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases

Areas of Focus for Our Capital Grants

  • Children and Youth:
    We provide capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth in the inner city to overcome poverty, homelessness, food security and lack of access to education or other opportunities
  • Community transformation:
    We provide capital grants to organizations who enhance the inner city through social enterprise and other initiatives that build a stronger community
  • Urgent needs of people in the inner city:
    We provide capital grants to organizations that focus on the day-to-day needs of people in the inner city to assist with basic shelter, food security and support services


Grants will not be awarded to political organizations, for deficit financing, ongoing operating funds, staffing costs, endowment funds, general fundraising campaigns, amateur sports, conferences, workshops or seminars. Grants are not awarded for medical equipment or computers. Organizations may only apply for a grant from the Central City Foundation once a year.

Application Procedure:

  • Call us! Call the Foundation directly at 604.683.2263 to find out if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant
  • Submit a Letter of Intent: If it’s determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline, and September 15th for the November 1st application deadline
  • Submit an application: Upon review of your Letter of Intent, we will ask you to submit an application if your project is deemed suitable. Application deadlines are twice a year on May 1st and November 1st. Please allow three to four weeks after the deadlines for evaluations and adjudication

Please note that submitted materials become the property of the Central City Foundation and that requests for funding typically exceed grant limits.


Download a PDF of our grant application guidelines