- Through its grants program, the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation supports activities in the areas of health and social services, arts and culture, education, conservation and in recreation which benefit the residents of the Saanich Peninsula.
- Grants are made only to organizations which are registered as charities with Canada Revenue Agency and have been in operation for at least one year.
- All applications are considered on merit and in light of funds available for distribution.
- In general, grants are not allocated more than three times in five years.
The Saanich Peninsula encompasses three municipalities, Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney.
Grants from the Foundation’s Community Fund are awarded on an annual basis in the Spring of each year. The value of the grants range between $500 – $3,000 per organization.
Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong and committed volunteer Board of Directors, fiscal responsibility, and effective management of resources.
Grants are awarded for definite purposes and for projects covering a specific period of time.
Preference is given to programmes which promote volunteer participation, and which do not duplicate services provided by other organizations.
The following are not normally eligible for grants:
- annual fund drives
- building campaigns however, small identifiable components of capital projects may be considered
- deficit reduction
- direct religious activities
- institutions’ statutory programmes
- on-going core operating expenses
- political activities
- regular staff wages
The Board of Directors of the Foundation invites representatives of organizations to discuss their projects with them before submitting an application. Applications for consideration must be received by February 28 of each calendar year.
If the organization’s project fits the guidelines, the following should be submitted:
- one signed copy of the completed application form
- 2 additional copies
An on-site visit by the Foundation’s Grants Committee members may be arranged. Alternatively, a representative of the applicant may arrange to make a presentation to the Grants Committee.
Recommendations for grants are presented to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for approval. Organizations will be advised by letter of the Board’s decision. The letter will outline the terms and conditions, and expected evaluation of the grant.
Successful recipient organizations are expected to follow up with an evaluation form within 6 months of receiving grant funds.