Richmond charities encouraged to apply for funding

Richmond Community Foundation is calling upon local charities to apply for funding for their 2019 projects.

Last year, the organization gave nearly $60,000 in funding and supported 20 different projects including the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, Family Services of Greater Vancouver and the Richmond Food Security Society. 

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“When making funding decisions, we aim to promote both diversity and inclusivity,” said Julie Halfnights, chair of the foundation’s grants committee in a press release.

“That means supporting projects in a wide range of fields, from arts and culture, to social services, to environmental sustainability. It also means funding initiatives that help build bridges between different parts of the community.”

Any Richmond registered charity can apply for a grant, as long as the project benefits local residents and doesn’t discriminate based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

“We’re proud that, today, the Community Foundation has the financial resources to award large grants,” said Dave Frank, chair of the organization.

“But not all projects require a significant amount of funding to be successful. With our different grant streams, we can provide funding more efficiently, ensuring that every dollar goes to where it’s needed most.”

The three grant streams all cater to a different purpose. Collaboration grants foster partnerships between non-profit organizations. Jump start grants support innovative project ideas that don’t have funding sources. Thirdly, impact grants are for projects that will have a far-reaching community impact.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit a letter of intent by Monday, Oct. 22. Templates for the letters are available online at www.richmondfoundation.org.

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