Media Release 2018 Call for Grant Applications
For Immediate Release
Whistler, December 11, 2017
2018 Call for Grant Applications: We are seeking to fund projects and programs that build connections, knowledge and a sense of belonging in Whistler.
Information about the Community Foundation of Whistler’s 2018 grant programs is now available on our website:
Growth, Change & Belonging
Once again this year our Vital Signs initiative will help guide and inform the grant programs. Our 2017 Vital Focus report on Growth, Change and Belonging in Whistler took a look at some of the building blocks of belonging in the community. The report is available here: /vital-signs/
In keeping with this theme, the Jill Ackhurst Social Action Grants Program will focus on supporting programs and initiatives that create a feeling of belonging within the community. Building blocks of belonging may include shared experiences, knowing your neighbors, creating authentic interactions, and supporting newcomers to the community.
Also back for a second year are our Environmental Youth Mentorship Grants that connect local youth to learning and mentorships with local environmental organizations. The Foundation offered these grants for the first time in 2017 to great success. Check out this video made by Siri Van Gruen about her experience as a Junior Nature Camp Interpreter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq6BM9Y0g1k
Many of our grant programs, such as the Environmental Legacy Grant Program and the Community Grants Program use a two-stage application process. The process begins with a Letter of Enquiry to the Foundation that outlines a programs desired outcomes, plans and budget. Selected projects are then invited to submit full applications. Letters of Enquiry are due in early February. Local charities are encouraged to review the information and begin planning now for grant applications.
“Our approach to granting focuses on the outcomes for the community. We aim to enhance collaboration and participation in the community and to strengthen the capacity of the local nonprofit sector.”- Carol Coffey, Executive Director.
Our vision is a thriving community!
The Community Foundation of Whistler is the only local opportunity for donors to create a personal legacy that will give back to the community in their name year after year, forever. Donations to an endowment fund are permanently invested and professionally managed. The income generated supports local charities in the form of annual grants. The Foundation currently manages 30 endowment funds covering a broad range of community life.
For more information,
contact: Carol Coffey, Executive Director