Bowen Island Community Foundation Grants support projects to help build a healthy, resilient community. Since it’s inception, the Foundation has made over $600,000 in grants, scholarships, bursaries and donor-directed funds to our Bowen community.
Our Granting Policy establishes guidelines and eligibility criteria for the distribution of earned income from the Community Impact Fund, all flow-through and endowed funds, and to support a wide range of charitable activities that will improve the quality of life on Bowen Island. The full Granting Policy can be found here.
The five major areas that we support through grants from the Foundation’s endowment funds are:
- arts and culture
- environment and parks
- health and social well-being
- education and youth
Project-based grants in these areas are community self-directed, and should lead to measurable and sustainable impact by:
- being effective and serving as a model for others
- addressing root causes
- meeting identified needs and priorities
- showing evidence of appropriate and local support
- providing realistic plans for longer-term funding, if the project will be ongoing.
To be considered for a Bowen Island Community Foundation grant (except the Neighbourhood Small Grants), applicants:
- must be a registered charity
- must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management
- should demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity
- should demonstrate a commitment to the project through a meaningful contribution of their own human and/or financial resources
- must agree to submit a final report as outlined in the application package.
The Foundation does not award grants to individuals (except the Neighbourhood Small Grants) or businesses, unless they have partnered with a charitable organization.
The grants available are:
- Community Impact Grants
- Neighbourhood Small Grants
- Knick Knack Nook Small Grants Program
- Helping Hand Fund
- First Credit Union Fund
- The Foxglove Fund
- Bowen Youth at Risk Fund
In addition to grants, there are a number of bursaries and scholarships available each year for individuals:
- Aaron Sluggett Memorial Scholarship
- Bowen Island Golf Association Junior Scholarship
- Knick Knack Nook Bursaries for Environmental Sustainability
- Maggie Cumming Legacy Fund Scholarship
- Margaret Witty Bursary Fund
- Bowen Island Community Foundation Trade Scholarship
- Bowen Island Community Foundation Academic Scholarship
- Camp Bowen Bursary
- Kipp Thompson Memorial Bursary