Crisis Assistance

Your Bowen Island Community Foundation administers two funds to assist individuals in crisis:

– Helping Hand Fund –

Every community support leader we speak to has stories of people living on Bowen who face personal and often invisible emergencies. They may be disconnected from social support systems or too shy or proud to reach out for help. To help our support organizations respond to such situations, by augmenting their resources as needed, the Foundation created the Helping Hand Fund.

The Foundation seeded the Helping Hand Fund with a $5,000 major grant in 2012 and since then has been granting $10,000 a year in support.

The Helping Hand is capably administered by a dedicated volunteer committee. In all grant decisions confidentiality is maintained. The Foundation is appreciative of the volunteer committee work of Gary Ander, Marcus Behm, Louise Macintosh, Oydis Dike Nickle, and Amanda Ockeloen and Larry Lunn (BICF Board representatives).

If you, or someone you know, needs a helping hand, please contact for a confidential inquiry.



– Youth At Risk Fund –

There is a need for more support of young people on Bowen Island whose lives and opportunities are being compromised as a result of drug use, trauma, and mental illness. The Bowen Youth at Risk Fund will provide both education for the community and treatment and counseling for young people on Bowen who are looking for assistance in dealing with these issues.

If you, or someone you know, needs assistance, please contact for a confidential inquiry.


– Resiliency Fund –

In times of natural disaster such as fire, earthquake, or pandemic, our small community can experience unprecedented burden. The demand for assistance may far exceed the capabilities of individuals and single organizations. The BICF Resiliency Fund has been established to enable system-wide responses to a crisis. The Foundation has identified three key areas where we think local organizations might help:

  • In the systemic availability of food, hygiene, or other basic needs (excluding housing and income benefits)
  • In providing relevant information to promote resiliency and mitigate fear and confusion
  • In mobilizing citizens to assist their vulnerable neighbours with the challenges they are facing from isolation

The Foundation’s mandate is to raise and grant funds to charitable organizations for their initiatives, including those that will help the community. By carefully defining key priorities and then identifying what each organization can contribute, we can better integrate the community’s response during a crisis.

If your organization can help with a solution, please apply for funding to
Provide the following information:

 – Name of your charitable organization with charitable number
 – Name of charitable partner, if you are not a charitable organization
 – The contact person in your organization
 – A brief description of your community initiative
 – Funding request (with a projected budget)
 – Date that you require the funds


– Economic Community Support Fund –

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350M investment from the Government of Canada to support organizations serving affected populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

$70,000 of these funds have been made available to the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation through the Bowen Island Community Foundation.

The Health Centre Foundation is partnering with local organizations to deliver programs that clearly address a pressing social, mental, or physical well-being need heightened by COVID-19. The programs must be completed and the funds spent by March 31, 2021.

If your organization can provide assistance to Bowen Islanders in need due to COVID-19, please visit the Health Centre website for more information and to download the application.