The Campbell River Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with the energy, ideas, and needs of our community. Our endowment fund has grown from $5000 to $2.2 million since 1990. We use the interest from this endowment fund to support non-profit organizations in Campbell River supporting art, culture, education, health, the environment, and youth. All of these community projects help make Campbell River a healthier, more vibrant, and livable community.

UPDATE: Regular Grant Program Will be Revisited in September 2020

The Campbell River Community Foundation (CRCF) wants you to know that, although our very hardworking board is very busy with COVID 19 Relief Fund and the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), they have NOT forgotten the regular grant program and how it important it is to many non-profit organizations in our community.

The Grants Management Committee will be meeting later in the summer to review options to open the regular grant program.  For those organizations who have already submitted an application earlier this year, it is still on file and will be reviewed when the regular grant program opens. We will be in touch with you to let you know opening and closing dates once the plan is determined. 



The Campbell River Community Foundation is dedicated to “Helping People Help Others”. As the coronavirus impacts our world and our community, we are spearheading a COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist local organizations in meeting the needs of others as quickly as possible.

​The Campbell River Community Foundation is allocating $30,000 of its annual community grant funds towards spearheading this initiative. Our goal is to help raise $100,000 that will then be dispersed to registered charities and qualified organizations whose work helps provide relief for those who lives have in some way been impacted by the coronavirus.

​These funds will be raised and distributed as quickly as possible to organizations such as the Campbell River Food Bank, Grassroots and Kind Hearts, and other related community initiatives that combat the effects of COVID-19 in the greater Campbell River Community. All funds distributed will be approved by the Campbell River Community Foundation.

​These funds are dedicated to this cause and will be released on a continuous basis throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to use the resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

​We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do to strengthen our community. We are so proud to be members of this community and to support many volunteer and non-profit organizations who give tirelessly of their time and resources to assist others. We believe our greatest asset is our collective efforts….particularly in times of adversity. Please follow the posted guidelines provided by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

​Any grant applications already received will be kept on file for when we are ready to once again concentrate on our regular grant application process. Please keep checking back for updates.

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Craig Gillis — Chair

on behalf of the Campbell River Community Foundation

“Helping people help others!”

How to Apply for a Grant

Each year, CRCF awards grants to community organizations for specific projects. Applications will open from February 15 to March 31. Grant selection will be complete by April 15 and all applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of their application shortly thereafter. ​Your organization must be a not-for-profit entity and possess a Charitable Registration Number. ​Eligibility criteria is outlined below.

Projects must be completed by November 30th of the year the grant was received. The Foundation requires a written report by December 15th of the year the grant was received. A final report template will be available on the website. ​If you have any questions about your organization’s eligibility or require more information, please feel free to contact us at


Grant Eligibility

The Campbell River Community Foundation is committed to creating a healthy and vibrant community. We engage our donors and area non-profits to create opportunities for all citizens to experience a high quality of life. Since 1997, the Campbell River Community Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to a wide range of registered charities committed to building a better Campbell River. Our grants are made possible through the generosity of community-minded donors. We work closely with our donors to connect them with causes that matter in a variety of areas. Please review the information provided to determine if your organization and your initiative meet our criteria for granting.

Eligible Organizations:

Your organization must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for grants from the Community Foundation:

  • The organization must be located in the Community Foundation’s service area, which is within School District #72’s (Campbell River and Area) boundaries.
  • The organization must be a BC registered Society. Those societies which are not registered charities under the Income tax Act must arrange to apply through an organization that is a registered charity, and which will accept the grant on their behalf. (A charity number must be included in the application)
  • Provide a benefit to the citizens of the geographic area served by the Foundation.
  • Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and effective management
  • Provide all information requested according to the Foundation Grant Making Guidelines.
  • Projects must align with one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).  For more information about the SDG’s please click HERE

NOTE: Applications will not be accepted if they do not have a charity number or if it originates from an individual or for-profit organization

We Do Fund Projects & Programs For…

  • Educational and Training Workshops
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Computer labs
  • When a substantial portion of funding comes from other sources

 Please review past projects to develop a full overview of the ‘types’ of past grants awarded

Special Interest Funds within the Foundation…

  • The Mailman Family Fund

Special Interest Funds Support…

  • For the physically or mentally challenged
  • For children in need due to their family structure for development and education programs
  • Fisheries habitat conservation, enhancement, or creation
  • Restoration of fish species and populations
  • Public education promoting the values of fisheries conservation
  • Promotion of the sport of angling
  • Creation of angling opportunities
  • Priority locations for consideration are located on the lakes, rivers and marine foreshores within the City of Campbell River boundaries.

Our guiding principles…we seek to fund programs and projects that…

  • Provide a direct service to the community
  • Benefit a wide audience
  • Contribute to the betterment of the community
  • Strive to have a lasting impact on our community
  • Involve collaboration and partnerships
  • Build on existing community strengths and assets
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively
  • Leverage funds from other sources

We Do Not Fund Projects & Programs For…

  • Individuals or Businesses
  • Deficits or project expenses incurred prior to application or grant approval
  • Fundraising Activities
  • Endowment Grants
  • Religious organizations or purposes

Example of project categories…

  • Arts & Culture
  • Heritage & Historical
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Community Wellness
  • Environmental
  • Fish Enhancement
  • Youth
  • Seniors

Some of the Grant Recipients from 2019:

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #6

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #5

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #4

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #3

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #2

2019 Grant Photos - Children's Choir pic #1

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #8

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #7

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #6

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #5

2019 Grant Photos - CR Hospice Society PIc #1

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #4

2019 Grant Photos - River City Arts Festival Society #3

2019 Grant Photos - CR Head Injury Support Society Pic #1

We are proud to have supported the great work of so many local organizations in the past. Take a moment to review the list of prior recipients.

  • Sir Winston Churchill

    We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

    - Sir Winston Churchill
  • Kerry & Barry Watchorn

    We have chosen to invest in the Campbell River Community Foundation because it is a way of giving back to the community and a continuing future legacy in which the funds are well managed and not heavy in administration fees. Local organizations in need are well served by this growing Foundation.

    - Kerry & Barry Watchorn