How Do I Donate?
Every gift to the Prince George Community Foundation is important, regardless of size. Every gift helps enhance the services and opportunities in our community. The Foundation is grateful to receive continuing support from individuals, families, organizations, foundations, businesses and corporations.
The Prince George Community Foundation gratefully accepts the following types of gifts:
Your friends, neighbours, business associates and acquaintances are involved and support the Prince George Community Foundation for many reasons. Some have contributed to the foundation to establish a named endowment to honour their family or business . . . and to show their commitment to our community.
Others have contributed to the Foundation in memory of a special person or event in their life. The donation and endowed fund in their name will act as a legacy of their contribution to our community.
We would be pleased to discuss various options with you regarding a contribution to the Foundation. Opportunities exist for you to designate your gifts to benefit specific projects, organizations or areas of the community for which you have particular interests.Donate Now!
The Prince George Community Foundation offers grants to charitable organizations performing worthwhile projects to enhance the quality of life in the City of Prince George.
Community organizations, which are registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act, are eligible to apply for grants from the Foundation.
Organizations that are not registered charities or qualified donees under the Income Tax Act can be eligible to apply for grants from the Foundation through formalized partnership with an agency that is a registered charity.
The registered charity must: a) agree to having their charitable registration number used on the application, b) accept any flow-through funds on behalf of the applicant, and c) provide a letter from the registered charity stating their agreement to the grant application. The letter MUST be included in the application.
An organization can apply one time per grant cycle. Applicants are eligible for funding for the same program two times in a five year period.
Grants are not made to individuals or businesses
Applicant organizations must demonstrate effective management and fiscal responsibility.
There are two granting cycles per year:
*Regular Grant: Eligible projects that will be completed within 18 months of approval can receive regular grants that range from $500 to $2,500.
*Special Grant: Consideration may be given to support grant requests during any grant cycle for an amount ranging from $2,500. up to $5,000. Applicants are asked to explain their need for funding and to show two or more matching contributors.
*Seed or Development Grant: A grant of up to $1,000. may be considered during any granting cycle for background research or the development of a business plan to support a future grant request.
*Multi-year Grants: Consideration may be given for support of up to three years for a project that is a new venture. Progress reports must be submitted annually (the first within 12 months of approval) Applicants will be asked to attach a 3 year business plan to their application. No grant is to exceed $7,500.
Funding is intended to cover projects that are incremental to an applicant's core operations and are carried out over a specific timeframe. Projects considered for funding will encompass one or more of the following themes:
The Prince George Community Foundation supports a broad range of projects that encompass one of more of the following characteristics:
The Board seeks initiatives which will:
The Prince George Community Foundation Board of Directors may, on occasion, identify a particular focus or target group towards which grants should be directed during any particular grant cycle.
Grant applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
A. Community Focus Factors: 45%
B. Feasibility Factors: 25%
C. Achieving Results: 30%
* In-kind contributions may include contributions of services, materials or equipment but is not generally considered to include volunteer labour unless provided by a third-party organization.
Projects can not be considered eligible if:
The completed Grant Application will define the scope and guidelines of the proposed project.
An electronic submission of the grant application must arrive at the Prince George Community Foundation office by the deadline date (or the closest working day after the deadline date if it falls on a weekend or holiday). Applications received after these deadline dates will be processed with the next cycle. Electronic acknowledgment of receipt will be provided when grant applications have been submitted.
The Grants Committee will carefully review applications and make award recommendations to the Prince George Community Foundation's Board of Directors who in turn make the final decision.
Applicants will be notified soon after adjudication is complete and Grant awards have been finalized.
The Prince George Community Foundation appreciates the opportunity to consider all proposals. The Foundation receives a large number of requests and may regretfully have to decline many commendable proposals. A declination in no way indicates a negative assessment of any organization or proposal, and the Foundation truly hopes that all applicant endeavors are successful. Over subscription to our Grant program speaks to the overwhelming needs of our community and our desire to respond to them in a balanced and equitable manner.
Deadline for Grant applications:
Fall Cycle: October 15th
Spring Cycle: March 15th
The Prince George Community Foundation's grants are comprised of income earned by endowments established by individuals, families, businesses, donor organizations and by fundraising events - such as the annual Citizen of the Year Gala and Golf Tournament.
Flow-through funds may be provided by organizations, agencies, groups, or individuals. These are directed funds that are given for distribution and are not put into an endowment fund.
A donor may choose a favourite charitable organization to support or stipulate the field of interest. The earned income from these funds will be directed to the identified organization without competition.
The treasurer of the Foundation determines the amount of funds that are available for distribution, makes recommendation to the board of directors who authorize the distribution by the grants committee.
Vancouver Foundation – Leadership, Engagement and Development Program (LEAD)
Each year, the Prince George Community Foundation has been pleased to participate in the Vancouver Foundation LEAD program. The objectives of the LEAD Program are to:
For more information on the Vancouver Foundation please visit their website.
Special Discretionary Grants
There may be occasions when the board of directors is petitioned directly or encounters an emergent challenge, issue or problem which requires immediate funding assistance. The board has established a process to address this possibility with its "Special Discretionary Grant".
This grant may be awarded at any time of the operating year with the concurrence of at least two members of the Grants Committee, the President of the Board and the Treasurer.
The maximum amount that can be awarded in this fashion is equivalent to 15% of the total undesignated funds to a maximum of $2500. Applicants for this special funding will have to complete the usual documentation.
For further information or to discuss your program or project email our office.