Grants Advisory Committee

Grants Advisory Committee

Community Engagement Committee members are invited to participate in the grants review process. The Grants Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee, with rotating participation. Our hope is 3 – 4 members from the Community Engagement Committee will participate in each review cycle.


2018 Grants Review Files

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Each year, the Nanaimo Foundation provides grants from our Nanaimo Vital Fund. Applications must be submitted to be considered for a Nanaimo Vital Fund grant. The Nanaimo Foundation has a two-stage application process. The first stage is a Letter of Intent, which consists of a brief proposal to determine basic suitability. The second stage is the submission of a full grant application.

Visit the Nanaimo Foundation Grants webpages for full information on the types of projects we support and the application process.


Members of the Grants Advisory Committee will receive guidance from the Executive Director, Laurie Bienert, and the Grants Director, Tim Mawdsley. All grant reviewers are kept anonymous. The Nanaimo Foundation typically receives 20 – 30 letters of intent per intake.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed from November 1 to December 31

Grant Applications will be reviewed from April 1 to June 30

After each review, recommendations will be made to the Board of Directors for final ratification.


If you are interested in participating in the grants review process, please let Laurie know.


Nanaimo Foundation Granting Cycle


Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission

  • September 1 – October 31


LOI Review

  • November 1 – December 31


LOI Proposals to Board of Directors

  • January board meeting


LOI Notification (accepted/declined to submit a full application)

  • First week of February


Grant Application Submission

  • March 1 – March 31


Grant Applications Review

  • April 1 – June 30


Grant Proposals to Board of Directors

  • July board meeting


Grants Application Notification (accepted/declined)

  • Last week of July


Grants Awarded

  • August