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Nanaimo Vital Fund

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.

Applying organizations must:

  • Be a qualified donee, under the Income Tax Act
  • Currently operate within the geographical boundaries of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 68

Please visit Who We Support for an overview on who can apply for grant consideration.

The Nanaimo Vital Fund supports:

  • Capital projects
  • Pilot projects

Applications for ongoing program delivery and administrative expenses will not be considered.

For complete information on project eligibility, please visit Projects We Support.


Specialized Funds

Throughout the year, grants are awarded from Nanaimo Foundation Donor Advised Funds and a series of smaller funds that address specialized areas. Local organizations are invited to submit projects to our Book of Giving Opportunities publication. This Book of Giving Opportunities helps guide donors in gifting from their Donor Advised Funds held at the Nanaimo Foundation.

For complete submission information, please visit Book of Giving Opportunities.


Nanaimo Vital Fund

– How To Apply

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.

For complete application information, please visit How To Apply.


Nanaimo Vital Fund

– Granting Timeline

Letter of Intent submissions: September 1st – October 31st.

Applicants will be notified approximately 16 weeks after the letter of intent submission deadline.

Application submissions: March 1st – April 30th.

Applicants will be notified approximately 16 weeks after the application submission deadline.


For more information, please contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250.734.3971