New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th!

New Community Fund for Canada’s 150th builds community and encourages participation for the sesquicentennial

A new collaboration for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is providing funds for local registered charities with the aim of bringing people and places together to build community and activate a groundswell of local initiatives, activities, and events.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaboration led by Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the Nanaimo Foundation, which is one of 191 community foundations within its national network. With the support of the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast, this fund will engage Canadians in local projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Fund will be responsive to local priorities and will be accessible to all Canadians, including indigenous peoples, youth, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, and official language minority groups.

“Canada’s 150th is a historic moment with the power to strengthen our communities and our connection to one another,” said Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada. “The collaborative Community Fund for Canada’s 150th will spark thousands of initiatives and activities that bring out the best that Canada has to offer. The Fund will encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that fosters a greater sense of belonging, inclusion, and reconciliation, leaving a lasting legacy for our communities and our country.”

“The Nanaimo Foundation is very excited to participate in this incredible opportunity,” said George Hanson, Grants Director with the Nanaimo Foundation. “Having access to this celebratory fund allows us to double our granting capacity for 2016/17 and allows the foundation to distribute these grants earlier than our usual cycle.”

The Nanaimo Foundation invites registered charities that operate within the geographical boundaries of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District 68 to apply for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Applications will be received from April 15th to May 16th via the Community Foundations of Canada’s website, where they will be reviewed locally, and funds will then be distributed in July 2016. Applicants can apply for up to a maximum of $15,000 towards capital projects that have a completion date by Jan 31st, 2018.

For complete application information, click here or visit to apply.

To find out if your organization qualifies for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, please contact:

Laurie Bienert
Development Officer, Nanaimo Foundation
Email: [email protected] or
Phone: 250.667.4292