The Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund

Description of donor:

The Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund

Founded in 2013, the Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund (“CFCF”) draws several previously separate foundation-directed funds–including the the Builders’ Trust Fund, the Community Wellness Fund, the Cultural Fund, the Education Fund, the Environment Fund and the Heritage Fund–into one large community fund. This rebalancing gives the Foundation greater flexibility to better respond to a wide range of community funding requests.

Purpose of Fund:

The new CFCF is aimed at promoting the well-being, primarily, of residents living in or near Coquitlam, including for the following charitable purposes:

  • providing care for persons in need and, in particular, for the sick, aged, destitute and helpless; promoting the betterment of underprivileged;
  • disadvantaged or delinquent persons;
  • promoting educational advancement and scientific or medical research for the increase of human knowledge and alleviation of human suffering
  • promoting recreational activities and the conservation of human heritage or natural resources;
  • providing for such cultural, educational; or
  • other charitable purposes as may be desirable and supporting the operations of the Foundation to meet its objectives.

The Foundation may make grants from the Fund to be determined at the sole discretion of its Board. In making grants from the Fund to charitable organizations or individuals, the criteria may include:

*Builders Trust Grant

To foster, promote and increase public appreciation of, and public interest in, the fine arts, the performing arts and the literary arts within the City of Coquitlam, with preference given to support construction, provision, acquisition, improvement or maintenance of an arts facility open to the general public, operated on a not-for-profit basis, located in the City of Coquitlam and designed or used to promote public interest in, and public appreciation of, the fine arts, performing arts or the literary arts or the creation or acquisition of artistic or literary works for public display.

*Community Wellness Grant

To fund projects which encourage community wellness, and to provide funds to charitable organizations for crisis situations to help individuals or families in need and resident within the City of Coquitlam.

*Cultural Grant

To provide funding assistance to organizations for cultural services or multicultural initiatives including theatre, music, dance, library and fine arts.

*Education Grant

To support educational-development programs, enhance programs in arts and science, and/or provide for bursaries and scholarships to post-secondary students residing in Coquitlam.

*Environment Grant

To provide resources for specific projects and programs aimed at enhancing, preserving and protecting the environment.

*Heritage Grant

To help ensure that Coquitlam's heritage is preserved and its contribution to the present is recognized with grants made for physical assets, awareness projects and one-time programs or projects.

Eligibility:

Available to organizations:

  • Who are on the Canada Revenue Agency’s List of Charities
  • Whose activities are of benefit to the residents of Coquitlam
  • Who focus on the following categories:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Education and Literacy
    • Health and Community Wellness
    • Heritage, Historical or Conservation
    • Environment
    • Seniors in need
    • Other priorities set by the board from time to time.

Awards will not necessarily be made in every category every year.

How to apply for this fund:

Each year, between early December and Mid-February, the Coquitlam Foundation accepts applications for its various funds. We will accept applications for this fund at that time through our application process.

How to donate to the fund:

There are several ways you can give to the Foundation. To see all the options click on the following link: Giving Options.

There are two popular ways you can donate to this fund. First, a cheque made payable to the Coquitlam Foundation can be sent to:

c/o 1207 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Include a note that the donation is for the "The Coquitlam Foundation Community Fund". Donations sent this way of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt.

The second way you can donate is through our online donation system, which is provided by Canada Helps, a non-profit organization. Through a fee of 3.5% to cover the cost of the credit card charge Canada Helps will issue you a tax receipt directly for your donations. We thank them for their partnership.