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Grant Announcement

Discover Nature by Whistler Museum and Archives introduces locals and visitors to the natural spaces and creatures living in the Whistler area.

Grants committees assessed programs to grant over $156K in 2023

Grant applications emphasized wellbeing critical to strengthening community in need ​

The Grants committees and Whistler Community Foundation’s team are excited about the programs and ideas proposed for 2023. New ideas include: the “Healing Through Harvest Garden Coordinator” at Signal Hill Elementary School; “iPads for Parent Communication” at Whistler Children’s Centre Society, and operational grants to AWARE and Stewardship Pemberton.

You can find more Grant awards below, or click the link to read the Pique’s story for more detail.

Over the last 20 years, we have granted over $1.6 million dollars from the endowed Environmental Legacy Fund to support charities who are making a difference with biodiversity, climate action, and invasive species. Below you’ll find the 2003 Pique story about the first granting from the Environmental Legacy Fund.

Caring Community Grants 2023 

Mama Baby Connection, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society, $3,000 

Installation and Completion of Pemberton Trail Map Kiosks, Pemberton Valley Trails Association, $1,710 

Bereavement Counselling and Support, Sea to Sky Hospice Society, $3,300 

Outdoor Multipurpose Room, Whistler Secondary School, $4,000 

Healing Through Harvest Garden Coordinator, Signal Hill Elementary School, $4,590 

Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness Programming, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Líl̓wat7úl Cultural Centre, $4,000 

Artist Sessions, The Point Artist-Run Centre (Arts Whistler), $3,500 

Children and Youth Art Program, The Point Artist-Run Centre (Arts Whistler), $1,200 

Authors in Schools Program, The Whistler Writing Society, $2,000 

Art on the Lake, Arts Whistler, $4,000 

IPads for Parent Communication, Whistler Children’s Centre Society, $1,000 

Leadership Grants 2023 

Shire Built Trail Maintenance Training, Pemberton Valley Trails Association, $700 

Mental Health and Psychological Safety at Work Master Certificate Program, Arts Whistler, $520 

Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager Certificate Program, Pemberton Off Road Cycling Association (Pemberton Valley Trails Association), $855 

Cultivating Safe Spaces “Train the Trainer”, Zero Ceiling Society of Canada, $3,000 

Environmental Grants 2023 

Core Capacity and Program Development Support, AWARE, $20,000 

Core Operational Costs, Stewardship Pemberton, $20,000 

Discover Nature Materials Support, Whistler Museum & Archives, $5,000 

Invasive Species Education, Outreach and Training, Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, $19,500 

Invasive Species Inventory Control & Monitoring, Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, $20,000 

Feasting for Change, Stewardship Pemberton Society, $12,500 

Fungus Among Us, Whistler Naturalists (AWARE), $5,400 

Whistler BioBlitz, Whistler Naturalists (AWARE), $15,000 

Bird Studies, Whistler Naturalists (AWARE), $2,000 

If you want to know more about 2023 Grant Season, scholarships, or how you can help us fund more programs through the power of endowment then contact us at We’d be happy to share more information.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Now Closed

Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people. And a grant means you don’t need to pay back this funding — no matter the outcome. 

For 20 years, Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) has supported ideas that bring people together. We believe the best people to effect change in a community are the ones within it. 

And when we can make money less of an issue in doing so, it allows so many more kinds of ideas to shine. 

As a local partner organization to Vancouver Foundation, Whistler Community Foundation is assisting in administering the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program.