Spring 2021 Grant Applications

Grants for Non-Profits Community, Learning and Legacy

Grant applications have closed for Spring 2021. If you are curious about the process, view the guides listed here and sign up to our Non-Profit Network Newsletter to receive notice of future granting opportunities. 

Have questions?


Otherwise, you may check the status of your application in the Online Grant Portal for Non-Profits.

The Whistler Community Foundation is proud to offer a number of grant programs for the benefit of nonprofits in the Whistler and Pemberton areas. Grants are divided into three categories: Community, Learning and Legacy. For information on grants look for the related tabs below.

Caring Community Grants

2021 Caring Community Grant Application Guide

Submit applications January 18 – February 19, 2021

Leadership Grants

2021 Leadership Grant Application Guide

Submit applications January 18 – February 19, 2021

Environmental Legacy Fund Grants

2021 Environmental Legacy Fund Grant Application Guide Submit letters of inquiry January 18 – January 29, 2021

Neighbourhood Small Grants logo

Grant Applications are Open Now

What is a Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant?

In preparation for your application, consider the latest information from the BC Government with regards to health and safety.

Responsive 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 still believe this is possible right now, during a pandemic. That’s why we’ve launched a Responsive NSG grant stream that will fund small-scale projects that involve reducing social isolation.

As a local partner organization to Vancouver Foundation, Whistler Community Foundation is assisting in administering the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants Program. Our community coordinator, Claire works and lives in Whistler. And, Claire is the touch point for any questions you may have about this grant.


Wondering what kind of projects are eligible? Visit our Eligibility and FAQ page. Remember that you may ask for $350 to be allocated for honorariums to anyone who contributes skills or knowledge as part of your project, including yourself.


For inspiration, check out some of the past projects from 2020In preparation for your application, consider the latest information from the BC Government with regards to health and safety.


Once you are ready to apply, you can submit your project via our online application.

There is no formal deadline for the spring intake, the application portal will be open until all grant opportunities have been filled.

For more information contact or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

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2020 Neighbourhood Grant Stories

Taluswood Tiny Lending Library

It was a bit tricky to think of a community project that would benefit everyone but still follow safety protocol for Covid. Several neighbours had been discussing the idea of a community lending library. With our public library…

Throwing a Character Curve Ball: Writing Workship

Whistler author Rebecca Wood Barrett presented a free creative writing workshop — writers had the opportunity to come together to focus on an aspect of the writing craft, and do practice writing exercises.

Alta Lake Book Exchange

I’ve always loved finding book exchanges in other communities and decided this summer it was time to put one up in my own neighbourhood on Alta Lake Road in Whistler. I saw the application for Neighbourhood Small Grants in the local paper one night––a deadline the next day…

Investing in a thriving community

Grant stories that you don't want to miss

Bree Thorlakson

Grantee Highlight

Bree Thorlakson has been studying, alongside her duties as the Executive Director for PORCA, in the SFU Non-Profit Management Certificate program since receiving a leadership grant in 2020.

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Grantee Highlight

It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on a year since the world shifted into pandemic mode. Many of us, including the Whistler Multicultural Society, were in the middle of meaningful long term program changes when in-person-life came to a halt. In the case of the society, the Advisory Board had just made the move to officially incorporate with finalized paperwork arriving late January 2020.

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Howe Sound Womens Centre Summer Camp

Grantee Highlight

Expanded to Whistler 4 years ago (and more recently to Pemberton), the HSWC Summer Camp for Girls has become increasingly well attended. But this last year has been different in that more families experienced heightened vulnerability through job loss, health related stress, and pressures from forming relationship bubbles.

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senior on the phone

Grantee Highlight

For some time, Better at Home has been offering a personalized door to door transportation service for seniors and elders living in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The goal of the Better at Home program is in the title. Seniors and elders who need support generally have better outcomes when living at home in their own community.

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Adaptive Skier

Grantee Highlight

Because they were focused on their membership’s health and wellness, Whistler Adaptive took their services online within a week. Physical literacy is one of the main goals of programming at Whistler Adaptive and what they found is that it’s not as hard as one might expect to communicate physical literacy in the online space.

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Work2Live Program Virtual Family Dinner

Grantee Highlight

An Emergency Community Support Fund grant to adapt the Work2Live Program to the “new normal”, gave the co-executive directors the confidence to keep going, and to employ staff.

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