The Comox Valley Community Foundation received 84 applications for Community Enrichment and
Professional Development grants, from 71 distinct local charities and non-profit organizations, with
requests totaling close to $1 million. The needs of the organizations are diverse, ranging from new
programming initiatives, facility and furniture upgrades to transportation requirements, all with a focus
on better serving clients and the community.
“The response to our call for applications was tremendous, but the need is much greater than what we
currently have available,” said Matt Beckett, President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.
“Even though the amount of funding available for 2020 is significantly higher than in previous years, due
to the additional $140,000 made available through Vancouver Foundation’s The Robert & Florence
Filberg Fund, we will not be able to fund all requests.”
“The time spent putting together the applications is appreciated and provides us with an inventory of
local priorities as we work with our donors to target areas of greatest need in our community,” added
Susan Auchterlonie, Executive Director. “We invite interested individuals to contact us to discuss how
your gift may address some of these immediate needs.”
A committee, comprised of CVCF Board members and community members, has started its review of
the applications and will be meeting in November to complete the evaluation process and recommend
applications for funding. Organizations will be informed of the status of their application in December,
with a formal announcement of grant recipients at the Community Enrichment Celebration, scheduled
for January 21, 2020 at the Comox Recreation Centre.
Founded in 1996, the Comox Valley Community Foundation is a public charitable foundation registered
with Canada Revenue Agency. The CVCF works with local families, businesses and organizations to
create endowment funds that support the Comox Valley and its residents forever through grants and
scholarships. Over the past 23 years, the CVCF has awarded more than $2.5 million to over 159 local
non-profits and 180 students. For further information and to learn more about how you can make an
impact, please visit or call 250-338-8444.

Susan Auchterlonie

Executive Director, Comox Valley Community Foundation