Program guidelines and criteria

Vancity and its members use finance as a force for change to build a clean and fair world.

The Vancity Community Partnership Program provides grants up to $10,000 from Vancity’s Shared Success to support initiatives that lead to financial empowerment and address climate justice by removing barriers to economic well-being and opportunity.

Focus Area & Project Criteria

Financial Empowerment & Climate Justice

We seek to support organizations that will implement solutions that help underserved communities and local businesses build financial resilience to safeguard against the climate crisis, life’s emergencies, reduce the risk of financial hardship, and withstand financial shocks. We are seeking to support initiatives that will:

Design and deliver economic activities that address the climate transition with a racial equity justice lens, and will enable communities and businesses to build financial resilience, withstand financial shocks and take action on climate change. Examples include:

  • Re-training and upskilling workforces on green initiatives
  • Building networking, workshops, virtual platforms & mentorship programs
  • Creating climate solutions and awareness initiatives for businesses
  • Developing strategies to safeguard against financial shocks

Increase access to safe & stable employment opportunities that will help underserved individuals and communities. Examples include:

  • Providing employment education & training
  • Creating good green stable jobs
  • Building entrepreneurship skills

Improve financial inclusion by increasing access to resources that will financially empower underserved communities– such as financial information, education, and coaching to build financial capability and assets. Examples include:

  • Building assets and human capital (eg. education) to move out of poverty
  • Providing safe and affordable banking access
  • Ensuring fraud and financial abuse protection

Eligibility & Priorities

Priority will be given to initiatives that are led by or will partner with Indigenous, Black, People of Color, Newcomers, Women, Persons with Disabilities or other underserved communities in the planning and delivery of the initiative.

  • Applicants must be based in and serving communities that are located in Vancity’s operating area in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Southern Vancouver Island, Squamish and Alert Bay.
  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit society, registered charity, social enterprise, co-operative, labour union, Indigenous community and/or organization, or local small business
  • Organizations who are a Vancity member will be given priority in the consideration of their application.
  • Sorry, we do not fund sports, health care, tobacco, gaming, or alcohol-related organizations and initiatives

How to Apply

Step 1: Review the program criteria and application form to assess the alignment of your project.

Step 2: Download and complete the application form. If you are unable to complete a written application, please get in touch with us to discuss how else you can apply.

Step 3: E-mail your completed application form to communitypartnerships@vancity.com.

Program FAQ:

How long does it take to review an application?

It can take up to five weeks to review an application once it has been submitted

What are your final reporting requirements for an approved application?

The final report is due 30 days upon the completion of your initiative. Click here for the final report guidelines and template

When are you accepting applications?

The CPP program is open year-round; applications are accepted on an on-going basis

What other partnership funding does Vancity offer organizations?

Lots! Vancity offers a comprehensive suite of tools and services for community focused organizations:

If you have any questions regarding the Community Partnership Program or other community resources at Vancity, you can contact us at communitypartnerships@vancity.com