Centerm Community Fund

Organizations located in Downtown Eastside (including Chinatown, Gastown, Railtown), Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, or Grandview-Woodland are invited to submit proposals to receive funding as part of the Centerm Community Fund.

The Centerm Community Fund will contribute $500,000 over three years to local community organizations in the neighbourhoods listed above. Funding comes from the port authority in collaboration with DP World (the operator of Centerm terminal). This fund is one way we’re supporting thriving communities and saying “thank you” to the community for your patience while we undertake significant construction on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. Learn more about the project here.

When can I apply?

There will be three intake periods over the next three years. Please return during an application period to submit your application.

Application periods

2019 Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, November 29
2020 Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, April 3
2021 Tuesday, January 5 – Friday, April 2

Applications must be received during the intake period. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting.

What kind of projects can receive funding?

The Centerm Community Fund will invest in projects that support our three pillars of sustainability:

  1. Community enrichment

We embrace inclusion, diversity, cultural and community activity, and convening local residents to participate in experiences that are authentic to a port city and that enhance our quality of life. Organization and program applicants must support activities that strengthen their local community and provide opportunities for people to connect with one another.

  1. Education and training

We encourage education, awareness and training dedicated to improving access to and quality of educational resources and training opportunities for students in our operating areas. Priority consideration will be given to disciplines that support the operation of the port or related activities, or that are in areas facing skills shortages.

  1. Environmental leadership

We take a holistic approach to protecting and improving air, land and water quality to promote biodiversity and human health through the advancement of knowledge and programs to protect habitat and species in our operating areas.

Organization and program applicants must operate within one or more of the following areas to be considered for funding:

  • Air: Air quality and greenhouse gases
  • Water and sediment: Water quality, sediment quality and the protection of ocean and river ecosystems
  • Land: Brownfield restoration and environmental remediation
  • Habitat: Habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Climate Action: Energy conservation and alternative energy to minimize greenhouse gas emissions

With rare exceptions, the following types of requests are NOT eligible:

  • Arts programs or initiatives
  • Capital campaigns
  • Requests to support activities outside of Canada
  • Travel for organizations, service and/or students clubs, sports teams, etc.
  • 100 per cent of a project’s budget

The following types of organizations are NOT eligible to apply:

  • Political organizations or parties
  • Lobbyist organizations
  • Religious organizations (unless a program is open to and benefits people of all faiths)
  • Individual projects
  • Organizations already funded by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority through our United Way campaign
  • Exclusive organizations that bar participation on the basis of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation
  • Professional athletes, sports teams and recreation programs
  • Organizations not registered with the government as charitable or not-for-profit