Centerm Community Fund

The second application intake period for the Centerm Community Fund is now closed.

The Centerm Community Fund is a $500,000 fund created to benefit the local community benefit as a part of the Centerm Expansion Project. It will be distributed over three years and three intake periods. The fund is designed to support organizations located along the south shore of the Burrard Inlet, where significant construction is taking place over the next few years. 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 significant construction is completed on the Centerm terminal and along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

When can I apply?

The second intake period is now closed.  The third and final intake period will be open from January 5, 2021 to April 2, 2021.

Application periods

2019 Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, November 29 (now closed)
2020 Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, May 1 (now closed)
2021 Tuesday, January 5 – Friday, April 2

Applications have to be received during the intake period to be considered. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting. The Community Investment Committee will be reviewing all applications mid-May.

How to apply?

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.

Applications are done through an online platform. You will be asked to create an ID and upload information about your project.

What kind of projects can receive funding?

Our program investments support three key pillars:

  • Thriving Communities
  • Healthy Environment
  • Education

Thriving communities

We believe being a good neighbour and building community connections is the key to a thriving community. This is why we are always looking for opportunities to support local organizations, programs, and initiatives in our neighbouring communities that enrich the lives of the people who live and work there.

Being a good neighbour

We believe in taking care of our neighbours. Through our community investment program, funding consideration is given to programs that endeavour to enhance the quality of life of people in our neighbouring communities, including:

  • Enabling access to basic needs, such as food and shelter
  • Creating safe neighbourhoods
  • Training opportunities for employment
  • Providing barrier-free opportunities

Fostering community connections

Sponsoring community events allows us to connect with our neighbours and share the work we do as the port authority with the community. Through the community investment program, priority is given to large public events and arts and culture initiatives that focus on

  • Strengthening the local community
  • Providing opportunities for people to connect with one another
  • Providing free or low-cost ways to participate or attend

Healthy environment

As a Canada Port Authority, we are responsible for the stewardship of water, land, habitat, and biodiversity within our jurisdiction. To do this, we regularly collaborate with community groups and environmental organizations to support conservation efforts and address environmental risks of port-related activity.

Through the community investment program, funding consideration will be given to organizations or programs that operate within one or more of the following areas:

  • Air and climate action: air quality, greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation and the use of alternative energy sources
  • Water: water quality, sediment quality and the protection of marine and freshwater ecosystems
  • Land: remediation, restoration and enhancement
  • Biodiversity: enhancing and protecting aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, including species at risk and their habitat


Port activities sustain thousands of jobs across the Lower Mainland. We partner with educational institutions to provide scholarships and bursaries to students furthering a career in port-related disciplines.

At this time, we support four different awards at local educational institutions. Please contact the institutions directly for application information.

Ineligible funding requests

We receive numerous requests for funding each year. Unfortunately, we are not able to support every request. Priority is given to projects and initiatives that serve the communities within close proximity to port operations in our jurisdiction.

Before applying, please review the funding guidelines below to ensure your project or initiative is eligible.

The following organizations and/or activities are not eligible to receive funding through our community investment program:

  • Major capital projects and campaigns
  • Sports teams, athletes, tournaments, equipment or travel costs
  • Parent advisory councils (PACs)
  • Political, lobbyist or religious organizations
  • Fundraising events (golf tournaments and galas)
  • Private events
  • Neighbourhood block parties
  • Individual fundraising efforts
  • Requests for 100% of a project’s budget
  • Exclusive organizations that limit or bar participation on the basis of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation

In specific cases, we fund existing partnerships that fall outside this criteria.

Frequently asked questions

Q: We are not located in the Centerm neighborhoods, are we still allowed to apply?

A: If the initiative you are submitting for funding serves the listed neighbourhoods adjacent to Centerm, then you may still apply.

Q: Do you accept more than one application from the same organization?

A: You may apply for more than one project, however due to the high number of applications we receive, it is unlikely that both applications would be funded.

Q: I didn’t see any application guidelines or eligibility requirements, where do I find out if my organization is eligible?

A: All eligibility guidelines are outlined under the “What kind of projects can receive funding?” section above.

Q: How can I find out the status of my application?

A: The schedule of the application and review process is outlined under the “When can I apply” section. You will receive notification of the committee’s decision within one week of the review meeting.

Q: Can I submit written proposals/letters of support/ etc? And how do I submit them?

A: All supporting documents, budgets, letters of support, etc can be attached to your application through the Benevity application platform.

Q: I’m not applying for money, but an in-kind contribution. Is that allowed?

A: The Centerm Community Fund can only support initiatives through monetary contributions. In-kind applications are ineligible.

Q: Are organizations allowed to apply for multi-year requests?

A: Due to the high volume of applications we receive and the limited term of the Fund, we are unable to accommodate multi-year requests. Successful applicants are welcome to submit an application in future intake periods, however repeat funding is not guaranteed.

Q: Is there a maximum funding amount that organizations can request?

A: While there is no official per application maximum, please bear in mind that we receive a high number or proposals and it is a priority to provide funding for initiatives from every eligible neighbourhood. Typically most approved applications are between $1,000 and $20,000.

Q: Does an organization need to align with all three pillars?

A: Applications do not need to meet all three of the pillars, they can be specialized to only one and still be eligible for funding.

Q: What is the criteria for the thriving community pillar?

A: Please see the section titled “What kind of projects can receive funding?” above.

Q: What is the criteria for the healthy environment pillar?

A: Please see the section titled “What kind of projects can receive funding?” above.

Q: What is the criteria for the education pillar?

A: Please see the section titled “What kind of projects can receive funding?” above.

For questions on the Centerm Community Fund, please contact us at [email protected]