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Community Placemaking Program

The Trust has invested in community gathering spaces for more than a decade, including the outdoor theatre in Parksville. In 2021, we launched the Community Placemaking program to provide nimble access to up to $50,000 for communities to re-imagine everyday spaces.

Our Community Placemaking Program provides up to $50,000 in funding for communities to collaboratively reimagine and revitalize public spaces to create more welcoming, respectful, walkable, safe, healthy and engaging public spaces for everyone, focusing on the design and management of these places. Funding for this program is provided in partnership with 4VI and the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains tourism region, managed by Destination BC, as part of StrongerBC: B.C.’s Economic Plan. 


The program is open to Indigenous communities including Indigenous development corporations, local and regional governments, and not-for-profit organizations. 

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis until the annual funding allocation has been reached. 

How to Apply

Please review the Application Guide (PDF) for information on who can apply, eligible activities and costs, and assessment criteria. 

Please contact Denice Regnier prior to developing your funding application. Denice is available to advise on eligibility and to provide support and insights that will position your project funding application for the highest probability of success. 

Denice Regnier 
Manager, Programs and Corporate Affairs 

For your project to be considered for review, a fully completed funding application must be received that includes the following: 

If available: 

  • Business or feasibility plans 
  • Letters from community partners to demonstrate support and engagement 
  • Quotes received from contractors or consultants 

Funding Decisions

The Manager, Programs and Corporate Affairs conducts an initial review of all applications to ensure completeness of documentation and program eligibility. As part of the due diligence process, applicants may be asked to revisit steps or provide additional information to ensure the completeness and quality of applications. The Manager will make funding recommendations to the CEO based on the program’s assessment criteria. Applicants will typically receive a funding decisions within 15 days.

Project Reporting for Approved Projects

Once approved, we will provide applicants with a funding agreement which will identify payment schedule, project milestones, insurance requirements, and acknowledgement of funds, etc. We expect projects to begin implementation within 90 days of approval and be substantially completed by March 31, 2024.  

We proactively work with the leads of each funded project to meet the reporting and funding milestones in each funding agreement. Funds are disbursed for projects following receipt of supporting invoices and approval of quarterly progress reporting. All reports should be provided in our standardized reporting format, which we will provide to you ahead of reporting milestones.  

In addition to progress reporting, a final report is required for each funded project upon its completion detailing the project’s performance and resulting outcomes. Final reports must provide narrative and quantitative outcomes spanning the following: 

  • Summary of work plan activities that were completed 
  • Details of the project’s outcomes as identified in the final report form; 
  • Lessons learned and next steps 
  • Financial information that accounts for all funding contributions and expenditures for the project 
  • Photography of the project’s construction, the completed infrastructure or equipment in operation, the project’s grand opening, and others to support knowledge sharing and storytelling about the project.

Contact Us

Whether you are conceiving a new project, you’d like advice on other funding programs that partner with the Trust, or if you’re ready to apply for funding, we welcome you calling or emailing us. The earlier the better as we work in true partnership with the projects the Trust invests in and we’re dedicated to supporting you. If you have a funded project and you’re looking to provide a report, we can assist you with that as well. Please contact: 

Denice Regnier
Manager Programs and Corporate Affairs