Salt Spring Island Foundation Spring Grants Support Youth Recreation Programs

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $206,000 in grants for local charities, including $97,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. These grants would not be possible without the support of our many generous donors, who share the Foundation’s vision of a healthy and caring community

 Greenwoods Eldercare Society

For a fall prevention and balance improvement program for at-risk seniors.

Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS)

To improve safety and accessibility at the GIFTS building in Ganges, which also is used by several other organizations assisting people with special needs.

Island Women Against Violence (IWAV)

For the development of a three-year strategic plan for 2019 to 2022, which will assist in building the capacity and sustainability of IWAV and enhance its work and provision of services to vulnerable people.

School District #64

  • For the Healthy and Connected School Gardens project, which will develop a Gulf Islands School Garden Calendar and Activity Guide, test-run activities at monthly garden lessons at Salt Spring Elementary and host a teacher and community training event.
  • To create a youth entrepreneurial course at GISS in partnership with Camosun College and the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Rural Accelerator Program. The course will focus on what it takes to start and successfully operate a business or social enterprise.

 Salt Spring Arts Council

For interior and exterior improvements to Mahon Hall, an important heritage building and community asset for ArtCraft and other cultural events and exhibits.

Salt Spring Historical Society

To digitize and thus preserve videotaped interviews of islanders that document the history of Salt Spring Island. The interviews will be made available on a “Salt Spring Characters” website.

Salt Spring Hospice Society

To conduct a needs assessment, engage in a strategic planning process and develop an action plan for community engagement. The society’s goal is to ensure access to compassionate, quality end-of-life care and grief/bereavement support for all who need it.

Salt Spring Island Community Services

For information sessions that will provide more information, tools and strategies for young people and families to assist children and youth to navigate screen time and digital media in healthy ways.

Salt Spring Literacy Society

For the Box of Just Right Books, a collection of high interest books that appeal to reluctant readers. The new books will expand the resources available to tutors who volunteer to help Salt Spring Island children build strong reading skills.

Stqeeye' WOLF Kids Society

For the Xwaaqw’um Coastal and Inland Site Development Planning Project, which aims to restore and enhance the cultural and ecological integrity of Xwaaqw’um, the Quw’utsun village site at Burgoyne Bay.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Joan Nicholson, the Foundation has granted $97,000 to the following youth recreation projects:


  • For new play equipment for the Rainbow Road Pool.
  • To assist with holding summer squash camps for youth aged 8 to 14.

KidSport Greater Victoria

To assist children and youth on Salt Spring Island whose families do not have the financial means to register their children for a season of organized sports.

Little Red Schoolhouse Society

To repaint the Little Red Schoolhouse, a heritage building that serves as a preschool and also hosts community programs for children and families.

Salt Spring Co-operative Preschool Society

For interior repainting and other improvements to the parent-run preschool, which has served many island families over the past 34 years.

Salt Spring Island Community Services

To support new programs for youth and capacity-building for staff and volunteers at the renovated Core Inn building.

Salt Spring Island Conservancy

For the Adventures in Nature programs, which will help children and their parents understand and appreciate the beauty and natural diversity of the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve and Salt Spring Island.

School District #64

  • To provide funding for equipment for the Gulf Islands Secondary.

School (GISS) athletic team programs.

  • To assist in the redevelopment of Phoenix Elementary School playground.
  • To support the GISS rowing team as they compete in the national finals.

Stagecoach Theatre School

For Real Play Productions, a project that brings children and youth together from different schools to create community theatre that builds confidence, mentorship, leadership and team-building skills.

Does your Salt Spring charity have a great project that needs funds? The Foundation’s next grants will be given in fall 2018. If you’d like to know how we can help you as we’ve helped dozens of local charities since 1984, please go to our website at, or call 250-537-8305.