Community Investment Program

Community Investment Program

The Community Investment Program (CIP) provides assistance to not-for-profit organizations to enhance their ability to provide programs, services or activities that benefit the citizens of Port Alberni.  The registered mandate of organizations applying for assistance must fall under one of the following sectors: community services, multicultural, or recreation/amateur sport. Established in 2011, the the CIP replaces the former Grants in Aid Program.


Community Investment Program 

How do I Apply for the 2019 Grant year?

The deadline for 2019 Community Investment Program grant applications has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted. 

Application notes:

  • The online application form will require fields to be completed before you can move to subsequent pages.
  • The application form requires two attachments in order to submit the online form (See 1 and 2 below) – please have both documents saved on the computer you’re submitting your application from for easy attachment to your online application:
  1.  Funding Request Budget (template below)
  2. A list of your Board of Directors/Planning Committee (template below)

 Orientation Workshops are not required for the 2019 grant cycle.

The Application Deadline is November 1, 2018. 


Timeline for 2019 - C.I.P.

Funding Request Budget Template

Board of Director/Planning Committee Template

2018 Final Report

Any groups who received a grant in the current (2018) cycle:  2019 grants will not be awarded until your 2018 Final Report has been completed

Link to the 2018 Final Report:

How is the C.I.P. Funded?

Council’s Five Year Financial Plan establishes the amount to be funded annually through this Program by way of In-Kind Services and Community Development Grants.  In-Kind Services includes:  staff time; waiving of fees (Sewer, water, garbage, sweeper, etc.); rental fees; use of equipment (tents, barricades, etc.); land use (road closures); bus and recreation passes.  Community Development Grants are cash grants.

Who determines how the funding is awarded?

The Community Investment Program Committee appointed by Council annually will review applications and make recommendations to Council. 


The Applicant must:

  • Be eligible to become a registered not-for-profit organization.
  • Provide direct on-going programs and services that improve quality of life for residents of the City of Port Alberni.
  • Merit public funding by addressing the Community Investment Program Priorities and Guidelines.
  • Not duplicate the activities of other Applicants or other government supported organizations.
  • Have open memberships except for valid program factors (e.g. age)
  • Use the grant to meet the Applicant’s mandate as outlined in its constitutional documents.
  • Partnerships and the ability to leverage additional funds will be taken into account.
  • Not use the grant for capital purposes, including but not restricted to, the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities.
  • Not use the grant, directly or indirectly, to further a profit venture.
  • Submit application and required documents by the deadline.
  • Applications of a valley wide/regional nature will be referred to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District for its consideration.
  • Only applications from local organizations demonstrating to the satisfaction, that the benefits to be derived from the grant will accrue primarily to the local community and its citizens will be considered, i.e. the funds will not be sent outside the municipality of part of a provincial, national or international effort.
  • A member from the organization has attended the “Community Investment Program” Application Workshop.
  • Successful applicants must indicate on all promotional materials associated with the program/project “Funding support provided by the City of Port Alberni”

Awards will be based in part, on how well the organization meets the following Program Priorities and Guidelines. 

What factors does the Community Investment Program Committee consider?

Organizations contributing to making Port Alberni a vibrant, connected, engaged and welcoming community by providing residents with opportunities to connect, interact and become integrated through social, recreational and cultural programs and activities by:

  • Actively seeking to connect residents and build community by providing opportunities for interaction and integration, including promoting volunteer participation and citizen involvement;
  • Meeting the needs of residents by making their programs and activities more accessible and affordable and by providing and/or adapting programs and services to address barriers to participation.  Barriers to participation may include: gender, ethnicity, culture, faith, age, literacy, language, abilities, and income;
  • Using new approaches and techniques to address community needs;
  • Contributing to the celebration of life in Port Alberni;
  • Promoting healthy living through sport, recreation, leisure and social opportunities;
  • Celebrating community pride and the multi-faceted heritage and culture of Port Alberni’s diverse community through city wide festivals;
  • Contributing to making Port Alberni a caring, safe, healthy, sustainable, inclusive and affordable community where all people, including vulnerable populations, have opportunities to achieve their aspirations and feel a sense of belonging;
  • Benefiting the community through enriching the diversity of opportunities for residents and addressing identified community needs, trends and issues;
  • Benefiting individuals through providing participants and volunteers with opportunities to develop themselves, and by providing them with opportunities to acquire or enhance their skills and abilities;
  • Contributing to social sustainability by practicing fiscal responsibility and good management, including strategic planning, innovative capacity building strategies, and developing community leaders.


For more information, please contact
Willa Thorpe
Director of Parks, Recreation and Heritage

Echo '67 Community Centre, 4255 Wallace Street
Port Alberni BC V9Y 3Y6

250 720-2506