Island Savings

Community Grants


At Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, we aim to enhance our communities for children and families. What better way to do that than by supporting community programs. We are giving out a $50,000 grant to one organization to further a community-focused project, program or initiative. This grant is one of three that First West is distributing to support organizations in the regions it serves—$150,000 distributed in support of Canada 150.

Does your non-profit organization or charity have a community project, program or other initiative that benefits our future generations and strengthens community bonds? If so, we want to help. Tell us how your organization could benefit from $50,000.

When completing your application form, please be sure to answer these questions:

  • What is the project, program or initiative?
  • Who will it benefit?
  • How will $50,000 help you achieve success?
  • Is your project in development, in progress, or already completed?
  • What other organizations are involved on this project?

Please include photos (and video, if applicable) with your application.


Completed application forms can be emailed to:;

or mailed to:
First West Credit Union
Attn:Susan Byrom
6470 201 Street
Langley, BC V2Y 2X4


Application Guidelines

  • Community projects must benefit children and families.
  • Non-profit organizations must be registered with the BC Societies Act or CRA.
  • Community projects must be located in a community where Island Savings operates: Brentwood, Chemanius, Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Mill Bay, Nanaimo, Pender Island, Salt Spring, and Victoria.
  • The winning organization must be available at a mutually convenient time to participate in a media and / or community presentation.

Dates & Deadlines

April 13-May 25: Submit your application via email to Tell us how your organization could benefit from $50,000.

May 29-June 23:Public voting period on eligible grant applications. Rally your friends, family and greater community and encourage them to vote for your proposed project, program or other initiative. The 10 organizations that receive the most votes will be reviewed by a First West selection committee. Public voting will take place via our community partner, Volinspire.

June 29: The winning organizations will be announced—just in time to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!


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I missed the May 25 deadline to submit a grant application, am I still able to apply?
Absolutely! If you would like to submit a program or initiative that is benefitting your community, please complete the application form and submit it by email. Please keep in mind that public voting may have already started and you will really need to rally your friends, family and community to vote for your project.

Our non-profit or charitable organization has a short video that explains our project, program or initiative. Are we able to submit this along with our application?
Of course! If you have any supporting videos or photos that help to explain your project and the community impact, we would love to see them. Please attach them to the email when you submit the application or include a link where the images or video can be viewed online.

What happens after I submit my nomination?
All eligible grant nominations will be available for public voting, beginning on May 29 via our community partner Volinspire. Rally your friends, family and greater community and encourage them to vote for your proposed project, program or other initiative. The 10 organizations that receive the most votes by June 23 will be reviewed by a First West selection committee. The winning organization will be announced on June 29.

Can I submit more than one nomination?
Yes! We encourage you to submit applications for all programs or initiatives that benefit our future generations and strengthen our community bonds.

Who can I call to find out if my nomination is going to be selected?
Waiting to find out if your nomination has been selected can be tough. However with the high volume of nominations submitted, we are unfortunately unable to recognize every organization for the contributions they’re making in our community.

We appreciate each and every application, and are so inspired by these stories, that we will be doing what we can to showcase the great contributions of all organizations.

I want to share #SimpleGenerosity with a non-profit or charitable organization that might be interested. What’s the best way to do that?
That’s great news! We’re excited that you’re excited about the community grant program. Share #SimpleGenerosity with others in one of several ways:

  1. Send them the link to the program details on our website.
  2. Ask any of our in-branch team members for program information. They’ll point you in the right direction.
  3. Direct them to our #SimpleGenerosity page on Volinspire.


Thank you for inspiring us!


Thank you to our partner in #SimpleGenerosity.