Special Grants

Update on 2017 Special Grants

Submission dates for the 2017 grant cycle will be announced in late Spring 2017.

The mandate of the Special Grants program is to fund projects and programs that support children, youth (ages 17 and under), and families in the Capital Regional District. Only projects that fall within these objectives will be considered.

Special Grants are awarded annually in the spring. Following receipt of the grant funding and completion of the project or program, applicants are required to submit a final report to the Society.

Please note that the Society reserves the right to share the information contained in an application with other members of the Greater Victoria Funders’ Network, enabling members to jointly determine shared priorities and maximize the effectiveness of funding efforts.


Applications may be submitted by private citizens, schools, and registered charities (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency). In the latter case, the organization’s charitable status must be verified to be in good standing.

If an applicant has previously received a grant, a final report must have been received prior to submission of a new application. Applicants are limited to one submission per granting period.

Charitable Organizations

A CRA registered charity is an organization established and operated for charitable purposes, and must devote its resources to charitable activities. The charity must be resident in Canada, and cannot use its income to benefit its members. For further information contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Sample Projects

Sample project ideas from recent, successful applications include:

  • Crystal View Elementary – $2,500 to complete fundraising efforts for a playground project
  • Burnside Gorge Community Centre – $4,300 to support summer camp programs.
  • Living and Learning Through Loss – $3,500 to support the Good Grief Workshops for children who have suffered loss, presented in School Districts 61, 62 and 63 to youth aged 10 to 18
  • Victoria Conservatory of Music – $20,000 to support the music therapy program for children with critical illness and life-threatening conditions


Applications will be evaluated by CFAX Santas Anonymous Society board and staff members, and a short list of finalists will be invited to interview with the Society’s board of directors.

Interviewees will be requested to prepare and deliver a brief presentation on their projects/programs. Organizations will subsequently be contacted to confirm acceptance or rejection of their applications, and confirmation letters will be sent containing next steps.

Grant Reports

Grant recipients are required to submit final reports to the Society, including related summary statistics and final budget summaries reconciled against the original budgets. Photos and first-person narratives are also appreciated (if possible).

The grant report enables both your organization and the Society to showcase your activities, share successes, and demonstrate accountability to donors, community supporters, and the Canada Revenue Agency. In cases where report information is incomplete, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society reserves the right to conduct an independent internal review of its grant to any agency.