Career development and career counselling are the broad areas that are central to the Foundation’s interests and we generally focus on youth (between the ages of 12 and 30). In particular, the Foundation is interested in programs and projects that: eliminate barriers to the pursuit and attainment of meaningful work; promote employability; and raise career awareness.
The Community Action Initiative supports community-based projects with a specific focus on addressing mental health and substance use challenges in BC. They also provide funding to help service providers enhance their capacity to serve individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges.
Through its grant program, the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) supports projects which enhance the quality of life of the residents of the Columbia Valley, from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen.
The Youth Get It Community Investment Program supports projects that help youth in your community build a strong financial future, succeed during their school years, and build a sense of belonging to decrease stress and depression.
There are three specific criteria that inform BMO Community Giving decision-making, guiding and influencing how we build capacity, select and work with our community partners, and measure performance: collaboration, learning and innovation.