Providing cultural, social and athletic opportunities to students since 1977

The Lucy L. Woodsworth Fund provides grants to children of low income families to give them an opportunity to participate in social, cultural and athletic activities outside of the classroom.

The fund considers children’s needs and aspirations in the following areas:

  • Cultural: music, dance, theatre, and arts
  • Social: social and intellectual programs
  • Athletic: athletic fees and equipment

The fund was originally established in 1977 by Grace McInnis in memory of her mother, Lucy Woodsworth, who was known for her compassion and commitment towards children.

A Board of Trustees for the Fund oversees the allocation of grants through applications they receive in accordance with a set of established criteria. The Board meets four times a year (October, December, March and June) at the beginning of each month to review all applications. While there is no deadline for applications, please note that they will be reviewed quarterly at the aforementioned times and all applicants will be informed either way by phone, email or mail as to the status of their application.

Who is eligible?

Students are eligible for financial assistance if the following criteria are met:

1) They are currently attending either an elementary or secondary school (Vancouver only);
2) Financial constraints at home prohibit participation in activities other than what is provided at school;
3) And the application is supported/endorsed by school staff (e.g. a teacher, counselor, administrator) or by staff at a neighbourhood house or community organization.

*Activities not generally eligible for funding are: school or class sponsored programs, outdoor school/camping activities, day camp, counseling/therapy, and academic enrichment programs. However, the Board will consider approving, as funding permits, applications for these types of activities if they address the unique needs of individual children.

**Please note that all grants are funded on a one-time only basis per student.

Application procedure:

Download and complete the application form.

All application forms should be submitted to:

Derik Hyatt, Grant Administrator
604-875-9111 ext 100

or mailed to:

The Lucy L. Woodsworth Fund for Children
c/o The Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses
203-3102 Main St.
Vancouver, B.C.
V5T 3G7

The Lucy L. Woodsworth Fund for Children Board of Trustees:

Board Members

Reno Stradiotto Sara Urbauer
Doug Slight Catherine Thomas
Elizabeth Fleming Heino Nomm
Peter Black Kelly Woods
Rob D. Ferguson Beverly Seed
Nanci Farrell Vandana Nagpal
Julie Baerg  

Interested in making a donation? Read about how The Lucy L. Woodsworth Fund has enriched the lives of countless children and teenagers over the years.

Donations and bequests are welcomed from both individuals and organizations. Donations are tax deductible.