The Art of the Funding Application

Funding for The Anchorage will come from many sources.

The Anchorage, L’Arche Comox Valley’s third residence for adults with intellectual disabilities, has kicked off its fundraising efforts. There are different funding methods; however, major funding is being sought through the federal and provincial governments, in addition to support from the Comox Valley community and any other interested parties.


“This is an important undertaking for us,” says Hollee Card, Community Leader & Executive Director, L’Arche Comox Valley. “We see how great the need is for housing in the Valley and we know that BC’s housing crisis affects people living with disabilities to a greater degree than many.”  



An Extensive Process 

Requesting funding from the government is an extensive process. It’s the government’s duty to ensure that any funds they extend to L’Arche, or any other charitable organization, will be managed well, deliver the intended results and be a benefit for the community.  


When filing an application for funding, L’Arche is required to describe the organization, provide its history and explain the need for housing like The Anchorage. An explanation must be given regarding L’Arche’s ability to construct, operate and maintain housing like this, the expertise behind the project, detailed drawings, financial numbers and more. 


Credibility also goes a long way. The governments will want to know that L’Arche has the confidence and support of local government and other bodies in the region. For this reason, L’Arche is gathering letters of support that will accompany its applications.  


“We appreciate the application process,” says Hollee. “Due diligence is very important to ensure that public dollars are invested properly.” 



Decades of experience 

L’Arche Comox Valley has years of experience related to the construction, operation and maintenance of housing in the Valley. Jubilee House, L’Arche’s first residence, was opened in 2000. Then in response to an ongoing need, the I Belong Centre Suites and the I Belong Centre, a community hub, were opened in 2017.  


L’Arche continues to work on the finer details related to moving The Anchorage forward. The timing of any decisions made by the government is yet to be determined.  


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