The Blue Mountain Village Foundation (BMVF) is dedicated to awarding grants to charitable organizations in the South Georgian Bay Region whose activities address social gaps in our community. BMVF is committed to enhancing quality of life including the areas of health, education, the arts, the environment, recreation and more.
Support is given in the form of cash grants to provide funding for specific projects that meet the Foundation’s mandate and criteria. Operational costs or salaries will not be considered. Once the application review is complete, the Selection Committee will make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.
The Foundation Selection Committee will review applications twice a year.
Winter Grant Funding - January 2022
Updated criterial and guidelines for submissions have been developed for 2022 in order to reflect the most pressing needs identified in our community and by local social service agencies.
The guidelines include the following:
- Programs must address identified social gaps, service the South Georgian Bay Community, programs should be delivered between March 2022 & February 2023, and financial requests not to exceed $5000.
- Social gaps include:
- Physical and emotional isolation due to COVID-19;
- Gaps in services and supports for seniors;
- Limited access to attainable housing;
- Food insecurity;
- Rise in mental health challenges, particularly anxiety;
- Reduction in access to all forms of health care services;
- Labour shortages across all sectors as well as job losses in employment contexts; and impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic (e.g., performance artists, restaurant workers, etc.)
- Increase in family problems such as domestic abuse.
- All Basic Criteria outlined above must be met for grant applications to be reviewed by the selection committee.
- Programs should address multiple community needs, or can be applicable to multiple social gaps.
- Programs and initiatives should support diversity (e.g., actively support youth, seniors, BIPOC, etc.).
- Programs should demonstrate community or organizational collaboration.
- Programs should demonstrate solid community communications plans.
In order to be eligible to receive a grant from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation the Applicant must:
If this application is required in a different format, please make your request through to the email address below.
- Commit to the preparation of a follow-up report.
- Be prepared to provide volunteers to support BMVF fundraising initiatives during the calendar year.
- Please complete this application form and submit it along with any additional information that you think would be helpful. Submissions not to exceed 10 pages including attachments.
Bob Comish Memorial Scholarship Award
‘The BMVF honoured Bob for his great support with a well-deserved scholarship to local high schools in his name. Bob was a major presence around Blue Mountain and the Blue Mountain Village. He is greatly missed.’ – George Weider, 2017.
In 2001, Bob Comish retired to Blue Mountains with his wife Carol. He joined the team at Blue Mountain and used his exceptional skills as an accomplished lawyer to help achieve the original vision and bring Blue Mountain Village to life! Signature achievements included the formation of the Blue Mountain Village Association and Foundation. Both serve as a strong legacy which supports Village and community partners every single day.
One of Bob’s greatest achievements was laying the foundation to ensure that the Village will be self-sustaining for future generations. He was always interested in the youth of Blue Mountains and he felt the Village would provide excellent employment opportunities for local youth.
“The seeds of today are the flowers of tomorrow. We need to nurture those seeds”, says Carol Comish.
Every September, the Blue Mountain Village Foundation hosts its annual charity golf tournament at Monterra Golf located at the base of Blue Mountain Resort to raise funds to provide grants which are distributed to charitable organizations in south Georgian Bay supporting children, youth and family oriented programs.
The Foundation also provides four $1000 scholarships to recipients graduating from Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Stayner Collegiate Institute, Georgian Bay Community School and Jean Vanier Catholic High School who are planning to continue their post-secondary education. In addition, one $1000 scholarship is provided to a first or second year student at Georgian College, studying at the Barrie or South Georgian Bay campus, in Office Administration, Business, Hospitality or Recreation & Tourism programs.
These scholarships are awarded in honour of the late Mr. Bob Comish. The Blue Mountain Village Foundation feels it is important to assist students who have been part of the resort “family” and that it is important to invest in our future tourism industry leaders. Following Mr. Comish’s lead we will ensure that Blue Mountain Village continues to be a great place to work and play.
Application and Essays to be recieved by April 15th Annually
Applicants must have worked for an employer in Blue Mountain Village and are required to write a five hundred word essay describing that he/she learned from the experience. In addition, the applicant is invited to provide a recommendation that could improve the resort.
Visit here to view and complete application
For additional information about the award, please contact your guidance office or the Blue Mountain Village Foundation by email to the address below.
2020 Marks Our 16th Year!
Since 2004 over $1.61 million raised
Successful part recipients are:
Home Horizon-Barbara Weider House, Hospice Georgian Triangle, GBSS Music Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation, YMCA’s Youth Program, Collingwood Public Libraries Homework Club, My Friend’s House, The Magic of Children’s Art Habitat for Humanity, Craigleith Depot, CNIB, Elephant Thoughts, GBSS Pursuits Program, Beaver Valley Outreach, The Collingwood Children’s Gourmet Club, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Children’s Aid Society, Beaver Valley Community School’s Literacy Program, Collingwood Rowing Club, Ray’s Place Youth Resource Centre, Children’s Aid Society’s Summer Camp Program, The Collingwood Alternative School, The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club.