Grants for community groups


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Three focus areas, two types of grants

Now accepting applications until March 31, 2017.

For our 2017 grant cycle, we're offering two types of grants to support non-profit organizations and registered charities that are making a difference in their communities.

Our grants are given out in three focus areas:

We have two grants to choose from:

Broad Impact Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for organizations that wish to expand an existing program's reach or to develop a new program across multiple communities in B.C.

Grassroots Grants

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for local community-based programs.

How does it work?

Your organization may be eligible for funding if your program or initiative is aligned with one of the three focus areas.

When planning for your project, please take the time to review all requirements to ensure your application will be eligible. Note that qualification to apply for funding does not guarantee funding support.

Important dates to remember

Application intake period – accepting online applications from February 1 to March 31, 2017

Review period – April 1 to April 28, 2017. Applications are not reviewed during the application intake period.

Funding decision – Applicants will be notified of grant decision by email at the end of April 2017.

Grant funding is available for initiatives that occur from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018

To begin your application process, follow the three steps below.

Step 1 – Select a focus area that best aligns with your program.

Step 2 – Review all of the requirements to ensure your program is eligible.

Step 3 – Select one of our grants.

Please note: Our BC Hydro sponsorship program has changed to ensure alignment with our current business priorities. At this time we're not accepting new sponsorship applications.

Ineligible requests or organizations

The following organizations and/or activities are considered ineligible to receive funding.

Organizations – For-profit businesses, religious organizations, political organizations and candidates, advocacy or special interest groups, third-party fundraising organizations, health and social services organizations, organizations with no operating base in B.C.

Event Sponsorships – Initiatives outside of B.C., networking events, galas, athletics including individuals and sporting teams, golf tournaments, fundraising, in-school programs, field trips and tours.

Expenses – School equipment, salaries, electricity services and equipment, research, academic scholarships, endowments, debt reduction, tickets, travel/accommodation/meals, advertising and promotions.

Projects – Infrastructure upgrades and maintenance, underwriting TV, film and video.

In-kind – Prizes, giveaways, gift baskets, fleet vehicles, electrical costs, used computers and equipment and surplus materials.

Step 1 – Select a focus area

Review the following focus areas and select one that best aligns with your program.