Eligibility criteria for grants

Our decision to contribute to a particular non-profit organization or charity is based on six main criteria:

  • Relevance. How does your organization impact your community or communities?
  • Capacity building. How does your organization help to support the vitality of your community or communities?
  • Sustainability. How does your organization operate on a self-sustaining model?
  • Involvement. Does your program or initiative create partnership opportunities? (i.e. volunteerism)
  • Accountability. Can you provide measurable results?
  • Profile. How visible are you locally and/or regionally?

Eligible organizations

Canadian organizations requesting funding must:

  • Be a non-profit or registered Canadian charitable organization based in B.C. If you are a Canadian charity, your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charitable number must be provided.
  • Align with our focus areas:
  • Direct the funding to a specific program or initiative.
  • Be financially stable, have effective management and enough employees or volunteers to successfully execute the program.

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.

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.

What you need to know

BC Hydro funds one program or initiative per organization per year.

Application submission details:

  • Online applications will be accepted between February 1 and March 30, 2018.
  • Grant funding is available for initiatives that occur from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019.
  • Please note that qualification to apply for funding does not guarantee funding support.
  • Once you've submitted your application, a confirmation email will be sent. If you do not receive an email, contact us.

Application review period

  • April 2 to April 30, 2018. 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 2018.

Are you eligible?

Due to the large number of requests for funding, we can only support applications that are aligned with our focus areas and eligibility criteria.

If you find that your program and organization is eligible, choose the Grant that applies to your program.  

Step 3 – Choose your grant

Broad Impact Grants

  • Grant funding up to $10,000.
  • Next application intake is February 1 to March 30, 2018.

Supports organizations that wish to expand an existing program's reach or to deliver a new program across multiple communities in B.C.

The organization or program must:

  • Use grant funding to support a specific program or initiative that's sustainable and has a significant impact, or for new program delivery into multiple communities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide measurable outcomes of the initiative's success.
  • Submit stories and photos of the project during or upon completion.

Grassroots Grants

  • Grant funding up to $2,000.
  • Next application intake is February 1 to March 30, 2018.

Supports local community-based programs and initiatives in B.C.

The organization or program must:

  • Use grant funding to support a specific local program or initiative.
  • Build community and strengthen connections.