Donations, Sponsorships & Scholarships

National Aboriginal Day celebration

Monetary and in-kind donations

BC Hydro supports registered charities, registered not-for-profit organizations and First Nations who meet the defined criteria.

Left: BC Hydro is proud to support National Aboriginal Day activities throughout the province.

Watch for an update to our community investment program

BC Hydro is proud to support community-based, non-profit organizations and registered charities. Last year, BC Hydro supported over 380 community-based projects across every region of the province.

Right now, we're updating our community investment program and are not accepting applications at this time. Starting in April, you'll see new funding criteria and a new model for community giving.

Please check back in April 2016 for new program information.

If you've already applied for funding prior to January 15, 2016, you'll receive a response to your application request by the end of February, 2016. If you have any questions, please call 1 877 461 0161.

Donations

Here's a sampling of organizations and events BC Hydro has supported in the past:

  • BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Gathering Our Voices: 2014 Provincial Aboriginal Youth Conference, Vancouver
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council's 2014 Columbia Salmon Festival, Invermere
  • Saulteau First Nation’s Pemmican Days, Moberly Lake
  • 38th Annual BC Elders Gathering, Penticton
  • National Aboriginal Day celebrations, various locations

Scholarships

BC Hydro offers eight $1,500 aboriginal scholarships for B.C. residents who plan to enroll in full-time public post-secondary institutions within Canada, in any field of study.

Read about how BC Hydro helped an aspiring electrical engineer from the Penticton Indian Band

As a memorial to previous aboriginal relations & negotiations manager, Randy Brant, BC Hydro offers one $2,000 scholarship for an aboriginal person. The criterion for awarding this scholarship is a combination of academic achievement and outstanding community involvement.

BC Hydro accepts scholarship applications annually between late January and mid-April. In addition, BC Hydro works with numerous education institutions to award endowment scholarships province-wide.

In 2014, BC Hydro awarded scholarships to students from Lax Kw’alaams, Takla Lake, Taku River Tlingit, St’at’imc, Lytton, Simpcw, Saulteau, Seabird Island and a Métis student.

Sponsorships and other support

In April 2012, BC Hydro provided funding and volunteers to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's regional event in Victoria, where BC Hydro presented the Commission with its Expression of Reconciliation [PDF, 125 KB]. The TRC hosted a National Event in Vancouver in September 2013, where BC Hydro was a major sponsor.

BC Hydro was an official supporter of VANOC's Indigenous Youth Gathering.

Between January 30 and February 14, 2010, First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth, aged 19 to 29, were given the unique opportunity to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympic experience by showcasing their culture through a variety of activities and events, including participation in the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies.

In 2009, BC Hydro became the founding and ongoing sponsor of the BC Achievement Foundation's annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards.

Youth Unity Run at Revelstoke Dam
In May 2013, BC Hydro sponsored the Syilx (ONA) Youth Unity Run