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Grants for community groups


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Three focus areas, two types of grants

Thanks for checking out our grants for community groups. The deadline for applications closed on March 31, 2022. Our next intake for applications opens February 1, 2023 and will run until March 31, 2023.

For our 2023 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 – Next application intake is February 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023.

Review period – April to May 2023. Applications aren't reviewed during the application intake period.

Funding decision – Applicants will be notified of grant decision by email approximately eight weeks after the application intake period ends.

Grant funding is available for initiatives that occur from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.

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

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

  • Organizations with no operating base in B.C.
  • Health and social service organizations (unless program aligns with focus areas)
  • Political parties or candidates, advocacy or special interest groups
  • Sports teams, tournaments or sports equipment
  • School equipment
  • Scholarships, bursaries, and endowments
  • Research and feasibility studies
  • Organizations or projects devoted to political or religious causes
  • Capital campaigns, infrastructure upgrades or maintenance
  • 100% of any project costs
  • Salaries and operating costs: e.g. heating, lighting, rent
  • Expenses incurred prior to the application date
  • Event sponsorships: e.g. charity events, galas, golf tournaments, event tickets, celebrations, and festivals (unless aligned with focus areas)
  • Fundraising events: e.g. school fundraisers, individual or third-party fundraising, special equipment
  • Advertising costs; underwriting TV, film or video
  • Individuals and individual pursuits
  • Travel costs including accommodations or meals
  • In-kind donations of prizing, giveaways or gift baskets
  • In-kind requests for BC Hydro services, materials or equipment including, but not exhaustive:
    • Electrical connections, deferred or free electricity
    • Fleet vehicles
    • Used computers
    • Poles
    • Scrap metal

Step 1 – Select a focus area

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