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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.
  • Direct the funding to a specific program or initiative that aligns with one or more of our focus areas:
  • Be financially stable, have effective management and enough employees or volunteers to successfully execute the program.

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

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.

Step 2 – Ensure your program is eligible for funding

You'll be able to choose your grant after reading the eligibility guidelines.

Available grants

Our two grants are designed to help non-profit organizations and registered charities strengthen B.C. communities in the areas of building the workforce of tomorrow, safety education and smart energy ideas.

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 31, 2023.
  • Grant funding is available for initiatives that occur from May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024.
  • 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 to May 2023. Applications are not 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.

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 31, 2023.

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 or existing 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 31, 2023.

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.