Other Funding Opportunities

Finding and securing funding that is relevant to the needs of your community can be challenging. In order to better assist you in developing your healthy community projects and/or programs, we have compiled a list of funding opportunities that might be worth knowing about, along with guides and resources to support your grant writing activities. Explore and let us know if you hear of other opportunities! Click on the "Other" tab for a list of community foundations around BC who may be working in your area. 

Accessibility and Equity

  • Government of Canada Anti-Racism Action Program: Funds distributed to help address barriers to employment, justice, and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities. Next application deadline: December 17, 2019. 
  • Vancity Shared Success Program: Supports social justice and finical inclusion; the environment; organizations working with marginalized people. Applications accepted throughout the year. www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/

Age Friendly

  • New Horizon for Seniors Program: This federal program provides funding for projects that encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities, as well as organizations to make necessary modifications or repairs to their existing facilities, or to purchase/replace equipment and furnishings to enable programs and activities for seniors. Closed for 2019. Next application deadline: 2020 TBD. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-hori...
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Age-friendly Communities: The Age-friendly Communities program assists communities in BC to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors to age in place and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities. Next application deadline: 2020 TBD. https://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/age-friendly-communities.html
  • United Way Community Based Seniors Services Grants: These grants provide funding to community-based seniors services programs which provide exceptional quality-of-life benefits to seniors. The goal of the grants is to help seniors to remain active and engaged in their communities. Next application deadline: January 2020. https://www.uwlm.ca/what-we-do/healthyaging/

Children and Youth

  • KidSport™: Provides assistance to help children participate in local activities. Local chapters have different opportunities and deadlines for applications. http://kidsportcanada.ca/index.php?page=british_columbia_how_to_apply
  • McCreary Youth Action Grants: The YAGs were created to provide BC youth (ages 12-19) from school districts that participated in the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey, the opportunity to deliver a project which aims to improve youth health in their school or community. Special consideration is given to applications within Northern Health area. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://www.mcs.bc.ca/youth_action_grants
  • President's Choice Community Fund: Grants of up to $5,000 to community groups working in healthy school food. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc.html
  • Royal Bank of Canada: Grant programs in areas including sports, mental health, and art. One-time donations for registered non-profits are available, as well as sponsorship of other existing programs. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/apply-for-funding/index.html 
  • UBCM Child are Space Creation Program: The Community Child Care Space Creation Program will provide funding to local governments to create new licensed child care spaces within their own facilities for children aged 0-5, with a focus on spaces for infants and toddlers. A second stream is available to aid local governments in planning activities to develop a community child care space action plan. Next application deadline: November 22, 2019. https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants?grantid=847

Community Development and Resiliency

  • Bank of Montreal (BMO): Supports capacity building for a wide variety of projects. Giving priorities centre around collaboration, innovation, and learning. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://www.bmo.com/home/about/banking/corporate-responsibility/community...
  • Columbia Basin Trust: Provides funding to support efforts of Basin residents to address community challenges and opportunities in the Columbia Basin Trust region. Other local opportunities available on their website. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/basin-plays-training-...
  • Community Gaming Grants: Supports direct services to broader community. Throughout the yea supports arts and culture, sport, PACs, public safety, environment, and human and social services.  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/g...
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Program: The Municipal Asset Management Program enables municipalities to access the data needed to plan effectively. Note that FCM offers partner grants to non-municipal organizations that help FCM implement programs, create resources, or offer training or information-sharing activities related to asset management. https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants?grantid=774
  • Home Depot Foundation Community Grants: Provides registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need. Preference will be given to repair, renovation and/or improvement projects to housing and/or other support facilities (i.e. employment services) for homeless youth given the Foundation’s primary focus on preventing and ending youth homelessness. Applications accepted throughout the year. hhttps://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/corporate-information/our-community/the...
  • Infrastructure Planning Grant Program: Supports Local Governments in projects related to sustainable community infrastructure, such as asset management plans, storm and wastewater management plans, etc. Next application deadline: January 15, 2020. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/grants-....
  • McConnell Foundation: Engages Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society, with a goal of funding projects resulting in sytems change. Funding available to federally registered charities and municipalities. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/granting
  • UBCM Volunteer & Composite Fire Department Training & Equipment. The funding to build the resiliency of volunteer and composite fire departments through the purchase of new or replacement equipment, and to facilitate the delivery of training and exercises. Eligible applicants are all local governments (municipalities and regional districts), First Nations (bands and Treaty First Nations), legally incorporated society-run fire departments that are in good standing, and improvement districts in BC. Next application deadline: November 15, 2019. https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants?grantid=846
  • Vancity: Supports social justice and finical inclusion; the environment; organizations working with marginalized people. Applications are accepted throughout the year. www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/
  • Victoria Foundation Collaboration Grants: If your organiation is working across sectors related to regional change in more than one Vital Signs Issue Area, contact grants@victoriafoundation.bc.ca or 250.381.5532. Funding variable and applications accepted throughout the year. https://victoriafoundation.bc.ca/grants-funding/grants/how-to-apply/ 

Environment

Food Security

Mental Health and Well-being

  • Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC) - Community Action Initiative (CAI) Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Grants: OERC-CAI grants are open for application from municipalities proposing project and initiatives that address substance use-related harms and improve wellness. Projects must include a Regional Health Authority. Next application deadline: November 1, 2019. Funding ranges from $15,000 to $50,000 per community. https://communityactioninitiative.ca/grants-training/oerc-cai-stream-gra...

Health Research

Housing

  • Home Depot Foundation: Provides Community Grants to registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement. https://corporate.homedepot.com/community/home-depot-foundation-grants
  • UBCM: The Housing Needs Reports program supports local governments in undertaking housing needs reports in order to meet provincial requirements. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing (MMAH) has confirmed $5 million over three years for this program; total funding request for each regional project cannot exceed $150,000. All local governments in BC (municipalities, regional districts, and the Islands Trust) are eligible to apply. Next application deadline: November 29, 2019. https://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/housing-needs-report-program.html

Indigenous Communities

  • Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk: This fund supports Indigenous organizations and communities across Canada in building their ability to participate in the protection and recovery of species at risk, preventing species from becoming a conservation concern, and recovering and protecting important habitat on Indigenous lands and waters. The next calls for proposals will be Fall 2019. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environment...
  • BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program: First Nations Governments and Indigenous Friendship/Cultural Centres are eligible for support to take innovative and inspiring approaches to actively engage young people in arts and culture as participants, makers, or audiences. Next application deadline: January 15, 2020. https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program/youth-engagement-program/
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture Indigenous Agriculture Development Fund: Provides up funding for a Qualified Business Consultant(s) to complete a feasibility assessment of agriculture, agri-food development options, and/or specialized agri-business planning functions. Technical workshops are also eligible. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs...
  • BC Government Knowledge Transfer Program: Indigenous governments, communities and groups are eligible for up to $5,000 for events which facilitate knowledge and technical transfer to strategically support B.C.’s foodproducers and processors to innovate and adapt to changing environmental, production, and market conditions. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs...
  • Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation: Supplies grants to individuals and small groups with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders in the First Nation community through sport and cultural activities. Applications accepted throughout the year. www.dcfund.ca/
  • First Citizens Fund - Friendship Centre program. This funding is to assist with each Friendship Centres’ range of social, recreational and cultural programming delivered to Indigenous people living in urban areas. Up to $20,160 is available for each Friendship Centre to meet these goals. Next funding application deadling will be in 2020. https://bcaafc.com/member-services/provincial-capacity-funding/
  • First Nations Adapt Program: This federal program supports First Nation communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.  It prioritizes communities most impacted by sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road failures. Applications are accepted throughout the year. https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1481305681144/1481305709311
  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Mental Health and Wellness Fund: Funding supports Nations and aggregations of First Nations to come together to plan, design and deliver a full continuum of culture and strength-based mental health and wellness services, including prevention and early intervention, over two years. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://www.fnha.ca/about/work-with-us/funding-opportunities
  • FNHA Our Community, Our Water Grant: To help protect and celebrate the importance of water, particularly drinking water, in your community, the First Nations Health Authority Drinking Water Safety Program would like to invite First Nations communities in BC to submit a proposal for a community water awareness day event. Applications accepted on a rolling basis; the event must take place before March 31, 2020. http://www.fnha.ca/newsContent/Documents/FNHA-Our-Community-Our-Water-Gr...
  • First Nation-Municipal Collaboration Program: Cando (the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are partnering to offer the First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI). CEDI supports First Nations and adjacent municipalities in the development and implementation of joint community economic development or land use initiatives while building a resilient, sustainable partnership. https://fcm.ca/en/news-media/announcement/call-applications-first-nation...
  • Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation Business Equity and New Relationship Trust Programs: Funding available to develop Indigenous community and individually owned businesses. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://tacc.ca/funding/
  • UBCM Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training: This funding stream is to support eligible applicants to provide emergency management personnel with cultural safety and humility training in order to more effectively partner with and provide assistance to Indigenous communities during times of emergency. Next application deadline: December 13, 2019. https://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/lgps/community-emergency-preparednes...

Physical Activity and Recreation

  • BC Ferries Sport Experience: Ferry vouchers for eligible sports organizations. Application must be received 12 days before travel date. https://www.viasport.ca/grant/bc-ferries-sport-experience-program
  • BikeBC: The Province of B.C. is cost-sharing cycling infrastructure projects of up to 50% of the total eligible project costs with local government through the BikeBC program. Next application intake will take place Fall 2019. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/funding-engagement-per...
  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Gender Equity in Sports Grant: Funding between $2,500-$15,000 available to organizations working to increase participation and retention of women and girls into sports in Canada. Next application deadline: December 15, 2019. https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/grants?grantid=856
  • Columbia Basin Trust: Provides funding for organizations to either host or to send members to an accredited training course to become a certified coach or official or enhance coach or official development. Other local funding opportunities available on their website. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/basin-plays-training-...
  • KidSport™: Provides assistance to help children participate in local activities. Local chapters have different opportunities and deadlines for applications. http://kidsportcanada.ca/index.php?
  • ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge: Organizations can register events and programs and apply for a grant between $250 - $1,000 to help them promote physical activity. Communities which log the most Physical Activity minutes are eligible to win title of "Canada's Most Active Community" and further funding. Next application opens February 2020. https://www.principals.ca/en/opc-resources/resources/Documents/Grant-Pro...
  • Physical Literacy for Communities - BC Initiative: Supporting up to 27 communities to improve the development of physical literacy in British Columbia, which leads to increased physical activity, positively impacting health and well-being. Provides targeted funding of up to $50,000 for two years; see pre-application webinar for more information. Next application deadline: January 31, 2020. http://physicalliteracy.ca/physical-literacy-for-communities-british-col...
  • ViaSport: Indigenous Youth Sport Legacy Fund: Assists amateur athletes of Indigenous ancestry, including athletes with a disability or disabilities, in their pursuit of excellence in sport. Next application deadline: February 2020. https://www.viasport.ca/grant/Indigenous-youth-sport-legacy-fund

Other 

Grantwriting Resources

  • Greater Victoria Community Funders’ Network Grant Writing Handbook: This Handbook is intended to provide information that you may find useful as you prepare grant applications. There are many other grant and proposal writing tips that could be shared, but the goal in creating this Handbook is to respond to some common questions asked by grant writers and to provide basic examples of application questions, answers, and budgets. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/careers/about-the-bc-public-service/co...
  • First Peoples' Grant Writting Handbook: Information and ‘quick tips’have been compiled to support First Nations Communities in applying for grants. The goal in creating this handbook is to respond to some common questions and to get you started by showing you some basic grant writing examples. http://www.fpcc.ca/files/PDF/grant-writing-handbook.pdf
  • Northern Development Grant Writing Support: The Grant Writing Support program provides annual grant funding to support a grant writing position in a local government or First Nation band within the Trust’s service region https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/funding-programs/capacity-building...