Other Funding Opportunities

Looking for information on our current grant streams for local governments? Visit the PlanH 2020 Grants page.

Finding and securing funding that is relevant to the needs of your local government 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

Age Friendly

  • Check back soon or email grants@planh.bc if you know of a grant opportunity not on this list!

Children and Youth

Chronic Disease Prevention

  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease: Supports multi-sectoral approaches to addressing coplex social issues suc as childhood obesity and other chronic disease. Letters of Intent currently PAUSED as of January 6, 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/funding-opportunities/mu...

Community Development and Resiliency (including COVID-19)

Environment

  • 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 early 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environment...
  • BC Clean Energy Projects: This document is an overview of funding opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy projects for Local Governments and First Nations in British Columbia. It is up to date as of November, 2019. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry...
  • BC Hydro Community and Energy Efficiency Plan support: May fund up to 50% of creation of Community Energy Efficiency Plan for communities to to plan for long-term energy efficiency. Apply for the QuickStart program throughout the year: https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/business/programs/sustainable-communi...
  • BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP): Local government who have already signed the BC Climate Action Charter are eligible for funding equal to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly to support local government operations. Claims processed throughout the year. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/grants-...
  • Environment Canada Environmental Damages Fund: The EDF provides a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment, following the Polluter Pays Principle. Awards are used to fund projects that focus on environmental restoration, environmental quality improvement, research and development, and education and awareness. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environment...
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program: Grants to help municipalities and partners working on climate change initiatives. Applications accepted throughout the year until 2022. https://fcm.ca/en/programs/municipalities-climate-innovation-program. Fund opens May 15, 2020. https://fcm.ca/en/programs/green-municipal-fund/sustainable-affordable-h...
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Affordable Housing: Funding available towards retrofitting existing affordable housing units or constructing new energy efficient builds to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Community Efficiency Financing: Funding available for municipal programs that finance energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy in residents’ homes (existing low-rise residential housing). This funding is to capitalize new and existing innovative efficiency financing programs. Next application deadline: June 30, 2020. https://fcm.ca/en/funding/gmf/community-efficiency-financing-new-existin...
  • Habitat Conservation Trust Fund: Enhancement & Restoration grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. Next application opens Fall 2020. https://hctf.ca/grants/enhancement-grants/#overview
  • Infrastructure Canada’s Funding Program: A variety of funds available for infrastructure to support public transit, clean water, climate innovations, municipal assets, etc. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/programs-infc-summary-eng.html
  • Investors Group Community Investment Program: Supports the following: arts and culture; education and youth; environment; health; social services; and amateur sport. Applications accepted throughout the year. http://www.investorsgroup.com/en/who-we-are/in-the-community/requesting-...

Food Security and Agriculture

Mental Health and Well-being

  • Check back soon or email grants@planh.bc if you know of a grant opportunity not on this list!

Health Research

Housing

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 early 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environment...
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative: The objective of this initiative is to build Indigenous People's capacity to participate in the agriculture sector; funding to multi-projects is possible, and projects will not normally exceed $500,000 per project. Project must benefit and take place in an Indigenous community. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2022. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/indigenous-a...
  • 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 Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources Community Clean Energy Branch: This guide is a living document with funding opportunities for clean energy projects led by First Nations. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry...
  • 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 open May 2020 // DELAYED. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs...
  • Canadian Heritage (Government of Canada) Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools: Band or Tribal councils, Indigenous community groups, friendship centres, public library and other organizations are eligible for grant to increase awareness and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour residential school survivors and their families. Next application deadline: May 29. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/commemorate-...
  • 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 deadline 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
  • 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...
  • Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada): Supporting Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs to launch agriculture and food systems projects. Proposals accepted until September 30, 2022. Interested applicants should contact iafsi-isaaa@canada.ca prior to applying. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agricultural-programs-and-services/indigenous-a...
  • 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/
  • Vancity Community Sustainability Initiatives enviroFund: Supports initiatives that are local, encourage behaviour change, and respond to a need in your community. First Nations and Indigenous governments are elegible. Must be within Vancity's operating area. https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/envir...

Physical Activity and Recreation

Other 

Grantwriting Resources

  • BC Grant Writing Support program: This program provides up to $8,000 in rebate funding annually to support the employment of a locally-based grant writer (cover up to 76% of wages). Applicants should apply for the following year’s funding starting November 1st of each year and no later than January 31st of the year applied for. For more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/economic-developm...
  • 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...