Other Funding Opportunities

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

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

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 Summer TBD. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-hori...

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

Environment

Food Security

  • City of Vancouver Sustainable Food Systems Grant: Funding Vancouver-city based food sustainability projects. 3-year awards. Next application deadline: Fall 2020. https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/sustainable-food-systems-grants.aspx
  • Investment Agrictultural Foundation Bee BC Program: Available to First Nations communities, as well as regional beekeeper organziations; up to $5,000 per project. Next application deadilne: March 20, 2020. https://iafbc.ca/bee-bc/  
  • Investment Agricultural Foundation livestock Waste Tissue Initiative: Funding available for communities to develop have emergency management plans for the disposal of all livestock carcasses in case of an emergency situation, i.e., disease outbreak, in British Columbia. Applications accepted throughout the year. https://iafbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/LWTI-guide.pdf

Mental Health and Well-being

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

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 early 2020. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environment...
  • 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 accepted throughout the year. 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 for projects requesting $5,000 or less; April 9 for projects between $5,001 and $50,000. 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
  • 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/

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
  • 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?
  • Northern Health Choose to Move: Funding up to $10,000 is available to local governments and communities in the Northern Health region to deliver Choose to Move programs between 2020-2022. Information webinars will be hosted January 29 and January 30th: https://flex.redcap.ubc.ca/surveys/?s=NMP3HYNFDL
  • 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 deadline (for Micro-grants) February 28, 2020. https://www.principals.ca/en/opc-resources/resources/Documents/Grant-Pro...

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...