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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits to Enhance the Lives of Residents in Eligible Locations

City Grant Programs - Health, Social and Safety Grant and Parks, Recreation and Community Events Grant

City of Richmond


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #138359

Grant Description

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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit societies for programs that enhance the lives of residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects and services in the areas of safety, social development, health, community events, recreation, and parks. Funds must serve the residents of Richmond.

The City of Richmond supports positive quality of life for all its residents and provides the annual City Grant Programs to help support the work of community service organizations in the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Child Care
  • Health, Social and Safety
  • Parks, Recreation and Community Events
  • Environmental

Grant program goals:

  • To improve the quality of life of Richmond residents through a wide range of beneficial community programs.
  • To assist primarily Richmond-based community groups to provide programs for residents.
  • To build community and organizational capacity to deliver programs.
  • To promote partnerships and financial cost sharing among the City, other funders and organizations.

Grants may be used for the following purposes:

  • Operating Assistance: Regular operating expenses or core budgets of established organizations, including supplies and equipment, heat, light, telephone, photocopying, rent, and administrative salaries
  • Community Service: Specific programs or projects to deliver services to Richmond residents
  • Community Event: Neighborhood or community-based events to enhance quality of life for Richmond residents

Items eligible for funding are those required to directly deliver the project, including regular operating expenses or program/project specific expenses, including:

  • Professional and administrative salaries and benefits
  • Consultant services to deliver the project
  • Office rent
  • Supplies
  • Equipment
  • Rentals (e.g., vehicles, equipment, and maintenance)
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Telephone
  • Photocopying
  • Materials 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- Only registered non-profit societies governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, requesting funding to serve primarily Richmond residents, are eligible.
- The Society’s Board of Directors must approve of the application being submitted.

Primarily Richmond residents will be served.

Who cannot apply:
- For-profit organizations
- Individuals
- Public and private schools including post-secondary educational institutions, or societies seeking funding for school-based programs
- Organizations that primarily fund other organizations (e.g., grants) or individuals (e.g., scholarships).
- Other, as determined by Council.

For a list of Items Not Eligible for Funding please see: https://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/2023_grant_program_guidelines56889.pdf#page=5

Pre-Application Information:

Applications to the 2023 City Grant Programs are being accepted from Wednesday, September 14 to 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Generally, City Council will decide on grant allocations in the first quarter of the year. Please contact staff to confirm the date.

City Grant Programs will consist of two streams of grant requests:
- A simplified application is available for minor requests ($5,000 or less), or year 2 or 3 of a multi-year funding cycle
- A longer application is required of applicants requesting over $5,000, or wishing to be recommended for a three-year funding cycle.

Applicants may receive only one grant per year.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

City Grant Programs will consist of two streams of grant requests, (1) $5,000 or less and (2) over $5,000, whereby application requirements may be streamlined for requests of $5,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Applicants receiving City Grants for a minimum of the five most recent consecutive years for the same purpose are eligible to apply for a maximum three-year funding cycle for ongoing operations, services or events. Multi-year requests must be for the same purpose for each of the three years.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.richmond.ca/services/communitysocialdev/socialplanning/citygrant/applyonline/

Health, Social and Safety contact:
Contact: Dorothy Jo, Program Manager, Social Planning
Email: Dorothy.Jo@richmond.ca
Phone: 604-276-4391

Parks, Recreation and Community Events contact:
Contact: Elizabeth Ayers, Director, Recreation and Sports Services
Email: Elizabeth.Ayers@richmond.ca
Phone: 604-247-4669

City of Richmond
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 2C1

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