City of Richmond
Grants to Richmond, British Columbia nonprofit societies for programs in the areas of health, social development, safety, parks, recreation, and community events which will enhance the quality of life in the local community. Funds are available to augment existing program services, provide new and innovative services, encourage volunteerism, and promote partnerships and cost sharing among the City and other funders.
Grants may be used for the following purposes:
1. Operating Assistance
Regular operating expenses or core budgets of established organizations, including supplies and equipment, heat, light, telephone, photocopying, rent, and administrative salaries
2. Community Service
Specific programs or projects to deliver services to Richmond residents
3. Community Event
Neighbourhood 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
- Rentals [e.g., vehicles, equipment, and maintenance]
GrantWatch ID#: 138359
There are two streams of grant requests, (1) $5,000 or less and (2) over $5,000.
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.
Only registered non-profit societies governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, requesting funding to serve primarily Richmond residents, are eligible.
To be considered eligible, all proposals must demonstrate that:
- Primarily Richmond residents will be served
- Funding from sources other than the City and the applicant have been sought, and
- Partnerships and/ or collaborative relationships with other organizations to strengthen the proposal have been established.
Who Cannot Apply:
- For-profit organizations
- 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
The following items will not be funded:
- Debt retirement
- Land and land improvements
- Building construction and repairs
- Retroactive funding
- Operating deficits
- Proposals which primarily fund or award other groups or individuals
- Political activities including promoting or serving a political party or organization, lobbying of a political party, or for a political cause
- Activities that are restricted to or primarily serve the membership of the organization, unless
membership is open to a wide sector of the community (e.g., women, seniors) and is available free-of-charge or for a nominal fee that may be reduced or exempted in case of need
- Expenses that are the responsibility of other government programs or entities
- Fund-raising campaigns, form letter requests or telephone campaigns
- Expenses related to attendance at seminars, workshops, symposiums or conferences
- Public and private school-based programs
- Childcare purposes (the City has a separate Child Care Grant Program)
- Travel costs outside the Lower Mainland
The 2018 application deadline is November 20, 2017.
Generally, City Council will decide on grant allocations in the first quarter of the year. Please contact staff to confirm the date.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application portal: http://www.richmond.ca/plandev/socialplan/citygrant/applyonline/
For Health, Social and Safety Grants, contact:
Lesley Sherlock, Social Planner
For Parks, Recreation and Community Events Grants, contact:
City of Richmond
Canada: British Columbia