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

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

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City of Richmond

Deadline Date:

10/28/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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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 provides the annual City Grant Program to help support the work of community service organizations. The goal of these Programs is to increase community capacity to benefit Richmond residents by assisting non-profit community organizations to deliver programs and services.

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.

Health, Social and Safety Grants and Parks, Recreation and Community Events 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 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138359

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are two streams of grant requests, (1) $5,000 or less and (2) over $5,000.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- Only registered non-profit societies (society incorporation number must be provided)
- The Society’s Board of Directors must approve of the application being submitted.

Primarily Richmond residents must be served.

Ineligible applicants:
- For-profit organizations
- Individuals
- Public and private schools including post-secondary educational institutions, or societies seeking funding for school-based programs (see Definitions, p. 5)
- 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:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on October 28, 2020.

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.

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.

Applicants may receive only one grant per year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal:

For Health, Social and Safety Grants, contact:
Lesley Sherlock, Social Planner
Phone: 604-276-4220

For Parks, Recreation and Community Events Grants, contact:
Beayue Louie, Park Planner
Phone: 604-244-1293

Community Services Department

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Richmond

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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