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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Organizations, and Municipalities
for Projects to Improve the Social Well-Being of Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Columbia Basin Trust

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Deadline Date:

12/15/20 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM MT


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit, public, and Indigenous organizations, regional districts, municipalities, and businesses for various projects to improve the social well-being of local residents in eligible locations. Applicants must attend an information session or contact the funding source prior to submitting an EOI. Projects must take place within the Columbia Basin region.

Eligible Projects:

Quality of Life Projects: 

  • Pilot or expand community-based activities that increase quality of life for people in the Basin living in poverty, facing significant barriers and/or experiencing vulnerabilities. 
  • Pilot or expand projects that improve access to community and social services and resources for people in the Basin living in poverty, facing significant barriers, and/or experiencing vulnerabilities. 
  • Pilot or expand initiatives that foster social inclusion and increase social connections for populations experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, social isolation (e.g. children, youth, LGBTQ2+, people with diverse abilities, seniors, visible minorities, recent immigrants). 

Childhood Development Projects: 

  • Pilot or expand early years (ages newborn to six) or middle years (ages six to 12) initiatives that address existing or emerging developmental needs (i.e. cognitive, socioemotional, speech and language, fine or gross motor skills) of children who have or are at risk of developing vulnerabilities. 

Social Sector Capacity Projects: 

  • Develop and establish shared services or other efficiencies to address operational challenges of social sector non-profit organizations, while at the same time improving the quality and availability of services for clients. 
  • Create or strengthen collaborative initiatives that help address systemic social issues. 

For projects that will be prioritized for funding, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139760

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum amount for grant requests. However, the Trust anticipates that many successful Large Grants will be in the range of $10,000 - $75,000. Applicants can request up to a maximum of 75% of the total project costs from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

Large Grants are limited to a 36-month maximum timeframe. Projects can start after you receive funding approval from the Trust. It is recommended the projects begin no earlier than March 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts, and Indigenous organizations. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact.

Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible.

Projects are not eligible if they:
- Involve paying for core or ongoing operating expenses of Eligible Applicants;
- Do not address one of the three eligible categories;
- Take place outside the Basin;
- Relieve any level of government of its obligations;
- Will undertake activities of political parties, advocacy or lobby groups or of organizations that are exclusive or discriminative in nature; or
- Are solely capital projects for construction or renovations of facilities or are solely requests for purchasing capital assets not tied to the project categories.

Projects that have received multi-year funding from Social Grants in the past may not be prioritized.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Meeting for Expressions of Interest:

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT

Log-in information to be posted at in July 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
• Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Large Grant EOI opens online
• Thursday, August 6, 2020: Information Session
• Thursday, September 10, 2020: Deadline for EOIs to be submitted online
• Mid-October 2020: Applicants notified regarding decision on EOIs
• December 15, 2020: Deadline to complete full application online (by invitation only)
• Late-February 2021: Final notifications to applicants

Large Grants is a two-stage application process. Applicants must first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) online. Projects selected to move forward will be invited to submit a full application with support and guidance from Trust staff.

To submit your Expression of Interest, please take the following steps:
- Attend the Information Session, or email the program coordinator  to set-up a time to discuss your project idea
- Submit your EOI online by September 10, 2020, by 2:00 p.m. PT/3:00 p.m. MT.

Applicants may apply for more than one project.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions and application support, contact:
Alina Konevski, Program Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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