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Social Small Grants

Grants to Southeastern British Columbia Public Organizations,
Municipalities, and Nonprofits to Support Social Service Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Columbia Basin Trust

Deadline Date:

04/30/18 - Deadline for small grants only; for large grants: the next grant intake will be in 2018.


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Grants to southeastern British Columbia registered public organizations, regional districts, indigenous organizations, municipalities, nonprofits, and eligible businesses. Funding is intended to support projects which will strengthen social well-being within the eligible region.

The Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada. The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometers in southeastern British Columbia.

Eligible projects will strengthen the social well-being and address one of the following three categories:

1. Quality of Life
- Implement community-based activities that increase the quality of life for Basin residents living in poverty, facing significant barriers and/or experiencing vulnerabilities.
- Improve access to social and community services and resources for Basin residents living in poverty, facing significant barriers and/or experiencing vulnerabilities.
- Implement activities that reduce social isolation and foster inclusion for various populations such as seniors, youth, and people with disabilities.

2. Childhood Development
- Implement activities that support the physical and mental well-being of children up to 12 years of age, with focus on children with vulnerabilities or at risk of developing vulnerabilities.

3. Social Sector Capacity
- Develop and establish shared services or other efficiencies to address operational challenges of social sector nonprofit organizations, while at the same time improving the quality and availability of services for clients.

When reviewing project applications, the Trust may consider whether:
- Appropriate community supports are confirmed in the form of financial contributions and partnerships;
- The project is substantially ready to be implemented if Trust funds are approved;
- There are similar projects proposed or recently completed in the same community that overlap with, contradict or duplicate the project being applied for;
- The applicant has demonstrated capacity to deliver the project and maintain the community assets that will be the result of this project;
- The necessary approvals, permits, permissions and/or insurance are in process or in place to deliver the project;
- A project that includes a direct religious activity has a focus on benefiting the broader community;
- The Trust is achieving appropriate equity in the distribution of its funds and selected projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139760

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: less than $5,000.
Large Grants: more than $5,000.

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. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business.

Regardless of which type of eligible organization you are applying on behalf of, your project should demonstrate that it will benefit the Basin and that the primary beneficiary is not the applicant or solely the members of a membership based organization.

Ineligible Projects:
- Projects or activities of political parties, advocacy or lobby groups or of organizations that are exclusive or discriminative in nature
- Projects that relieve any level of government of its obligations
- Projects that are for the purposes of travel (i.e. attending conferences or training)
- Sports teams, tournaments or sporting and recreational equipment
- Donations to fundraising initiatives
- Projects that would be requesting retroactive funding
- Requests for community events and celebrations, festivals and fairs
- Projects that are eligible for one of the Trust’s other programs with the exception of the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program.

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:
- If one's project requires less than $5,000, then one can apply for a Social Small Grant.
- If one's project requires more than $5,000, the next grant intake will be in 2018. Please check back for application instructions.

Timeline for Small Grants Program:
- August 31, 2017
- October 31, 2017
- December 29, 2017
- February 28, 2018

The Trust typically informs applicants of funding decisions within four weeks after the deadline.

Typically, the Trust prefers to not be the sole funder of projects. Projects that demonstrate that fundraising efforts have been made and/or are being undertaken are more likely to receive funding. Priority is given to projects with confirmed cash contributions from the applicant organization or other funders.

Contact Information:

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

Laura Archer, Program Coordinator
Michelle d'Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs
Fax: 1.250.365.6670

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada. The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometres in southeastern British Columbia.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia