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Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits
for Community Benefit Projects

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City of Vancouver, Social Policy and Projects Division

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10/16/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations and First Nations Bands in eligible locations for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to assist organizations in addressing social issues, delivering social services, and navigating change. Organizations must deliver programs to social service organizations within the City of Vancouver.

Organizational Capacity Building Grants Priorities 

Given the wide variety of projects, issues, and programs potentially supported by OCB grants, there is no set goal or benchmark for the actual number of organizations to be served. However, applicants must demonstrate that the number or proportion of the potential target group and the client base that will be reached is large enough that there is a noticeable impact on the community, OR takes an equity approach and is focused enough to have a significant impact on a smaller number of organizations that have experienced exclusion or which have faced barriers to service in the past.

Core Funding

Organizational Capacity Building grants provide core funding for staff who support the effective and efficient delivery of programs. Funding is unrestricted (e.g. there is no cap on using grant funding for expenses such as salaries and benefits for core staff, associated program costs, or administration.

Core staff includes the person(s) responsible for the on-going administration, delivery, management and supervision of the program for which funding is being sought. This may include senior managers and administrative staff in the organization, e.g., the Executive Director or Financial Administrator. 

Organizations must build the organizational capacity of Vancouver-based social service organizations in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Increasing the amount of resources available (e.g. access to centralized information and referral, volunteer recruitment and coordination);
  • Improving the utilization of resources (e.g. assistance to become computerized and internet competent);
  • Improving the management and allocation of resources (e.g. skills enhancement training and experiences, the development of support models for staff, Board and society members);
  • Providing linkages and coordination among a number of non-profit social service agencies operating a hub model service centre.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142181

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must:
Be a registered non-profit society, community service co-op or social enterprise wholly owned by a non-profit and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies; OR be a registered charity, in good standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency; OR a First Nations Band.

Please note that if you are not a registered society or charity you may partner with a fiscal sponsor who is a registered non-profit society or registered charity in order to meet this requirement.

For more information on eligibility, see:

Ineligible Programs
Those which fall wholly or primarily within the mandate of other government departments, e.g. (but not limited to):
--Direct healthcare programs (such as health self-help groups, health information programs, medical treatment, maintenance or rehabilitation programs);
--Employment training;
--Initial settlement programs.
-Direct welfare supports, including food banks, meal programs and provision of clothing;
-One-on-one counselling with licensed psychologists, social workers or registered clinical counsellors;
-Programs which are primarily recreational (formal recreation programs such as clubs or teams), or educational (formal education leading to a credential);
-Travel expenses of any kind;
-Legal fees;
-Payment of: City property taxes; capital expenses, operating or capital deficits;
-Act in the capacity of a funding body for, or make grants to any other group or organization;
-Programs directed to the preservation of any particular ethnic or cultural heritage, except in instances for Reconciliation initiatives;
-Time-limited projects (three years or less), or programs in the developmental or formative stage (18 months of operation or less).

Pre-proposal Conference:

On-line info sessions will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions, and to address
any COVID-19-related concerns with completing applications.
Please join in on one of these dates:

Session 1: Friday, September 25, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, September 30, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

To register for either session, please contact the email address below with which session you’d like to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline and Review Process
October 16, 2020 4:30 pm: Deadline
October – December: Staff Review
February 2021: Recommendations to Council
February 2021: First Payments Released

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:
Annie Burkes

To RSVP for the info sessions or to send applications, email:

By mail or courier, or in person:
Social Policy and Projects
City of Vancouver
501 – 111 West Hastings Str
Phone: 604.829.2007

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Vancouver

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: City of Vancouver;

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