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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofit Societies for Projects and Services that Benefit the Local Community

Social and Community Development Grants


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City of Kamloops
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia: City of Kamloops;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/07/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia registered nonprofit societies for projects and services that benefit the local community in eligible locations. Eligible uses of funding include seed money for social enterprise initiatives, general operations, special projects, and capital expenditures. The project or proposed services must primarily serve Kamloops residents.

Projects or services must:

  • Demonstrate one of the following
    • Meet at least one priority identified in the Social Plan
    • Address one of the following areas of focus under Council’s strategic priorities of: Social Supports, Housing, Inclusivity, Healthy Community, Truth and Reconciliation, Mobility, Community Engagement, and Advocacy (note: Arts, Culture, and Heritage are excluded from this grant stream) 
  • Adhere to the principles of the Sustainable Kamloops Plan (
  • Strengthen and enhance the well-being of the community
  • Promote volunteering, where appropriate
  • Address social concerns
  • Improve community or agency capacity to meet specific social and/or community needs
  • Promote cultural understanding, as applicable
  • Partner with other service providers in the community
  • Be well publicized in the community
  • Occur within the city of Kamloops

Of the funds available for allocation, $10,000 may be specifically allocated to seniors’ initiatives. Funds will be awarded based on the quality of the project and application received and community need, regardless of which funding category or stream is selected by the applicant.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a Social and Community Development Grant, all of the following criteria must be met:
- The organization must be a registered non-profit society. It must have an independent, active government body composed of volunteers. The bylaws must have provisions that no Board Director can be remunerated for being a director and staff members cannot be voting members of the Board or Executive.
- The organization must extend its service to the general public and shall not exclude anyone by reason of religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, disability, or income, except in instances where it can be proven that exclusion of some groups is required for effective service delivery to the target group.
- The organization must have the demonstrated functional capacity and sufficient resources to deliver the project or proposed services to which the City is being asked to contribute.
- The project or proposed services must address specific current social and community issues or concerns.
- Projects or proposed services are required to align with either the Kamloops Social Plan ( or the Kamloops City Council Strategic Plan ( 2023–2026.
- Costs must be reasonable when compared with projects or proposed services of a similar scope and scale.
- The project or proposed services must primarily serve Kamloops residents.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The City will be hosting one virtual information sessions to explain the grant process and guidelines. Registered charities and non-profit organizations and societies interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to register to learn more.

Information Session on Thursday, October 12, 9:00–10:00 am.


Pre-Application Information
- October 3, 2023: The 2024 Social and Community Development Grant application process opens.
- October 12, 2023 9am – 10 am: Information session to go over grant requirements and
help applicants with any questions.
- November 7, 2023, midnight: Application deadline. Submit electronic applications to Renata Mrema, Social Development Coordinator
- December 14, 2023: The Social Planning Engagement Group and City staff will review all Special Projects, Operations, and Special Capital Expenditure applications and make final decisions regarding funding at their regular meeting.
- December 15-20, 2023, 4:00 pm: Appeal period.
- By the end of December 2023: Notification of approval or denial will be provided to all applicants, in confidence. Cheques will be issued to successful applicants within 30 days of the granting decision.
- January 2024: Formal announcement of successful applications will be made by the City of Kamloops, at which time successful applicants are welcome to share the results of their application.
- June 16, 2024: Mid-year reports due.
- October 15, 2024: Funded applicants will receive their final report template and instructions.
- November 15, 2024: Final reports due.
For additional information, see:

Only one application from each organization will be accepted.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants are invited to apply for funding up to $30,000.

Term of Contract
The receipt of a Social and Community Development Grant does not guarantee funding for the same project or proposed services or for the same organization for subsequent years.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

If you require accessibility assistance in completing this grant application please reach out to Heather Lee, the Social Development Coordinator to access the necessary support:
Heather Lee, Social Development Coordinator

City of Kamloops
7 Victoria Street West,
Kamloops BC, V2C 1A2

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