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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Indigenous Entities, and Agencies to Promote Diversity and Address Inequities

Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants


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Funding Source
British Columbia - Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Division
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Geographic Focus
Canada: British Columbia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/20/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, registered charities, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis entities, public institutions, and government agencies for programs that promote diverse cultures and address racial and social disparities. Funding is intended for projects that strengthen intercultural interaction, trust, and understanding, or challenge racism, hate, and systemic barriers.

In 2023-24, the program focuses on projects to reduce systemic racism and hate incidents and build capacity in racialized communities. Preference will be given to applications submitted by racialized and marginalized groups.

Eligible expenses must be the direct costs needed to administer the project. Grant recipients ​may spend funding in one or more of the following categories: 

  • Equipment rental, such as: 
    • Lighting, sound, and audio-visual
    • Sports equipment
  • Technology-related costs, such as
    • Online hosting fees
    • Digital content creation
    • Virtual technology requirements
  • ​​Event or workshop materials, such as: 
    • Pens, paper, and other tools
  • Fees, such as: 
    • Project coordinator’s fees
    • Facilitators’, artists’ or coaches’ fees
    • Workshop fees
    • Training/educational fees
    • Performance fees
  • Food and beverage, such as: 
    • Food and non-alcoholic beverages for participants and volunteers
  • Honorariums, fees, and contract agreements, such as: 
    • Indigenous or other cultural elders
    • Facilitators, speakers, artists, coaches, and cultural workers
    • Technicians
  • ​​Marketing and communications, such as:
    • Newspaper ads
    • Graphic design fees
  • Transportation costs where transportation is a barrier to participation
  • Venue rental, such as any identified programming space
  • Volunteer expenses, such as:
    • T-shirts (for identification purposes only)
    • Refreshments.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations eligible to apply:
- Registered non-profits, incorporated, and in good standing under the Societies Act [SBC2015], or a British Columbia-based, federally registered charity, also in good standing
- Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) governments, tribal councils, band councils, or organizations
- Provincial public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, libraries, chambers of commerce, hospitals, and other health-care institutions with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner
- Municipal and regional district governments with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner
- Private sector organizations with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner.

Eligible organizations must have a British Columbia address.

Applications seeking grant funding to cover expenses in one or more of the following categories will not be considered:
- Salaries and fees not directly related to delivering the project
- Fundraising beyond project cost-recovery
- Capital projects
- Major equipment purchases
- Alcohol
- Recurring business expenses, such as:
a. Rental of office space
b. Utility, telephone, and other recurring expenses

Pre-Application Information
The 2023-24 B.C. Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants call for applications is open until November 20, 2023, at 5:00 PM PST.

All applicants will be sent notifications indicating the results of their application by March 31, 2024.

Applicants seeking funding for festivals or cultural celebrations should consult with the Ministry prior to submitting an application to discuss the eligibility of their proposal.

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible organizations can apply for grants up to $5,000.

Term of Contract
Projects must start on or after March 1, 2024, and end by March 31, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have any questions or want to learn about accessibility accommodations, contact or call 1-778-405-1565.

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