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Grants and Loans to Northern and Central British Columbia
Nonprofits and Agencies to Develop Community Facilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Northern Development Initiative Trust

Deadline Date:

02/09/18 Midnight Receipt


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Grants and loans to Central and Northern British Columbia nonprofit organizations, local governments, and First Nations bands to expand, develop and improve recreational facilities and community halls. Applicants are asked to discuss eligibility with program staff prior to applying. The goal of this program is to increase the number of events held annually in the community, contributing to hospitality, tourism and service sector revenues in the local economy.

The program supports the sustainability and expansion of local community infrastructure to host events which increase tourism revenues and community quality of life for residents. The program also helps rural areas access funding for community assets that would not usually have an opportunity to apply for a larger economic development infrastructure project.

Eligible Costs
-Capital expenditures
-Direct third party project labour costs
-Incremental third-party project management
-Contractor fees
-Rental of tools and equipment for construction work
-In-kind (volunteer) labor contributions and/or monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third-parties) may be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172522

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants provide up to $30,000 in grant funding to a maximum of 70% of the eligible project budget.

-Additional funding may be available in the form of a loan.
-Prior to applying for additional funding for the same facility, previous projects must be completed and funding disbursed by Northern Development. In the Northwest and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet regions, applications seeking additional funding for a previously funded facility are limited to a maximum $15,000 grant.

Nonprofit organizations in the Northeast Region (2017 pilot initiative):

Grants provide up to $50,000 in grant funding to a maximum of 70% of the eligible project budget (additional funding may be available in the form of a loan).

-Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organization based in Northeast B.C.
-Applicants must submit projects with a point score of at least 60 on the assessment tool in order to be considered for the increased funding allotment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
-Local Governments
-Registered First Nations bands
-Registered nonprofit organizations

Ineligible Costs
-GST and PST
-Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Northern
-Operational costs and staff wages
-Purchases of construction equipment or tools
-Renovations to spaces that are not available for public use in social infrastructure facilities (for example, daycare facilities, seniors’ centers, child development centers, friendship centers, etc.)

Pre-Application Information:

In an effort to assist you in determining if your application is qualified for funding, Northern Development has provided a self-assessment tool. The self-assessment tool has been created using Microsoft Excel.

Please contact Northern Development staff to discuss your project in further detail.

Northern Development approves Community Halls and Recreation Facilities projects on a quarterly basis.

Applications must be received prior to midnight on the quarterly submission deadline day to be eligible for consideration in that funding cycle. In fairness to all grant applicants, grant applications that are received after the quarterly deadline will moved to the next funding cycle.

The Winter 2018 Quarterly Intake Deadline is February 9, 2018.

Important Dates:

Contact Information:

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

Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue
Prince George, BC
V2L 3L2


Grant Coverage Areas:

Central and Northern British Columbia

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia