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Grant Writing Support

Grants to British Columbia Local Governments and First Nations
in Eligible Locations to Hire Staff Who Specialize in Writing Grants

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Northern Development Initiative Trust

Deadline Date:

01/31/21 Midnight Receipt


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Grants to British Columbia municipalities and First Nations in eligible locations to hire grant writers for assistance with funding applications. Interested applicants are required to contact staff prior to submitting an application. Funds are intended to enable communities within the funding source’s service area to apply for financial assistance for economic development projects in Central and Northern British Columbia. Grant writers also provide capacity to support local nonprofits with grant application research and writing to pursue community funding priorities.

The Grant Writing Support program provides annual funding for a grant writing position in a local government or First Nation band within the Trust’s service region. The grant writer supports communities by preparing funding applications to agencies, foundations and government programs in order to access more funding dollars to support crucial economic development projects and initiatives throughout the region.

Eligible Grant Writing Positions (minimum 400 hours):

  • Dedicated full-time, part-time or on-demand grant writer (staff or contract position).
  • Full-time or part-time staff member where the grant writing portion of the job is at least 30% of the total workload. (A copy of the job description specifying the % of time allocated to grant writing must be provided to Northern Development.) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181856

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The program supports up to 54 grant writing positions annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $8,000 grant, to a maximum of 76% of eligible grant writer wages, each calendar year.

Term of Contract:

Costs must be incurred within the calendar year approved for funding support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Local governments
- Registered First Nations bands

All applicants must be located within Northern Development’s service region. For a list of eligible municipalities, regional districts, and regional municipalities comprising the funding source's service region, see Grant Coverage Areas below.

Ineligible Positions:

- Local government combined economic development/grant writer positions where the position is approved under the Economic Development Capacity Building program.
- Salary or contract positions for:
Combined chief administrative officer/grant writer
Combined chief financial officer/grant writer
Combined band administrator (or manager)/grant writer
Combined positions where grant writing is less than 30% of the total workload

Ineligible Costs:

- Costs incurred in time periods outside the calendar year approved for funding support
- CPP, EI, WCB and other benefits, bonuses, or allowances such as vehicle, phone, or living
- Costs related to recruiting, hiring, or relocating
- Travel, office expenditures, and costs other than wages

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted starting November 1, but must be received prior to midnight on January 31 to be eligible for consideration in that funding year.

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

Application Assessment:

- Northern Development staff will contact the applicant within 30 days of receiving the application.
- Successful applicants will receive an approved-in-principle letter.
- Unsuccessful applicants will also receive written notification.

Contact Information:

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

Completed application forms with all supplementary materials should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email to

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

- Phone : (250) 561-2525
- Email:

Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue
Prince George B.C. V2L 3L2

Contact form:

Grant Coverage Areas:

For Northern Development’s service region, see

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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