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Participatory Action Research (PAR) Grants - Convene Grants and Investigate Grants

Grants to British Columbia Qualified Donees and
Registered Charities for Collaborative Health Research

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Deadline Date:

10/16/20 11:59 PM PDT - Deadline for full applications for Convene Grants and for Stage 1 applications for Investigate Grants


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Grants to British Columbia qualified donees and registered charities for cooperative medical research. Funding is intended to support the planning and implementation of projects that examine issues affecting the health of local residents and communities. Eligible projects must investigate the root causes of a complex health issue, and must be a collaboration between community organizations and institutions with access to an ethics board.

Participatory Action Research Grants fund projects that investigate any of the social determinants impacting the health of communities. In addition, some of the funding is specific to researching the social determinants of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, mental health, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, or neurological, emotional or paediatric disorders.

Types of Grants

There are two different grant types available, depending upon the stage of your project.

  • Convene Grants:
    Convene grants are short-term grants to help teams develop a participatory research project plan that
    can be submitted to funding organizations.
  • Investigate Grants: 
    Investigate grants are multi-year grants to help teams answer a research question, analyze their findings, and share knowledge in a way that supports the community to take action in the future.

For more on grant types and eligible projects, see:

For more information on eligible expenses. see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184703

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Convene Grants: Up to $20,000; up to $10,000 towards the project's process, and up to an additional $10,000 to support community's participation in the process.
-Investigate Grants: Up to $100,000 per year

Term of Contract:

-Convene Grants: Up to one year.
-Investigate Grants: Up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

No matter the research area, the project must be led by a registered charity or other qualified donee listed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Participatory Action Research Grants don’t fund:
-Certain types of research expenses (please review the Research Budget Guide at the end of this document)
-Projects that take place primarily outside of BC
-An organization’s ongoing operational or core expenses, including its cost to fundraise
-Project expenses that have been incurred prior to the application date or that we feel should be covered by other funding sources
-Event sponsorships (unless part of a broader project proposal)
-Bridge funding, debt retirement, reserves, or mortgage pay-downs
-Endowment matching grants
-Travel to and/or attendance at conferences, competitions, symposia or annual events (unless part of a broader project proposal)
-Bursaries, scholarships and awards (unless part of a broader project proposal)

Pre-Application Information:

Note that applications close at 11:59pm PDT on the due date.

Convene Grants
-September 21 to October 16, 2020: Submit your application online
-November 30, 2020: Decisions about application communicated via email

Investigate Grants
-September 21, 2020: Stage 1 Application process opens online
-October 16, 2020: Deadline to complete the Stage 1 online application process
-December 10, 2020: Decisions about Stage 1 Applications communicated via email
-January 24, 2021: Deadline to complete the Stage 2 online application process (by invitation only)
-April 9, 2021: Decisions on Investigate Grants communicated via email

Investigate Grants require 50% matching funds from other sources.

New guidelines will be available to download in early September. In the meantime, you can take a look at the Guidelines from the last cycle, included in Supporting Documents below for reference.

-Eligibility Quiz:
-List of charities and other qualified donees:
-Participatory Action Research (PAR) Grants Video:

Contact Information:

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


For questions about the application process, please call a Grant Manager at 604.688.2204.

To talk about participatory action research or your project design, find out more about learning opportunities, build partnerships, arrange a workshop in your community, or if you need support with your current grant, please schedule a consultation via Calendly with:
-Niveria Oliveira, Grant Manager:
-Mike Conroy, Grant Manager:

For information about the application process or to discuss the priorities and policies of our PAR program, please contact:
-Kristina Chan, Grant Coordinator:
-Stephanie Falcon, Grant Coordinator:

If you have general questions about our granting programs and funding priorities, need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements, please contact:
-Hayleigh Chafe, Grant Administrator:

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Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 4M9

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