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Social Grants Program

Grants to Southeastern British Columbia Nonprofits and Agencies
to Address Social Issues and Improve Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Columbia Basin Trust

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Deadline Date:

10/29/19 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM MT


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Grants to southeastern British Columbia nonprofit, public, and indigenous organizations, regional districts, and municipalities for projects that focus on improving quality of life, childhood development, and social sector organizational capacity. Funding is intended to support ideas that will strengthen social well-being, address complex social issues in communities and support vulnerable people.

The Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada. The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometers in southeastern British Columbia.

Projects should address one of the following three categories:

1. Quality of Life

2. Childhood Development

3. Social Sector Capacity

For more details, see

Projects that incorporate some of the following operating principles (Operating Principles) may be prioritized for funding support:

  • Foster community partnerships across sectors and organizations, which could include
  • schools, social and community service agencies, local governments, community centres, etc.;
  • Include the perspectives of people with lived experience in developing and delivering solutions;
  • Promote volunteerism and broad public involvement;
  • Promote innovation and collaboration;
  • Adapt and create efficiencies within existing social and community service programs;
  • Incorporate Indigenous perspectives and culturally relevant approaches;
  • Attract funding from other sources that share common objectives and desired outcomes;
  • Document lessons learned and share results with stakeholders from across the Basin to catalyze similar projects;
  • Demonstrate capacity and expertise to deliver the Project; and
  • Include reasonable and cost-effective budgets for Project delivery.

Projects with larger funding requests may be required to demonstrate that they incorporate more Operating Principles than Projects with smaller funding requests.

The Trust also considers the geographic distribution of Projects in its funding decisions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139760

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: less than $5,000.
Large Grants: more than $5,000.

There is no maximum amount for grant requests; however, CBT anticipates that many successful Large Grants will be in the range of $10,000 - $75,000. Applicants can request up to a maximum of 75% of the total project costs from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

Small Grants (grants $5,000 and under) are limited to a 12-month maximum project timeframe.
Large Grants (grants over $5,000) are limited to a 36-month maximum timeframe.

Projects can start after the organization receives funding approval from the Trust.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business.

Projects must take place within the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Projects are not eligible if they:
- Involve paying for core or ongoing operating expenses of Eligible Applicants;
- Do not address one of the three eligible categories;
- Take place outside the Basin;
- Relieve any level of government of its obligations;
- Will undertake activities of political parties, advocacy or lobby groups or of organizations that are exclusive or discriminative in nature; or
- Are solely capital projects for construction or renovations of facilities or are solely requests for purchasing capital assets not tied to the project categories.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Trust will be hosting information sessions to review the Program Guide and answer questions about the application, selection and contracting processes. The same content will be covered at all sessions. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting.

Teleconference Information Meeting #1:

Date: August 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT
Dial-In: 1-877-806-9883
Passcode: 217886

Teleconference Information Meeting #2:

Date: September 18, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. MT
Dial-In: 1-877-806-9883
Passcode: 217886

Appilcants can also tune into the live session on Facebook or Instagram to learn more about this program and ask questions on August 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is October 29 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.

The review process usually takes up to eight weeks.

While the Trust prioritizes Project applications that have other confirmed cash revenue sources, in-kind contributions may be considered as part of the applicant’s 25% contribution if the organization fits the requirements. See

Applicants that are unable to attend an information meeting via teleconference are requested to reach out directly to Trust staff to discuss their application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Kristy Archer, Program Coordinator.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia