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Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) Grant

Grants to Vancouver, British Columbia Nonprofits for
Educational Events to Improve the Delivery of Social Services

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City of Vancouver, Social Policy and Projects Division

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/10/19 4:30 PM


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Grants to Vancouver, British Columbia nonprofit organizations for educational opportunities and events exploring topics that will improve their delivery of social services. Priority will be given to organizations that collaborate with other nonprofits and that align with the city's capacity building working theory.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142181

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

4-6 projects

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants are expected to complete the project by May 2020 so that project outcomes may inform the design of the City’s capacity building grant program in 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants should be based in Vancouver, or propose a project that takes place in Vancouver and convenes a majority of Vancouver-based social service and/or childcare non-profit organizations. As a result, organizations with a provincial scope may apply.

- Applicants do not need to be recipients of funding from the City of Vancouver.
- Applicants should have the demonstrated capacity to convene/ hold events. However, applicants that have not previously led this kind of project may still be eligible and are encouraged to speak to Social Policy staff for more information.

In addition, the City’s standard eligibility criteria will apply:

- Be a registered non-profit society, community service co-op or social enterprise wholly owned by a non-profit and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies; OR be a registered charity, in good standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency;
- Have an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. The by-laws must have provisions that no Board director can be remunerated for serving as a director and that no staff member can be a voting member of the board or executive;
- Demonstrate accommodation, welcomeness and openness to people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identities (including trans*, gender-variant and two spirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, underrepresented communities and socio-economic conditions in its policies, practices and programs, except in instances where the exclusion of some group is required for another group to be effectively targeted;
- Show costs that are reasonable and on par with other similar projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An applicant convening session will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for groups wishing to submit an application (Location to be determined). The session will provide a space for organizations to learn about what other applicants are considering and to make connections between potential partners before the application deadline. In addition, City staff will help to act as conveners to connect applicants with similar ideas prior to the application deadline.

Please RSVP your attendance via email to Julianna Torjek.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit all documents in both electronic and hard copy by 4:30 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Projects must have one lead applicant organization, but should involve a number of organizations working together, such as a network or associated group of organizations. Potential partners must be identified in the application, but may be confirmed after the application deadline.

The City encourages applicants to identify additional sources of funding (including in-kind support) to deliver the project.

Organizations must contact a Social Policy staff member prior to the application deadline to discuss the nature of their project.

Contact Information:

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

Email an electric copy of all documents listed above to

Mail or deliver one printed copy of all documents listed above to:

Social Policy and Projects City of Vancouver
501 – 111 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Annie Burkes
Days of work: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Lanny Libby
Between August 1-19

Julianna Torjek

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Vancouver

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia