If you have an idea that will strengthen social well-being, address complex social issues in communities and support vulnerable people, this program could help support it.
2019 Program Updates
The Trust has made improvements to the program to address feedback from the social sector including:
- Extending the intake period to allow for more time to develop project ideas and applications;
- Increasing the frequency of intakes to one every six months;
- Accepting applications up to $5,000 (Small Grants) and over $5,000 (Large Grants) in the same intake; and
- Consolidating the Small Grant and Large Grant online application forms into one.
Who Can Apply
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.
Your project must take place within the Columbia Basin Trust region.
Your project should address one of the following three categories:
- QUALITY OF LIFE PROJECTS:
- Pilot or expand community-based activities that increase quality of life for Basin residents living in poverty, facing significant barriers and/or experiencing vulnerabilities.
- Pilot or expand projects that improve access to community and social services and resources for Basin residents living in poverty, facing significant barriers and/or experiencing vulnerabilities.
- Pilot or expand initiatives that foster social inclusion and increase social connections for populations experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, social isolation (e.g., children, youth, LGBTQ2+, people with diverse abilities, seniors, visible minorities, recent immigrants).
- CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS:
- Pilot or expand early years (ages newborn to six) or middle years (ages six to twelve) initiatives that address existing or emerging developmental needs (i.e., cognitive, socioemotional, speech and language, fine or gross motor skills) of children who have or are at risk of developing vulnerabilities.
- SOCIAL SECTOR CAPACITY PROJECTS:
- Develop and establish shared services or other efficiencies to address operational challenges of social sector non-profit organizations, while at the same time improving the quality and availability of services for clients.
How to Apply
The Social Grants intake is now closed.
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Here are examples of past projects that have been approved for grants:
These projects may not reflect our current funding priorities.
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