Associations & Societies / Community Group External Grant Opportunities

As Regional District staff become aware of Federal, Provincial, Foundation or Corporate grant opportunities that may suit community organizations within Regional District boundaries, information and links regarding those opportunities will be posted on this webpage. This is simply a forwarding process and does not indicate the Regional District’s endorsement of the item. 

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - British Columbia - Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure

The Rural and Northern Communities Program intake is open. Application deadline is January 23, 2019, (11:59 pm PST).

A Business BCeID is required and must be obtained by December 21, 2018. See Application Instructions for details.

The Rural and Northern Communities Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in rural communities across the province. 



Canada Post Community Foundation 

Accepts grant applications from community organizations for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children.

The call for applications happens in March, deadline for applications is April, decisions/approval is in June/July, application notified of award in August.

Funding will be allocated to projects that will generate maximum impact, creating lasting change for children and youth (up to the age of 21), in the following areas:

  • education programming to help children reach their full potential
  • programming supporting healthy children
  • building safe, kid-friendly communities
  • services for children and youth with special needs and their families
  • programs that promote the interest of children and youth
  • mental health programs for children and youth

The Foundation will support:

  • projects aimed at building front-line capacity to provide community-based support for children
  • projects that:
    • address needs of children living with disabilities, illness, who are vulnerable
    • enhance the ability of families and communities to nurture their children
    • extend a caring hand to the children of our community, build better futures for our children and, ultimately, a stronger community
    • support educational, preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs for children, youth and their families
  • projects that focus on: education, development, culture/civic programs, health and physical activity, social services and arts and culture for youth and families

Northern Interior Health - IMAGINE Community Grants 

up to $5,000 available to community groups, schools and other partners, NIH is looking for community partners with ideas for projects that will improve the health of those living, working, learning and playing in Northern BC.  Opportunity begins November 1, 2017.

for more information about this program visit:  

Northern Development Initiative Trust – Fabulous Festivals and Events Program 

This new program will award $2,500 grants for “Fabulous Festivals and Events” throughout Northern B.C. The funds will help non-profit organizations enhance some of the outstanding cultural activities that attract visitors to our region.  Applications are open now, and submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Click here for eligibility and application information.

UPDATE:  Northern Development Initiative Trust – Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program

The Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program provides up to 70% of a project’s budget to a maximum of $30,000 in funding to improve or expand existing facilities in order to increase the number of events held annually in the community, contributing to service sector revenues in the local economy. 

For more information about this program, visit:

Canada’s Inter-Action Events Program

The Inter-Action Events Program provides funding, normally in the form of grants, of up to 50% of total cash expenses (up to $15,000) of community-based events that foster intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride or respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities.

For more information, visit the Government of Canada Multiculturalism Funding Program.


BC Arts Council

The British Columbia Arts Council is an independent agency that supports arts and cultural activity in communities across British Columbia. From professional dance companies, to art galleries, local museums and music festivals – the Council works to enrich the lives of British Columbians in virtually every community in the province.
Created by the BC Arts Council Act, passed in 1995 and proclaimed in 1996, the Council supports a range of activities that includes funding for professional artists and arts organizations, community initiatives, training and scholarships. The Council also acts as an advocate for the Arts in B.C., provides public education and conducts research that helps inform provincial arts policies.

For more information on BC Arts Council funding, visit: