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. 


Northern Development Initiative Trust – Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program

Next intake August 7, 2020We have been advised that NDIT has expended all available funding for this program for 2020.  Your organization can still apply now, rather than wait until 2021 funding becomes available - which would mean that your application would be "near the top of the pile" when NDIT is able to consider funding for 2021.  For the last couple of years this program has been oversubscribed so it is advisable to get your applications in as early as possible. 

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:


Northern Interior Health - IMAGINE Community Grants  


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.


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 following link takes you to an excellent site sponsored by Heritage BC, it covers all types of programs and sorts the list to Corporate Sponsors, Foundation-Funder programs and Government programs.   This site has done a lot of work already for your non-profit group, but you must read through and utilize their links.  You will not be eligible for all grant programs but it is worth your time to review each one as there may be ideas you haven’t thought of before.  Check it out!   


The following link takes you to the Government of Canada website, it includes Enabling Accessibility and New Horizons for Seniors Grants.  Intakes are closed at the moment, but keep an eye on this website for new opportunities as they become available. 

Heritage Legacy Fund – provides grants for Heritage Conservation Programs, Heritage Awareness Programs, Heritage Planning Programs and Indigenous Partnership Programs.

This fund has an annual intake, usually in the spring so keep an eye on its website.  Have a read through the 2018 Guidelines which would help you to prepare to be ready when the program opens. 


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:


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.


Province of BC Community Gaming Grants 

Depending on the program you are applying under, intakes dates vary so keep an eye on their website.