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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:

07/28/20 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. Projects must take place within the Columbia Basin region.

What Types of Projects Are Eligible

1. Quality of Life Projects:

- Pilot or expand community-based activities that increase quality of life for people in the Basin 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 people in the Basin 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).

2. Childhood Development Projects:

- Pilot or expand early years (ages newborn to six) or middle years (ages six to 12) 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.

3. 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.

- Create or strengthen collaborative initiatives that help address systemic social issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139760

Estimated Size of Grant:

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:

Large Grants are limited to a 36-month maximum timeframe. If you’re requesting multi-year funding for a Project, provide detailed rationale explaining why the Project requires this length of time to be successful. Your budget should reflect the cash required to complete the Project over the entire timeframe listed in the application.

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.

Projects must take place within the Columbia Basin 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:

Monday, March 9, 2020: Information Session by teleconference at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT. Dial-In to: 1-866-428-1156 and use passcode: 853327

Pre-Application Information:

The current Large Grant intake has a two-stage application process:
- The Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline is April 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM MT.
- If selected to move forward, you will hear in late-May 2020, and you will have until July 28, 2020 to submit a full application.

Key Dates – Large Grants
Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Large Grant EOI opens online
Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Deadline for EOIs to be submitted online
May 11, 2020: Applicants notified regarding decision on EOIs
July 14, 2020: Deadline to complete full application online (by invitation only)
September 9, 2020: Final notifications to applicants

You are encouraged to connect with the Social Grants team for one-on-one support with your project and EOI development. Send an email to set up a convenient time.

Contact Information:

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

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For questions, contact:
Alina Konevski, Program Coordinator

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