An organization must:
- Be a registered nonprofit society, community service co-op or social enterprise wholly owned by a nonprofit and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies; or be a registered charity, in good standing with the Canadian Revenue Agency; or a First Nations Band;
- 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, under-represented 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;
- Have the demonstrated functional capacity and sufficient resources to deliver the programs to which the City is being asked to contribute;
- Show costs that are reasonable and on par with other similar programs;
- Use a minimum of 85% of the grant funds for staff salary and benefit expenses;
- Deliver the funded program in Vancouver to Vancouver residents.
Exceptions to the above may be approved at the discretion of the Managing Director of Social Policy & Projects.
- Those which fall wholly or primarily within the mandate of other government departments, e.g.(but not limited to): Direct healthcare programs (such as health self-help groups, health information programs, medical treatment, maintenance or rehabilitation programs); Employment training; Initial settlement programs.
- Direct welfare supports, including food banks, meal programs and provision of clothing;
- One-on-one counselling with licensed psychologists, social workers or registered clinical counsellors;
- Programs which are primarily recreational (formal recreation programs such as clubs or teams), or educational (formal education leading to a credential);
- Travel expenses, attendance at, or fees for, conferences, workshops or other forms of training;
- Delivery of conferences;
- Transportation expenses, except those that allow users or potential users to access services;
- Legal fees;
- Payment of: City property taxes; capital expenses, operating or capital deficits;
- Act in the capacity of a funding body for, or make grants to any other group or organization;
- Programs directed to the preservation of any particular ethnic or cultural heritage, except in instances for Reconciliation initiatives;
- Time-limited projects (three years or less), or programs in the developmental or formative stage (18 months of operation or less);