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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Agencies, and First
Nations to Develop Recreational Facilities in Eligible Regions

Outdoor Active Recreation Grants

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Columbia Basin Trust

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT


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Grants to British Columbia registered nonprofit organizations, local governments, and First Nations for projects that promote an active lifestyle in eligible regions. Funding is intended to create or improve recreation facilities, install safety equipment, and increase accessibility. Eligible projects serve communities in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Individual project eligibility is determined by the Trust at its sole discretion. The types of projects that may be eligible include, but are not limited to:

  • The development or enhancement of outdoor recreation facilities such as in-place exercise equipment, multi-purpose courts and fields, disc golf courses, bike parks and pump tracks, skate parks, outdoor rinks, pools, and playgrounds;
  • Adapting outdoor recreation facilities to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities;
  • Installing or upgrading amenities to enhance safety or user experience such as shade structures, bike racks, washrooms; or
  • Upgrades that enhance existing facilities for multi-sport or multi-purpose use.

Eligible project costs include:

  • Geotechnical work, engineering and design costs;
  • Capital purchases and costs for new construction and/or substantial upgrades to existing facilities;
  • Permanently installed equipment; or
  • Other costs that are direct and necessary for the successful implementation of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198646

Estimated Size of Grant:

For applicants from incorporated communities with populations greater than 3,000
- Maximum request of $250,000.
- Up to 60% of eligible costs.

For applicants from unincorporated communities, rural areas, First Nations Communities, or Incorporated Communities with populations of less than 3,000
- Maximum request of $250,000.
- Up to 75% of eligible costs

Term of Contract:

Projects for this intake should begin no earlier than April 4, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, local governments, and First Nations Communities in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

The types of projects that are not eligible include, but are not limited to those that are:
- Fee for service facilities;
- Indoor facilities (rinks, arenas, sports domes);
- Deemed to be regular/routine maintenance or repair;
- Focused on trails; or
- On school properties, unless there is clearly demonstrated use by the public and demonstrated support from the community at large for non-school use.

Ineligible project costs include:
- Underground infrastructure;
- Retroactive costs (costs that have already been incurred prior to funding approval);
- Routine operating and maintenance including upgrades related to the same;
- Sports equipment (e.g. balls, bats, skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, snowshoes, protective equipment or jerseys); or
- Recreation programming.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 14, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.

The review process usually takes up to eight weeks. Applicants will be contacted by email.

Contact Information:

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


If you prefer to submit a paper application, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact Trust staff at or 1.800.505.8998.

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: Columbia Basin Trust region;

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