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Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Agencies, and First Nations
Communities for Capital Projects to Benefit Senior Citizens Centers

Seniors and Elders Activity Grants - Building and Capital Support

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Funding Source:

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Columbia Basin Trust

Deadline Date:

11/25/21 2:00 PM PT


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations, local agencies, and First Nations communities in eligible areas for capital projects to improve buildings used for senior citizens programming. Applicants are required to submit an initial proposal prior to submitting a full proposal. All projects must take place in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

These grants support energy retrofits, repairs and improvements to increase safety of community-purpose buildings actively used for seniors services, activities and events (such as seniors halls and/or centres).

Energy Improvements:

Energy improvements aim to conserve or generate energy and must show a positive return on investment. Eligible costs include items like the following:

  • Costs associated with the purchase and installation of alternative and renewable energy generation systems
  • Costs associated with improving energy conservation and efficiency

Building Repairs and Improvements:

Building repairs and improvements aim to restore a building envelope, its structural building components or address safety/accessibility issues.

  • Costs associated with restoring a building envelope
  • Costs associated with restoring structural components
  • Costs associated with improving safety

This Program may prioritize applications that:

  • Include a completed building inspection or engineering design; and
  • Are for buildings older than 10 years.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199143

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to 80% of the project’s total costs, to a maximum request of $100,000, from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

You can only put grant money toward approved project expenses that occur after your organization and the Trust have signed the Contribution Agreement.

Also, depending on the nature of your project, you may have to obtain specific permits and approvals before receiving Trust funds.

You should plan to start your project no earlier than April 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, First Nations communities and local governments from the Columbia Basin Trust region. Eligible Applicants must own the specific venue, defined as a building that is actively used for seniors programs, activities and events. Local non-profit seniors-serving organizations that have long-standing leases or operating agreements in place with local governments and First Nations communities that own the hall or centre are also eligible to apply.

The types of projects that are not eligible include those that:
- Occur in buildings owned by private sector entities;
- Occur in buildings with exclusive membership and/or barriers to entry;
- Occur in buildings that are sports facilities and/or recreation centres;
- Occur on or in non-profit seniors housing buildings unless the location clearly demonstrates use by the public/broader seniors community;
- Are not actively used for seniors programs and activities;
- Take place outside the Basin; or
- Relieve any level of government of its obligations.

Ineligible costs include:
- Engineering
- Decorating
- Window coverings
- Hazmat assessment
- Fire suppression
- Appliances

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) online by Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT.

Before starting the process, the Trust highly encourages you to contact Trust staff to discuss your project idea.

Applicants will hear from the Trust by early January and, if selected for further consideration, invited to meet with a Trust Program Advisor to support further project and application development. Final funding decisions are expected by early March 2022.

Contact Information:

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

Expression of Interest Form:

Before starting the process, the Trust highly encourages you to contact Trust staff to discuss your project idea by email at or 1.800.505.8998.

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a map of the Columba Basit Trust region, see

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia: Columbia Basin Trust region;

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