The Social Grants Program (Program) funds community-initiated and community-supported projects that strengthen the social well-being of Basin residents.
Small Grants (grants $5,000 and under) are limited to a 12-month maximum project timeframe.
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).
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.
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.
- Eligible applicants (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.
- Business applicants must demonstrate partnerships with community-based organizations in the design and delivery of their proposed project. Regardless of which type of Eligible Applicant you are applying on behalf of, your Project should demonstrate that it will benefit the Basin and that the primary beneficiary is not the applicant or solely the members of a membership-based organization.
- Applicants operating outside the Basin must partner with community-based organizations in the Basin to be eligible.Projects must take place within the Columbia Basin region.
Is your organization planning a project to strengthen the social well-being of Basin communities? If your project requires funding of up to $5,000, Social Small Grants may be able to help.