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Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants for critical capital upgrades

Chinese society buildings in Chinatown on Pender Street

Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants support critical capital upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese family clan and benevolent societies in Vancouver's historic Chinatown or the Downtown Eastside (DTES).

Rehabilitating society buildings helps the societies continue contributing to the cultural legacy and overall revitalization of Chinatown.

Funding is prioritized for heritage buildings and buildings with affordable housing units. Priority consideration will be given to eligible first-time applicants, followed by societies that have received only one matching grant previously.

Application deadlines are scheduled regularly based on the availability of funds over the three-year period. Societies may apply for a new grant each round if the proposed project is for a new, distinct scope of work.


Current status Accepting applications
Application deadline Friday, February 19, 2016

Eligible organizations

We welcome applications from member-based Chinese family clan and benevolent societies that:

  • Have a registered not-for-profit society status
  • Own a building located in Chinatown (HA-1 and HA-1A zoning district) or in the DTES
  • Can pay 50 per cent of the proposed scope of work, as determined by a detailed application review and approval

Eligible projects

Grant funds are for critical capital upgrades to society-owned buildings in Chinatown or the DTES, with a special focus on:

  • Enhancing and extending the life of the building
  • Improving conditions or securing tenure of affordable housing in the building

All work must meet City standards with the appropriate permits, if required.

The funding cannot pay for:

  • Movable assets (like electronics, furniture, and equipment)
  • Standard building repairs and maintenance (like paint and flooring), except when part of a larger building upgrade
  • Completed projects
  • Debts
  • Consultant fees related to capital project planning or feasibility studies

How to apply

  1. Read the program summary and application guidelines.

    The summary explains:

    • Program objectives
    • Eligibility
    • Chinatown and DTES boundaries
    • Grant categories
    • Decision-making considerations
    • Cost-sharing
    • Application process
  2. Complete the application form in the guidelines document.
  3. Write an expression of interest letter that:
    • Describes your critical capital upgrades
    • Provides a general estimate of your project budget and requested grant
    • Commits to sharing half the cost of the work
  4. Gather the supporting documents.
  5. Send your application, letter, and supporting documents:
    • By email: chinesesocietygrants@vancouver.ca
    • By mail or in person to:

      Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant
      c/o Vancouver - Downtown Division
      Planning and Development Services
      City of Vancouver
      515 West 10th Avenue, Ground floor
      Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8

      In person deliveries are accepted Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Contact a planning analyst

Bonnie Ma
Planning Analyst

Phone: 604-871-6168