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Community and social service grants for non-profit organizations

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To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of funding for non-profit social service groups and neighbourhood organizations in the form of grants.

There are grants available for operating childcare centres, providing services to at-risk communities, small-scale renovations to facilities, and more.

Review the list of available grants, below, and click any link to learn about eligibility requirements, and to find out how to apply.

Here are our available community services grants

Childcare Enhancement Grants

Provides funds to non-profit organizations to support new and existing daycares. For 2016, the grants are under review and not available for new applications.

Childcare Program Development Grants

Provides funds to licensed non-profit daycares to help cover costs for starting new programs or expanding existing ones.

Childcare Program Stabilization Grants

Provides funds for non-profit daycare centres facing financial emergencies, to help them strengthen their cash flow and better manage their money.

Childcare Research, Policy Development, and Innovation Grants

Provides one-time funding for research, policy development, and related projects to improve childcare in Vancouver.

Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants

Supports critical capital upgrades to buildings owned by Chinese family clan and benevolent societies in Chinatown or the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Helps the societies continue contributing to the cultural legacy and overall revitalization of Chinatown.

Direct Social Services Grants

Provides funding to non-profit organizations which are working to address specific social problems and bring about positive social change.

Hastings Legacy Fund

Provide support for social services in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood.

Homelessness Action Week Grants

Provides funding to non-profit community groups to host an event or do a project for Homelessness Action Week that directly benefits people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Neighbourhood Organization Grants

Provides funding to neighbourhood-based organizations (primarily neighbourhood houses) that are working to address social problems and bring about positive social change.

Organizational Capacity Building Grants

Provides funding to non-profit organizations which help other non-profits serve their clients better.

School-age Care Expansion Projects Grant Program

Provides capital funding to licensed school-age programs in a school setting.

Social Innovation Grants

Provides funding to social service organizations to turn innovative ideas into viable projects that address social change, create or enhance social inclusion and belonging, and help Vancouver's most vulnerable residents.

Capital Project Grants

Includes the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Capital Grants and Social Policy Capital Grants. Provides support for capital projects that preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of vulnerable communities in Vancouver. Downtown Eastside (DTES) Capital Grants only fund capital projects within the DTES that help implement actions from the DTES Plan. Social Policy Capital Grants fund small capital projects anywhere in Vancouver.

Sustainable Food Systems Grants

Provides funding to non-profit organizations building sustainable food systems at the neighbourhood scale.

Vantage Point bursaries: Free professional development workshops and labs

Provides free access to workshops, labs, and other learning opportunities for staff and board members of eligible organizations.

Funding from other agencies

Find out where to search for other funding sources from local, provincial, and federal agencies and foundations that provide support to non-profit organizations and other groups.

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Childcare Enhancement GrantsChildcare Program Development GrantsChildcare Program Stabilization GrantsChildcare Research, Policy Development, and Innovation GrantsChinese Society Buildings Matching GrantsDirect Social Services GrantsHastings Legacy FundHomelessness Action Week GrantsNeighbourhood Organization GrantsOrganizational Capacity Building GrantsSchool-age Care Expansion Projects Grant ProgramSocial Innovation GrantsCapital Project GrantsSustainable Food Systems GrantsVantage Point bursaries: Free professional development workshops and labsFunding from other agencies