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City is proposing grants to over 200 organizations who make a difference in Vancouver

April 11 2018 Council to vote on $7 million in annual grants that support child care, community projects and more

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Vancouver City Council will vote next week on just over $7 million in annual grants that support organizations who are making a difference in the City.

Creating a healthy city

From youth outreach, to justice for migrants, to providing more families with daycare services, the grants contribute to creating a healthy city for all Vancouverites.

If approved, the grants would work across organizations and industries to:

  • Increase access to social services
  • Help community organizations address social issues and bring about social change
  • Strengthen links between community services and programs
  • Increase access to childcare services


Program examples include:

  • A grant to Kiwassa Neighbourhood House for renovations to create new licensed school age care spaces.
  • New funding to Access Pro Bono to provide critical legal help to marginalized and under-served tenants in Vancouver's challenging rental environment.
  • Funding for the Stanley Park Ecology Society to engage, inspire and empower marginalized youth by connecting them to nature in the Park through a hands-on habitat enhancement program.
  • New funding for the housing support program at the West End Seniors' Network to support the nearly 70 percent of older adults in the neighbourhood who are renters.
  • Increased program funding to support expansion of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre drop-in which serves 350 women and children daily providing a place of safety and basic needs including meals, clothing, phone, showers, and toilets.
  • Eight grants to organizations to support programs like the Portland Hotel Society's Urban Indigenous Elder Program,  in which Elders bestow their wisdom, traditional cultural knowledge and a connection to the songs, teachings and art for Indigenous community members who are geographically isolated from their traditional lands and people.

City staff will recommend council approve the 202 social policy grants which total $7,329,865. For a full breakdown on the grants and the organizations that would receive support, read the Council report  (637 KB).

First established in 1978, social policy grants have become a cornerstone of the City of Vancouver's Healthy City Strategy. The grants provide critical funding to non-profit organizations that work every day to build stronger, safer, and more equitable communities.

Learn more on how to apply for City grants and awards.