Community and social service grants for non-profit organizations

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

Apply for grants on VanApply

The VanApply website lets you:

  • Register your organization.
  • Apply for grants, awards, and artist commissions.
  • Track the status of your applications.

Apply Read the help guide

Grants available

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

Building Safer Communities Program Grants

The Building Safer Communities Vancouver Grants Program supports the priorities of the Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy.

Capital Project Grants

Provides support for capital projects that preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of vulnerable communities.

Childcare Enhancement Grants

Provides funds to non-profit organizations to support new and existing daycares.

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.

Core Support Grants

Provides funding to address inequity and mitigate conditions that create vulnerability.

Council report: 2018 social grants

Administrative report: 2018 social grants and childcare enhancement and other grants

Council report: 2019 community grants

Administrative report: 2019 community services and other social grants

Council report: Social policy grants

Administrative report: Social policy grants for social innovation, childcare, neighbourhood-based projects and Greenest City

Direct Social Services Grants

We've combined Direct Social Services Grants and Organizational Capacity Building Grants into one funding stream called Core Support Grants.

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.

Hastings Legacy Fund

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

Homelessness Services Grants

Provides funding to Vancouver non-profit societies that want to support those experiencing homelessness.

Indigenous Healing and Wellness Grants

Provides funding to support Elder Services Programs providing traditional, spiritual, and cultural healing and wellness activities.

Organizational Capacity Building Grants

We've combined Direct Social Services Grants and Organizational Capacity Building Grants into one funding stream called Core Support Grants.

Renter Services Grants

Renter Services grants are a new grant stream offered by the Renter Services Group in Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing Programs.

School Food Grants

Provides funding for efforts that provide school-day meals to students in or adjacent to Vancouver school settings.

School-age Care Expansion Projects Grant Program

This program offers small grants for non-profit organizations, to assist with the capital costs of outfitting rooms in schools to house licensed childcare.

Social Innovation Project 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.

Social Responsibility Fund Community Grant Program

For organizations that address social issues facing residents in the Mount Pleasant, Downtown Eastside, or the Downtown core neighbourhoods.

Supportive Housing Capital Grant program

Supportive Housing Capital Grant program provides non-profits with funding for capital improvements to their supportive housing buildings.

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.