Direct Social Services Grant Program

Direct Social Services (DSS) grants provide funding for programs that address inequity and mitigate conditions that create vulnerability for residents. Organizations have the flexibility to spend 100% of their grant dollars in support of the funded program, whether on administration or direct program delivery. Ineligible program expenses are detailed in the information sheet below.

To see what types of programs have been funded through DSS grants over the past two years, view Council reports at 2020 Social Grants (1 MB) and 2019 Social Grants (1 MB)

Current status Closed
Deadline date for 2021 applications October 16, 2020

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Join an online information session

Ask questions and address any COVID-19-related concerns with completing applications at an online information session.

Register for either session by emailing and letting us know which session you’d like to attend.

Friday, September 25, 9:30am to noon
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Wednesday, September 30, 1pm to 3:30pm
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Social indicators and trends in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods data webinar

Join us for an overview of the latest local level research on Vancouver’s social indicators and community trends and resources you can access to inform your grant application and understand the impacts of COVID-19 on different populations in the city.

Tuesday, October 6, 1pm to 3pm

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