Grants and Funding your Park Group in British Columbia Can Access

Resource | juin 17, 2022

Here’s a list of the grants and funding options for park groups located in British Columbia.

Fundraising is a great way to build the capacity of your community park group. Below are some key provincial and municipal grants that could help fund your next awesome park project.

You can also find National Grants and Funding options here

  1. Environmental Grants and Funding

    Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation Grants and Scholarships (Lower Mainland)
    Offers bus grants, awards and funds for legacy and environmental stewardship programs that nurture nature and connect people to nature in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks. 
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    Port of Vancouver (Vancouver)
    Invests in community groups and environmental organizations that support conservation efforts and address environmental risks of the port-related activity.
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    Vancity enviroFund™ program (BC)
    Supports lighter living initiatives that encourage communities to live lighter and gain more of what matters - more time for ourselves and for connecting with others and our natural world, quality long-lasting goods, affordable lives, service to our communities, health, security and wellbeing.
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  2. Community Building Grants and Funding

    City of Vancouver Neighbourhood Matching Fund (Vancouver)
    Provides support for community groups to build community and neighbourhood connections while enhancing parks or other public spaces.
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    Community Gaming Grants (BC)
    Offers grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout BC., to support their delivery of ongoing programs and services that meet the needs of their communities.
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    Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association Public Space Vibrancy Grant (Vancouver)
    Provides $2500 grants to support creatives bring their ideas to life and enhance Downtown Vancouver’s public spaces. Proposals can include anything including art installations, fitness classes, dance performances, educational experiences, beautification projects, and craft markets.
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    Neighbourhood Small Grants (BC)
    Helps residents of any age, experience, or background take part in building a community.
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    Plan H Community Connectedness Grants (BC)
    Supports communities as they take multi-sectoral action to explore, learn, and innovate, enhancing community cohesion and sense of belonging.
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    Port of Vancouver (Vancouver)
    Funds opportunities to support local organizations, programs, and initiatives in our neighbouring communities that enrich the lives of the people who live and work there.
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    United Way Community Fund (BC)
    Allocates funds to local non-profits, in collaboration with community volunteers across different sectors.
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  3. Public Art and Recreation Grants and Funding

    Artsarts Creative Spark Vancouver (Vancouver)
    Supports emerging artists across all artistic and cultural disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts or culture-based capacity.
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    BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (BC)
    Provides a list of organizations that gift funding to a project and/or individual related to arts and culture. There are several different levels of public funding available to artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations, as well as a wide range of private funding avenues.
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    City of Vancouver Cultural Grants Program (Vancouver)
    Aims to celebrate, elevate, and support the range of creative people, projects, and organizations who contribute to Vancouver’s diverse creative stories.
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    Metro Vancouver Cultural Grant (Vancouver)
    Provides grants to arts and culture organizations for projects that benefit residents of the region. They can be applied to the many steps in the process including creation, production, dissemination, and audience development.
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    Park People Walk in the Park Vancouver (Vancouver)
    Offers Vancouver Indigenous elders and seniors (60+) who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) support to lead small walking clubs in parks and green spaces, with a $600 honorarium.
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    The Hamber Foundation (BC)
    Makes grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia.
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  4. Equity and Social Justice Grants and Funding

    Central City Foundation (Vancouver)
    Welcomes applications for grant funding from community-led organizations that are dedicated to helping people in Vancouver’s inner city improve their lives. They fund innovative solutions to issues such as homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, poverty, food security and access to nutritious food, mental and physical health challenges, addiction and more.
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    Kiwanis Club of Vancouver (Vancouver)
    Offers grants for community projects that help build healthy, engaged, accessible, and sustainable communities across the City of Vancouver. They support essentially organizations that serve the needs of children or vulnerable communities.
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    Real Estate Foundation General Grant (BC)
    Supports non-profit organizations working to advance sustainable, equitable, and socially just land use and real estate practices in British Columbia.
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  5. Other Grants and Funding options

    Community Foundations invest in local initiatives that help to make Canadian communities better places to live, work and play. Click here to find your local Foundation.

    You can also find National Grants and Funding options here.

    Cover photo: East Van Skate Crows at Hastings Park. Credit: Pariya Tari