The following is an e-mail update from the CRD Community Grant Writer which profiles current and upcoming grant funding opportunities.  For more informtion, or if your organization would like assistance in applying for any of the grants below, please contact the Community Grant Writer at


Festivals and Events Co-op Funding.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Marketing Association (CCCTMA) provides the opportunity to access Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT) funds to help promote community Festivals and Events. This funding is meant to increase overnight stays in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region, increase attendance at community festivals and events and promote the region’s history, culture, arts and activities. Applications are ongoing and for more information, click the Festival & Event Guidelines and see the 2019-20 Festival & Event Proposal Application.


Consumer Show Co-op Funding.

The CCCTMA also provides businesses with access to MRDT funds to help cover the cost of consumer show attendance. Consumer shows are a great opportunity to both promote tourism product and to network with other operators. By completing both the application and reporting forms businesses can have up to 50% of their event fee covered (less GST). See the 2019-20 Consumer Show Funding Application & Report form for more information.


Age-Friendly Communities Program.

The Age-Friendly Communities Program assists communities in BC to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors and elders to age in place and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities. All local governments (municipalities and regional districts) in BC are eligible to apply for Stream 1 or Stream 2 funding. All First Nations in BC are eligible to apply for Stream 1 funding only. Stream 1 can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of $25,000 and Stream 2 can contribute a maximum of 100% of the cost of eligible activities to a maximum of $15,000. Applications are open until January 17, 2020. To apply, visit the Program Website.


B.C. Employer Training Grant.

The B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). They are different streams of the programs, below are the individual streams;

  • Foundational Training Stream

This stream supports unemployed, underemployed and low-skilled British Columbians to gain essential, transferable and certified skills to obtain good-paying jobs and increase job security. Employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is complete. Under this stream, employers may receive 100% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant.

  • Technical Training Stream

This stream supports employers to train current or new employees in technical skills in response to automation and technological advancements, such as new software, technology or machinery; or training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing production and construction methods. Employers may receive 80% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant.

  • Workforce Training Stream

This stream is designed to support any training that aligns with an employer’s business needs, including the development of management, business and soft skills. Under this stream, employers may receive 60% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant.

  • Employment Transition Training Stream

This stream supports British Columbians from an impacted community that are unemployed, at risk of losing their job or those who require training needed to secure different or better jobs. Under this stream, employers may receive 100% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20,000 per participant for training, participant financial supports and training allowances.

The above first 3 streams are open for application for Intakes 2 and 3, while the Employment Transition Training Stream is open for Intake 1. For more information and application processes, visit the Grant Website.


Youth Engagement Program.

The Youth Engagement Program supports organizations taking innovative and inspiring approaches to actively engaging British Columbia’s young people with arts and culture programming as participants, makers or audiences. It build on existing expertise in the creative sector by supporting programs delivered by organizations that demonstrate success in artistic achievement, community engagement and organizational capacity. Application for project assistance is open to eligible applicants until January 15, 2020. Visit the Program Website for more information and application.


Indigenous Research Fund.

The IRF is funded by the Friends of the British Columbia Archives (FBCA) with support from the Royal BC Museum and Archives, to support access to the collections of the BC Archives for Indigenous peoples. The IRF is open to any individuals (youth, student, adult, elder) who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) and organizations with a mandate to serve the interests of Indigenous peoples. It provides funding of up to $1,000 to Indigenous applicants/organizations. Applications for 2020 are open between October and December 2019. Visit the Grant Website to apply.


Co-op Placements Program.

The Co-op Placements Program supports eligible organizations to hire students through co-op placements and work-integrated learning programs for professional work experience in arts and culture. The program is intended to support the development of knowledge transfer, learning and capacity-building within the sector. It provides fund of up to $10,000 per work term of up to 16 weeks. Applications are open until December 15, 2019. To apply, visit the Program Website.


Northern Development Initiative Trust - Competitiveness Consulting Rebate.

The Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program provides a rebate to small and medium sized companies engaged in manufacturing, innovative technologies, resource processing, transportation, distribution and their first line suppliers for outsourced consulting services. A rebate of up to 50% to a yearly maximum of $30,000 can be recovered for the cost of external business consulting projects. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Visit the Program Website to apply.


Museums Assistance Program – Exhibition Circulation Fund.

The Exhibition Circulation Fund component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) assists museums with the cost related to the hosting travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and the borrowing of artefact(s) from any of the National museums of Canada for exhibition purposes. It provides grant of up to $15,000 per eligible project. Applications are accepted on continuous basis. To apply, visit the Program Website.


Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grants.

The Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grant (IHMG) Program is meant to support emergent activities on a one-time basis. Project applications may include activities supporting the performance, preservation and/or sharing of Indigenous heritage, increasing knowledge sharing with elders, and assisting in the development of cultural heritage skills in Indigenous communities. B.C First Nations band or tribal council, Not-for-profit society and First Nations school, daycare or adult education centre operating in B.C are eligible to apply. Up to $2,000 in funding is available to eligible applicants. Applications are open until December 15, 2019. Visit the Grant Website to apply.


Community Emergency Preparedness Fund.

The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is a suite of funding programs intended to enhance the resiliency of local government, First Nations and communities in responding to emergencies. Applications are currently being accepted for the Indigenous Cultural Safety Training until December 13, 2019. Visit the Program Website for more information and application.


Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.

The initiative aims to increase economic development opportunities of Indigenous People and communities in Canada by supporting Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to lunch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis until September 30, 2022. For more information and application, visit the Program Website.


AgriCompetitiveness Program.

AgriCompetitiveness programming will assist industry-led efforts to provide producers with information needed to build capacity and support the sector’s development. Funding will be provided to support sector-led activities such as farmer-oriented seminars and conferences that identify industry best practices and build the capacity of the sector, farm business management and farm safety information and tools, as well as activities which build agricultural awareness. Not-for-profit organizations that operate solely for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation, any other purpose except profit are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis until September 30, 2022. Visit the Program Website for more information and application.


Northern Development Initiative Trust – Marketing Initiatives.

The Marketing Initiatives program provides grant funding to support new campaigns or projects that promote and/or position a community or region to take advantage of opportunities that support economic vitality and diversification. These marketing projects must be new initiatives that stand alone from existing marketing activities. It provides up to $20,000 in grant funding to a maximum of 50% of the eligible project budget. Applications are accepted on quarterly basis. To apply, visit the Program Website.


Williams Lake Community Forest Community Grant Program.

The Grant was established at the beginning of the Community Forest being set up which is a partnership between the City of Williams Lake and the Williams Lake Indian Band. The idea was to reserve a portion of profits and have that available for re-investing back into the community and it’s been set aside so that different community organization can apply for a variety of purposes and utilize the money back into Williams Lake and surrounding area. Registered charities, non-profit and/or community organizations in the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District Electoral Areas D, E, and F are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted until 4pm, 2nd December 2019. Application form can be picked up at the Williams Lake Community Forest office on 177 Yorston Street, Williams Lake or click the Program Website.

Sorry for the short notice of the WLCF Program, thought of it’s important and need to be included, as it might be of great interest to an organization within the defined local area.




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