BC Interior Community Foundation

Community
Project Grants

Community Project Grants are awarded by the BC Interior Community Foundation twice a year.  Deadlines for grant applications are April 1st and October 1st.

Apply today to fund a project or program that’s close to your heart!

Regional Funding

Supporting community-based projects/programs within the BCICF coverage region of  Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo Area.

Kick-Start Your Project

Community Project Grants help support up to 1/3 of the total project cost, and can help you kick-start your project or program today.

Supporting Local

 Available within the communities of Lillooet, Lytton, Clinton, 70 Mile House, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Chase, Logan Lake and Merritt.

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Community Project Grants - Information Summary

  • grant amounts will be up to $1500
  • grants will not exceed 1/3 of your total project budget
  • your organization must be a “Qualified Donee” under CRA regulations (check here)
    • if you are not a “Qualified Donee” you will need to partner with one to apply
  • grants will only be given within our funding region
  • project/programs must fall within the “important dates” as listed below
  • organizations are only eligible to receive one Community Project Grant per year 

Guiding Principles

  • a clearly defined and researched need
  • evidence of support from other organizations and funders
  • efficient and co-ordinated use of community resources, both human and financial
  • involvement of the program beneficiaries in the planning
  • significant volunteer participation
  • active planning for the continuation of the project beyond initial funding
  • a clearly defined and adequate method of evaluation to measure the outcomes.

Projects We Support

We support regional community-based projects/programs that benefit the community-at-large:

  • registered charity projects/programs
  • projects/programs from organizations with a charitable partner 
  • projects/programs from organizations sponsored by their municipality/First Nation partner
  • project/programs sponsored or initiated by another type of Qualified Donee

Check out this post about our 2020 Grant Recipients to learn more.

Grant Amounts

The amount requested should be proportionate to your organization’s capacity as demonstrated by your project budget.  Realistic budgets must be presented.

Please note that grant amounts will not exceed one-third of your total project cost.  

Projects which already have additional partner funding or other funding streams are preferred, as this shows community engagement with the project.  Please note the current budget for Community Project Grants allows for each grant to be allocated up to a maximum of $1500; some exceptions may be made depending on the available funds during a granting cycle – please call the office & speak with our Executive Director Rob Miller for more information (250.434.6995).

Our Funding Region

  • projects in our region of the Thompson-Nicola & South Cariboo
    • Ashcroft, Barriere, Chase, Cache Creek, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Lillooet, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt, 70 Mile House.
    • Adams Lake Indian Band, Lytton First Nation, Neskonlith Indian Band, Nlaka’pamux Nation, Oregon Jack Creek Band, Shuswap Indian Band, Simpcw First Nation, Skeetchestn Indian Band, Skuppah Indian Band, Splatsin First Nation, Spuzzum First Nation, T’kemlups te Secwepemc, Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band.
  • These are just a few of the larger municipalities/ First Nations within our region – please see the geographical grant area map for a better idea if your organization is covered by our region.

Ineligible Projects

Grants will not be awarded:

  • for operational requirements
  • to rescue an organization from a financial deficit situation
  • to religious organizations, unless the community-at-large will benefit significantly
  • to individuals
  • to promote political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies
  • for purposes which may be deemed discriminatory.
  • to the same group within one calendar year

Am I a Qualified Donee?

If you’re not sure your organization is a qualified donee, use this page to check.  Still unsure?  Contact the office.

Partnering with a Qualified Donee

All applicants partnering with a Qualified Donee must submit an agreement letter signed by that organization.  You can find our sample template letter here.

Important Dates

Community Project Grant – Spring Cycle

Eligible Projects must begin after June 1st 

  • March 15 > Project Evaluations due (if you have received a previous grant)
  • April 1 > Application Deadline
  • June 1 > Cheques disbursed

Community Project Grant – Fall Cycle

Eligible Projects must begin after December 1st 

  • September 15 > Project Evaluations due (if you have received a previous grant)
  • October 1 > Application Deadline
  • December 1 > Cheques disbursed

Are You Ready
to apply?

Documents you will need to upload when completing your application:

  • 2 reference letters
  • your project expenditures form (download the fillable PDF form here)
  • your registered charity number or your sponsoring charity’s number
  • if you are not a registered charitable organization or other qualified donee, you need to include a written agreement establishing a partnership with a registered charity that will sponsor the proposed project. (sample template letter here)

Applications can be completed online.  Please note, you must complete the full application as the form will not save incomplete applications.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.