City Grants

The City of Victoria has six grant programs.

The programs provide financial support to community organizations to advance important programs and services to residents. The program areas are:

  • Direct-Award Grants
  • Strategic Plan Grants
  • Micro Grants
  • Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grants
  • My Great Neighbourhood Grants
  • Festival Investment Grants

Direct-Award Grants are paid to organizations that deliver a service on behalf of the City on an ongoing basis, including organizations that operate a City-owned facility. These grants are awarded annually by Council without a competitive process; annual reporting back to the City is required. Direct-Award Grants include:

  • Operating, youth programming and youth outreach grants to community and seniors centres
  • Per capita grants to each neighbourhood
  • Grants to Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and Victoria Heritage Foundation
  • Grant to Recreation Integration Victoria

Strategic Plan Grants are awarded annually by Council through a competitive process and are for eligible organizations working on a project or program that supports the actions and outcomes of the City of Victoria's 2015-2018 Strategic Plan Objectives.

The intake for this grant program will close January 31, 2017 which will allow for an external grant review committee to assess each application and make recommendations to Council consideration of approval for the application in Spring 2017 and payment of approved grants in early July 2017.

For 2017, Council has made changes to the Strategic Plan Grant Policy to have all eligible applications reviewed by an external grant review committee who will make recommendations to Council for approval. This review process is new to 2017 and the formal grant review process is still in development. The 2017 intake will be a pilot year and all eligible applicants should be prepared to provide further information to the committee if required.

Please note the “fee-for-service” grants were discontinued in 2016 and those organizations would be eligible to apply under the Strategic Plan Grant category.

Before You Start Your Application

Please review the relevant program policies before beginning the application process to ensure that you understand the goals and objectives, grant definitions, eligibility criteria, review process and the final reporting requirements. 

Getting Started

We have a provided a checklist to help you complete your application.  If you received a 2016 Strategic Plan Grant, a final report must be completed and attached to your 2017 application.

You will need to save your form, add relevant signatures, and send by email along with any supporting documentation. Please note, a completed checklist is not required with your application - this is for applicant use only.

The forms for the Strategic Plan Grant program are listed below:

Micro Grants are maximum of $500 to cover supplies needed for food production in commons and community gardens. Council awards these through a competitive process annually and falls under the same policy as Strategic Plan Grants.

The 2017 intake for the Micro Grant program is now open and will close January 31, 2017 which will allow for Council consideration of approval for the application in February 2017 and payment of approved grants in early March 2017.  Learn more about the program and apply here:

Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grants are available to neighbourhoods that have community gardens which are established under the City’s Community Garden Policy, with food production as the primary focus. These grants are to fund a person to coordinate volunteers.

The 2017 intake for the Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grant program is now open and will close January 31, 2017 which will allow for Council consideration of approval for the application in February 2017 and payment of approved grants in early March 2017.  Learn more about the program and apply here:

My Great Neighbourhood Grants support citizen-initiated projects that animate under-utilized community spaces to create gathering spots that bring people together. The City will fund up to $5,000 to match the equivalent contribution the neighbourhood makes, which can be a combination of volunteer labour, donated services, donated materials and other funds raised. Eligible applications include, but are not limited to, not-for-profit organizations, schools and community centres.

The 2016 application window of the My Great Neighbourhoods Grants closed on July 24, 2016. Grants will be awarded this coming fall. Learn more about the grant program here:

Festival Investment Grants are guided by the Festival Investment Grant Policy and are awarded by Council through a competitive process annually.

If you have any further questions, please email grants@victoria.ca