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:
- My Great Neighbourhood Grants
- Direct-Award Grants
- Strategic Plan Grants
- Micro Grants
- Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grants
- Festival Investment Grants
My Great Neighbourhood Grants support citizen-initiated projects and activities that animate community spaces and create gathering spots to bring people together. The 2017 program will soon be open for applications. Click here to learn more about this program and find out about the launch party. Applications being accepted April 19 to June 4.
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 closed 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 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.
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 closed January 31, 2017 which will allow for Council consideration of approval for the application in February 2017 and payment of approved grants in 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 closed January 31, 2017 which will allow for Council consideration of approval for the application in February 2017 and payment of approved grants in 2017. Learn more about the program and apply here:
- Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grant Terms of Reference
- Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grant Checklist
- Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grant Application
- Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Grant Final Report
Festival Investment Grants are guided by the Festival Investment Grant Policy and are awarded by Council through a competitive process annually.
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