Emergency Social Services Grant

To support the continued needs of people sheltering outdoors during the pandemic, the City of Victoria developed the new Emergency Social Services Grant.


The City provided $115,420 in grants to ensure people sheltering outdoors in Victoria have access to showers and outreach services such as warm meals and clothing, until the end of March 2021. 

The Salvation Army received $86,520 to establish a mobile shower trailer that circulated five days per week to various sheltering locations. The Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health received $22,400 to deliver community care services and meals to Victoria’s vulnerable population and $6,500 for a community care tent that managed donated goods and provide basic health services.

In addition to the Emergency Social Services Grant, the City also invested funding for expanded shower hours at Our Place Society on Pandora Avenue to 13 hours daily, seven days a week and had public washrooms in parks open 24/7 with enhanced cleaning to ensure everyone sheltering in parks had access to safe hygiene.

The City continues to work closely with BC Housing, Island Health and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness and other service agencies to find people indoor shelter spaces and increase access to supports.


In fall 2020, City Council allocated up to $100,000 from the federal-provincial restart funding to offer the Emergency Social Services Grant, a one-time grant program to deliver mobile hygiene and other social services to people sheltering outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not-for-profit organizations and informal groups were invited to apply for the grant. Informal groups are to include a letter of support from a registered not-for-profit organization.

Applicants were asked to complete this fillable Application Form and email it back to grants@victoria.ca.

  • You are asked to describe your proposed project and how it will involve the community before, during and following implementation.
  • You will also need to detail how your proposed project will benefit the community, if there are opportunities for equity and inclusion, ways to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, your approvals required and any liability concerns.
  • Your proposed project’s timeline and location, work plan schedule and project costs are also required.

Note: Two additional questions were added to the application form asking if there is any matching funding being provided, and do you require the full amount requested to do the service?

Grant recipients must comply with applicable municipal policies, bylaws and requirements of the City of Victoria, respecting the safe use of City property.

The deadline for submissions was 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Grant applications were adjudicated by City Council.

For more information, email: grants@victoria.ca.