2020 Strategic Plan Grant - Second Stream for COVID-19 Recovery

In response to COVID-19, Council directed staff to undertake a second round of Strategic Plan grants of up to $250,000 with an exclusive focus on recovery projects related to COVID-19. This one­ time-limited grant program is specifically designed to ignite and nurture community based COVID-19 recovery work as well act as a new catalyst to kick-start our city's resurgence.

Is my organization eligible?

  • Registered non-profit organization in good standing in the Province of BC or registered charitable organization in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Organization resides within the Capital Regional District and the services and activities benefit residents of the City of Victoria
  • Complement or extend the reach of the City services
  • Evidence of clear mandate and competent administration
  • Evidence of ongoing, active volunteer involvement
  • Not in arrears with the City of Victoria
  • Not in bankruptcy or seeking creditor protection
  • Projects or programs must be substantially completed by August 31, 2021
  • Monitoring and reporting requirements

The following activities and costs are ineligible for grant funding:

  • Commercial activities and related costs
  • Religious activities and related costs
  • Land purchase and land improvements
  • Activities and costs that are the responsibility of other governments
  • Costs not directly associated with approved project, program or service
  • Fundraising costs for the operations of the organization
  • Travel costs
  • Conference, workshop, training or professional development costs
  • Deficit or debt repayment
  • Re-investment of unused grant revenue by funded organization
  • Festivals
  • Impact to public space
  • Capital requests

You might want to consider the following questions when developing your COVID-19 Relief Project:

  • How will your action protect people and ensure that our city can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before?
  • How does your action revive a business, organization, service or other local program, based in the city, that was affected by COVID-19?
  • How was the business, organization, service, or other local program for which you are creating a remedy affected by COVID-19?
  • How will your action complement on a local level, the COVID-19 recovery priorities set out by the provincial government?
  • What specific benefits to community accrue from you action?

How to apply:

Fill out the new COVID-19 Strategic Grant Application Form and submit it along with proof your organization is a registered society or charity in good standing to grants@victoria.ca before July 15, 2020.