Ministry of Finance - Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

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Grants


First application for a gaming grant?

Government gaming grants allow eligible organizations to apply for gaming revenues to support a broad range of programs and services. To receive a grant, your organization and the program offered must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Responsibility for the gaming grants program lies with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch distributes the grants. The branch determines which organizations will receive grants, the grant amounts and makes grant payments to approved applicants.

Organizations receiving community gaming grants must use their grant funds for approved, eligible purposes.

Eligibility

Programs must have been in operation for at least 12 months prior to application. (In other words, a grant will not be awarded for a program that is being offered for the first time.) To receive a grant, the program must fall into one of the following sectors:

  • Arts and Culture;
  • Sport;
  • Environment;
  • Public Safety;
  • Human and Social Services; or
  • Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils. (These organizations are aligned with schools.)

More information is available in the guidelines and conditions documents, links to which can be found at the bottom of this page. (We recommend first-time applicants fully review this page before proceeding to the application stage.)



Determining the correct type of gaming grant for your organization

Gaming grants are designed to fit the needs of a wide variety of non-profit organizations throughout British Columbia. Human and social services, arts and culture, sport, public safety and students' extra-curricular activities — all these areas are supported through gaming grants to community organizations.

The table below provides an overview of B.C. gaming grants and the kinds of programs they support. Grant applicants will by notified whether their application was successful by the final notification date.

For full details on each grant, refer to the "Grant and funding applications, guidelines and conditions" section at bottom of this page.

Grant Eligibility and use of funds Grant amounts Application period and final notification date
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Organizations that are re-applying for a Community Gaming Grant may be eligible to use the short application. See the "Apply" section on the Community Gaming Grants page for more information.
Community Gaming Grants Eligible non-profit community organizations.

Funds must be used to support direct delivery of a program that benefits the broader community.

For full eligibility and application details, click the link at left (Community Gaming Grants).
Local organizations maximum grant: $100,000 per year (Up to $20,000 of this may be used for minor capital projects.)

Regional organizations maximum grant: $225,000 per year.

Province-wide organizations maximum grant: $250,000 per year.

One application per year.

NOTE:

The major capital project grant and the playground grant are not available until further notice.
Arts and Culture
Apply from Feb 1 - May 31
Final notification: Aug 31

Sport
Apply from Feb 1 - May 31
Final notification: Aug 31

Public Safety
Apply from Jul 1 - Aug 31
Final notification: Nov 30

Human and Social Services
Apply from Aug 1 - Nov 30
Final notification: Feb 28
(Community Charitable Gaming Associations may apply from Aug 1 to Nov 30.)

Environment
Apply from Jul 1 - Aug 31
Final notification: Nov 30

PAC and DPAC Grants

Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils.

Funds must be used to benefit students by enhancing extracurricular opportunities. Grant funds must remain under the management and control of the PAC or DPAC that receives them.

For full eligibility and application details, click the link at left (PAC and DPAC Grants).
PAC: $20 per student per year.

DPAC: $2,500 per year.
Apply from Apr 1 - Jun 30
Final notification: Sep 30
Major Capital Project Grants

Eligible non-profit community organizations.

Funds must be used on capital projects, such as construction of a new facility or renovation or maintenance of an existing structure. The project must be essential to an organization's specific purpose and must be accessible to the public.

For full eligibility and application details, click the link at left (Major Capital Project Grants).
When seeking more than $20,000 for a capital project: The amount equal to the secured funding held by the organization for the project, to a maximum of 50% of the total cost of the project. Maximum: $100,000.

One application per year. This one application may be paired with a community gaming grant application in the same year.
NOTE:
Major capital project grants are not available until further notice.



Acknowledgment of gaming funds

While an acknowledgment is generally not required, community gaming grant recipients that choose to produce promotional or other materials (including any signage for funded capital projects) related to a grant supported program, must acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

For more information, see the Acknowledgment of Gaming Funds page.



Grant and funding applications, guidelines and conditions

NOTE: Multiculturalism grants offered by the Minister of State for Multiculturalism have concluded. These grants were a one-time grant available from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. These grants were separate from community gaming grants.

NOTE: Major capital project and playground grants are not available until further notice.

Once you've decided on the kind of grant you want to apply for, please proceed to the application form and important supporting documents by clicking on the appropriate link below. visit the following pages for full eligibility and application details.



Forms

Please see the Forms and Guidelines - Grants page to download forms for all types of grants.



Application status

To check the status of an application, please see the Application Status Reports page or contact the branch by phone (see the Contact Us page.)

If your application was sent by mail and does not appear on the Application Status Reports page, you can check the following report to see if it has been received by GPEB: