Gaming Grants

Government gaming grants allow eligible organizations to apply for gambling revenues to support a broad range of programs and services. Find out about types of grants, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

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First Application for a Gaming Grant?

Government gaming grants allow eligible organizations to apply for gambling 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.

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
  • 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 more details about each type of grant, follow the links in the How to Apply & Related Resources (guidelines, conditions, forms, etc.) section near the bottom of this page.

Note:

  • Organizations that are re-applying for a Community Gaming Grant may be eligible to use the short application; see the "How to Apply" section on the Community Gaming Grants page for more information
Grant Eligibility and Use of Funds Grant Amounts Application Period and Final Notification Date
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, see 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:
Eligible organizations may apply in both of the Multiculturalism Grant sectors (see below) and may also apply for a community gaming grant — all in the same year.

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 & 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, see PAC & 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

Note: Major capital project grants are not available until further notice.
 
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.
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.

Other Types of Grants & Funding (non-gaming grants and funding)

In addition to the gaming grants described above, other non-gaming grants/funding may be administered through the gaming grant program.

The table below provides an overview of non-gaming grants/funding in B.C. along with the kinds of programs the grants support. Non-gaming grants/funding may differ from gaming grants in terms of eligibility, application processes, appropriate use of funds, etc. Applicants will by notified whether their application was successful by the final notification date.

For full details on each type of grant/funding, follow the links in the table below.

Grant/Funding Eligibility and use of funds Grant/funding amounts Application period and final notification date
Multiculturalism Grants

Multiculturalism grants are offered by the Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism and are administered through the gaming grant program.
Eligible non-profit community organizations.

Funds must be used to support cultural expression and/or anti-racism projects that raise awareness about or enhance B.C.'s multicultural identity.

For full eligibility and application details, see Multiculturalism Grants.
Max $5,000 per organization.

Submit a separate application form for each sector.

Eligible organizations may apply in both of the Multiculturalism Grant sectors and may also apply for a community gaming grant — all in the same year.
Cultural Expression Sector
Anti-Racism Sector

Apply between Oct 26, 2015 and Dec 13, 2015
Final notification: Mar 31, 2016

Note: The application period ended on December 13, 2015. Applications are no longer being accepted.
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How to Apply & Related Resources (guidelines, conditions, forms, etc.)

Once you've decided on the kind of grant you want to apply for, please visit the appropriate link below for complete application information and resources (how to apply, pre-application information, etc.).

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

Documents and forms for gaming grants are also available on the Documents & Forms page.

Application Status & Questions

To check the status of an application, please see Application Status Reports. If you have questions about your application you can phone or send an email, see Questions & Contact Information.

Online Service

Apply for a gambling event licence or gaming grant, check your application status, or report gambling wrongdoing.

Reports

Read the B.C. Community Gaming Grants Review (PDF).

More gaming grant reports are available at Reports, Publications, & Statistics and at DataBC.

Useful Contacts

Contact the Community Gaming Grants Branch if you have questions about gaming grants in B.C.

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