Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. This page includes information about these grants, including: eligibility, grant amounts, application periods, how to apply, online application resources (tutorials, tips, FAQs, etc.) and more.

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Overview

Eligibility Non-profit organizations providing programs or services of direct benefit to the broader community. Details provided in Section 3 and 4 of Community Gaming Grant - Guidelines (PDF).
Grant Amount Local organizations: up to $100,000 per year
Regional organizations: up to $225,000 per year
Province-wide organizations: up to $250,000 per year
Application One application per year.
Application Period Arts and Culture:
Apply from Feb 1 to May 31 - Final notification: Aug 31
Sport:
Apply from Feb 1 to May 31 - Final notification: Aug 31
Public Safety:
Apply from Jul 1 to Aug 31 - Final notification: Nov 30
Environment:
Apply from Jul 1 to Aug 31 - Final notification: Nov 30
Human and Social Services:
Apply from Aug 1 to Nov 30 - Final notification: Feb 28
Community Charitable Gaming Associations:
Apply from Aug 1 to Nov 30 - Final notification: Feb 28

* Final notification date is the latest date that applicants will be notified about the result of their application.
Processing Fee None
Processing Time Applicants will be notified by the appropriate final notification date (see above).

How to Apply

Click below to see information about each step of the Community Gaming Grant application process. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the steps or if you want to print this page.

Check that your organization is eligible to apply for a Community Gaming Grant by reviewing the "Eligibility" information in the Overview section at the top of this page.

After you have confirmed your organization's eligibility, please familiarize yourself with the following important documents:

Make sure you're applying in the appropriate sector and at the appropriate time. See the "Application Period" information in the Overview section at the top of this page.

Most organizations will apply using the regular application. Some organizations that are re-applying for a Community Gaming Grant may be eligible to use the short form application if they meet the following requirements:

  • A regular Community Gaming Grant was approved for the previous two years;
  • The previous year's grant was awarded with conditions, and those conditions have been addressed; and
  • This year's request is for the same program(s) and same level of funding approved in the last fiscal year.

Organizations may only use the short form application for a maximum of two years in a row. Organizations that received a grant as a result of reconsideration must use the regular application. Organizations may be advised that they are ineligible to use the short application.

Short form application eligibility is determined by the online application system. If your organization believes it is eligible, but it is not given the option to use the short form application, please contact us by email (CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca). Please include your organization name.

Completing an application may take some time. We suggest planning for 30 to 60 minutes. With the online application system you cannot save your work and return to it later. To get through your application as efficiently as possible, please prepare before you start your online application by reviewing the following pre-application information.

Pre-application checklists:
The documents below are intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application. Use the regular pre-application checklist unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).

Example documents:
The documents below are examples of financial documents that you may be asked to provide during your online application. These types of documents are referenced in the pre-application checklists.

Application tutorials:
These documents are intended to give you an idea of what you will see during your online application. They include application questions as well as tips and suggestions for completing your application. Use the regular tutorial unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).

Frequently asked questions:
This document includes commonly asked questions about using the online service website to apply for a gaming grant.

Go to the Online Service page to start your online application (look for the "Apply Online" link).

NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted. Mailed, faxed, or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.

Make sure you submit supporting documents for your application. Application processing cannot start until all of the supporting documents have been received.

If you chose the "mail" option for any of the online application questions, submit only those documents and include your online application ID number and your organization name. You can submit supporting documents by email or regular mail using the addresses on the Questions & Contact Information page.

Applicants will be notified by the final notification date of the sector they applied under (see the Overview section at the top of this page).

Please make sure your email is set to allow messages sent from the online service system about your application (see our Email Tips page).

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.

Email: CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca
Phone (Victoria): 250 356-1081
Toll-free within B.C.: 1 800 663-7867 ask to be transferred to the number above

Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration (PDF).

Resources

Additional information, documents, and forms related to Community Gaming Grants are available in this section. Click below to see more information about these resources. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the information or if you want to print this page.

These resources are also available in the "How to Apply" section above and are intended to help you prepare for your online application.

Pre-application checklists:
The documents below are intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application. Use the regular pre-application checklist unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).

Example documents:
The documents below are examples of financial documents that you may be asked to provide during your online application. These types of documents are referenced in the pre-application checklists.

Application tutorials:
These documents are intended to give you an idea of what you will see during your online application. They include application questions as well as tips and suggestions for completing your application. Use the regular tutorial unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).

Frequently asked questions:
This document includes commonly asked questions about using the online service website to apply for a gaming grant.

Community organizations may be audited by to ensure compliance with guidelines and conditions. The documents below provide general information about audits and also highlight areas that can give rise to non-compliance, but are easily rectified.

This document provides information for service clubs wishing either to donate community gaming grant funds to eligible individuals/organizations or to use gaming grant funds to support the service club's own programs.

Use this form to report all deposits to, and all disbursements from, your organization's gaming account(s) during your fiscal year. Organizations must submit this form within 90 days of their fiscal year-end.

Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration. This document outlines the reconsideration process.

 

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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