Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants

Under the BC Multiculturalism Act, annual Multicultural and Anti-Racism Grants are offered to registered non-profit and other eligible organizations.

Last updated: December 20, 2021

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants program 2021/2022. The application period is now closed. Applicants will be informed of their application status in March 2022. 

Applicants wishing to participate in future Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Grants are encouraged to revisit this website in Fall 2022. Should you have any questions concerning this grant, please contact the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Division by email at


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How the program works

Under the annual multiculturalism and anti-racism grant program, funds are available to support projects that build intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. 

In 2021-22, the program focus is on projects that seek to reduce systemic racism, hate incidents and/or build capacity in racialized communities, with a preference for applications submitted by racialized and marginalized groups.

Projects must start on or after March 1, 2022 and end by March 31, 2023. 

Program funding

In the 2021-22 grants cycle, eligible organizations can apply for grants up to $5,000. 

Determine your eligibility

Organizations eligible to apply: 

  • Registered non-profits, incorporated, and in good standing under the Societies Act [SBC2015], or a British Columbia-based, federally registered charity, also in good standing
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) governments, tribal councils, band councils, or organizations
  • Provincial public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, libraries, chambers of commerce, hospitals and other health-care institutions with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner
  • Municipal and regional district governments with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner
  • Private sector organizations with at least one BIPOC-led non-profit society as a partner

Eligible organizations must have a British Columbia address. 

How to use the grant

Eligible grant expenses 

Eligible expenses must be the direct costs needed to administer the project. Grant recipients ​may spend funding in one or more of the following categories: 

  • Equipment rental, such as: 
    • Lighting, sound and audio-visual
    • Sports equipment
  • COVID-19 protocol related costs, such as: 
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Online hosting fees
    • Digital content creation
    • Virtual technology requirements
    • Other relates costs incurred due to COVID-19 protocols at the time of program delivery
  • ​​Event or workshop materials, such as: 
    • Pens, paper and other tools
  • Fees, such as: 
    • Project coordinator’s fees
    • Facilitators’, artists’ or coaches’ fees
    • Workshop fees
    • Training/educational fees
    • Performance fees
  • Food and beverage, such as: 
    • Food and non-alcoholic beverages for participants and volunteers
  • Honorariums, fees and contract agreements, such as: 
    • Indigenous or other cultural elders
    • Facilitators, speakers, artists, coaches and cultural workers
    • Technicians
    • Note: Conflicts of interest need to be identified in advance
  • ​​Marketing and communications, such as:
    • Newspaper ads
    • Graphic design fees
  • Transportation costs where transportation is a barrier to participation
  • Venue rental, such as:
    • Any identified programming space
  • Volunteer expenses, such as:
    • T-shirts (for identification purposes only)
    • Refreshments

Ineligible grant expenses 

Applications seeking grant funding to cover expenses in one or more of the following categories will not be considered:

  • Salaries and fees not directly related to delivering the project
  • Fundraising beyond project cost-recovery
  • Capital projects
  • Major equipment purchases
  • Alcohol
  • Recurring business expenses, such as:
    • Rental of office space
    • Utility, telephone and other recurring expenses

Applicants seeking funding for festivals or cultural celebrations should email prior to submitting an application to discuss the eligibility of their proposal.

Application requirements

Applications for 2021/2022 are open until December 20, 2021 at 2:00pm. 



If you have any questions or experience problems, contact

Word and PDF versions of the application form are available below, in order for applicants to compile their grant application content prior to starting the online process. Please note that these documents cannot be submitted directly, and are being shared to support organizations in preparing their application, not as an alternative to submitting through the online application link provided above.

Web Application (Word Version)

Web Application (PDF Version)


Reporting requirements

This section is applicable to previous successful 2020-21 grant recipients only. You need to submit a report on how you used the funds and what outcomes were achieved.

The final report asks grant recipients to:

  • Provide a brief summary of the project, why it was undertaken, and what it accomplished (max 300 words)
  • Provide a brief explanation of how the project met the 2020/21 Multiculturalism Grant program objectives (max 300 words)
  • Provide 2-4 bullet points to highlight any significant outcomes that resulted from the project
  • If there were changes to the proposed budget, provide 2-4 bullet points about these changes

If you have any questions or experience problems, contact