Multiculturalism grants

Under the BC Multiculturalism Act, annual multiculturalism grants are offered to registered non-profit and other eligible organizations.

Last updated: December 4, 2020

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How the program works

Under the 2020/2021 multiculturalism grant program, $800,000 is available to support projects that build intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. 

This year the program is prioritizing projects that address anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian and anti-Black racism. To support this, grants have been divided into two funding streams.

Stream 1: BIPOC larger grant stream

  • Anti-Indigenous racism
  • Anti-Asian racism
  • Anti-Black racism

Stream 2: Regular grant stream

  • BIPOC/LGBTQ2S+ youth
  • BC150+ inquiry
  • Resilience and recovery initiatives 

Projects must start on or after March 1, 2021 and end by March 31, 2022. 

Program funding

The $800,000 in total available funding is divided between Stream 1 and Stream 2. 

Eligible organizations led by Black, Indigenous or people of colour (BIPOC) can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for projects focused on the three priority themes.

Priority themes

  • Anti-Indigenous Racism
  • Anti-Asian Racism
  • Anti-Black Racism

Types of projects

Projects that aim to reduce racism, discrimination and/or systemic barriers towards Indigenous peoples, Asian-Canadians and Black-Canadians in BC, either in a specific community or region, or more broadly across the province through a variety of approaches.

Any eligible organization can apply for grants for up to $5,000 for projects that meet the traditional objectives of the program. Preferential scoring will be used for projects that focus on the specified priority themes.

Priority themes


Projects that support cultural expression, leadership and capacity building initiatives for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ youth.

Types of projects

  • Cultural expressions
  • Building networks
  • Leading initiatives
  • Developing and accessing community engagement/leadership opportunities/capacity building

BC150+ Inquiry

In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of BC entering confederation in 2021, projects that amplify the voices of cultural and racialized groups that have been under-represented in traditional BC historical narratives.

Types of projects

  • Projects that critically examine the legacy of colonialism from the perspectives of BC First Nations and other BIPOC groups
  • Projects that share untold histories or illuminate suppressed truths of  under-represented communities
  • Projects that support the development of an equitable vision for the Province’s next 150 years  

Resilience and Recovery Initiatives

Projects that build connections within racialized and marginalized communities most affected by social isolation measures in 2020 and promote access to tools and resources. 

Types of projects

  • Projects that support engagement, outreach and dialogue with and between impacted communities
  • Project that create connections for communities most affected by social isolation measures
  • New tools and resources to improve access to information by under-served racialized or marginalized communities
  • Online delivery of services, programs or events for impacted communities
  • Research activities and systemic change initiatives in sectors where racialized groups are overrepresented


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

Only one application will be accepted from each organization.

Be prepared to provide a completed application form and the following:

  • Registered society or charity number
  • Project information
  • Project budget
  • Organizational information
  • Organizational financial information
  • Description of COVID-19 related measures in project delivery complying with the Provincial Health Officer Orders, Notices and Guidance
  • Description and confirmation that organization meets “BIPOC-led” requirements where required

Attachments, including letters of support, links to webpages, or other supplemental material will not be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the application checklist (PDF, 158KB) to ensure they have provided all the necessary information in their application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they are submitting a complete application.

Submit your application

Applications have now closed. 

Successful applicants will be contacted by February 28, 2021. All applicants will be notified of results by March 31, 2021.