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.
- First Application for a Gaming Grant?
- Determining the Correct Type of Gaming Grant for Your Organization
- Other Types of Grants and Funding (non-gaming grants and funding)
- How to Apply & Related Resources (guidelines, conditions, forms, etc.)
- Application Status & Questions
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.
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
- 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.)
Gaming grants are designed to fit the needs of a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations throughout British Columbia. Human and social services, arts and culture, sport, public safety, K-12 students' extra-curricular activities and capital projects — all these areas are supported through gaming grants to community organizations.
The table below provides an overview of 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.
- 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 not-for-profit 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 in the same year.
Arts and Culture
|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
|Capital Project Grants||
Eligible not-for-profit organizations with matching funds.
For full eligibility and application details, see Capital Projects Grants.
|Maximum grant: $250,000 per year.
One application per year.
NOTE: Eligible organizations may apply for both a Community Gaming Grant/PAC & DPAC Grant and Capital Project Grant in the same year.
|Apply from June 1 - July 31
Final notification: Oct 31
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 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
Apply between Oct 24, 2016 and Dec 18, 2016
Final notification: Mar 31, 2017
|Search Tool for Funding and Grants
Search Funding & Grants tool to find out about funding from other regional, provincial and federal sources.
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.).
- Community Gaming Grants (for community programs)
- PAC and DPAC Grants (for parent advisory councils)
- Multiculturalism Grants (for cultural expression and anti-racism programs/projects)
- November 25, 2013 - Letter to all Gaming Event Licensees and Grant Recipients (Requirements for Reporting Wrongdoing for Licensees and Grant Recipients) (PDF)
Documents and forms for gaming grants are also available on the Documents & Forms page.