COVID-19 updates and FAQs for Community Gaming Grant recipients and applicants

We have made temporary changes to help not-for-profit organizations adapt and continue to provide vital services to British Columbians.

Last updated: May 13, 2021

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Applying for 2021/22 grants

We are committed to supporting not-for-profit organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been no change to the annual $140 million budget for Community Gaming Grants.

Applications for 2021/22 grants opened on February 1, 2021. We are processing applications as they come in.

You must now explain in your application how you will deliver programming in the context of COVID-19. This includes complying with ​public health directives​ requiring physical distancing.

Using grant funds

Grant funds may only be used to support the direct delivery of programming. If programs are not running, funding can't be used for your organization’s general operating expenses, even if you are unable to deliver programming because of COVID-19.

Grant funds awarded in 2021/22 must be used within 12 months of receipt. If you are unable to do so, you must ​contact us​ for approval to hold the funds for longer. You should include:

  • A description of any postponements or cancellations to your programming
  • The reasons for retaining the grant funds beyond 12 months
  • The amount of funds to be retained
  • The proposed purposes and timeline for disbursement of those funds

Creating new paid positions

We are temporarily allowing the use of grant funding to create new paid positions for 2021/22.

Returning applicants

Program delivery

For the 2021/22 grant year, we will:

  • Relax the 12-month previous delivery requirement for existing programs impacted by COVID-19
  • Waive the 12-month previous delivery requirement for new programs that respond to current community needs related to COVID-19

Changes to how programs are delivered will not impact funding decisions (i.e. virtual performances, delivery services).

Cancelled or postponed programming

If you cancel or postpone an approved program, you may:

  • Redirect the grant funds to another approved program
  • Hold them for future use

If you have already spent grant funds on a cancelled program, you will not have to repay those costs. You should include those expenses on your next Gaming Account Summary Report.

Relaxed Criteria

For the 2021/22 grant year, we will not penalize applicants if:

  • Government funding made up more than 75% of your organization’s operating costs in the previous year
  • Your organization had an operating surplus greater than 50% of its operating expenses in the previous year

New applicants

Both new and returning applicants are required to submit the same information in order to assess eligibility.

New applicants must demonstrate they have met the eligibility requirements in the program guidelines in order for their application to be properly assessed, as historical information is not available​.

If you are unable to meet the eligibility requirements as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, please ​contact us​ before applying.



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