Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants provide $135 million annually to not-for-profit organizations throughout B.C., to support their delivery of ongoing programs and services that meet the needs of their communities. This page includes information about these grants, including eligibility criteria, grant amounts, how and when to apply and more.

For information about the other types of grant funding available, please review the PAC & DPAC Grants and Capital Project Grants pages.

Learn more about Community Gaming Grants:

Overview

Eligibility Not-for-profit organizations providing programs or services of direct benefit to the broader community. Details provided in Sections 3 and 4 of the Community Gaming Grants: Program Guidelines (PDF, 2MB).
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 & Culture:
Apply between February 1 and April 30.
Notification by August 31.
Sport:

Apply between March 1 and May 31.
Notification by September 30.

Public Safety:
Apply between July 1 and August 31.
Notification by November 30.

Environment:
Apply between July 1 and August 31.
Notification by November 30.
Human and Social Services:

Apply between August 1 and November 30.
Notification by February 28.
Processing Fee None

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 following important documents:
 
Applicants are encouraged to read both documents in full, as they contain important information about eligibility, application requirements, the use of grant funds, and the responsibilities of grant recipients.
Make sure you are applying in the appropriate sector and at the appropriate time. Detailed information about the sectors is provided in Section 2.2 of the Program Guidelines.

Organizations must apply during the intake period for the sector that most closely aligns with the programs and services they deliver:

Arts and Culture:
Apply between February 1 and April 30. Notification by August 31.
 
Sport:
Apply between March 1 and May 31. Notification by September 30.
 
Public Safety:
Apply between July 1 and August 31. Notification by November 30.
 
Environment:
Apply between July 1 and August 31. Notification by November 30.
 
Human and Social Services:
Apply between August 1 and November 30. Notification by February 28.
Regular Form Application: Most organizations will apply using the Regular Form application, including all new applicants, as well as returning applicants that are seeking a funding increase or funding for new programming.
 
Renewed Funding Application: Some returning applicants may be eligible to use the new Renewed Funding application if they meet the requirements outlined in Section 5.3 of the Program Guidelines.
This application should only be used in cases where the returning applicant is seeking the same level of funding, for the same programs, as they received in the previous year.
 
Note: Applicants who were previously eligible to submit a Short Form application will be permitted to submit a Renewed Funding application this year.
There are several helpful online resources to support applicants to prepare for and submit an online application for a Community Gaming Grant.
 
Pre-Application Checklists:
Before beginning the online application for a Community Gaming Grant, please review the appropriate pre-application checklist, to ensure that you have all required information and documentation available to refer to or to upload to the application. This preparation will make applying faster and easier.

Use the Regular Form pre-application checklist unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the Renewed Funding application (see Step 3 above).
 

Service Clubs:
Service Clubs that deliver a Community Donations Program should review the following checklist to ensure that their donation recipients meet all organization and program eligibility criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines and Conditions.
 

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 provide an overview of what you will see when completing the online application. Use the Regular Form application tutorial unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the Renewed Funding application (see Step 3 above).
 

Frequently Asked Questions:
These documents include commonly asked questions about the Community Gaming Grants: Program Guidelines, as well as questions about using the Online Service system to apply for a grant. 
 
Go to the Online Service page to start your online application (look for the "Launch Online Service" button).
 
The online application must be completed and submitted in one sitting, as the system will time out after approximately 60 minutes. If the system times out, attempting to submit the application may result in an error, and the information entered into the online application may be lost.
 
We recommend planning to spend 30 - 60 minutes to complete the online application for a Community Gaming Grant.
 
NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted. Mailed, faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.
Ensure that all required supporting documents are submitted with your application. Supporting documents must be uploaded to the online application or emailed to the Branch within 2 weeks of the application submission date.
 
If you choose to submit supporting documents by email, please include your application ID number and organization name in the body of the email. Supporting documents may be emailed to: CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca.
Applicants will be notified by email by the notification date for the sector under which they applied. See Step 2 above for application intake periods and notification dates.
 
Please ensure that your email is set to allow messages sent from the Gaming Online Service system (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 may Contact Us by phone or email.

Resources

Additional helpful information and online resources related to the Community Gaming Grants program are available on the Documents, Forms & Checklists page, including: