Community Gaming Grants

Community Gaming Grants support eligible not-for-profit organizations that deliver community programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia. This page includes information about these grants, including: eligibility, grant amounts, application periods, how to apply, online application resources (tutorials, tips, FAQs, etc.) and more.

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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 and Culture:
Apply from Feb 1 to April 30 - Final notification*: Aug 31
Sport:
Apply from March 1 to May 31 - Final notification: Sep 30
Parent Advisory Councils:
Apply from Apr 1 to Jun 30 - Final notification: Sep 30
Public Safety:
Apply from Jul 1 to Aug 31 – Final notification: Nov 30
Environment:
Apply from Jul 1 to Aug 31 – Final notification: Nov 30
Human and Social Services:
Apply from Aug 1 to Nov 30 - Final notification: Feb 28

*Final notification date is the latest date that applicants will be notified about the result of their application.
Processing Fee None
Processing Time Applicants will be notified by the appropriate final notification date (see above).

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 "Eligibility" information in the Overview section at the top of this page.
After you have confirmed your organization's eligibility, please familiarize yourself with the following important documents:
Make sure you're applying in the appropriate sector and at the appropriate time. See the "Application Period" information in the Overview section at the top of this page.
Most organizations will apply using the Regular Form application. Some organizations that are re-applying for a Community Gaming Grant may be eligible to use the new Renewed Funding application if they meet the following requirements:
  • Two Regular Form applications, or one Short Form/Renewed Funding application and one Regular Form application, were approved in the previous two years.
  • No reconsideration requests have been submitted for the last two applications.
  • The current application requests the same level of funding, for the same program(s) as approved in the last application
Organizations may only use the Renewed Funding application for a maximum of two years in a row. The Branch reserves the right to advise organizations that they are ineligible to use the Renewed Funding application. Please note: Search and rescue, amateur radio and volunteer firefighting organizations applying in the Public Safety sector are not eligible to submit a Renewed Funding application at any time.
 
Applicants who were previously eligible to submit a Short Form application will be permitted to submit a Renewed Funding application.
 
At the time of application, organizations that are eligible to submit a Renewed Funding application will be given the option to choose between submitting a Regular Form or a Renewed Funding application. If an organization is not eligible to submit a Renewed Funding application, the option will not be provided. If your organization believes it is eligible, but it is not given the option to use the Renewed Funding application, please contact us by email (CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca). Please include your organization name.
Before beginning the online application for a Community Gaming Grant, please review the appropriate pre-application checklist below 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.
 
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 form. 
 
Pre-application checklists:
The documents below are intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application. 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).
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 are intended to give you an idea of what you will see during your online application. They include application questions as well as tips and suggestions for completing your 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 using the online service system to apply for a gaming grant and understanding the program Guidelines.
Go to the Online Service page to start your online application (look for the "Apply Online" link).
NOTE: Only online applications will be accepted. Mailed, faxed, or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.
Make sure you submit supporting documents for your application. Application processing cannot start until all of the supporting documents have been received.
If you chose the "email" option for any of the online application questions, submit only those documents and include your online application ID number and your organization name. You can submit supporting documents by email to CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca.
Applicants will be notified by the final notification date of the sector they applied under (see the Overview section at the top of this page).
Please make sure your email is set to allow messages sent from the online service system about your application (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 can phone or send an email.

Email: CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca
Phone (Victoria): 250-356-1081
Toll-free within B.C.: 1-800 663-7867 (ask to be transferred to the number above)
 
Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration (PDF).

Resources

Additional information, documents, and forms related to Community Gaming Grants are available in this section. Click below to see more information about these resources. Click "expand all" if you want to see all of the information or if you want to print this page.

These resources are also available in the "How to Apply" section above and are intended to help you prepare for your online application.
Pre-application checklists:
The documents below are intended to help you gather the correct information before you start your online application. Use the regular pre-application checklist unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).
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 are intended to give you an idea of what you will see during your online application. They include application questions as well as tips and suggestions for completing your application. Use the regular tutorial unless you know your organization is eligible to apply using the short form application (see step 3 above).
Frequently asked questions:
These documents include commonly asked questions about using the online service website to apply for a gaming grant and understanding the program Guidelines.
Community organizations may be audited by to ensure compliance with guidelines and conditions. The documents below provide general information about audits and also highlight areas that can give rise to non-compliance, but are easily rectified.
This document provides information for service clubs wishing either to donate community gaming grant funds to eligible individuals/organizations or to use gaming grant funds to support the service club's own programs.
Use this form to report all deposits to, and all disbursements from, your organization's gaming account(s) during your fiscal year. Organizations must submit this form within 90 days of their fiscal year-end.
Applications that are denied may be eligible for reconsideration. This document outlines the reconsideration process.
The Archived 2019 Community Gaming Grants - Guidelines (PDF, 1.5MB) and the Archived 2019 Community Gaming Grants - Conditions (PDF, 92.7KB), published in December 2018, are applicable to all applications received prior to February 1, 2020.
 
The Archived 2018 Community Gaming Grants - Guidelines (PDF, 1.2MB) and the Archived 2018 Community Gaming Grants - Conditions (PDF, 642.7KB), published in December 2017, are applicable to all applications received prior to February 1, 2019.
 
The Archived 2017 Community Gaming Grants - Guidelines (PDF, 1.4MB) and the Archived 2017 Community Gaming Grants - Conditions (PDF, 263.5KB), published in December 2016, are applicable to all applications received prior to February 1, 2018.
 
The Archived 2014 Community Gaming Grants - Guidelines (PDF, 434.4KB) and the Archived 2014 Community Gaming Grants - Conditions (PDF, 156KB), published in August 2014, are applicable to all applications received prior to February 1, 2017.