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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019

Grants For Community Groups

BC Hydro

Smart about power in all we do

By supplying electricity to the people and businesses of this province, we provide an essential and important service. We also believe in doing more than that.

Three focus areas, two types of grants

Thanks for checking out our grants for community groups. The deadline for application submissions closed March 29, 2019. Our next annual intake for applications opens February 3, 2020 and will run until March 31, 2020.

For our 2020 grant cycle, we're offering two types of grants to support non-profit organizations and registered charities that are making a difference in their communities.

Our grants are given out in three focus areas: We have two grants to choose from:

Broad Impact Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for organizations that wish to expand an existing program's reach or to develop a new program across multiple communities in B.C.

Grassroots Grants

Grants of up to $2,000 are available for local community-based programs.

How does it work?

Your organization may be eligible for funding if your program or initiative is aligned with one of the three focus areas.
When planning for your project, please take the time to review all requirements to ensure your application will be eligible. Note that qualification to apply for funding does not guarantee funding support.

Important dates to remember

Application intake period – Next application intake is February 3 to March 31, 2020.
Review period – April to May 2020. Applications aren't reviewed during the application intake period.
Funding decision – Applicants will be notified of grant decision by email approximately six weeks after the application intake period ends.
Grant funding is available for initiatives that occur from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
To begin your application process, follow the three steps below:
Step 1 – Select a focus area that best aligns with your program.
Step 2 – Review all of the requirements to ensure your program is eligible.
Step 3 – Select one of our grants.

Ineligible requests

The following organizations and/or activities are considered ineligible to receive funding:
  • Organizations with no operating base in B.C.
  • Health and social service organizations (unless program aligns with focus areas)
  • Political parties or candidates, advocacy or special interest groups
  • Sports teams, tournaments or sports equipment
  • School equipment
  • Scholarships, bursaries, and endowments
  • Research and feasibility studies
  • Political or religious causes
  • Capital campaigns, infrastructure upgrades or maintenance
  • 100% of any project costs
  • Salaries and operating costs
  • Expenses incurred prior to the application date
  • Event sponsorships: e.g. charity events, galas, golf tournaments, event tickets, celebrations, and festivals (unless aligned with focus areas)
  • Fundraising events: e.g. dry grad, field trips, special equipment, third-party fundraising
  • Advertising costs; underwriting TV, film or video
  • Individuals and individual pursuits
  • Travel costs including accommodations or meals
  • In-kind donations of prizing, giveaways or gift baskets
  • In-kind requests for BC Hydro services, materials or equipment including, but not exhaustive:
    • Electrical connections, deferred or free electricity
    • Fleet vehicles
    • Used computers
    • Poles
    • Scrap metal

Step 1 – Select a focus area

Review the following focus areas and select one that best aligns with your program.

Workforce of tomorrow

We support organizations and programs that focus on youth programming in the areas of trades, science, technology, engineering and math. Our goal is to help foster a more highly qualified workforce for British Columbia's future.  


We support organizations and programs that focus on public safety. At the top of our list is electricity safety. We also support programs that promote water safety and emergency preparedness.

Smart energy ideas

We support organizations with programs and initiatives that promote the smart use of energy. Show us how you educate, connect people to take action and implement new ideas around energy. Projects or programs that promote energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impacts are at the top of our list.

Contact Name: BC Hydro (Contact person varies by region)
Contact Phone: 1 800 224 9376
Subject Area(s): Public Works - Other, Energy, Risk Management
Last Reviewed: June 14, 2019, 12:02 pm
Deadline: No Official Deadline
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