For eligible not-for-profit agencies, additional information now is available regarding the Government of British Columbia's new $5-million investment in the Community Gaming Grants program for capital projects.
This funding will support capital projects with a total cost of over $20,000.
To be eligible for a grant under the new capital program, an organization must meet the criteria listed in Section 3 of the Community Gaming Grants program guidelines. Grants will be available in amounts of up to $250,000, and for up to 50% of total costs for capital projects that demonstrate a community benefit and are accessible to the public. Matching funds from the applicants are required and may include in-kind contributions of tangible assets and letters of guarantees from other funders.
Three categories of capital projects are eligible for funding:
- Facilities: construction, renovation or maintenance of facilities.
- Community infrastructure: public amenities such as docks, parks or playgrounds.
- Acquisitions: the purchase of fixed capital assets for long-term use, including vehicles.
Eligible organizations will have from Aug. 1 until Sept. 30, 2017, to submit their applications.
The Province will announce the successful candidates and award the grants by the end of 2017. Applications in the capital projects sector will be competitively adjudicated, with consideration also given to regional distribution, representation of the six community gaming grant sectors, project size and Aboriginal inclusion.
Detailed eligibility criteria will be released in the summer.
- Beginning in fiscal year 2017-18, the Government of British Columbia will commit $140 million to the annual Community Gaming Grants program.
- More than 5,000 not-for-profit organizations, representing communities throughout British Columbia, benefit from community gaming grants every year to directly deliver approved programs in their communities.
- Eligible organizations may apply for gaming grant funding in the capital projects sector in addition to one of the following six sectors: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; and parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils.
- Community gaming grants help foster a high quality of life in B.C. communities by supporting diverse programming responsive to local needs and issues, such as youth sports teams, performing arts, cultural festivals and fairs, restorative justice initiatives, volunteer fire departments, search and rescue services, wildlife shelters, nature reserves, food banks, transition houses, hospices, drop-in centres, day cares and enhancements to K-12 students’ extracurricular opportunities.
For more information about B.C. community gaming grants, including applications for capital projects: