Applications open for City of Nanaimo 2020 Social Planning Grants

Deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019


Beginning October 1, the City of Nanaimo will be accepting applications for the 2020 Social Planning Grant Program. The program aims to assist organizations in responding to issues of a social nature with initiatives that enhance social cohesion, address the root causes and effects of poverty, contribute to the vitality of our community and foster social inclusion and social equity.

There is a total of $85,000 available under two grant categories: Social Response Grants ($60,000 available) and Community Vitality Grants ($25,000 available). Organizations that apply for funding must be based in Nanaimo and/or be proposing a project that primarily serves Nanaimo residents. Eligible organizations include non-profit societies, recognized religious groups and neighbourhood associations recognized by the City of Nanaimo.

The City is seeking applications that address one or more of the following priorities: Social Equity; Community Diversity; Community Wellness and Vibrant Neighbourhoods. More detail on these categories is provided in the Grant Guidelines and Criteria document, which is available along with the application forms on the City of Nanaimo website. The deadline for submitting an application is 4:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Link to Strategic Plan: Promoting the community value of Social Equity by reducing the effects of poverty overall, increasing citizen safety and nurturing health and inclusivity.

Key Points

  • The City of Nanaimo is now accepting applications for the 2020 Social Planning Grants, with a deadline of Monday, October 28, 2019 (4:00 PM).
  • The Social Planning Grants are an important part of the support that the City provides to our partners in addressing issues related to social equity and community well-being.


"The City is pleased to offer these grant opportunities in order to assist valuable organizations that provide essential social services in our community."

City of Nanaimo

Quick Facts

  • The City of Nanaimo’s Social Planning Grant Program has been operating since 2007.
  • Past projects that have received grant funding have addressed issues such as child poverty; social isolation and suicide prevention; and improving access to food for vulnerable populations.


David Stewart
Social Planner
City of Nanaimo
Lisa Bhopalsingh
Manager, Community Planning
City of Nanaimo

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