Social Planning Grants

The purpose of the Social Planning Grant programs is 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.

For 2021 only, $30,000 of extra funding dedicated to programs that specifically address community wellness or substance use response is being added to the Social Response Grant Program.  The total amount of Social Planning Grant funds available for 2021 is $115,000 within the following categories:

  • Community Vitality Grants (for smaller projects) - $25,000
  • Social Response Grants (for larger projects) - $90,000
    Note:  $30,000 of this funding is available for Community Wellness and Substance Use Response projects only.

Intake for 2021 Social Planning Grants is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications from organizations seeking financial assistance for 2021. The deadline for applications was Monday, December 7, 2020 (4:00 pm).

Social Response Grants

This grant is intended for initiatives and projects of a more significant scope. The budget for this category this year is $60,000 plus an additional $30,000 for Community Wellness and Substance Use Response grants, for a total budget of $90,000.  Projects eligible for the additional $30,000 in funding may include:

  • Detox and treatment programs
  • Counselling and support
  • Peer support and employment programs
  • Harm reduction and overdose response (island Health approval encouraged)

Programs that address other social priorities may be eligible for up to $60,000 in funding.

Community Vitality Grant

This grant is intended for projects of a smaller scale. The total budget available for this category is $25,000.

Did you receive funds in previous years?

Please note:  Applicants who have received funding in previous years must provide a complete Final Report within twelve months of receipt of funding.

Contact Us

Social Planning 250-755-4464
socialplanning@nanaimo.ca

David Stewart Social Planner
250-755-4491
David.Stewart@nanaimo.ca

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