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Recovery and Resiliency Fund

Multi-year flexible grants for charities and non-profit organizations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic to support their recovery and long-term resiliency.
Applications Now Closed

Update: 

  • October 12 - We will communicate decisions by mid-November.
  • September 23 - We've extended the deadline to apply to Wednesday, October 5.
  • September 9 - We've added a link to a recording of the first information session for those unable to attend the three times we're offering.
  • September 1 - We've scheduled 3 information sessions and have provided links to register a spot below. 
  • July 27 - We've made some updates to the resource documents and this webpage to clarify some of the information we've been receiving questions about. Please download the latest versions to access the most up-to-date information.

The Recovery and Resiliency Fund is a ground-breaking new fund made possible through the Government of BC's historic $30 million investment in British Columbia's non-profit sector. Thanks to a partnership between the Government of BC, Vancouver Foundation, United Way BC, and New Relationship Trust the fund will distribute $34 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, including a $4 million investment from Vancouver Foundation. 

This Fund will provide flexible, three-year grants of $50,000 and $72,000 per year to eligible organizations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. $5 million of the Fund will go to New Relationship Trust to grant directly to Indigenous-led organizations with annual revenues of more than $1 million.

Read more to learn how we’re disrupting traditional grantmaking practices through this Fund: https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/whats-new/how-recovery-resiliency-fund-shift-our-grantmaking 

Purpose of the Fund

Although organizations of all sizes in the charitable and non-profit sector have been negatively affected during the COVID-19 pandemic, some organizations have been disproportionately impacted because they have limited resources to sustain their operations. Meanwhile, they’ve also faced an increased demand for their programs, activities, and services, and have experienced a decreased operational ability to meet the demand due to funding and staffing challenges.

This Fund supports organizations that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with recovery efforts and long-term planning. It seeks to distribute the funding amongst those in need in our community as follows:

  • funding Indigenous-led organizations with annual expenses of any size
  • funding non-Indigenous organizations with annual expenses of less than $1 million
  • funding proportionately more organizations located in and/or operating in rural areas
  • funding proportionately more organizations in full partnership with, or led by, equity-denied communities that center the communities they represent

Available Grants & Eligibility 

1. For Indigenous-led Organizations with Annual Revenues over $1M

**UPDATE: Applications for the Indigenous Resiliency and Recovery Grant through New Relationship Trust are now closed as funds are now fully exhausted.

The Indigenous Resiliency and Recovery Grant (IPP) through New Relationship Trust (NRT) were open to Indigenous-led organizations with annual revenues of more than $1 million.

More information can be found here: https://www.newrelationshiptrust.ca/initiatives/indigenous-resilience-and-recovery-grant-initiative-guidelines-and-application/ 

Indigenous-led organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million can apply for funding through Vancouver Foundation (see below).

2. For All Other Charities and Non-Profit Societies in BC

a) Base Amount: $50,000 flexible grant per year for 3 years

To be eligible, an organization must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have been operating in BC since January 1, 2020 (before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic) and have (or will have) society incorporation or charitable registration by September 30, 2022.
    • Organizations that had to close temporarily or cyclically during the pandemic are also eligible to apply. 
    • Non-profits that incorporated as 'Member-funded' Societies are not eligible to receive funding. This designation is recorded in the incorporation record that you can look up at here.
      For more information on not-for-profit organizations, please click here.
    • Extra-provincial non-share corporations must be in good standing with B.C. Registries and Online Services.
  • Provides charitable benefit in one or more of BC’s eight economic development regions
    • Regardless of whether the organization is a charity or a non-profit society, its purpose must benefit the community-at-large.
    • To see a list of charitable purposes and their descriptions, please see here.
  • Has an identifiable need to recover from the pandemic, a vision of its longer-term resiliency, and needs additional financial resources to realize its vision. 
  • Had actual annual expenses in 2020 and 2021 of less than $1 million as per the organization's Statement of Financial Operations (i.e. Income Statement)

b) Top-Up Amount: $72,000 flexible grant per year for 3 years ($50,000 base + $22,000 top-up)

To be eligible, an organization must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • All criteria under the Base Amount Eligibility; and
  • Be either ‘Equity Partnership’ or ‘Equity Led’ in the Equity Matrix in at least 3 of the 4 attributes sections: Leadership, Values & Practices, Program & Team, Accountability to Community

How to Apply

  1. Review the Guidelines.
  2. Confirm your organization is either a registered charity or a registered non-profit society. The date of incorporation or charitable registration must be on or before September 30, 2022.
  3. Review the Equity Matrix so that you can answer the questions about your organization’s leadership, values and practices, program and team, and accountability.
  4. Set up an account or log into the Online Grant Management System to start your application.
  5. If your organization is selected to receive a grant, you will be contacted by staff to validate your eligibility and need.

How Applications Will Be Processed

Vancouver Foundation and United Way BC will be testing a randomized selection process to award grants to minimize the biases that many organizations face in applying for funding, including having to compete with other organizations based on qualitative and subjective indicators that assess merit. The randomized selection process is intended to assess eligibility and then validate it through a more relational approach before awarding the grant.

  1. All eligible applications will be pooled together based on economic development region and then further divided into Base Amount and Top-Up Amount pools. 
  2. Applications will be randomly selected until each of the funding pools is committed.
  3. Selected applicants will be contacted to confirm their eligibility and need, including support with uploading documentation (e.g. Statement of Financial Operations (i.e. Income Statement)) to be reviewed by Vancouver Foundation or United Way BC. Applications from Indigenous-led organizations will be assessed, validated, and supported by Vancouver Foundation’s Indigenous Priorities team (which is Indigenous-led).
  4. If the eligibility criteria are not met or cannot be validated, then a new organization will be selected using the same process.

Key Dates

  1. July 13: Applications Open
  2. October 5: Applications Close
  3. October to November: Randomized selection process and validation begins until the entire funding pool is committed
  4. November to December: Selections and decisions will be communicated
  5. November to December: Grants will be awarded

Info Sessions

To help you learn more about the grant program, we’d like to invite you to attend a virtual information session that will cover topics like: eligibility criteria; what the grant is for; how to apply; and how grantees are selected.

To save your spot, click on one of the links below: 

  1. September 7 at 11:00am to 12:00pm PT - Registration now closed.
  2. September 12 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm PT - Register by clicking here.
  3. September 20 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm PT - Register by clicking here.

A Zoom link to attend the session will be emailed to you on the day of. To participate, you’ll need reliable, high-speed internet and Zoom either on a desktop computer or mobile device. A recording of the first session will be shared here shortly after for those unable to attend any of the sessions.

If you are unable to attend the three sessions we're offering, click here for a video recording (with subtitles) to the first information session and you can download the presentation slide deck (PPT) used in the video.

Resources

  1. Program Guidelines (which also includes the Equity Matrix and the application questions) - Last updated July 27
  2. FAQ - Last updated July 27
  3. Equity Matrix
  4. Application Questions - Last updated July 27
  5. Information Session Video Recording (with subtitles)
  6. Information Session Presentation Slides

Contacts

For any questions about the Recovery and Resiliency Fund, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please contact email grants.admin@vancouverfoundation.ca

For any questions about the Indigenous Recovery and Resiliency Grant Initiative, please contact IRR@nrtf.ca