Non-Profits: Recovery and Resiliency Fund OPEN

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 Open until Sept. 30

The Recovery and Resiliency Fund is a ground-breaking new fund made possible through a partnership between Government of BC, Vancouver Foundation, United Way BC, and New Relationship Trust that will distribute $34 million to charitable and non-profit organizations.

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: 


  1. Review the Guidelines.
  2. Confirm that your organization is either a registered charity or a registered non-profit society.
  3. Assess whether your organization is eligible for the Base Amount or the Top-Up Amount.
  4. Set up an account or login to 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.


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.

  • All eligible applications will be pooled together based on economic development region and then further divided into Base Amount and Top-Up Amount pools. 
  • Applications will be randomly selected until each of the funding pools is committed.
  • Selected applicants will be contacted to confirm their eligibility and need, including support with uploading documentation (e.g. revenue statements and operating budgets) 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).
  • If the eligibility criteria are not met or cannot be validated, then a new organization will be selected using the same process.


  1. July 13: Applications Open
  2. September 30: Applications Close
  3. October to November: Randomized selection process and validation begins until entire funding pool is committed
  4. November to December: Selections and decisions will be communicated
  5. November to December: Grants will be awarded


  1. Program Guidelines (which also includes the Equity Matrix and the application questions) – Last updated July 18
  2. FAQ – Last updated July 18
  3. Equity Matrix
  4. Application Questions
  5. NRT’s Indigenous Recovery and Resiliency Grant Initiative webpage


For any questions about the Recovery and Resiliency Fund, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please contact email [email protected]

For any questions about the Indigenous Recovery and Resiliency Grant Initiative, please contact [email protected]