Fund Space

Seeking funding for capital projects related to not-for-profit, social enterprise or artist spaces?

There is a vast a continuum of funding need and opportunity when it comes to supporting space--from renovations to acquisition, feasibility studies to long term facility maintenance and repair. Funding might be available in the form of grants, or loan financing. Whatever your need, it is worth the time to speak with your prospective funder to understand their priorties, and to tap into their knowledge of what program, fund or financing might work best for you. 

What follows is a  listing of funding/financing programs that support not-for-profit and social enterprise space. Although SPRE itself is not a funder, many of the SPRE members are. You will find links to their programs and many others below. This is an evolving list, so if you know of a program that would be good to link to this page, let us know at

SPRE Member Funding Programs:

·BC Housing

·Canadian Heritage

·Central City Foundation

·City of Nanaimo

·City of North Vancouver

·City of Richmond

·City of Surrey

·City of Vancouver – Cultural Services

·City of Vancouver – Social Policy

·City of Victoria

·canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC)

·Real Estate Foundation of BC


·Vancity Community Foundation

Other Funding Programs

British Columbia Arts Council Grant Programs

BC Gaming Grants

BC Economic Development Funding and Grants Database   

CIRA’s Community Investment Program grants

Co-op Community Spaces Funding

Community Futures Rural EDP Business Loans

Creative BC Industry Initiatives

Community, Culture, and Recreation (CCR) Program

Employment and Social Development Canada – Supporting Black Communities

Heritage Legacy Fund: Heritage Conservation, Awareness, Planning and Indigenous Partnership streams

Infrastructure Canada - Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund

Island Coastal Economic Trust: Infrastructure and Readiness Programs

Port of Vancouver Centerm Community Fund

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Conservation Grant

Vancouver Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada: Investment Readiness Program

Western Economic Diversification Infrastructure Grant Program

Free Grant database online Search portals

Charity Village Organization Directory

Fundsnet Services

Philanthropic Foundations of Canada

Grant Connect (Free during COVID 19 Pandemic)

Other Useful Links

Vancouver Public Library: How to Fund a Non-Profit Organization