News & Updates

CIRA’s Community Investment Program grants - deadline Feb.25

CIRA’s Community Investment Program grants fund innovative community internet projects to build a resilient, trusted and secure internet for all Canadians. 

Application Opens Jan 15

Info Webinar on applying  Jan 23

Deadline for Application  Feb 25

Who can apply?    Non-profit organizations, Registered Charities,  Academics (university / college)

What are our priority funding areas: 

Infrastructure, Digital literacy, Cybersecurity, Community leadership

While CIRA’s granting program will consider applications that benefit all Canadians, in 2020 we’re especially looking for initiatives that benefit:

  • Students (kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary)
  • Northern, rural and Indigenous communities


2020 City of Vancouver Cultural Infrastructure Grants - Deadline March 11

Arts and culture facilities are essential to every vibrant, healthy community. We offer funding to help non-profit organizations buy, build, renovate, or expand a cultural space.

Current status: Open
Applications available: January 15, 2020
Deadline for submissions: March 11, 2020 at 4pm

Contact us

Debra Bodner
Cultural Planner

Diane Blunt
Cultural Planner

Eligible applicants

Your organization must be a registered Vancouver-based non-profit society, charitable organization, or non-profit cooperative with a strong cultural mandate having an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. Local First Nations Band Councils and Urban Indigenous non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply.

We don't fund organizations that:

  • Focus on health care, education, sports, recreation, or religion

Eligible projects

Your organization may apply for this grant to:

  • Plan or undertake feasibility studies for future capital projects
  • Complete capital projects
  • Buy, build, renovate, or expand a cultural facility

The funding cannot pay for:

  • Regular or routine repair and maintenance
  • Part of ongoing, day-to-day operations
  • Work that is already underway or completed
  • Administrative costs not directly related to the project
  • Projects not located in Vancouver

New Sector Report from the USA Nonprofit Center Network

Find the latest results of the 2019 Shared Space Sector Survey.  The survey offers the latest data on all types of spaces and centres, tenant mixes, space size, revenues and much more. Download a free copy.

Cultural Infrastructure Grant - City of Vancouver - deadline March 11

Ontario Non Profit Sector challenged with massive systems transformations

Read the 2019 Ontario Non-Profit Network Sector 360 Survey. The survey raises concerns about the impact of budget cuts on people  who most need support - refugees, newcomers, children in after-school care and individuals living on low incomes. In response non-profits increase their commitment to communication with other organizations to find solutions.

Download the free report.

New Resource Added - Land for the Many

 This compilation of recommendations proposes radical but practical changes in the way land in the UK is used and governed.

WORKSHOPS: Financial Aspects of Renting, Leasing & Owning Space

The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative, in partnership with the City of North Vancouver, Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Nanaimo and Victoria, is offering a series of capacity building workshops for nonprofit and social enterprise organizations in those municipalities. 

If you are in a leadership position of a nonprofit or a social enterprise and would like to know more about how to avoid paying extra expenses in your rental, leasing or licensing agreements, then please apply today! Application deadlines are this Monday, November 25 for the Nanaimo workshop, and Friday November 29th for all other workshops. 

For more information and to apply to attend a workshop, go to

City of North Vancouver joins the SPRE Table

SPRE is delighted to welcome the City of North Vancovuer to the Social Pupose Real Estate Collaborative. CNV joins the cities of Vancouver, Surry, Richmond, Victoria and Nanaimo--all areas of the Province facing affordablity issues that significantly impact the ablity of non profits and social enterprises to do their amazing and vital work. 

In all the SPRE Table now numbers nineteen funders and investors committee to mitigating the impacts of the real estate market on non profits and social enterprises and helping them with their real estate needs. 

Who is SPRE?
BC Housing  –  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation  –  Canadian Heritage  –  Central City Foundation  –  City of North Vancouver,  Nanaimo,  Richmond,  Surrey,  Victoria &  Vancouver (Housing, Social Policy & Culture)  –  Community Impact Real Estate Society  –  Community Land Trust  –  Metro Vancouver  –  Real Estate Foundation of BC  –  Renewal Partners  –  Vancity Community Foundation & Credit Union

CapacityBuild to work with SPRE on the RENT LEASE OWN Research Study

The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative (SPRE) and the Real Estate Institute of BC (REIBC) are pleased to announce that CapacityBuild Consulting has been selected for the RENT – LEASE – OWN: Understanding the Real Estate Challenges Affecting the Non-profit/Social Purpose Sector research study. CapacityBuild has distinguished themselves as leaders in the non-profit/social purpose finance and real estate sectors over the course of a decade of work in BC and across Canada.

RENT – LEASE – OWN is a major study looking at the impacts of the real estate market on non-profits and social enterprises. A joint project of REIBC and SPRE, with participation by the Cities of Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria, RENT LEASE OWN is supported by The Real Estate Foundation of BC, BC Housing, Vancity, the Land Economics Society– Vancouver Chapter, the Community Impact Real Estate Society, City of Victoria, REIBC, and SPRE members. For more information:

Land Economics Society joins REFBC, Vancity and others in supporting "Rent Lease Own"

With gratitude to all the funders, SPRE welcomes the Land Economics Society - Vancouver Chapter to the funding team supporting the upcoming research study, Rent - Lease - Own: Understanding the Real Estate Challenges Affecting the Nonprofit / Social Purpose Sectors. 

Rent - Lease - Own is a project of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative working with our awesome partners the Real Estate Institue of BC. Current funders include: Real Estate Foundation of BC, BC Housing, Vancity, Community Impact Real Estate Society and Land Economics Society LAI - Vancouver Chapter. 

Interested in supporting this ground breaking research into social purpose real estate? Don't hesitate to get in touch! SPRE