News & Updates

Federal Announcement on Rent Assistance Aids Charities and Non-Profits

A major announcement this morning provides commercial rent assistance that will apply to not-for-profits and charities - “This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.”

COVID 19 Resource Lists

A comprehensive and evolving list from Imagine Canada  

And from Heritage BC


Legal Lunch & Learn: Commercial Leases in Times of Trouble

Presented by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society - Law for Non-Profits

Guest: Grant Haddock of Haddock & Company Lawyers, moderated by Martha Rans
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Free webinar via Zoom


COVID19 and its impact on Not-for-profits, social enterprises and the artist/creative sector

COVID19 is affecting so many people—individuals, families, friends and communities. SPRE is acutely aware of the challenges being faced by the NPO sector in this time of uncertainty, and of their incredible work supporting community and in particular vulnerable populations. We are here to help in what ever way we can—our 19 members are each active within their network of not-for-profits, social enterprises and artist/creative sectors. There are so many excellent resources to help organizations—at this time SPRE is focusing on just a few with links below to other sites and in separate news and resources posts where deeper info may be found. Be safe and let’s all care for each other—those close to us and those we may not know, but who are equally important members of our communities.

Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19

BC Museums Association

BC Housing

Imagine Canada Press Release - COVID 19 impact on charitable sector

Imagine Canada’s press release on the impact of 3 months of restrictions on the charitable sector as a result of Covid19 draws a devastating picture. The financial and employment impacts are staggering and without support will collapse many in the sector. Leading the way, Imagine Canada is advocating for a federal investment support package for the sector to stabilize organizations enabling them to continue critical programs and services. For more on the initiative, to add your name to the list of organizations, or find details on where to send your own letters, go to


Social Purpose Real Estate Law Conference – Online and Free March 27 []

This half-day conference will examine the legal, policy, and practical aspects of NPOs accessing and developing real estate with a focus on public lands while ensuring they serve public purposes in perpetuity. Drawing on experts from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, this conference is ideal for nonprofit and government professionals trying to understand the barriers and current strategies to unlock the social purpose potential of real estate in Canada.

City of Vancouver Social Policy Capital Grants

Opening Monday March 9, 2020.   Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM      The Social Policy Capital Grants program provides matching grant support for small scale social infrastructure improvements in Vancouver. These could include: health and safety upgrades; renovations or additions to better deliver programs and serve clients; or planning and feasibility studies for future construction.

Application forms and further information, including eligibility, can be found here starting March 9:


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.