Community Counselling Grants


Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, has funding available for Community Counselling Grants.

This funding opportunity focuses on community counselling  for adults in relation to mental health and substance use, with the goal of reaching underserved or hard to reach populations that do not have access to counselling opportunities. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate ability to reach these populations through the application of an equity lens. Health equity, inclusive of mental health, exists when all people can reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from attaining it because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or other socially determined circumstance. Non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organizations or First Nations, Metis or Urban Aboriginal organizations in British Columbia are invited to apply for up to $120,000 in annual funding, distributed over 3 years. Community Counselling Grant funding will begin in October 2019 and must be completed by October 31, 2022.

Grant Funding Priorities

This call for proposals will:

  • increase access to community-based counselling for improved mental health and substance use outcomes; and
  • increase the quality of community-based counselling through the provision of necessary infrastructure to support non-profit, grassroots and/or volunteer-run programs.

CAI will award funds to organizations with an existing counselling program/programs and demonstrated capacity to scale the program. Proposals that focus on reaching individuals or families who are not likely to engage in mainstream services, or who would not typically have access to counselling opportunities will be prioritized.

The application period for this granting opportunity is now closed.

Please note that we are unable to offer extensions.


Darcie Bennett – Community Grants Manager
[email protected]