OERC – CAI Stream 1

Community Action Team Grant applications are now closed

The Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre (OERC), has funding available for Community Action Team Grants. Grants are available for initiatives aligned with the OERC’s Comprehensive Package of Interventions (see Appendix A in grant application).

Community Action Team Grants are one-time grants that can be awarded as one or multiple linked initiatives to one or multiple organizations. Applicants are to identify one lead financial organization to manage the grant funds. Maximum funding for this grant program is $100,000 per high priority community. Eligible communities include: Vancouver, Richmond, Powell River,  New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Victoria, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Duncan, Port Alberni, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Prince George and Fort St. John.



A comprehensive response to the overdose crisis is required to address the ongoing Public Health Emergency in BC. The funding aims to build upon or facilitate the creation of Community Action Teams within the high priority communities to develop multisectoral response to the overdose crisis. Communities have an invaluable role in saving lives, strengthening local partnerships and connecting people to treatment and recovery. Community Action Teams therefore will play a crucial role in targeting local resources where they are needed most on the ground in their communities.

Community Action Teams should be inclusive of diverse partners engaged in local overdose response efforts including; First Nations, Metis and Urban Aboriginal communities, municipalities, first responders, community organizations and local not-for-profits, people and families with lived experience, businesses, local provincial government offices (i.e. housing, social development, education), and divisions of family practice.

For more information about the Provincial Governments overdose prevention and response in B.C. visit Overdose Prevention and Response in B.C.


Eligible Applicants

  • Community Action Teams within the high priority communities.
  • Community Action Teams must identify a lead financial agency responsible for management of the grant funds. Lead financial agencies need to have a Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) number or BC Society Registration.
  • The lead financial agency must be a municipal government or a non-government, not-for-profit, community-based, or a First Nations, Metis or Aboriginal-mandated organization in British Columbia. Non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organizations must provide proof of society registration or charitable status as part of the application.
  • For-profit businesses, research institutions, health authorities and primary care providers are not eligible to apply for this grant, but may be members of an applicant’s Community Action Team.
  • Initiatives must be one-time-only in nature and intent and must be completed, with all funds spent by March 31, 2019.


Key dates:

Applications open: April 18, 2018

Applications close: June 1, 2018

Grants awarded: June 2018