Community Counselling Grants


Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, is pleased to have awarded 29 Community Counselling Grants to organizations across British Columbia.

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 was given to proposals that demonstrated the 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 were invited to apply for up to $120,000 in annual funding, distributed over 3 years.

Grant Funding Priorities

Grantees will use funds to:

  • 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.

Proposals that focused on reaching individuals or families who are not likely to engage in mainstream services, or who would not typically have access to counselling opportunities were prioritized.

April 2020 Update:

The provincial government recently announced $5 million in funding to expand existing mental health and substance use programs and launch new services to support British Columbians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this funding, $1 million will build on the previous $10 million investment the Community Counselling Grants administered by CAI. The additional $1 million will support organizations to expand existing programs, including virtual individual and group counselling and telehealth counselling.

Due to the need to expedite funds immediately, this funding will not be an open call, but rather, will prioritize previously submitted applications that were runners up in each of the geographic health authority regions.

Community Counselling Grant Recipients

(Click the links below to visit their websites, and to learn more about their programs.)

  1. Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC
  2. Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Society
  3. Carrier Sekani Family Services
  4. Central Interior Native Health Society
  5. Cha Chim Hii Yup Tiic Mis Ahousaht Health Centre
  6. Circle of Indigenous Nations Society
  7. DIVERSECity Community Resources Society
  8. Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Society
  9. Fraser House Society
  10. Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society
  11. Independent Living Vernon Society
  12. Ishtar Women’s Resource Society
  13. Jewish Family Services
  14. Kamloops Family Resources Society (Family Tree Family Centre)
  15. Kinghaven Peardonville House Society
  16. Lillooet Friendship Centre Society
  17. Métis Community Services Society of BC
  18. Moving Forward Family Services Society
  19. Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia
  20. PACE Society
  21. Peers Victoria Resources Society
  22. Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre
  23. RainCity Housing and Support Society
  24. Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society
  25. Turning Point Recovery Society
  26. Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
  27. Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (VICCIR)
  28. Watari Counselling and Support Services
  29. Yale First Nation