Community Grants

The City provides annual grants to non-profit, community-based organizations. Its intent is to build community spirit by providing community grant funds for public art, sport activities/programs, festivals and events, sports hosting, capital projects and new initiatives aligned with the City's strategic goals.

Funding for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program is derived from the Casino Host Agreement revenue. Since 2002, the City of Coquitlam has awarded $8.07 million to over 199 different organizations through the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program.


Thank you for applying to the Fall 2017 Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program. The intake process is closed and applications are being reviewed ​with outcomes available late December.

The next grant intake will be March 2018, more information to come in February 2018.

Grant Support

To help you prepare for the next grant intake: 

  • View our Frequently Asked Questions
  • Email the Grant Coordinator:
  • Attend a free grant workshop. Attendance at one of these workshops is highly recommended to increase the chance of a successful application. Workshops will take place in March 2018.

Grant Application Criteria

  • Are you a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for a minimum of 1 year? 
    For example: 
    • Arts & Culture Organization
    • Community Services Organization
    • Environmental/Parks Organization
    • Neighbourhood Association  
    • Service Club Organization
    • Sports Organization
    • Other (please contact Grant Coordinator at 604-927-6900 to confirm eligibility)
  • Are 60% of the people who will benefit from the project Coquitlam residents?
  • Will the proposed project, event or activity occur within Coquitlam?
  • Will the proposed project, event or activity be sustainable past the support of the grant funding?
  • Will the request be used to support, promote or enhance any one of the City of Coquitlam Strategic Goals?  Visit Coquitlam Strategic Plan for more information regarding the strategic goals.
  • Is your organization in good financial standing with the City?
  • Is your organization planning an event or festival? You are encouraged to apply for grant funding in the year prior to your event.
  • NEW!  Organizations may apply only once per intake year;
  • NEW!  Similar projects/capital items can only be funded once every 3 years;
  • NEW!  Organizations who are contributing a minimum of 10% of their grant ask in cash will be given priority;
  • NEW!  Organizations will be required to show that they have applied for the BC Community Gaming Grant for the project or capital items, if eligible.

If you have answered 'yes' to the above questions, you are eligible to apply for a Spirit of Coquitlam Grant.

Grant Eligibility 

This Grant Eligibility Table will help determine if your request is eligible for funding. Please note, an eligible grant request does not guarantee funding.

Spirit Grant Recipients