United Way & Men’s Sheds of BC


“Men’s Sheds improves men's health and wellbeing by:

     Creating spaces where men help men while working shoulder-to-shoulder

     Increasing men’s social connections, and sense of well-being and inclusion

     Increasing men's participation and engagement in their communities


Start-up Grants are available to groups of two or more men or to community organizations interested in starting a Men’s Shed in their B.C. community and who have contacted MSABC to learn about effective approaches to developing and sustaining a Men’s Shed. If an organization is starting a Men's Shed but does not require a Start-up Grant, they can apply for the larger Project Grant (of up to $10,000) once available.”

Call for proposal, application and information here

Call opened July 2021 and is still open in 2022.


United Way of BC

Join a CORE Healthy Aging group and apply for up to $25,000 to support “creating protocols for identifying, locating, and supporting vulnerable seniors before, during, and after impending crises in ways that respect and address privacy concerns… sharing best practices, training and mentoring to facilitate relationship building between the CBSS sector, other emergency response organizations, and local government emergency preparedness staff…The United Way will support projects that: demonstrate collaboration with community partners, respond to an immediate need related to a climate emergency, increase volunteer capacity.”


If you don’t already have a free BC Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources & Education) account, first register here. Then click on Groups > Emergency Preparedness & Response > JOIN button for access to the Application Guide and Call for Proposals.

Date: Rolling applications accepted starting July 4, 2022

Community Foundations of Canada 

“The IPRF is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience….For Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations working to respond to COVID-19 in the context of pre-existing economic and health disparities, the impacts are even more pronounced…Any Indigenous-led organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency support ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.” 

Date: Open for monthly intakes

Information and application here   


Grants for projects arising and undertaken in the Province of British Columbia by registered charities for cultural, education and charitable purposes, in priority areas of athletics, arts & culture, health &welfare (including older adults). Emphasizing at-risk individuals, especially under-represented and marginalized populations and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

Dates: Applications reviewed March 15th and September 15th.

Information and application here



HelpAge Canada 

Three types of grants, each up to $10,000, Well-Being, Innovative Programming, Emergency Relief “designed to help low-income seniors across Canada avoid isolation and loneliness and to engage more fully with their communities.

Closure dates for applications: September 30th & March 31st

Information & application here