The Spirit of Coquitlam grant supports not-for-profit, community-based organizations that are based in and serving Coquitlam residents. The intent of the grant is to build community spirit by providing funds for public art, sport activities and programs, festivals and events, sport hosting, capital projects, and new initiatives that align 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 grants to over 230 different organizations through the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program.
The 2023 Spring intake for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant will be open March 1 to 31.
If you have questions about the grant or would like to speak to someone about your application, please email the Grant Coordinator.
Based on the success of the spring and fall 2022 intakes and the feedback from City Council, staff and the public, the following updates have been made to the program:
Note: The Playground Equipment stream is only available during the spring intake as it aligns with the Province of British Columbia's Playground Equipment (PEP) announcement.
If you'd prefer a fillable PDF Application Form, email the Grant Coordinator for a copy.
Contact the Grant Coordinator by email or call 604-927-3571 for support. You are encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss your application before completing.
The following information can also be found in the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Information and Application Guide.
Submit the following documentation with your application:
The Spirit of Coquitlam Grant includes six project categories. Applicants should apply to the stream that best matches their project. All applications must meet the general eligibility criteria, as well as the category specific criteria below.
The City of Coquitlam is excited to support festivals and events in Coquitlam.
Capital projects include the purchase of goods or infrastructure in support of programming and projects that align with the stated mission and mandate of an applicant.
Through the Sports Equipment stream, the City of Coquitlam strives to increase participation and to support unique sporting opportunities for residents. This stream is not intended to subsidize the purchase of regularly used equipment that has reached end-of-life (e.g., replacing worn-out nets, sticks, bats, gloves, balls, uniforms, etc.), but the purchase of additional equipment is eligible. The City provides no cost and low-cost access to facilities and playing fields to minimize ongoing costs for local sports organizations, and the Sports Equipment stream is not intended to offset operating costs for sports organizations.
The Sport Hosting stream encourages local sports groups to host competitive tournaments or events that bring in participants from outside of Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area. Annual tournaments held to raise funds that support ongoing club operations, or those that are not sanctioned by a recognized sporting body are not eligible for Spirit of Coquitlam grant funding.
The Playground Equipment stream is only available during the spring intake as it aligns with the Province of British Columbia’s Playground Equipment (PEP) announcement.
The Playground Equipment stream aims to complement the Province of British Columbia’s Playground Equipment Program (PEP) or other similar programs which may be introduced. Parent Advisory Councils may apply on behalf of schools that have been identified as a priority for playground replacement or upgrade by School District 43 (SD43) under PEP but have not been selected for provincial support in the previous five years.
The Community Support Projects stream is intended for programming and projects that do not fit into one of the other categories but provide a tangible benefit to Coquitlam residents and meet the general eligibility requirements of the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant.