Organization Grants Update for 2018

Moving into 2018, Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC is continuing to focus on being more efficient in serving as many families as possible within the areas where our resources can help the most, and have the greatest possible impact through our individual grant program.  Accordingly, Variety BC will only be accepting individual grant applications in order to provide direct support to families.

As such, Variety will not be considering any organizational grants at this time.

We will be revisiting our funding priorities at regular intervals throughout the year. We encourage organizations to check back for the latest updates on granting and eligibility criteria.

Not accepting Organizational Grant applications at this time

Organization Criteria

  1. Support children and youth from birth to their 19th birthday and must provide services to children/youth who meet Variety’s individual grant eligibility for funding in B.C.
  2. Support children with a qualified (and confirmed) special need (medical/developmental). Generally a minimum of 25-50% of the total number of children the program/project will support
  3. Be a registered not-for-profit organization and have a Canada Revenue Agency Registration Number (CRA#) in good standing
  4. Applying organizations cannot have received funding from Variety in the past two years unless the application is for a different program and will benefit a new group of children

Areas of Support and Programs

Variety organization grants provide direct support to children in B.C. with special needs, including, but not limited to, funding for:

  1. Specialized equipment (adaptive, recreational/sports, medical)
  2. Construction/renovations (not wholly supported by government)
  3. Programs that directly deliver support(s) to children with special needs
  4. Capital campaigns which directly support children with special needs
  5. Summer camps that are inclusive and support special needs children
  6. Training and resources that increase the ability for special needs children to participate

How to Apply

Please Note: As of January 1, 2017, Variety will not be considering any Organizational grants at this time as we are focusing on individual grants to provide direct support to families. Please continue to check our website for updates.

All application inquires start here.

Carefully review the criteria and eligibility outlined on this page, then click “request an application” at the top of this page.

Once eligibility criteria has been confirmed, Variety’s grant program team will follow up with the request to determine if it fits Variety’s guidelines and priorities. Organizations that best suit the mandate will be invited to submit an application.  Applications are invited and reviewed twice a year.  Depending on the value of the request, applications are reviewed by the Heart of Variety Committee and then by the Board of Directors.

Processing Time

Applications are reviewed within two months of the closing date(s) that applications are received.  All approvals or denials are provided in writing.  Variety does not provide cash donations and does not reimburse any monies spent prior to approval in writing.

What and How Much Funding is Available?

The Variety Board of Directors sets the grant budget annually.  Variety’s fiscal year begins October 1.  As funds may be different from year to year and in relation to the number of many worthwhile proposals received, Variety will direct its community investment towards activities that are most consistent with its priorities and that are likely to have the greatest impact.

Compliance with our policies and guidelines does not guarantee funding of any application.

For funding exclusion information, please click here.

Need Assistance?

Together, with our donors, we support children with special needs and organizations who provide services to children in every corner of our province.

Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at and the Government of Canada’s website at

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC