The following is a non-exhaustive list of funding sources. We’ll add more links over time, so keep coming back! If you know if other funders or links, please contact us.

Government of Canada

NSERC College funding

  • NSERC Colleges site
  • Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants
    • Applied Research and Development (ARD) grants support a wide range of research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by college researchers with partner organizations (in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors) whose cash contributions are recognized for cost sharing with NSERC.Applied Research and Development projects can focus on any point in the research-to-innovation spectrum.
  • College and Community Social Innovation Fund
    • CCSIF grants enable colleges to increase their capacity to work with communities, with the goal of developing partnerships that foster community innovation in areas such as the integration of vulnerable populations, community development, education and training, climate change, environmental degradation, and health and well-being.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.


The Social Sciences and Research Council supports post secondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.


The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) funds small and medium-sized businesses develop and commercialize technologies.


The Strategic Science Fund (SSF) is a new approach to improve the effectiveness of federal investments in supporting third-party science and research organizations (TPOs). Eligible recipients are not-for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially) that cannot access other federal funding programs.


Mitacs funds students from all Canadian post-secondary institutions to participate in research.


Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) funds Canadian companies to develop and deploy clean technology, to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges: climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil.

Province of British Columbia

Columbia Basin Trust

To help residents and communities take action on issues that are important to them, The Trust offers a great selection of grants and programs. The Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada. The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometers in southeastern British Columbia and has a population of 164,647 people

ICE Fund and SDTC Joint Call Funding Partnership

British Columbia and the Government of Canada are working together to spur the development and commercialization of new technologies that will reduce emissions and create jobs for Canadians and to advance B.C.’s clean energy sector.

Innovate BC

As a Crown Agency, Innovate BC represents the Government of British Columbia. Each year we select 6-8 research projects to receive up to $300,000, injecting over $1M into market-changing innovations.

NEW! Ignite program is accepting applications now until July 4, 2022!


The Advanced Research and Commercialization program in British Columbia is a fundamental part of the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Program, designed to support the development of companies operating in the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sector, and to encourage international investment in the ZEV sector in B.C.

BC Hydro


The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) uses its $50 million endowment from the Province of BC work with the region’s local governments, economic development practitioners, non-profit business support organizations, post-secondary institutions, industry associations, and accelerators to grow and diversify our region’s economy by providing grant funding on an ‘intake’ basis throughout the year.

Project Zero

The Project Zero Incubator provides early-stage business ideas and organizations from across BC with access to coaching, workshops, and resources to help them get established.

  • https://www.project-zero.ca/incubator

Economic Development Funding

Food Security

Daymark Foundation

The Daymark Foundation aims to transform the way we think about and address mental health in Canada in three priority areas: women’s mental health, bipolar disorder, food security. https://www.daymarkfoundation.ca/

United Way British Columbia Food Infrastructure Grant

United Way British Columbia and the Ministry of Health are looking to collaborate with community food-based organizations to address the unique food access and availability challenges of rural, remote and Indigenous communities. This one-time Food Infrastructure Grant will fund the development, implementation, or improvement of food infrastructure to support year-round, long-term procurement, storage and distribution of fresh, traditional, and other food and enhance community well-being. https://uwbc.ca/foodsecurity/


Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies