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Vancity Non-Profit Housing Retrofit Program

Program Category: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation, Built Environment, Climate Mitigation, Environment
Program Sub-Category: Energy Efficiency (Housing / Buildings), Renewable Energy, Asset Management, Waste Reduction and Circular Economy
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Status: Open



Deadline Details

Applications are accepted March to November or until the available funds have been allocated.

Funder Organization Type

  • Financial Institution

Regional Limitations

This is a regional program and only supports communities in its service area.

The Non-profit Housing Retrofits Program supports projects that help non-profit housing providers put their buildings on a pathway to net-zero and climate resilience – toward buildings that emit no greenhouse gases and better withstand the negative effect of a changing climate, ensuring occupant comfort and health are maintained.
Our vision is for all Vancity-member non-profit housing providers to have a net-zero and climate resilience plan that is integrated into capital planning for each of their buildings. Our retrofit planning grants are designed to help our members develop those plans and move toward implementation.
There are two types of grants based on your project phase: planning grants, and capital and implementation support grants. Applicants are welcome to apply for both.

Eligible Community

You are eligible to participate in the program if your organization is:
  • A non-profit housing society or a non-profit housing co-operative
  • An active Vancity member in good standing

Required Community Contribution

No community contribution required

Funding Stacking Restrictions


Professional Input Required


Specific Eligibility Requirements


    Other Eligible Applicants

    Non-governmental Organizations / Not-for-Profits

    Type of Funding

    • Grant

    Range of Funding Available per Project

    • Under $100 000

    Description of Funding

    Planning Grants
    Get grants up to $80,000 to support planning for deep energy and carbon retrofit projects such as:
    • Replacing natural gas-fired heating, hot water, ventilation, and air conditioning with electric systems
    • Improving energy efficiency
    • Adding cooling and improving ventilation
    • Other measures that enable buildings to withstand the negative effects of a changing climate
    Capital and Implementation Support Grants
    Capital grants can support Vancity members who undertake retrofit projects that will achieve a minimum reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 30%, and move a building along a pathway toward net-zero emissions. Grants can be used to cover:
    • Equipment
    • Labour and engineering
    • Electrical capacity upgrades
    Additional funding for implementation support is available with capital grants. Implementation funding can be used to cover costs such as:
    • Project management
    • Commissioning
    • Training for building management staff
    The maximum grant funds available per application is $99,000. This includes:
    • 10% of capital costs, up to $90,000
    • Up to 10% of capital grant for implementation support

    Eligible Costs

    Project Management

    Refer to program website for list of eligible costs 

    Reporting Requirements

    Final report only