The Northern Interior Communities Association) acts as a liaison between the Gaming Branch and non-profit and charitable groups who receive or are eligible to receive a Community Gaming Grant.

Call to Meeting

Your General Meeting information
DATE: October 15, 2020
PLACE: Power of Friendship Hall
TIME: 7:00 pm

per Covid 19 protocol
RSVP: Mandatory; 1st 20 people to
register is only ones allowed to attend. Call
or email on or before October 13 no
later than 2pm per Covid 19 restrictions,
Otherwise you not be allowed in the

Job Posting!

We are looking for a Coordinator to join our team.  Click out the below link and apply by August 26th.

Coordinator Job Posting


We are OPEN for BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN!! we shall practice the COVID-19 precautions, with safe distancing.

Are you ready for a Community Gaming Grant Workshop-email me at coordinator@northernica.org or call 250-612-2031 and lets get it arranged!! 

Northern Interior Communities Association

  • Supports community groups with their applications for grants and licenses
  • Represents community groups’ interests related to community gaming grants and licensing.
  • Works with the Province to increase funding and expand the impact of gaming revenues on community services.


Application Intake Periods dates have changed: New issues, new allowances for Organizations!!! 

Organizations must apply during the intake period for the sector that most closely aligns with the programs and services they deliver. Gaming is continuing to work on these as they come in, so please continue as needed.

  • See Section 2.2 for guidance. Program Type Annual Application Timelines
    • Human and Social Service
    •  Apply between Immediately- Government has opened it up early to assist organizations have a hard time with the COVID-19 changes.
    • If you have made COVID-19 changes give me a call and I can assist with your application for other needs.
    • Capital Project Grant-June 19-August 14/20-If COVID-19 based projects you only need to have @0% not the usual 50%.  I can help give me a call.
    • Capital Project Grant-June 19-August 14/20-You are able to apply for other projects, but will need the usual 50% share as always.  
    • CALL FOR INFORMATION: 250-612-2031 or EMAIL: coordinator@northernica.org

2020 Community Gaming Grant Workshops

Cost:  FREE


Would you like to be part of a WEBINAR COMMUNITY GAMING GRANT WORKSHOP???? Imagine taking in this 2 hour workshop sipping a coffee or tea sitting at home or office.

Please email me if you would like me to organize one of these for us in the next months, tell me the best time for you:  Morning-9:30am-12:00pm/Afternoon-1:00-3:30pm/evening-6:30-9:00pm.

Capital Project Grant Workshop

Smithers Community Gaming Grant – TBA


Application Intake Periods Organizations must apply during the intake period for the sector that most closely aligns with the programs and services they deliver. Gaming is continuing to work on these as they come in, so please continue as needed.

  • See Section 2.2 for guidance. Program Type Annual Application Timelines
    • Arts and Culture Apply between February 1 and April 30.
      Notification by August 31. 
    • Sport Apply between March 1 and May 31.
      Notification by September 30. 

FAQ Link:


COVID-19 FAQs for Community Gaming Grant Recipients & Applicants

Updated April 2, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Gaming Grants program reaffirms that our top priority remains the health and safety of British Columbians. We recognize the substantial and unprecedented impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on B.C.’s not-for-profit sector. We are closely monitoring sector impacts and are working as quickly as possible to adjust our processes and policies in response to the rapidly evolving situation. We appreciate your patience during this challenging time.

The following FAQs are for past recipients and new applicants for Community Gaming Grants.

Given current events, should our organization continue to apply for Community Gaming Grant funding in 2020?

Yes. We are committed to supporting our applicants during these challenging times and will work with you to help you plan for the year ahead as this pandemic may have impact on your program revenues, expenses and in-kind support.

If your organization is unable to provide required documentation due to recent events (e.g. AGM meeting minutes, program budgets, etc.), or has been/will be forced to alter the delivery of its previously approved programming, please provide an explanation with your application.

Upcoming sector deadlines are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change. Please visit this website regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Our organization has cancelled/postponed or wants to cancel/postpone our programming in light of B.C.’s requirements for social and physical distancing. What are our options?

The Community Gaming Grant branch will NOT ask you to repay funding for previously approved programming, which is cancelled/postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If an approved program is cancelled/postponed, organizations may redirect the funds to any other approved program or may retain the funds to be used for future eligible programming (please see section 4 of the 2020 Guidelines


Please continue to submit next Gaming Account Summary Report to the branch as soon as possible following the organization’s fiscal year end.

PLEASE NOTE: You must include information about any cancellations/postponements and/or any re-direction of funding in section 9 of the report, as well as with any subsequent applications for Community Gaming Grant funding.

Our organization has spent Community Gaming Grant funding on programming which has now been cancelled and we cannot recover these expenses. Are we required to re-pay this money to the program? 

No. You will NOT be required to pay back any expenses that you have already incurred as part of your approved application. You must include information about these expenses on the next Gaming Account Summary Report.

Will ministry staff be available for questions during this time?

Staff are available during regular business hours by phone and email.

If you have questions, please email the Branch at:CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca

If you’d like to speak to a representative over the phone, please call the Branch during business hours at: 250-356-1081 or toll-free at 1-800-663-7867

Capital Project Grants will go ahead again this year, but as of now the dates are not finalized but assumed to be June 1-July 31-20.  Keep an eye out for the updates to this in the next month.

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