COMMUNITY LINKS BULLETIN - November to December 2011

Dear friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin!

Since Parliament reconvened, it’s been pretty busy! As the Official Opposition, my NDP colleagues and I are working hard to hold the Conservative government to account, whether it's on the mega Omnibus Crime Bill, economy and jobs, health care and affordable prescription medications, or support for small businesses.

Here in Vancouver, there is a lot of attention and excitement about the city election on Saturday, November 19. Please get all your friends and neighbours out to vote. To find out if you are on the Voters’ List or to register a change of name or address, please call 3-1-1 (open 7 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week). If you are outside of Vancouver or you are unable to reach 3-1-1, call 604-873-7000.

Also, a reminder of some key dates coming up: November 11th - Remembrance Day; December 1st - World AIDS Awareness Day; December 6th - National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women; and December 10th – International Human Rights Day.

As always, I’d really like to hear from you about your experience, ideas and suggestions on this or any topic of concern to you. Please drop me a line (postage free) or email me!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, November 18 for the January / February 2012 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to libby.davies@parl.gc.ca, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.

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 EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 

 October 26 to November 6 - Heart of the City Festival
The Heart of the City Festival celebrates Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 80 events, including music, theatre, comedy, workshops, history walks and more. For more information on events and sites, visit http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/.

 November 2 - Lecture Series: The Challenge of Creating Sustainable Communities
Time: 12 pm to 1 pm; Location: Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Alice MacKay Room
Lecture by Leslie Kemp - the United Nations “Brundtland Commission” defined sustainable development as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Many people in Vancouver are not meeting even their basic needs. BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada, housing in Vancouver is not affordable, many people are dependent on food banks, and street homelessness is widespread. The lecture will examine what a truly sustainable Vancouver would look like and ask what now? Admission is free. Seating is limited. This lecture series is co-sponsored by Langara College and Vancouver Public Library. For more information, call 604-323-5322 or email csosnowsky@langara.bc.ca.

 November 5 to April 28 - Vancouver Farmers Market - Winter Farmers Market
Time: 10 am - 2 pm, Saturdays / Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, east parking lot, 30th & Ontario Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.
Special Holiday Market: Saturday, December 17, 2011; Time: 10 am to 5 pm; Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, at E. 16th Avenue.

 November 8 - Social Enterprise / Non Profit Business Finances
Time: 5 pm - 8 pm; Location: YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty Street, at Georgia Street
Come listen to the professionals of KPMG as they discuss budgets, accounting and other important financial issues for social enterprises. This will be an informative evening of networking and financials. For more information, contact Kim at 604-871-5421 or by email to
kim@enterprisingnonprofits.ca. Website: www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca.

 November 8 - National Annual Honours & Tribute for First Nations Veterans
Ceremonies will start at 10 am at the Main Floor Theatre of the Carnegie Centre (401 Main Street). Doors open at 9 am. Salutations and respects for First Nation, Inuit, Metis Veterans. Community gathers for Parade line-up at 10 am with the Veterans, who will lead the March, followed by Chiefs, dignitaries, organization leaders, community groups, and general public supporters. Parade starts from the Main and Hastings intersection (beside Carnegie Centre), then march to the Cambie and Hastings Cenotaph. For more information, please contact Kelly White at 604-565-4927 or by email to kellyewhite4@gmail.com.

 November 18, 19 & 20 – Britannia Christmas Craft Fair 2011
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm (November 18) and 10 am to 5 pm (November 19 & 20); Location: Britannia Secondary School, 1001 Cotton Drive, Gym A and B
Do you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping? Check out the 28th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair. For more information, visit http://www.britanniacentre.org/services/education/britannia_community_ed....

 November 18, 19 & 20 - The 15th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
The 15th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is a FREE 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street to Victoria Drive and from First Avenue north to the waterfront. The Eastside Culture Crawl Society provides opportunities for the public to engage with member artists through the ongoing creation of events and programming that support the growth of eastside artists. For more information, visit http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com/.

 November 23 - Lecture Series: The Future of Health Care: A Perspective
Time: 12 pm to 1 pm; Location: Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Alice MacKay Room
Lecture by Ruth Lamb - Good health is a political and highly personal issue. What is the future of health care? To answer this question we examine the good, the bad, and the ugly on three paradigms of health care that are in effect today. Considering the enriched global multicultural contribution to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), we post a fourth paradigm that combines ancient Eastern traditions with new Western science. This presentation aims to empower individuals in ways that build perspective on all four paradigms. Admission is free. Seating is limited. This lecture series is co-sponsored by Langara College and Vancouver Public Library. For more information, call 604-323-5322 or email csosnowsky@langara.bc.ca.

 November 24 - The Art Studios Winter Sale and Silent Auction 2011
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm; Location: Heritage Hall - 3102 Main Street, at 15th Avenue
The Art Studios, a Vancouver Coastal Health non-profit program, offers art classes to people with mental illness. The purpose of this sale is to raise funds, build awareness and offer great art to the community. The sale offers unique, original pottery, jewellery, paintings, art cards, crafts and textiles for sale, created by members of The Art Studios. Also included are many wonderful silent auction items donated by businesses and individuals. The proceeds of the silent auction will go toward supplies and workshops. Admission is by donation. For information, call 604-871-9788.

 November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The UN General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981. Source: United Nation's website at www.un.org/Depts/dhl/violence.

 December 1 - Social Enterprise / Non Profit Business Improvement
Time: 5 pm - 8 pm; Location: YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty Street, at Georgia Street
Learn how to tweak and improve what you are doing - reduce your costs, increase your revenues and have a great impact on the community you serve. For more information, contact Kim at 604-871-5421 or by email to kim@enterprisingnonprofits.ca or visit , visit www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca.

 December 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. SOURCE: Status of Women - www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/dec6/index_e.html

 December 17 – The 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Day
On Saturday, December 17, 2011, the 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Day will take place across Canada. It is a day for raising awareness, increasing support and providing education on the issue of bullying to schools, workplaces and communities across Canada, as well as celebrate the efforts of those working to end bullying. For more information on Anti-Bullying Day, please call toll-free 1-877-352-4497 or visit www.bullyingincanada.ca.

 December 21 – The 18th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm; Location: The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street
Take part in one of the world’s oldest holiday traditions celebrating the return of the light after the longest night of the year. Suggested donation: $5.00/person. For more information, visit http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/index.htm.

 Libby’s Seasonal Open House 
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 / Time: 5 am to 7 pm
Location: St. Augustine’s Restaurant, 2360 Commercial Drive, close to Broadway Skytrain Station

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 COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES 

 ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association
ARA Mental Health offers advocacy services for mental health consumers living in the Greater Vancouver area. Advocacy or intervention includes: locating resources, accessing food, health and safety issues, medical/dental, substance abuse, child apprehension, appeals and tribunals, safe and affordable housing, legal referrals, counselling and one-on-one support. Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Address: 163 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Phone 604-689-7938.

 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in our community by providing them with female mentors and friends who understand the unique challenges they face growing up female. Big Sisters strives to provide these girls (ages 7 – 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit www.bigsisters.bc.ca or contact 604-873-4525.

 Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program helps you with your financing needs. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing risks with lenders. The program’s main objectives are: to help small businesses get started and established firms make improvements and expand; to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses; and to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Canadians. For more information, visit strategis.gc.ca/csbfa or call toll-free 1-866-959-1699 or email csbfa-lfpec@ic.gc.ca.

 Canadian Red Cross – Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service
The Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS), in partnership with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), provides basic medical equipment to clients eligible for the At-Home Program (age 17 or younger) and for Children-in-care (age 18 or younger) across the province. Equipment and equipment adjustments must be prescribed by a therapist or other healthcare professional. CMERLS provides opportunities for therapists to try a variety of equipment to determine what best suits the needs of the child. Repair and maintenance of the medical equipment on loan to children is arranged as required. CMERLS has a variety of equipment available: wheelchairs; special walkers and standers; bathing and toileting needs; biomedical equipment; and more. For more information, please call 604-709-6685 or visit www.redcrossequipment.com.

 Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
The Chronic Self-Management Program is a free educational workshop that gives you tools to manage chronic pain and live a healthy life. It is for adults of any age who have chronic pain, such as musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash injury, repetitive strain injury, post stroke or central pain, persistent headache, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, etc. The workshop is given in groups of 8 to 15 people who meet for 2.5 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks. It is offered throughout BC at no cost. For more information or to register, call toll free 1-866-902-3767 or visit www.coag.uvic.ca/cdsmp.

 Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS)
CCTS is an independent agency, created by CRTC, to resolve consumer and small business complaints relating to most deregulated retail telecom services. This includes complaints about wireless, home phone, long distance and internet access. Customers unable to resolve complaints about billing, contract terms or service delivery may file a complaint with CCTS for a fair, impartial and independent review. For information, visit www.ccts-cprst.ca or call toll-free 1-888-221-1687.

 Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - Vancouver
- Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services - Need someone to talk to? Call the Crisis Centre in Vancouver for immediate, free, confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.
- Volunteering - The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops. Four hours a week after excellent training. Call 604-872-1811.

 Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impact electronic waste has on our environment. It collects old computers and electronic equipment from various companies, individuals and government organizations. If the equipment is reusable, ERA will refurbish it and donate it to various charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.era.ca.

 Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
If you have a complaint or feel you have been treated unfairly by a collection agency, you should contact the head of the collection agency, the agency’s ombudsman, the financial institution where you borrowed money, or your provincial regulator. The FCAC can help you determine whom to contact. The agency also informs Canadians of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions and makes sure that banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies respect the laws and agreements that protect consumers. To reach the FCAC, call toll-free 1-866-914-6097 or visit www.fcac.gc.ca.

 Hastings Education Centre, Vancouver School Board Fall Registration
Hastings Education Centre offers tuition free courses for adults interested in Grade 12 completion or who have already graduated and would like to upgrade or consider a career change. This is part of the provincially funded “Education Guarantee” program. For more information and the list of tuition free courses, contact 604-713-5735 or visit www.hastingsed.com. Location: 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex

 OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI)
OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OHLI) is a national independent complaint resolution and information service for consumers of life and health insurance products, including life, disability, employee health benefits, travel, and insurance investment products such as annuities and segregated funds. For more information, visit www.olhi.ca.

 S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research)
Trained professionals working to: reduce suicide risk for those in crisis; provide assistance to family and friends who care about them; aid those bereaved by suicide in dealing with their loss; and deliver education, training and consultation on suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention. Contact information: Intake Worker - Phone: 604-879-9251 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), Office: #300 – 2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6. For 24-Hour Crisis Support, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

 Taxpayers' Ombudsman
The Taxpayers' Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) respects the service rights outlined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/frnss/rights-eng.html). The Taxpayers' Ombudsman's role is to also: conduct impartial and independent reviews of service-related complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA); facilitate taxpayer access to assistance within the CRA; identify and review systemic and emerging service-related issues within the CRA that have a negative impact on taxpayers; and provide advice to the Minister of National Revenue about service related matters in the CRA. For more information on the complaint process, visit http://www.taxpayersrights.gc.ca/menu-eng.html.

 Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded Warriors.ca, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Wounded Warriors.ca is supporting the storefront office initiative by providing funding to offer immediate help to any homeless veterans such as vouchers for emergency provision of food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Contact information: Veterans Affairs Canada, Vancouver Storefront Initiative, 310 Alexander Avenue (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3. Phone: 604-666-0244. Website: www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

 VEEES Community Service
newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6-month program for any woman dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether she is currently on income assistance or not. Program components include counselling, employment-related skills workshops, a work experience placement, educational assistance and certification for First Aid and SuperHost. newSTART now provides continuous intake.
- newSTART 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-215-4344

newCHAPTER - Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offers free services to all job seekers, providing internet access, fax, phone, photocopying, one-on-one resume and job search assistance, and Service Canada Case Management services, including: development of Return to Work Action Plans and assistance with submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
- newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353

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 FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$ 

 Apprenticeship Completion Grant
The ACG is a $2,000 taxable cash grant available to those registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. The ACG is meant to encourage Canadians to finish their training and launch rewarding careers in the skilled trades. For more information, visit www.rhdcchrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/ trades_apprenticeship/acg/index.shtml.

 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000 per person. The grant is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information on the AIG or other Apprenticeship Grants, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/trades_apprenticeship/aig/program_in....

 BC Rehab Foundation
This Foundation's project grants are intended to support initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. Its main funding programs include the Individual Grant and Project Grant.
The Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. A range of requests are considered, such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, funding for recreation therapy programs, and others. The Project Grant supports initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, visit http://www.bcrehab.com/defaultnew.htm.

 Best Buy Canada - Best Buy for Kids and the Best in Class Fund
Best Buy supports communities across Canada through various initiatives, including the Best in Class fund which provides technology to schools in need. Local Best Buy stores also have individual giving budgets, with the mandate to donate the funds to local, non-profit, youth-oriented organizations. Best Buy also offer a Community Partner Award program which encourages staff to volunteer time to local non-profit agencies. For more information, visit
http://www.bestbuy.ca/companyinfo/EN/community_relations.asp?logon=&lang....

 Birks Family Foundation
This Foundation supports causes in the following areas: Canadian universities through capital campaigns and other special projects; bursary plans at Canadian universities; hospitals, health services, long term care institutions and specialized health organizations; social service agencies; and arts organizations which promote the development and understanding of Canadian culture.
For information on funding guidelines, please http://www.birksfamilyfoundation.ca/.

 BMO Financial Group
BMO Financial Group's support focuses on social responsibility in the communities it serves. As an active participant in Canadian communities, it believes in the possibilities of personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and access to education. Traditionally, it focuses on specific projects or programmes that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas: Education; Hospitals, Health and Research; Civic and Community Services; and
Arts and Culture. For more information, visit http://www2.bmo.com/content/0,1089,divId-7_langId-1_navCode-4905,00.html.

 Bravo!FACT
Bravo!FACT was established in 1995 by the Bravo! New Style Arts Channel to provide grants for the production of Canadian short films, covering a wide range of arts-related disciplines. There are four deadlines annually, in March, June, September, and December. The remaining deadline for 2011 is December16. Applications must be received in the Bravo!FACT office by five o'clock on the day of the deadline. For more information, visit http://www.bravofact.com/.

 British Columbia Achievement Foundation – BC’s 2010 Annual Achievement Awards
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards. These awards recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution through a unique achievement or outstanding service - as a volunteer or in the course of their work - in any area that provides a benefit to the community. To nominate an individual, a nomination form must be completed and be accompanied by a letter giving the reasons for nomination, two letters of support, and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 15. For more information, visit: www.bcachievement.com.

 Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
TD FEF's purpose is to promote environmental initiatives benefitting local communities that: Protect the environment and Canadian wildlife; Assist young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities; and Enhance cooperation among Environmental organizations. The following is a list of project examples which may be considered eligible for funding by TD FEF: Recycling/Composting Programs; Community Gardening Programs; Local Food Initiatives, etc. Application is accepted year round. The TD FEF Local Chapter Advisory Boards meet on a quarterly basis to consider grant application requests, with some chapters meeting more frequently. Completed application received by December 15 will be reviewed during January, and organizations will be notified early February. For more information, visit http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

 Canadian Heritage – Human Rights Program
The Human Rights Program is primarily concerned with human rights education in the domestic context. Priorities of the program include the rights of persons with disabilities, children's rights and supporting innovative ways of creating awareness of human rights issues. The Program is also focusing on projects that increase public awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267317260906/1253959403630.

 Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need to participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming. The program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://corp.canadiantire.ca/EN/CSR/SocialResponsibility/Pages/Donations.....

 Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation funds environmental initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design, initiatives that investigate, develop, and promote innovative tools, strategies and policies with potential to harness market forces in achieving environmental goals, as well as initiatives that support optimal ecological function within urban settings. For more information, visit www.carthyfoundation.org.

 Citizenship & Immigration Canada - Inter-Action Events
The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that foster one or more of the following: Intercultural/interfaith understanding; Civic memory and pride; and Respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/funding/index.asp.

 Dreamcatcher Foundation
The Dreamcatcher Foundation will provide support through grants to individuals and communities with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders. The Dreamcatcher Fund will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: Arts and Culture; Education Support; Health Support; and Sports and Recreation. Next deadlines: November 30 and December 16, 2 pm. For more information or to apply, visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
The Foundation promotes an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. To be eligible, candidates must have already started or completed training in an established school of art; and/or demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Web: http://www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html.

 Enterprising Non-Profits (enp)
The enp funding program provides matching grants to non-profit organizations that are interested in starting or expanding a business. The program supports the development of revenue-generating enterprises, to enhance their programs or services, and/or as a way to stabilize and diversify their funding base. enp program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development or growth of a business venture. For more information, visit http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/events/10/12/21/enp-grant-applications.

 Gainey Foundation
The Foundation is dedicated to funding environmental and arts programs for youth. To be considered for a grant, the applicant will need to complete a brief informational form on the website. For more information, visit www.gaineyfoundation.com/en/grants/applying-for-a-grant.

 Google Grants
The Google Grants programme empowers non-profit organisations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Organizations that receive a Google Grant are awarded an in-kind online advertising account which can be used in a variety of ways, including general outreach, fundraising activities and recruitment of volunteers. For more information, visit http://www.google.ca/intl/en/grants/details.html#apply.

 Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer, and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market. The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. There are three funding cycles each year. Applications will be accepted at any time. For more information, visit http://www.hecht.org/html/guide/indexg.htm.

 Maytree - Refugee & Immigrant Grants
Maytree believes that immigrants and refugees can play a significant role in building and strengthening Canada – in particular its urban communities. If you have an exciting, new idea on how to better integrate new arrivals to Canada, Maytree wants to hear from you. Grants are provided to not–for–profit, charitable organizations to: test new ways of addressing the needs of immigrants and refugees and accelerating their settlement in Canada; enable immigrants and refugees to have more of a voice on issues that concern them; and to contribute to the research and development of progressive immigration policy. For more information, visit http://maytree.com/grants/refugee-immigrant-grants.

 Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women
The Margaret Mitchell Fund supports programs and initiatives that promote economic and social justice for women in Vancouver East. Priority will be given to projects that alleviate poverty, promote equality and help women to gain confidence and power. For more information about the Margaret Mitchell Fund, please contact the VanCity Community Foundation at 604-877-7241.

 Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Registered non-profit organizations can apply for cash donations made possible by the Metropolis Express, a trackless train that runs through the corridors of Metropolis. The Metropolis Express is entirely funded by Metropolis at Metrotown and rides are offered by donation to charity. To be eligible, you must be: Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver-based and demonstrate a significant and unique contribution to community life. For more information, visit
http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/charities.

 Nestle Canada
Nestle Canada's charitable and non-profit support is directed toward programs and organizations that support healthy active living, with specific emphasis on encouraging physical activity in children, youth, and their families, all in a non-competitive setting. For more information on funding criteria, please visit http://www.nestle.ca/en/community/funding_guidelines.htm.

 S'Cool Life Fund for DREAMS
The S’Cool Life Fund provides funding to Canadian non-profit elementary schools to support DREAMS - drama, recreation, extra-curricular, arts, music, or sports. Since its launch in 2005, the S’Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 746 projects across the country, helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8). It will be accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year from September 13 to December 31, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca/index2.php?id=1

 The Sprott Foundation
The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing urgent human need, homelessness and hunger in Canada and worldwide. It provides funding to non-profit ventures which deal with the challenges of global hunger and homelessness. For more information, visit www.sprottfoundation.com/viewer/indexf.htm.

 Status of Women - Women's Partnership Fund
The Women's Partnership Fund provides contribution funding to projects that build partnerships between Status of Women Canada, eligible non-governmental recipients and public institutions to advance equality for women across Canada through improvement of their economic and social conditions and their participation in democratic life. The following issues have been identified as priorities: ending violence against women and girls; improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; and encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles. For more information on eligibility, visit http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/wpf-fpf/guide-eng.html.

 Translation Bureau
Do you offer translation services in foreign languages? The Translation Bureau, a special operating agency reporting to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), is looking for translation services suppliers (firms or self-employed individuals) that are fully proficient in one or more foreign languages, in addition to English or French. For more information, visit http://www.btb.gc.ca/btb.php?lang=eng&cont=1447.

 Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as "5% Days") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local non–profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local
store. (List of stores: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/canada/index.php).

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Deadline for submission to 2012 Community Links Bulletin
> January to February - Friday, November 18, 2011
> March to April - Friday, January 20, 2012
> May to June - Friday, March 23, 2012
> July to August - Friday, May 18, 2012
> September to October - Friday, July 20, 2012
> November to December - Friday, September 21, 2012
> January to February 2013 - Friday, November 23, 2012
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This Update from Libby was posted on October 26, 2011