COMMUNITY LINKS BULLETIN - July to August 2011

Dear friends,

Welcome back to the Community Links Bulletin! This is our first edition since the federal election and I hope you will find it informative.

I am honoured to be re-elected your Member of Parliament and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I’m very proud to be part of such a strong team of New Democrats in Canada’s 41st Parliament, and will work hard for East Van and across the country.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy summer and hope you will take the time to enjoy the activities in our community such as block parties, the East Van Farmers Markets, Chinatown Night Market, the Powell Street Festival, and the PNE. I’ll be at the special screening of The Spirit Has No Colour on July 18th (see page 4) and Trout Lake Farmers Market on Saturday, July 23rd, from 9 am to 2 pm (North Parking lot of Trout Lake Park behind 13th Avenue, between Lakewood and Templeton), hope to see you there. There are also many great summer camps and activities for youth.

I wish you, and your family and friends all the very best of summer!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, July 22 for the September / October 2011 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

 May to September 11, 2011 - Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
Time: 6:30 pm to 11 pm / Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Location: Keefer Street, between Main and Columbia Street
The street market contains booths with different merchandise on sale including handicrafts, gifts and decor, electronics, clothes, CD, VCD, DVD, snacks and ethnic food. Shoppers can choose from hundreds of booths for gifts items, and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands, as well as games & prizes. For more information, visit http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/home_e.htm.

 May to October 22, 2011 - Trout Lake (East Vancouver) Farmers Market
Time: 9 am to 2 pm / Saturdays; Location: North Parking lot of Trout Lake Park behind 13th Avenue, between Lakewood and Templeton
The market was established in 1995 and features a great selection of organic and conventionally grown produce and nursery items as well as meat, cheese, seafood and prepared foods of all sorts. High quality local craft is also available and perfect for last minute gifts! Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians, and kids can have their face-painted or get a balloon animal from our resident balloon sculptor. On-site hot food and coffee also available. Please walk, bike or take transit to the market - free bike parking available. For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

 June to September 1, 2011 - West African Drumming and Dancing Workshops
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm / Thursdays; Location: Vancouver Community College Auditorium, 1155 East Broadway, at Glen
People of all ages and all levels are welcome at these weekly 2-hour workshops where participants will experience the joyful music, song, drumming and dance of Ghana, taught by Curtis, a world music percussionist extraordinaire, having intensively studied music and percussion from various cultures around the world. Hand and stick drumming styles, dance and even traditional songs will be covered in the course of this workshop. No need to attend all the workshops to enjoy the experience. Minimum donation is set at $5. For more information, contact Curtis Andrews, drummer and workshop teacher at 778-886-8908 or by email info@curtisandrews.ca. Web: http://www.curtisandrews.ca/.

 June to October 5, 2011 - Main Street Station Farmers Market
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm / Wednesdays; Location: Thornton Park, in front of the Pacific Central Station, at Station and Terminal
Located at the commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, and accessible by bus and Skytrain. The market vendors are lined up on the east side of Thornton Park, on the sidewalk along Station Street. You can expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce to meat and cheese, baking and more. For information, visit http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

 July 3 to August 28, 2011 - Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm / Sundays; Location: Robson Square, corner of Robson and Howe
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone, even if you've never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3 pm, watch the performances at 5 pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is. For more information, email info@salsavancouver.net.

 July 9 – Hastings Sunrise Summer Kickoff
Time: 10 am to 7 pm; Location: 2500 Franklin Street, Sunrise Square Parking Lot, at Kamloops
This popular community celebration is held to kickoff the summer season in Hastings Sunrise. The celebration will include street hockey (K to Grade 9), cultural shows, live performances, BBQ, safety fair, carnival games, rock wall climbing, face painting, and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Hastings North BIA at 604-215-2401 or visit www.hastingssunrise.ca.

 July 7 to July 17, 2011 - Indian Summer Festival
Location: SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street, at Cambie
The inaugural Indian Summer Festival brings the best of India to Vancouver, July 7 to 17, 2011, in celebration of Vancouver's 125th anniversary and the official Year of India in Canada. The Indian arts & ideas festival will showcase top contemporary and classical Indian talent across music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts, yoga and cuisine pairing some of India's internationally renowned artists and performers with local Vancouver counterparts. For full festival line up and ticket information, visit www.IndianSummerFestival.ca.

 July 8 to 10, 2011 – Summer Live - Celebrating Vancouver's 125th Anniversary
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm; Location: Brockton Point in Stanley Park
Celebrate Vancouver's 125th anniversary, a three-day free event that will feature out-door music stages, family entertainment, sports activities, performing and visual arts and First Nations history and culture. For more information, visit http://www.celebratevancouver125.ca/.

 July 13 & 14, 2011 – VVFDS First Nations Cultural Days Festival
Time: starts at 11 am; Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, between East 15th and 16th
Come share the culture and heritage of First Nations! Enjoy First Nations dance groups and performances; and aboriginal art exhibits. Open to all, admission by donation. For more information, on VVFDS (Vancouver Venture for Diversity Society), visit www.vvfds.ca.

 July 7, 2011 – Britannia Planning Open House
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm; Location: Family Activity Room, Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Join in an evening of conversation about planning at Britannia. With live entertainment, video presentations, food and prizes, this will be a great event for anyone interested in learning more about what's happening at Britannia. For more information, visit www.britanniacentre.org or call 604-718-5815.

 July 17, 2011 – SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon
The largest community based fundraising event held in scenic Stanley Park. Highlights include games and food booths, live entertainment, demonstrations and activities for everyone. The annual Walk with the Dragon will take place at Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park, from 9 am to 2:30 pm. For more information on Walk 2011, please contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation at 604-408-7228 or email fundraising@success.bc.ca. Web: http://www.successfoundation.ca/walk/.

 July 18, 2011 – Special Screening of “The Spirit Has No Colour”
Time: 7 pm; Location: VIVO Media Arts Centre, 1965 Main Street, at East 4th Avenue
Hosted by Libby Davies, supported by 42nd Street Consulting and VIVO Media Arts Centre, the film is a training film for BC’s municipal police recruits on the relationship between police and Aboriginal Peoples. It is centred in Vancouver and reflects the urban and reserve populations of this region. However, there is a commonality in the issues and experiences of Aboriginal populations across this country, both on reserve and in urban areas. The filmmakers built on the teachings of all our elders, primarily that we learn best when we believe that change is possible and there is hope for all of us (from www.thespirithasnocolour.ca).

 July 30 to August 6, 2011 – Celebration of Lights 2011
The 2011 Celebration of Light fireworks competition will feature tour-de-force performances from the China, Spain, and Canada. For three nights on consecutive Saturdays and Wednesdays, the skies over English Bay light up in a musical pyrotechnic extravaganza. Each country has one night to wow the judges and audience before in this "battle of the champions". Dates: July 30 (China), August 3 (Spain), and August 6 (Canada). Start time: 10 pm rain or shine.

 July 30 & 31, 2011 – The 35th Annual Powell Street Festival
Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm; Location: Oppenheimer Park, 400 block Powell Street
The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and tons of scrumptious Japanese food. For more information, visit http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/festival/.

 July 31, 2011 – The 33rd Annual Vancouver Pride Parade
As Vancouver Pride celebrates its 33rd year, expect more fabulous floats, more elaborate costumes and an even greater number of people filling the streets of Vancouver with Pride! The 150 parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups and thousands of spectators. The 2011 Pride Parade begins at Robson and Thurlow and travels through the downtown core, along Denman Street and ends at the Sunset Beach Pride Festival and Beer Garden. For more information, visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca/vancouver-pride-parade.

 August 6 & 7, 2011 – TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm; Location: Columbia and Keefer, Vancouver
This August, the Vancouver Chinatown BIA society will once again host the TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival in the neighbourhood. Festival activities included open market, historic walking tours, Kids’ Corner, multicultural stage performances, 125th photo exhibition, youth talent show and streetfest. With this year's slogan "Food for Folks", there will be cooking demonstrations, programs and games that relate to food culture. For more information, visit http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/news/news.php?news=14.

 August 20 to September 5, 2011 – Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
Location: PNE Fair Grounds, Hastings & Renfrew Street, Vancouver
For the past 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Today, the PNE is the largest employer of youth in British Columbia, the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events - from a live performance from the Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile. For the past nine decades the Pacific National Exhibition has showcased the best of Vancouver to the rest of Canada and the world. For more information, visit www.pne.ca.

 August 27 – African Market
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm; Location: The Courtyard, 1985 West Broadway, Maple
Join the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) for its annual African market in the covered courtyard outside the CNIS office. Enjoy African music and dance performances, food, fashion, art and craft, learn about the diversity, beauty and issues of Africa and meet some of the Canadian NGOs who work there. FREE ADMISSION and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.cnis.ca/what-we-do/public-engagement-in-canada/.

 August 27 – Tibetan Festival Vancouver
Time: 11 am to 7 pm; Location: Floral Hall, VanDusen Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
This is a Tibetan cultural event of music, food, dance, arts, handicrafts, etc. hosted by the Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C. and Tsengdok Monastery Association. It is also a fundraiser for the Tibetan Resettlement Project. For more information, contact 604-248-4930 ext 2031 or visit http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/upcoming_events/136.

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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.

 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.

 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 offer 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. The centre is currently registering for its September 2011 term. Location: 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex

 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 and newCHAPTER2 Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offer 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 and submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353
newCHAPTER2 835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-215-2295

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FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$

 American Express
American Express supports non-profit organizations that are preserving and enriching diverse cultural heritage, developing new leaders for tomorrow, and encouraging community service where its employees and customers live and work. For more information, e-mail amexcanadafoundation@aexp.com or visit https://www212.americanexpress.com/dsmlive/dsm/int/ca/en/personal/abouta....

 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....

 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. They 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....

 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. Requests for funding are reviewed by BMO's Corporate Donations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis. 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 deadlines for 2011 are 23 September, and 16 December. 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/.

 Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
A non-profit organization established by Canada Trust that provides funding support for initiatives that make a positive impact on the Canadian environment. TD FEF areas of focus include: protecting and preserving the Canadian environment; assisting young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities; supporting urban renewal such as environmental projects to rejuvenate smaller or at-risk neighbourhoods and "main streets"; enhancing cooperation among environmental organizations. For more information on funding criteria or to apply, visit http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

 Canadian Council for the Arts - Emergency Fund
The Grants to Media Arts Organizations program offers grants to Canadian organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to research and development and the creation, presentation, dissemination, distribution or collection of independent Canadian media artworks. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations throughout Canada to ensure the conditions necessary for the vitality and advancement of independent media arts in Canada. The Emergency component is intended solely for organizations that are already receiving Multi-Year Operating assistance from the Grants to Media Arts Organizations program. The Emergency Fund permits the Media Arts Section to provide a one-time non recurring grant on an exceptional basis to organizations that find themselves in an emergency. For more information, visit http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/mediaarts/rh129304236722864315.htm#5.

 Canadian Heritage - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. The application deadline for all program components is September 30, 2011. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers. The Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non-recurring local events and capital projects that commemorate an anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. The Legacy Fund provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608.

 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.

 Central City Foundation
Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at risk or marginalized in our communities. Please call the Foundation at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadline for the Letter of Intent is September 15th for the November 1st application deadline. For more information, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/guidelines.html.

 CIBC Children’s Foundation
The CIBC Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing support to charitable organizations that help prepare children in need for future success. Our focus is on programs or projects that enhance the health, education and well-being of children in Canada. Donation requests are reviewed by a donations committee between the months of February and September each year. For information on funding guidelines or how to apply, visit http://www.cibc.com/ca/miracleday/donations-guide.html.

 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.

 Coast Capital Savings - Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help families achieve economic success. The grant will focus on projects that help low-income individuals and families, new Canadians and youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas: Youth leadership; Economic revitalization; and Access and inclusion. Grants can be used for projects that support or provide services for individuals, families, and communities; and organizational development. Deadline to submit Expression of Interest: August 26. For information, visit https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_....

 Co-operators Foundation – Grants and Financial Assistance
The Co–operators Foundation’s financial assistance is provided to social economy enterprises, emergent co–operatives, community economic development initiatives and other worthy causes in Canada. The grant will concentrate on initiatives for the development of emerging co–operative sectors and co–operative enterprises. For more information on the grant and eligibility, visit www.cooperators.ca/en/aboutus/sustainability/2_8_5.html. Contact Information: Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, The Co–operators, 130 Macdonell Street, Guelph ON N1H 6P8 or email to the_cooperators_foundation@cooperators.ca.

 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. Applicants may apply for support in any of the areas, but are not allowed to have concurrent active applications. Any applicant may apply up to two times per year. Next deadlines: July 29 and August 31, 2 pm. For more information or to apply, visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

 EcoAction Community Funding Program
Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program encourages action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. Project Funding, in keeping with Environment Canada's national environmental priorities, supports projects that address the following four themes: Clean air: to reduce emissions that contribute to air pollutants; Clean water: to divert and reduce substances that negatively affect water quality or to focus on water conservation and efficiency; Climate change: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change or to deal with the impacts of climate change; and Nature: to reduce biodiversity loss, protect wildlife and plants, and protect and improve the habitat where they live. Application deadline is November 1st. Submit a draft application before the November 1 deadline to a Regional Office - Pacific and Yukon Region, British Columbia and Yukon, #201-401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S5 / Phone: 604-664-9093 / Fax: 604-713-9527/ E-mail: ecoaction.pyr@ec.gc.ca. Web: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/default.asp?lang=En&n=FA475FEB-1.

 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.

 Global Fund for Women (GFW)
The Global Fund for Women (GFW) supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. GFW supports the following types of organizations that are eligible for funding: groups of women working together, organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights, organizations that are governed and directed by women, and organizations based outside of the United States. Contact Information: The Global Fund for Women, 222 Sutter Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA, 94108, USA / Tel: 415-248-4800 / Fax: 415-248-4801 / Website: www.globalfundforwomen.org / Email: americas@globalfundforwomen.org.

 Google Grants
The Google Grants programme empowers non-profit organisations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Google AdWords ads appear when users search 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.

 Honda Canada Foundation
At the heart of its charitable focus, the Honda Canada Foundation values: education, environment, and engineering. The Foundation uses these three areas as guiding principles in its charitable focus on the belief that a healthy understanding of each area will help both individuals and communities flourish. For more information on funding criteria and eligibility, please visit http://www.hondacanadafoundation.ca/.

 Keg Spirit Foundation
The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; project must relate to children or youth in some way; and program should contain a mentoring component. All applications are to be sent to: The Keg Spirit Foundation – Review Committee, Keg Restaurants Ltd., 10100 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2W7. For more information, visit http://kegsteakhouse.com/en/foundation/apply-for-a-grant/.

 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.

 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.

 Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC)
MEC focuses their community funding and support on wilderness conservation and environmental education; and supporting people in achieving the benefits of self-propelled wilderness-oriented recreation in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Type of grants: Land Acquisition; Capacity Building; Research; Advocacy and Education; Access & Activity; and Urban Sustainability. Application deadline: Land Acquisition, Capacity Building, Research, Advocacy and Education, and Access support are accepted twice a year, next deadline is on September 10. Urban Sustainability and Grassroots Product Donations applications accepted anytime. For information, visit http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396....

 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.

 New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-Based Projects
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. The NHSP supports projects that aim to address one or more of the following five program objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors. Deadline for application is September 16, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/seniors/index.shtml.

 Pull Focus Film School looking to partner with social justice organizations
Pull Focus Film School, a non-profit film school in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, offers low-cost filmmaking courses, while also contributing media support to non-profit organizations with social justice campaigns. They are currently looking to partner with non-profit agencies in need of media exposure, and have a variety of ways for organizations to get involved. For more information, visit: www.pullfocus.org.

 Staples - Community@Work
Community@Work will focus charitable efforts in areas we know will positively impact our key stakeholders and support the communities we all work and live in. In order to be eligible to receive a corporate support, sponsorship or a community@work donation, we ask that your organization fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.staplesinthecommunity.ca/donation/Default.aspx.

 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.

 Trico Charitable Foundation
The Trico Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for their four Social Enterprise awards. Two organizational awards will be given to entrepreneurial non-profit organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2011. For more information, visit tricofoundation.ca.

 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).

This Update from Libby was posted on June 28, 2011