Community Links Bulletin - January to March 2013

The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, February 22nd for the April to June 2013 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.c1@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 ˜

January to April 27, 2013 (Saturdays only) - Winter Farmers Market

Time: 10 am – 2 pm; Location: East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, 30th & Ontario Street --- 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.

Sunday, January 6 – Christmas Tree Chipping for Charity

Time: 10 am – 4 pm; Location: Kingsgate Mall - 370 East Broadway - lower east side parking lot --- The MPBIA will be offering their annual Christmas tree chipping and disposal, by donation. All proceeds will go the Mount Pleasant Elementary School. You are welcome to take advantage of this environmentally friendly service, and to support a very worthy cause. For more information, contact the Mount Pleasant BIA at 604-874-9816 or email mpbia@telus.net.

January 31 to February 3 - Year of the Snake Expo 2013

Date / Time: January 31/ 6 pm – 12 am; February 1 / 11 am – 12 am; February 2 / 11 am – 12 am; and February 3 / 11 am – 10 pm; Location: BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard, at W. Georgia Street --- This is a four-day event that promotes the Asian arts, tradition, culture, food and merchandise. It is the destination for families and friends to enjoy multicultural authentic cuisines, shop for specialty items, and experience live performances. For more information, please visit http://www.thefrontlinetickets.com/concerts/item/61-year-of-the-snake-expo-2013-bc-place

Saturday, February 2 - YOUnique

Time: 9 am to 5 pm; Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier St., at Commercial Drive - A youth conference focused on bullying prevention, self-esteem and relationship development. A variety of speakers will engage young people in interactive workshops. Human rights values will be taught through Play it Fair and Speaking Rights projects. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/432084306840003/ or phone 604-718-5800.

Sunday, February 17 – Vancouver Lunar New Year Parade

Sunday, February 10th is the traditional Lunar New Year, and 2013 is the Year of the Snake. The 2013 Lunar New Year Parade is on Sunday, February 17th in Chinatown. Every year Vancouver marks Lunar New Year with celebrations around Chinatown, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The parade will feature colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance groups representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, marching bands and various community groups. For information, please visit: http://www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.html.

February 14 – Women’s Memorial March

The Annual Women's Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The event will start at Carnegie Community Centre Theatre (401 Main Street) where family members will gather to share personal stories. The march begins at 1 pm, with stops made throughout the Downtown Eastside where women were last seen or found, and a smudge and cedar ceremony will commence. Speeches, a healing circle and candlelight vigil will follow. For more information, contact Marlene George at 604-665-3005.

February 15 to 17 – The Annual World Community Film Festival

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm; Location: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, at Manitoba Street --- The 10th World Community Film Festival will feature stories of resistance from around the world, where communities are standing up for their rights. For more information on the film festival, program, or ticket information, visit http://www.codev.org/filmfest/index.cfm.

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Libby’s Travelling Community Office is coming to a location near you …

1. Date: Saturday, January 26 / Time: 10 am to 12 pm / Location: Hastings Library (Forst Room), 2674 East Hastings, at Slocan

2. Date: Saturday, January 26 / Time: 1 pm to 3 pm / Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (Lobby), 1 Kingsway, at Main

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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.

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) helps people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. Our Advocacy Access Program assists people to access provincial (PWD) and federal (CPP-D) disability benefits. For an appointment, please phone 604-872-1278.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

The objective of the CVITP is to help eligible individuals who are not able to prepare their income tax and benefit returns by themselves. The CVITP is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations. The organizations host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare tax returns for individuals who have low income and a simple tax situation. The CRA offers training and tax software for the volunteers as well as a network of CVITP coordinators to guide community organizations as they deliver the program. For more information, please visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/volunteer/. To find a tax preparation clinic, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/vancouver-bc-eng.html.

Canada Revenue Agency - 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.

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 to 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 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.

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 1-866-461-3222 or visit www.fcac.gc.ca.  

Hastings Education Centre, Vancouver School Board

The Centre offers tuition free courses for adults (16 years old+) who want to complete high school, would like to prepare for post-secondary studies, or are considering a career change. Classes range from beginner levels to grade 12 and are available through structured classes, self-paced, or on-line courses. To get started, phone 604-713-5735 or visit www.vsb.bc.ca, or drop by and talk to a staff member. Location: 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex.

National DO NOT CALL LIST (DNCL)

The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) gives consumers a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. If you are a consumer you can choose to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive by registering your residential, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone number on the National DNCL. You can also check your registration, find out how to remove your number from the National DNCL, and file a complaint about telemarketing calls. For more information on DNCL or to register, please visit https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng.

OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI)

OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI) 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. 

Service Canada - The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS)

The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) is a neutral organization mandated to accept and respond to citizen feedback about Service Canada, and recommend ways the organization can improve. It helps Service Canada address specific client concerns quickly, and uses the feedback it receives, surveys, and other measures to identify general service issues. Whether you have a complaint about Service Canada that cannot be resolved at the local level, a suggestion for how the organization can improve its service, or some positive feedback, contact the OCS. The OCS may review service related issues to ensure individuals are treated fairly. It has the capacity to resolve frontline issues brought to its attention by working with all the relevant stakeholders and dealing with the situation accordingly. You can contact OCS by phone, TTY, fax, mail, or by submitting a feedback form, available online through the link below and in Service Canada Centres. To find out more about OCS or for contact information, please visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ocs/contactus.shtml.

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).

Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre

The Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre is operated by MOSAIC, in partnership with Back in Motion, the BC Centre for Ability, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Eastside Educational Enrichment Society (VEEES), to offer employment services to both employers looking for qualified candidates and local residents looking for work. The Centre is located at 2555 Commercial Drive, kitty corner from the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain Stations. For more information, phone 604-708-9300. There is also an Employment Centre for Youth at 2106 Commercial Drive.

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.

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FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$ ˜

American Express (AMEX)

American Express supports non-profit organizations that are preserving and enriching diverse cultural heritage, developing new leaders for tomorrow, and encouraging community service. For more information, e-mail amexcanadafoundation@aexp.com or visit AMEX’s website at www212.americanexpress.com/dsmlive/dsm/int/ca/en/personal/aboutamericanexpress/corporateandsocialresponsibility.do?vgnextoid=8ae9cad2a08c0210VgnVCM100000defaad94RCRD.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000 maximum available to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship training and obtained their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/completiongrant/program.s....

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades. For more information on eligibility and application deadline, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/incentivegrant/program.shtml.

BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant

The BC Rehab Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. The Foundation receives applications requesting equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, and funding for recreation therapy programs, and the list goes on. The allocation committee meets 3 to 4 times a year to review applications and determine funding. It will only consider complete applications so please ensure that you have filled out each component of the application to the fullest extent possible. For more information, please visit www.bcrehab.com/individual_grant_app.htm.

BC Rehab Foundation – Project Grant

This Foundation's project grant is intended to support initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. The Project Grant supports initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, visit www.bcrehab.com/projectgrantapplication.htm.

Best Buy Canada - Sponsorship Requests or Co-Promotional Opportunities

Sponsorship requests or co-promotional opportunities considered and can be directed to the Marketing Department at: ATTN: Sponsorships/Co-Promotions, Best Buy Marketing Department, 8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, British Columbia V5J 5K3. For more information, please visit http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/sponsor.aspx?path=6c0a08db66fdda734bdf20bd0b....

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://www.bmo.com/home/about/banking/corporateresponsibility/community/application-guidelines.

bravoFACT

bravoFACT was established in 1995 to: provide funding primarily for the production of short-form contemporary drama suitable for broadcast on television; support and foster independent Canadian producers. Preference will be given to small and emerging production companies; provide a broad platform for showcasing the resulting work; and increase public recognition and appreciation of Canadian talent. Funding is reserved for new projects which qualify as Canadian Content according to the guidelines set out by the CRTC. The desired length and format of requested project will be posted in advance of each deadline for submission. For more information and 2013 deadlines, please visit http://www.bravofact.com/how-to-apply/.

Canada Council for the Arts - Grants to Dance Professionals / Deadline: February 1st

The Dance Professionals grant provides support and assistance to Canadian dance professionals (individuals) to pursue projects involving professional development, research, and apprenticeship or mentorship. Individual professionals can identify themselves as being in one of the following categories: emerging; mid-career; established; and Aboriginal, in any of the above categories. Professionals working in all dance world cultures and in a wide range of dance genres and specializations are eligible to apply for support. The deadline is February 1st. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. For more information, visit http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/dance/nc127245475245156250.htm.

Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) 

TD FEF's primary funding areas are: Environmental education; Urban greening and enhancing biodiversity; and Energy conservation. Below is a list of projects which may be considered for TD FEF funding: Environmental education; Schoolyard naturalization & outdoor classrooms; Community gardening programs; Tree plantings (native plant species); Urban naturalization projects; Habitat restoration and stewardship; Protection of endangered species or wildlife; Environmental research; and Energy conservation and renewable energy installations.  Applications are 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 applications received by January 15th will be reviewed during March 2013, and organizations will be notified in April 2013. For more info, visit www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

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 Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers.  Beginning in January 2013, the new deadlines are January 30th, April 30th and September 30th. 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. As of January 2013, the new deadline date for all anniversary projects is January 30th. 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. The Legacy Fund component will now accept applications based on continuous intake rather than fixed deadlines. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608. 

Canadian Heritage – Celebrate Canada Fund / Deadline: January 15th

Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21st to July 1st. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day, on June 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24th, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27th and Canada Day on July 1st. In order to ensure that your funding request is processed in a timely manner, you are invited to send us your request as soon as possible, before January 15th, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1290623024175/1290627748796.

Canadian Heritage - Young Canada Works (YCW) / Deadline: February 1st

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path. Summer jobs and internships give young people access to unique opportunities to learn and work, whether to practice their second language, work in a museum, an Aboriginal friendship centre or even travel abroad. Young Canada Works also offers employers an opportunity to benefit from innovative ideas and competitive skills. Wage subsidies are available for eligible employers. YCW subsidizes up to 2,780 job opportunities. For more information on YCW, please visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/jct-ycw/index-eng.cfm,

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a community-based 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. Applications for assistance can be submitted from January 15th to June 1st for Spring/Summer programs; and July 1st to November 1st for Fall/Winter programs. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/ or call toll-free 1-877-616-6600. Based on your postal code, a representative will provide a contact on the closest Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter.

Central City Foundation / Next deadline: March 15th (Letter of Intent)

Central City Foundation provides grants for small capital projects, including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases, with a focus on three areas: Prevention Programs focused on Children and Youth; Programs to address urgent needs of people in the inner city; and Programs and initiatives supporting community transformation. For more information, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/community-grants/guidelines/. Please call the Foundation directly 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 deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline.

Choice Markets – Community Giving

Choices Markets support local community groups wherever possible. Some examples of the type of groups supported include: local children's recreation groups; local elementary and high school events; community fundraising events; and non-profit family and social service organizations. All donation requests should be submitted in writing at least four weeks prior to the event. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.choicesmarket.com/CommunityGiving.aspx.

CIBC – Donations and Sponsorship

CIBC supports causes in communities through corporate donations and sponsorship. The areas of focus include: Kids: Provide children and youth in-need with education and training, mentoring, self-esteem and leadership skills as well as healthy and active lifestyles; Cures: Support those living with cancer through programs, services and equipment as well as research into prevention, early detection and treatment; and Community: Assist Canadians in need through skills development, including financial literacy and employment opportunities; increased access to community services and promoting equality and diversity. For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, visit https://www.cibc.com/ca/inside-cibc/community-matters/funding-guidelines....

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. Applications are considered year round. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/funding/index.asp#events.

Coast Capital Savings - Community Sponsorship                     

Coast Capital Savings sponsors events and programs that help build strong families and healthy communities, with special consideration to initiatives that help build a future for youth, such as programs and events that engage families and youth, especially those that focus on: financial well-being; education; family and social connections; health - depression & stress; and entrepreneurialism or support of small businesses. For information on funding guidelines and deadlines, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit....

Coast Capital Savings - Community Investment Grants

Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help build a richer future for youth in the communities. The grant will focus on projects that help youth, and that clearly the focus areas listed: Financial: help prevent youth homelessness by providing affordable housing initiatives for youth that also help improve financial and life skills; help youth earn money and become self-reliant by providing work experience or pre-employment training; Education: support youth in completing high school through mentorship programs, homework clubs and other initiatives that encourage high school completion; Family & Social Connections: build self-esteem and social skills through positive interaction with peers and mentors (respectful relationships, anti-bullying), inspire youth to become leaders and give back to their communities; and Health: increase accessibility to sport for children and youth. For more information and deadlines, visit: https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/.

Coast Capital Savings - Education Awards                                          

Coast Capital Savings offers these two Education Awards: $5,000 Standing Tall Awards Awarded to individuals who are working hard to overcome significant personal challenges to achieve their dreams; $2,000 Citizenship Awards Awarded to individuals who are taking a leadership role in their communities while successfully balancing their academic and personal lives. For more information on funding guidelines and deadline, visit
https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/Education_Awards/.

Co-operators Foundation – Community Economic Development Fund (CED)

The Co–operators Foundation supports healthy communities through its endowment fund for community economic development (CED) in Canada. The purpose of the fund is to support community enterprises and initiatives that create local employment and promote local self-reliance. The overall focus is the creation of sustainable economic development initiatives for disadvantaged individuals or communities. Recipient programs provide training for the unemployed and underemployed, the intellectually or physically disabled, at-risk youth and immigrants. Proposals for funding are reviewed twice per year. Application deadlines are January 15th for a mid-April decision and September 1st for a decision in mid-November. For more information on CED and other funding programs, please visit http://www.cooperators.ca/en/About-Us/foundation/ced.aspx.

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. For more information on eligibility and application deadlines, please visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

Earth Day Canada (EDC) – Hometown Heroes Awards / Deadline: April 1st

The Hometown Heroes Award Program is your chance to help Canada recognize and celebrate environmental leaders, whether an individual, group or small business, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. Heroic candidates can win the Individual Hometown Heroes Award - a $10, 000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice; the Group Hometown Heroes Award - a $10 000 cash-prize to support their work or the Small Business Hometown Heroes Award - a $5 000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product. For more information on awards and nomination process, please visit http://www.earthday.ca/hometown/index.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: www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html.

Law Foundation of BC - Large Project Initiative / Deadline: February 13th

The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is: Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation. The Law Foundation will consider proposals in areas other than those listed below as long as they fall within the program objectives of the Law Foundation. The Law Foundation is particularly interested in receiving innovative proposals that meet needs in the following areas: Legal Issues of Aboriginal People (for example: on reserve, child protection); Consumer and Debt Issues (for example: payday loans, bankruptcy and foreclosures); Elder Law (for example: dementia, Alzheimer’s, powers of attorney, trusteeships); Environmental Law; Family Law (for example: Family Law Information, Self-Help, Modified Representation, Support for Out of Court Settlement/Mediation, the new Family Law Act); Legal Literacy for Youth; Projects that meet the needs of culturally diverse groups; Projects that meet the needs of remote, isolated and underserved areas of the province; Technology (for example: projects that utilize technology in the delivery of legal services and/or public legal education). The maximum amount available for each project is $75,000. There will be a two-stage process: a Letter of Intent stage followed by selected applicants being invited to submit full applications. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Law Foundation before preparing a Letter of Intent. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is by 12 pm, Friday, February 13th. For more information, please http://www.lawfoundationbc.org/project-funding/large-projects/ 

Status of Women - Women's Program

The objective of the Women's Program is to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. Funding is provided to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels that address the following three priority areas: 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. Funding is available for time-specific projects of 36 months or less that address barriers to women's participation and equality in Canadian society. Status of Women Canada accepts and reviews applications to the Women's Program on an ongoing basis. For more information, please visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/wcf-fcf/index-eng.html.

TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund / Deadline: January 31st

The TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, managed by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI), provides grants to charitable or other non-profit organizations that serve low income and otherwise economically disadvantaged persons and groups in Canada to support and promote financial literacy. The Fund aims to increase accessibility to financial literacy education for people who may normally be excluded from mainstream financial organizations, enabling them to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in financial issues. Priority will be placed on projects in the following areas: Innovation, Research & Development, and Strategic Program Development. For more information, please visit http://www.sedi.org/grantfund/HowTo.html.

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds – School Ground Greening Grants

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. The amount offered: $500 to $3,500 for schools, $500 to $2,000 for daycares. Applications for the 2013 funding program will be accepted on 2 intake dates: March 1st for spring plantings; and May 31st for late spring/early summer or early fall plantings. Schools applying for funding must have school grounds that are: on school board property; publicly accessible (greater community included) outside of school hours; and publicly funded (i.e. non-tuition based). Daycares applying for funding must be: not-for-profit; publicly accessible (greater community included) at all hours of the day and on weekends, with exceptions when students are using the site. Eligible expenses include: Native plant species; Heritage berries, vegetable seeds and plants; and Tools, materials and professional services (such as a native plant or design professional or a professional educator). For more information, please visit http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/telg.sn.

Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants / Deadline: January 31st

Walmart Canada and Evergreen have combined to offer this national program funding community-based initiatives across Canada. Projects supported through the Green Grants program include, but are not limited to: Native planting initiatives; Invasive species removal; Community food gardens; Youth-based and intergenerational projects; Wildlife habitat restoration; Aquatic stewardship projects; Environmental workshops and educational events; Community skills sharing workshops; and Projects serving underserved communities. For more information, please visit http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/walmart.sn.

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GOVERNMENT & OTHER REPORTS ˜… RECEIVED RECENTLY and only ONE copy for some publications. Availability is on a first come first served basis. To obtain it, please contact my office at 604–775–5800

  1. Asking The Right Questions: A Guide for municipalities considering P3s – by John Loxley
  2. Bringing the arts to life, Annual Report 2011-2012 – Canada Council for the Arts
  3. British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services (available in English, Chinese, Spanish and Punjabi)
  4. Canadian Parliamentary Review, Volume 35, No. 3, Autumn 2012 – Journal of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canadian Region
  5. Canadian Social Trends, Summer  2012 (Features: Seniors transportation; Charitable giving; Volunteering; Immigrant giving and volunteering; Employer support of volunteering) – Statistics Canada
  6. CARP (A New Vision of Aging for Canada) Advocacy 2012 Annual Report
  7. Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada – Mental Health Commission of Canada
  8. Current Housing Research: Social, Economic and Technical Research, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2012 - CMHC
  9. Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  10. Hunger Count 2012: A comprehensive report on hunger and food bank use in Canada, and recommendations for change – Food Bank Canada
  11. PIPEDA and Your Practice: A Privacy Handbook For Lawyers – Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  12. Public Accounts of Canada 2012, Volume 1, 2 & 3: Summary Report and Consolidated Financial Statements – Prepared by the Receiver General of Canada
  13. Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons, Fall 2012 – Office of the Auditor General of Canada
  14. Statement of Rights and Service for Producers, Consumers and Other Stakeholders - Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  15. The Governor Generals of Canada – New Federation House
  16. We Do What It Takes To Keep Canada and Canadians Safe - Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Annual Report 2011-12
  17. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada (booklet available in English, French and Chinese)
This Update from Libby was posted on January 1, 2013