Community Links Bulletin - April to June 2012

Dear Friends,

 Are you worried about what Harper is going to do with your hard earned pension?  If you're over 50 you should be concerned!

 Pensions are at risk - come and talk about what we can do to protect them. Book off this date.

Date: Saturday, April 21st
Time: 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street (@ Lillooet Street)

Join Libby and guest speakers: Bill Tieleman, Political Journalist; Ellen Woodsworth, former City Councillor; a Representatives from Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO); Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer of National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE); April Lewis, Representative of CARP / A New Vision of Aging for Canada; and others … to learn more about Harper’s proposal for Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Bring your concerns and questions

 Hope to see you there!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Monday, May 14th for the July to September 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.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 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.

January to June 10 - CircusWest Birthday Parties!

Time: 2 pm - 6 pm; Location:  2901 East Hastings (Garden Auditorium)
Run away to the circus! Make your child's next birthday one to remember. We keep Sundays open for birthdays. Kids learn to juggle, walk the tight-wire, build human pyramids or fly on the trapeze. Coaching Ratio: One coach for 7 kids (ages 7 & up) and one coach for 6 kids (age 6). Parties are for ages 7 and up. Costume: Kids should wear comfortable, fitted clothing and sneakers. Also, bring a sweat shirt. T-shirts should be tucked in. Baggy jeans and/or large T-shirts do not work on the equipment. Supplies: Please bring your own party supplies such as plates, napkins, cups, food & drinks and party decorations. Bookings: There are three party time slots available: 1 pm - 3 pm;  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm; and 4 pm - 6 pm.  For information, contact CircusWest Performing Arts Society at 604-252-3679 or by email to info@circuswest.com. Web: www.circuswest.com/birthdays.

May to October 22 - Trout Lake (East Vancouver) Farmers Market

Time: 9 am - 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.

Friday, April 27 - Franklin Elementary Celebrates 100 years!

Did you or someone you know attend Sir John Franklin Elementary in Vancouver? Come celebrate with us on April 27th, 2012. For more info, email franklin100th@gmail.com or call 604-713-4709.

Saturday, April 28 - National Day of Mourning for Persons Injured or Killed in the Workplace

Making workplaces safer is, and should be, a daily effort. But April 28 has been singled out to offer employees and employers the opportunity to remember the dead, injured and ill as well as publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28th - a Day of Mourning (Workers Memorial Day) and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries. It is as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living. Source: www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning.

Sunday, May 6 - Hike for Hospice                                    

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm; Location: Burrard View Park in East Vancouver, and ending at Cottage Hospice. Benefitting May’s Place Hospice and Cottage Hospice, operated by St. James Community Service Society. Hospice care offers an end that is neither hastened nor postponed but provides relief from suffering through patient-centered care. Come and take part in the 5 kilometre walk around scenic Burrard View Park in East Vancouver, starting and ending at Cottage Hospice. Refreshments, music, mountain views, exercise & fresh air included! For more information and registration, please call 604-606-0306 or visit www.chpac.net/hfhpc.

Tuesday, May 8 - NEPP Workshop: Earthquake Preparedness

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm; Location: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, at Lillooet. Be Prepared Not Scared. We have all witnessed the recent earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand, Haiti and Chile and have seen first hand the devastation caused by these earthquakes. Living in Vancouver, we too could be faced with a major earthquake, yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure our families are prepared. This session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Cost: Free. Please contact community centre directly at 604-718-6222 to register

May 14 to 18, 2012 – CLICK’s 2012 Inner City Kids Week 

CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids) is a registered charity raising funds for programs supporting children living in poverty in Vancouver. CLICK is looking for community partners to raise awareness and funds for 2012 Inner City Kids Week on May 14 to 18. For more information, contact pamsreddy@gmail.com or contact@clicktokids.ca. Web: www.clicktokids.ca.

June to October - Main Street Station Farmers Market

Time: 3 pm - 7 pm / Wednesdays; Location: Thornton Park, across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main Street Skytrain Station
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 www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

May 18 to September 9 - Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Time: 6 pm - 11 pm / Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Location: Keefer Street, between Main and Columbia Street
A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts and ethnic snacks to tempt your taste buds. A shopping experience like never before - on every Fri., Sat. & Sun. The street market contains booths with different merchandise on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CDs, VCDs, DVDs, delicious snacks, ethnic food, and more. Folks can enjoy the multicultural performances: Folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, pop bands, as well as games & prizes. Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! For more information, visit www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/home_e.htm.

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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.

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 to 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 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 Revenue Agency (CRA) - Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics

Do you need help to prepare your tax return? The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) assists eligible taxpayers who have low income, and simple, non-complex tax situations. If you know of someone who could benefit from the CVITP, or need an updated list of Vancouver Tax Preparation Clinics, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/vancouver-bc-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 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.

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.  

Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Cell Phone Recycling

The Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) is collecting old cell phones for recycling. Money raised will help fund GWCPC programs such as Community Clean-up, Child ID Clinics, ESL presentations, Foot and Bike Patrols, Speedwatch and more. You can bring your old cell phones to the GWCPC at 1977 Commercial Drive (at E. 4th Avenue), anytime between noon and 8 pm, Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 pm on Friday or 10 to 4 pm on Saturdays. For more information, phone GWCPC at 604-717-2932

MPA Society - Mental Health Empowerment Advocates Program (MHEAP)
MPA -
MHEAP provides professional advocacy for people living with a mental illness. For over 20 years, the Society assists clients with disability benefits from welfare and / or Canada Pension  Plan, access any type of benefit, and complete basic income tax forms, residency tenancy disputes and make referrals to service agencies. MPA also provides outreach and education to other organizations. For more information, please call 604-482-3700 or email advocacy@mpa-society.org.

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. 

PM-V (pm-volunteers.org) - Looking for non-profit partners

Does your organization have a great idea but lack the skilled resources to make it happen? PM-V is a grassroots initiative offering volunteer project management services for their non-profit and charitable partners at no charge, year-round. Applications are currently being accepted for future projects. For more information, and to submit an application, visit: www.pm-volunteers.org.

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).

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 does not replace internal redress mechanisms, review or overturn decisions made under legislative authority, but 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.

Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre – New Employment Centre opens April 1st

The Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre will be operated by MOSAIC, in partnership with Back in Motion, the BC Centre for Ability, Frog Hollow Neigbourhood 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, kiddy 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.

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$ ˜

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. A range of requests are considered by the review committee. 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 3-4 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. If you have any questions about the application please contact their Client Services and Administrative Coordinator, Trynka Gogal, at trynka@bcrehab.com. For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, 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. 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 www.bcrehab.com/projectgrantapplication.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. They also offer a Community Partner Award program which encourages staff to volunteer time to local non-profit agencies. For more information, visit
www.bestbuy.ca/companyinfo/EN/community_relations.asp?logon=&langid=EN&t....

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 deadlines for 2012 are June 8th, August 31st and December 7th. Applications must be received in the Bravo!FACT office by five o'clock (EST) on the day of the deadline. For more information, visit http://www.bravofact.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 applications received by May 15 will be reviewed during June, and organizations will be notified early July. For more information, visit http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

 Canadian Heritage - 2012 Diamond Jubilee Community Celebrations

In 2012, Canada will mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada. Canadians will celebrate and honour The Queen's 60 years of service and dedication to this country as well as Canadian achievements during that period. To celebrate this Diamond Jubilee, the Department of Canadian Heritage is making available funding for community celebrations in honour of The Queen's 60-year reign. Funding for Diamond Jubilee community celebrations will provide Canadians opportunities to: mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada; celebrate those Canadians, who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service, to family, community and country; celebrate the role of the Crown in Canada as well as our traditions, history, symbols, values and institutions; highlight how Canada has evolved over the past 60 years under Her Majesty's reign and look to the future of our nation; and enable Canadians to participate in celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada. A call to apply for activities that will take place between September 1st, 2012 and December 31st, 2012 will be issued in the spring of 2012 (Application deadline to be announced). For information, visit www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1315852578931/1316017942769.  

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 www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267317260906/1253959403630.

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 April 1st, 2012. 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 www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608. 

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 from July 1st to November 1st for fall/winter programs. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/what-we-do.html#hta or call 1-877-616-6600. Based on your postal code, a Call Centre representative will provide a contact on the closest Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter.

Canadian Western Bank Group (CWB)

The Canadian Western Bank Group's community investment efforts are focused in three areas - Health, Wellness and Caregiving; Education; and Community and Civic Services. For more information on funding guidelines, visit http://www.cwbankgroup.com/csr/community_investment/.

Carthy Foundation

The Carthy Foundation has two granting programs: Youth - for initiatives that will have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness or on career transitions for youth and young adults; and Environment - for initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. For more information, visit http://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 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 next deadline for the Letters of Intent is September 15th for the November 1st application deadline. For more information, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/guidelines.html.

CIBC – Community Investment Programs

CIBC supports causes in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. The areas of focus include: Youth in need, ages 14 to 21 and Access to opportunity to help young people reach their full potential; Education - Skills development and mentoring; and Bursary and scholarship support; Health - Primary focus on breast cancer, paediatric cancer and other health/disease-related charities; and capital funding for hospitals, regional health authorities or clinics. 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.

Coast Capital Savings - Education Awards                                          

Coast Capital Savings offers two Education Awards: $5,000 Standing Tall Awards to 16 individuals who are working hard to overcome significant personal challenges to achieve their dreams; and $2,000 Citizenship Awards to 32 individuals who are taking a leadership role in their communities while successfully balancing their academic and personal lives. For information, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit.... The deadline for application is April 1st, 2012.

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 richer 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 more information, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit.... The next deadline is June 1st, 2012.

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 support one or more of the focus areas listed below: Education: projects/programs that enhance use of technology in education, improve access to education, provide mentorship opportunities, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation; Family & social connections: projects/programs focused on anti-bullying, respectful relationships, youth leadership, life skills development and can include after-school programs; Financial well-being: projects/programs that improve financial literacy and responsibility, build assets, provide access to finance, provide employment training; and Health - Depression & stress: projects/programs that address depression and stress. The deadline to submit Expression of Interest is May 4th. For more information, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit....

Columbia Institute – Lifelong Learning Scholarship                           

The Columbia Institute’s Lifelong Learning Scholarship is designed to support the financial needs of adult learners interested in re-training and skills development. To be eligible, you must be: 24 or older; BC resident; Canadian citizen or landed immigrant; not currently enrolled in a training or academic program (pre-requisite courses do not count). For more information on this and other awards, please visit www.columbiainstitute.ca/scholarships/lifelong-learning-scholarship. The deadline for application is June 30th, 2012.

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. Next application deadline is September 1st for a decision in mid November. For more information on CED and other funding programs, please visit 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.

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.

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 www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/enp-events-and-grants

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 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 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 www.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.

McLean Foundation

The McLean Foundation makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare. For more information, visit www.mcleanfoundation.ca. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The McLean Foundation will only accept applications from organizations that have first submitted a letter of inquiry and then have been asked to submit a full proposal. Contact information: Attn.: Ms. Ev McTaggart, The McLean Foundation, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1008, Toronto, Ontario M4V 1L5 / Phone: 416-964-6802 / Fax: 416-964-2804 / Email: info@mcleanfoundation.ca. Web: http://mcleanfoundation.ca/applications.html.

National Crime Prevention Strategy - Youth Gang Prevention Fund: Letter of Intent

The National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) is administered by Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC). The Centre provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention. The purpose of this call is to seek letters of intent (LOI) under the Youth Gang Prevention funds (YGPF). The objectives of the Youth Gang Prevention Fund are to: support proven and promising crime prevention initiatives that address youth violence and youth gangs in communities where these issues exist or are emerging trends; promote targeted interventions such as mentoring, counselling, skills development and recreational opportunities, to provide young people with alternatives to joining gangs; and develop and disseminate knowledge to encourage other communities to prevent youth violence and youth gang activity in Canada. For more information about the Youth Gang Prevention Fund and to find out how to apply, please visit http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/cp/ygpf/ygpf-eng.aspx. Applications must be received on or before April 9th, 2012.

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.

Translation Bureau

Do you offer translation services in foreign languages? The Translation Bureau is looking for firms and self-employed individuals offering translation services in Canada's Aboriginal languages or foreign languages. For more information, visit http://www.btb.gc.ca/btb.php?lang=eng&cont=164.

VanCity Community Foundation - Community Project Grants

Community project grants provide up to $10,000 for projects that focus on these funding priorities: People - shows people how to build their wealth; Planet - creates a sustainable place to live; and Places - invests for positive change in the community. Applications that demonstrate work in two or more of these areas are preferred, as are those that focus resources specifically at marginalized people (including Aboriginal people, immigrants, refugees and people with low incomes). The remaining application deadlines for 2012 are May 15th and September 17th. For more information, visit www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/CommunityProjectGrants/.

Vancouver Foundation                           

The Vancouver Foundation provides grant for arts and culture, education, and children, youth and families, environment, and community-based health research. Registered non-profits are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the appropriate field of interest by July 27th. For more information, visit www.vancouverfoundation.ca/grants/index.htm.

Western Economic Diversification - Women's Enterprise Centre (WEC)

The Women's Enterprise Centre (WEC) was established to assist women in starting and growing businesses in BC. It provides: practical skills development, empowerment lending, professional guidance, networking connections, resource library, and events and workshops. Contact Information: Vancouver Office: Suite 82 - 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G1 / Phone: 1-800-643-7014 / Fax: 250-868-2709 / Email: inquiry@womensenterprise.ca. For more information, visit www.womensenterprise.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://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/canada/)

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Deadlines for submission to the next Community Links Bulletin:

July to September 2012 edition: Monday, May 14th

October to December 2012 edition: Monday, August 20th

This Update from Libby was posted on March 22, 2012