Community Links Bulletin - July to September 2012

On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth marked the 60th anniversary of accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal has been announced as a way to recognize outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life. Up to 30 medals are available to eligible constituents of Vancouver East. For more information on the nomination process, visit http://www.libbydavies.ca/news/update/2012/5/2/nomination-opens-queen-s-.....
 
East Van is a great place to be in the summer, with lots of activities for children, adults and families: Canada Day festivities, East Van Farmers’ Markets (at Trout Lake and Main Street Station), Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver Chinatown Festival, PNE, Powell Street Festival, Queer Film Festival, Vancouver Pride Parade, and more. And please join me at our East Van BBQ on Sunday, July 8, from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Maclean Park (Keefer & Heatley). 
 
I hope to see you at some of these events. Enjoy the summer!
 
Best Wishes,
 
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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Monday, August 20th for the October to December 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 ˜
 
July to September 9 - Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
Time: 6 pm - 11 pm / Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; Location: Keefer Street (Main to Columbia)
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 & decor, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CDs, VCDs, DVDs, delicious snacks, ethnic food, and more. Folks can enjoy 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.

July to October 3 - Main Street Station Farmers Market
Time: 3 pm - 7 pm / Wednesdays; Location: 1100 Block Station Street, along 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.

July to October 20 - Trout Lake (East Vancouver) Farmers Market
Time: 9 am - 2 pm / Saturdays; Location: North Parking lot John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, between Lakewood and Templeton, south of 13th Avenue alley
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.

July 5 to 15 - Indian Summer Festival
Location: SFU Woodward's, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, at Cambie
The Indian Summer Festival features top performers, authors and practitioners across creative disciplines, including music, dance, literature, film, theatre, visual arts, cuisine, yoga and wellness. With South Asian flair, Canadian counterparts are paired with international talent to create good friction. The result is ten days of inspiring dialogue, riveting performances and a whole lot of fun. For more info, visit www.indiansummerfestival.ca.
 
Saturday, July 7 – Sunrise Summer Kickoff
Time: 10 am to 7 pm; Location: 2500 Franklin Street, Sunrise Square Parking Lot, at Kamloops
Held in the Sunrise Square Parking Lot (2500 Franklin Street), this community event includes, street hockey, cultural shows, live performances, delicious food, safety fair, carnival, games, face painting, a food bank and much more. Everyone is welcome to this event. For more information, visit http://www.eastvillagevancouver.ca/event/sunrise-summer-kickoff/
 
Sunday, July 15 – The 27th Annual S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon
The 27th Annual Walk with the Dragon will take place at Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park. Highlights include games and food booths, live entertainment, demonstrations and activities for everyone. For information, please contact 604-408-7274 or visit www.successfoundation.ca.
 
July 28 to August 4 – The Honda Celebration of Lights 2012
The Honda Celebration of Light 2012 fireworks competition will feature performances from Vietnam, Brazil and Italy. Team Da Nang from Vietnam will kick off the Celebration of Light Festival on July 28th, Brazil’s Group Vision Show on August 1st, and Pirotecnica Soldi of Italy will round out the competition on August 4th. The competition will begin at 10 pm, rain or shine. The winner will be announced on August 6th. For more information, please visit http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/.
 
Sunday August 5 – Pride Parade
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm, the Parade begins at Robson and Thurlow, heads west down the hill to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific and then finishes at Sunset Beach. Celebrations continue after the Parade at Sunset Beach festival site, with live music on the festival stage, and a diverse selection of products and services provided by vendors and a beer garden. For more information, visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca/vancouver-pride-parade.  
 
August 4 to 5 - The 36th Annual Powell Street Festival
Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm; Location: Oppenheimer Park, 400 block of 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 of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food. Web: www.powellstreetfestival.com/festival/.
 
August 11 to 12 - The 13th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm; Location: 100 block of Keefer Street and 500 block of Columbia Street
The Vancouver Chinatown Festival is a multicultural summer celebration that brings together the community and visitors alike. For more information, visit www.vancouver-chinatown.com.
 
August 16 to 26 – The 20th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival
The Festival promotes the production and exhibition of queer media art, creating opportunities for dialogue and education among diverse communities that cross class, age, ability, ethnicity, spirituality, gender and sexuality. The festival brings filmmakers from around the globe to Vancouver while simultaneously promoting independent film by Canadian and local artists. For more information, visit http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca/. 
 
August 18 to September 3 – The Fair at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition)
Location: PNE Fair Grounds, Hastings & Renfrew Street, Vancouver
For over a 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. For more information, visit www.pne.ca.
 
August 19 - Latin Summer Fest
Time: 11 am – 7 pm; Location: Trout Lake / John Hendry Park
Come out and enjoy the market, music, food fair, kids and more at the Latin Summer Fest. This annual family-oriented community event is organized by Latinos in Action. For more information, visit www.latinsummerfest.com or email info@latinsummerfest.com. Admission is free.
 
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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) - New guidance for fundraising by registered charities
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its updated guidance for fundraising by registered charities. The new guidance includes a substantially simplified suggested method of allocation, gives less prominence to the ratio of fundraising expenses to overall revenue, discusses the importance of reserve fund policies, and outlines how to work with non-arms length fundraising firms.  For more information, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cgd/fndrsng-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.
 
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 1-866-461-3222 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. It also helps with residency tenancy disputes and makes 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
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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Deadlines for submission to the next Community Links Bulletin:
- October to December 2012 edition: Monday, August 20th
- January to March 2013 edition: Friday, November 23rd, 2012
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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.shtml.

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.
 
Ashoka Changemakers - BC competition offering $100,000 for solutions to community challenges
A network of BC non-profits has launched BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities, to seek innovative solutions to health, social and environmental challenges facing BC communities today, and in the future. Up to $100,000 in investments will be awarded to top entries, and entrants will also have the opportunity to access additional investments following the competition. Visit their website to enter your idea or solution or to nominate an individual, organization or partnership before the competition deadline on September 12, 2012. For more information, visit www.changemakers.com/BCideas.
 
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 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. 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 http://www.bestbuy.ca/companyinfo/EN/community_ relations.asp?logon=&langid=EN&test_cookie=1
 
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://www.bmo.com/home/about/banking/corporate-responsibility/community....
 
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 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 info, please 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 August 15 will be reviewed during September, and organizations will be notified early October. For more info, visit http://www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.
 
Canadian Heritage – Human Rights Program
The Human Rights Program is primarily concerned with human rights education in the domestic context. Priorities of the program include the rights of persons with disabilities, children's rights and supporting innovative ways of creating awareness of human rights issues. The Program is also focusing on projects that increase public awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For more information, visit 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 September 30th, 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 http://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 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 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.
 
Choice Markets - Community
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 – 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.

City of Vancouver - Transit Shelter Advertising 
The City of Vancouver's Transit Shelter Advertising Program provides opportunities for non-profit arts, culture, and community service organizations to access transit shelter advertising space without charge. Requests are accepted year-round, with monthly deadlines, and should be made at least four months prior to the event. Next deadlines: July 20th, August 17th and September 21st. For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/gasp/support/tsa/2012/index.htm. 
 
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 deadlines: September 28th and December 31st, 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: 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 August 24th for the Fall funding cycle, and November 23rd for Winter 2012/2013. For more information, visit www.coastcapitalsavings. com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/Community_Investment_Grants/.
 

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. The enp program accept grant applications two times per year, in Spring and Fall. For more information, visit http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/enp-events-and-grants/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.
 
Status of Women - Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
Status of Women Canada seeks nominations for the 33rd Annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In October, five awards will be presented to candidates from across Canada who have helped advance equality for women and girls. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be Canadian citizens. This year, in recognition of the world's first International Day of the Girl, two of the five winners will be from the youth category. The Persons Case Youth Awards honour exemplary young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 who contribute their talents and energies to improving the quality of life for Canadian women and girls. While nominations for the Persons Awards are accepted throughout the year, the deadline for 2012 awards is July 15, 2012. For more information, visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.
 
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 deadline for 2012 is 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/

This Update from Libby was posted on June 21, 2012