Community Links Bulletin - January to March 2014

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you! And welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin! The bulletin’s priority is to inform residents and organizations in East Van about the activities and services carried out in our community.

There is plenty happening in our community! For example, there is the annual Christmas Tree Chipping for Charity, organized by the Mount Pleasant BIA, with proceeds to benefit Mount Pleasant Elementary School. There is also the Winter Farmers Market; Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Parade; Just Film Festival; Women’s Memorial March; and others. These events, programs and services are listed in the Community Link Bulletin.

I wish good health, social justice, equality, and prosperity to all!

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, February 21st for the April to June 2014 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to libby.davies@parl.gc.ca, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2.  Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.

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EVENTS & WORKSHOPS ˜

January to April 26, 2014 (Saturdays only) - Winter Farmers Market /// Time: 10 am to 2 pm; Location: East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, 30th & Ontario Street, Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

January 5, 2014 – Christmas Tree Chipping for Kids /// Time: 10 am – 4 pm; Location: Kingsgate Mall - 370 East Broadway
The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association will be offering their annual Christmas tree chipping and disposal, by donation. All proceeds will go to Mount Pleasant Elementary School. You are welcome to take advantage of this environmentally friendly service, and to support a very worthy cause. For more information, contact Kara at the Mount Pleasant BIA at 604-874-9816 or email kara@mpbia.ca.

Sunday, February 2 – Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival /// Sunday, February 2nd is the traditional Lunar New Year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. The 2014 Lunar New Year Parade is on Sunday, February 2nd in Chinatown. Every year Vancouver marks Lunar New Year with celebrations around Chinatown, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The parade will feature colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance groups representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, marching bands and various community groups. For information, please visit: http://www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.html.

February 14 – Women’s Memorial March /// The Annual Women's Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women will take place on Friday, February 14, 2014. Participants will gather at 11 am at the Carnegie Community Centre Theatre, 401 Main Street (at Hastings) where family members speak in remembrance. Given space constraints, the organizers ask that the broader public join at noon, when the march takes to the streets and proceeds through the Downtown Eastside, with stops to commemorate where women were last seen or found; speeches by community activists at the court house; a healing circle at Oppenheimer Park around 2:30 pm; and finally a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall. For more information, visit http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/.

Wednesday, February 26 - Study and Go Abroad Fair /// Time: 3 pm - 7 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (East Ballroom at Convention Level), 999 Canada Place. The Study and Go Abroad Fair is Canada's largest international university fair and one of the most important student events of the year. Universities and colleges from around the world will be coming to Vancouver to showcase their diploma, certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students who are considering studying abroad. Check out the Travel Pavilion for Gap Year options as well as adventure travel, volunteering, internships, work abroad or language travel. Free admission and free information seminars throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/vancouver.html.

February 28 to March 2 – The Just Film Festival ///Location: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, at Manitoba. The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen. Formerly known as the Vancouver World Community Film Festival, the Just Film Fest is one part of the Travelling World Community Film Festival, which travels to communities across Canada. The Just Film Festival is produced by a group of partners including CoDevelopment Canada, Langara College, World Community, Amnesty International and Village Vancouver. It features social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by focusing on issues both local and global. It runs for three days at Langara College and is BC’s largest social justice film festival. For more info, visit http://www.justfilm.org/

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

- Date: Saturday, January 25  / Time: 10 am to 12 pm / Location: Hastings Community Centre (3096 East Hastings, at Lillooet Street)

- Date: Saturday, January 25 / Time: 1 pm to 3 pm / Location: Ray Cam Co-Operative Centre (920 East Hastings Street, between Campbell & Raymur)

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Deadlines for submission to the Community Links Bulletin

April to June 2014 edition: Friday, February 21st

July to September 2014 edition: Friday, May 23rd

October to December 2014 edition: Friday, August 22nd

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™ COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES ˜

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

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

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

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) / Many taxpayers do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit return themselves. CRA needs volunteers to provide this important community service to taxpayers who have low income and a simple tax situation. To become a CVITP volunteer, you need to be associated with a community organization. If you have a basic understanding of income tax and want to give some time to your community you can register below. If you know of someone who could benefit from the CVITP, or need more information, you can call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281. If you are interested in registering to become a CVITP volunteer, the registration period is until January 31st. For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/lnd-eng.html.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - Hands-on help in your community / The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) helps eligible taxpayers with a modest income and a simple tax situation to prepare their income tax and benefit returns. This program is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations that host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare the returns. Volunteer tax preparation clinics are offered between February and April of each year at various locations across Canada. Volunteers do not need to be tax experts to help. The CRA offers training sessions, reference and promotional materials, and tax software for volunteers. If you would like to host a tax clinic this year, and help modest-income members of your community get the support they need to prepare their tax returns, please let the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) know by registering online at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/prtnr-eng.html?utm_source=stkhl... utm_campaign=CVTP. After registering, a CRA coordinator will be in touch to assist you in organizing your clinic.

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

Canada Small Business Financing Program / The Canada Small Business Financing Program helps you with your financing needs. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing risks with lenders. The program’s main objectives are: to help small businesses get started and established firms to make improvements and expand; to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses; and to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Canadians. For more information, visit http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/Home 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) provides recycled, durable specialized medical and therapeutic equipment to children in B.C. Children must be registered with the Ministry of Children and Family Development At-Home Program or must be in the care of the Ministry. CMERLS also provides loans and donations of medical and therapeutic equipment to: Children in families with limited financial resources; Not-for-profit organizations; and Community centres and schools with inadequate resources to fund special needs equipment. For more information, please call 604-709-6685 or visit http://www.redcross.ca/where-we-work/in-canada/british-columbia/bc-speci....

City Beet Farm – Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) Project / Support your local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) project. A CSA is based on local agriculture and food distribution - food is grown in the community for the community. You can buy in a share of the farm at the beginning of the growing season and share the harvest together. This is done by a weekly share pick-up, where members can come and collect their box of veggies. It’s a great way to access local, organic, healthy food and interact in your community. For more information, visit http://www.citybeetfarm.com/csa/.

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 or email response@ccts-cprst.ca.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC - Vancouver

- Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services - Need someone to talk to? Call the Crisis Centre in Vancouver for immediate, free, confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.

- Volunteering - The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops.  Four hours a week after excellent training. Call 604-872-1811.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) / If you have a complaint or feel you have been treated unfairly by a collection agency, you should contact the head of the collection agency, the agency’s ombudsman, the financial institution where you borrowed money, or your provincial regulator. The FCAC can help you determine whom to contact. The agency also informs Canadians of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with financial institutions and makes sure that banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies respect the laws and agreements that protect consumers. To reach the FCAC, call toll-free 1-866-461-3222, email to info@fcac-acfc.gc.ca or visit http://www.fcac-acfc.gc.ca/eng/Pages/home-accueil.aspx.

General Insurance Ombudservice (GIO) / GIO only works with those companies offering home, automobile and business insurance, to assist in the timely resolution of conflicts between consumers and their insurance companies. Any home, car or business insurance policyholder who has a concern, problem or dispute with a General Insurance Ombudservice (GIO) member company can use the service. In BC, all general insurance companies must be members of GIO. For more information on GIO, please visit www.giocanada.org or phone toll-free 1-877-225-0446.

Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Cell Phone Recycling / The GWCPC, a registered non-profit organization, continues to collect cell phones as a way to raise funds for the GWCPC to support its programs & activities. Bring your old cell phone to the GWCPC. When bundled together with charger & battery the cell phones have a higher value. Phones without chargers will also be accepted. All cell phones, no matter how old qualify, so no need to worry if your cell phone is really old or in bad condition! Bring the battery and the charger if you have them. The GWCPC is located at 1977 Commercial Drive (at E. 4th Avenue) and is open these hours: Monday to Thursday, 12 pm - 8 pm; Friday, 12 pm - 6 pm; and Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Hastings Adult Education Centre / Hastings Education Centre offers academic programs for adult learners through structured and self-paced courses. You can choose to complete high school, prep for a career change or upgrade your skills. The Centre has self-paced courses, computer-based programs and classroom courses to fit into any schedule. Tuition and books are free. For more information, please visit www.ae.vsb.bc.ca or phone 604-713-5735, or drop by the centre at 1661 Napier Street, above the public library in the Britannia complex near Commercial Drive.

MPA Society - Mental Health Empowerment Advocates Program (MHEAP) / MPA - MHEAP provides professional advocacy for people living with a mental illness. 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.

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

Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) / Local businesses: Selling to the federal government can be complex. The numerous requirements and paperwork can seem confusing for even the most seasoned professionals, and even if you succeed in entering into a contract, disputes can often arise. Launched in 2008, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) was created to help Canadian companies involved in federal contracting. As an independent neutral office, OPO helps make sense of the contracting maze by promoting fairness, openness and transparency in federal contracting, sharing important information, examining contract-related complaints and reporting on federal contracting activities. OPO also provides dispute resolution services which serve as a quick and inexpensive means of addressing contract disputes and avoiding legal process. If you would like more information on these services, please visit the OPO website at http://opo-boa.gc.ca/index-eng.html or call toll-free 1-866-734-5169.

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

Service Canada - The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) / The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) is a neutral organization mandated to accept and respond to citizen feedback about Service Canada, and recommend ways the organization can improve. 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/index.shtml.

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

Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre / The Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre offers employment services to both employers looking for qualified candidates and local residents looking for work. The Centre is located at 2555 Commercial Drive, kitty corner from the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain Stations. For more information, phone 604-708-9300. There is also an Employment Centre for Youth at 2106 Commercial Drive.

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

Vancouver Midtown – WorkBC Employment Services Centre / Vancouver Midtown provides services and support to help you in your job search. The centre offers integrated services that are accessible to all British Columbians, including people facing multiple barriers to employment. For more information on the programs and services, please visit its website at www.vancouvermidtownesc.ca. Address: 110 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8. 

VEEES Community Service - newSTART Employment Bridging Program / newSTART is a community-based 13-week employment bridging program for women who are dealing with violence and abuse issues and currently on income assistance. newSTART provides career exploration, job search skills, computer skills, 3-week work experience placement, education upgrading (GED), self-management workshops, and others. For more information or appointment, please contact newSTART at 604- 215-4344 or visit www.veees.org/new-start.html. Address: 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver (at Commercial Drive).

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.

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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 application is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. The Foundation  receives applications requesting equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, and funding for recreation therapy programs, and the list goes on. The allocation committee meets 3-4 times a year to review applications and determine funding. For more information, please visit http://www.bcrehab.com/individual_grant_app.htm.

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 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....

bravoFACT / bravoFACT was established in 1995 to: provide funding primarily for the production of short-form contemporary drama suitable for broadcast on television; support and foster independent Canadian producers. Preference will be given to small and emerging production companies; provide a broad platform for showcasing the resulting work; and increase public recognition and appreciation of Canadian talent. Funding is reserved for new projects which qualify as Canadian Content according to the guidelines set out by the CRTC. The desired length and format of requested project will be posted in advance of each deadline for submission. For more information and 2014 deadlines, please visit http://www.bravofact.com/how-to-apply/.

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 February 15 will be reviewed during April, and organizations will be notified in May. For more information, visit https://fef.td.com/funding/.

Canadian Heritage - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage / The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers. The deadlines for Local Festivals applications are January 30, April 30 and September 30. 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 deadline date for all Community Anniversary projects is January 30. 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. There is no fixed deadline for Legacy Fund submissions; however, project must be submitted at the latest by the date of your anniversary. For more information, please visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608.

Canadian Heritage – Celebrate Canada Fund / Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21st to July 1st. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day, on June 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24th, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27th and Canada Day on July 1st. In order to ensure that your funding request is processed in a timely manner, you are invited to send us your request as soon as possible, before January 15th, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1290623024175.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart / Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a community-based program that helps kids in financial need to participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming. The program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. Applications for assistance can be submitted from January 15th to June 1st for Spring/Summer programs; and July 1st to November 1st for Fall/Winter programs. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/ or call toll-free 1-877-616-6600. Based on your postal code, a representative will provide a contact on the closest Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter.

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. CWB will only accept requests through the online application process. Requests over $25,000 will be reviewed in mid-June on an annual basis. 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 grants for small capital projects, including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases, with a focus on three areas: Prevention Programs focused on Children and Youth; Programs to address urgent needs of people in the inner city; and Programs and initiatives supporting community transformation. For more information, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/community-grants/guidelines/. Please call the Foundation directly at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are March 15th for the May 1st application deadline.

Choice Markets – Community Giving / Choices Markets support local community groups wherever possible. Some examples of the type of groups supported include: local children's recreation groups; local elementary and high school events; community fundraising events; and non-profit family and social service organizations. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.choicesmarket.com/CommunityGiving.aspx.

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

Citizenship and Immigration Canada - The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism / The Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism recognizes those who have shown dedication to fostering integration and social cohesion in communities across Canada. One award is granted annually to an individual or a group who demonstrates dedication to advancing intercultural understanding and the integration of newcomers into Canadian society. Individuals are nominated in one of two categories: Outstanding Achievement or Lifetime Achievement. The Outstanding Achievement category recognizes an individual or group who has recently made a significant contribution to promote and embrace Canada’s long tradition of peaceful pluralism. The Lifetime Achievement category honours an individual who has demonstrated the same dedication over a period of at least ten years. The award recipient receives a certificate of honour, signed by the Minister, as well as the privilege to select an eligible, registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization to receive a $20,000 grant from the Government of Canada. Nominations for the 2014 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism must be postmarked by March 1, 2014. For info, visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/paulyuzyk/index.asp.

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

Coast Capital Savings - Community Investment Grants / Community Investment Grants focus on projects that help youth in the following areas: Financial: help prevent youth homelessness by providing affordable housing initiatives for youth that also help improve financial and life skills; help youth earn money and become self-reliant by providing work experience or pre-employment training; Education: support youth in completing high school through mentorship programs, homework clubs and other initiatives that encourage high school completion; Family & Social Connections: build self-esteem and social skills through positive interaction with peers and mentors (respectful relationships, anti-bullying), inspire youth to become leaders and give back to their communities; and Health: increase accessibility to sport for children and youth. For more information and 2014 deadlines, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_ Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/.

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

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

Co-operators Foundation / The Co-operators Foundation supports healthy communities in Canada through two complementary funds: Co-operators Fiftieth Anniversary Community Fund, which focuses exclusively on supporting registered charities; and Co-operators Community Economic Development (CED) Fund, which supports non-profit organizations and co-operatives. The purpose of these funds is to support community economic development initiatives that lead to job creation and/or enhanced employability for marginalized populations. Proposals for funding are reviewed twice per year. Next application deadline: January 15th for a decision in mid-April. For more information, please visit http://www.cooperators.ca/en/About-Us/foundation/ced.aspx.

Cures for Kids Foundation / Cures for Kids Foundation supports programs for children’s life-threatening illnesses, and raises awareness in the community. The Foundation provides grants of between $500 and $2,500 to qualifying organizations for specific programs and projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed twice yearly. The Foundation awards grants twice a year: Spring Granting Cycle - Applications due in April, grants made in June; and Fall Granting Cycle - Applications due in October, grants made in January. For more information, please visit http://curesforkids.ca/grants/.

Delta Hotels / The Delta Helps program supports various initiatives including an adopt-a-shelter program where local women's shelters are provided with personal goods, bedding, towels, and other related items. They also have a community cruiser that visits local events encouraging community volunteerism. Delta properties from coast to coast support a wide range of local causes that benefit our communities. Donation requests are granted to provide support for charitable organizations with their fundraising efforts. Delta’s corporate office gives priority to requests of a national or regional scope from organizations aligned with Delta’s community outreach initiatives. If your organization is located in a community in which a Delta hotel or resort is located, please contact the property directly. Web: https://www.deltahotels.com/About-Delta/Social-Responsibility/Donations.

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

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

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

Enterprising Nonprofits – Social Enterprise Heroes 2014 / Do you have a marketing, finance, or business operations challenge that Enterprising Nonprofits can help overcome? Please consider becoming a competitor in 2014. To be eligible, your organization must be located in BC and be an operational social enterprise (businesses owned by a nonprofit organization). To apply for the opportunity to present your challenge/idea, Enterprising Nonprofits invites you to send them a two-page Letter of Interest outlining your social enterprise. The finalists will be selected and notified by mid-February 2014. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on January 9, 2014. For more information, visit http://socialenterpriseheroes.ca/about-heroes/.

EPCOR - Community Investment Program / EPCOR delivers the essentials in its communities (water and power). As such, it has chosen to focus its community investment on providing more of the essentials that enhance the quality of life in the communities that it serves. EPCOR’s community investment pillars are based on the most essential life elements of strong communities and strong families: Water (Food); Energy (Shelter and Safety); and Education. For more information on funding guidelines, visit http://corp.epcor.com/communityinvestment/pages/community-investment.aspx.

Google Grants - AdWords / Google Grants is an in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to selected charitable organisations. Google supports organizations sharing their philosophy of community service in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. For more information, visit http://www.google.ca/intl/en/grants/.

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.

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.

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

S'Cool Life Fund for DREAMS / The S’Cool Life Fund provides funding to Canadian non-profit elementary schools to support DREAMS - drama, recreation, extra-curricular, arts, music, or sports. Since its launch in 2005, the S’Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 746 projects across the country, helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8). It will be accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year from December 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca/index2.php?id=3.

Service Canada – Canada Summer Jobs 2014 / Need summer help? Looking for a cost-effective way to hire a student this summer? Explore the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which offers wage subsidies to employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to create job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The period to apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 will be from December 2, 2013 to January 10, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml.

Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation / The Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation supports the health of Canadian women in body, mind and spirit, helping them live life to the fullest. They focus their giving on programs that promote good health, prevent diseases, and help Canadian women lead stronger, healthier lives. For more information, visit http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/Women/Apply.aspx.

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

Telus – Community Investment / Each year, TELUS Community Board members choose programs that best meet our vision and clearly demonstrate the following criteria: focus on youth; demonstrate social and / or technological innovation in program delivery; fit one of our funding pillars: arts & culture, education & sport, or health & well-being in our environment; and defines and measures outcomes. Application deadline is February 3rd, 9 pm PST. For more information, please visit http://about.telus.com/community/en/how_to_get_funded/guidelines/.

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds – School Ground Greening Grant / Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. The amount offered: Up to $3,500 for schools, up to $2,000 for daycares. Applications for the 2013–2014 funding program will be accepted on 3 intake dates throughout the school year: November 2013: For schools that have completed their design process and require planning time for Spring plantings and installations; February 28, 2014: For schools that are ready to carry out Spring plantings and installations; and May 2, 2014: For schools that have completed the design process and are ready to carry out early Fall plantings and installations. Schools applying for funding must have school grounds that are: on school board property; publicly accessible (greater community included) outside of school hours; and publicly funded (i.e. non-tuition based). Daycares applying for funding must be: not-for-profit; publicly accessible (greater community included) at all hours of the day and on weekends, with exceptions when students are using the site. Eligible expenses include: Native plant species; Heritage berries, vegetable seeds and plants; and Tools, materials and professional services (such as a native plant or design professional or a professional educator). For more information, please visit http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants-available/school-ground-greeni....

West Coast Environmental Law - Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) / The Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund provides environmental legal aid funding for British Columbians wrestling with environmental problems. It is helpful to have a lawyer or an expert in the right place, at the right time, to help to ensure BC residents have a meaningful role in decisions that affect their land, air and water. Individuals, informal citizen groups, registered not-for-profit organizations, and First Nations may all apply for funding. EDRF accepts and reviews applications on a monthly basis. For more information, please contact the EDRF Manager at 604-601-2503.

This Update from Libby was posted on December 18, 2013