Community Links Bulletin - April to June 2013

 

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, May 24th for the July to September 2013 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to libby.davies.c1@parl.gc.ca, faxed to 604-775-5811 or mailed postage-free to 2412 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2. Information in the Community Links Bulletin is subject to change without notice. Please check with the contacts provided to ensure accuracy.

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™EVENTS & WORKSHOPS ˜

- April 20 - Beyond the Blue Box

Time: 9 am - 12 pm; Location: Britannia Community Centre, at parking lot off Venables and Cotton

Recycle materials that the City Blue Box program does not accept every 3rd Saturday of the month. Items include plastics of all kinds, foil lined bags, Styrofoam, polystyrene food containers, electronics, CDs, milk and juice containers and much more. Britannia is partnering with Pacific Recycling Mobile Depot to recycle materials that the City Blue Box program does not accept. There is a small fee to cover the cost of trucking and to fund other sustainability projects at Britannia. For more information, visit http://www.pacificmobiledepots.com/default.html.

- Sunday, May 5 - Hike for Hospice 2013

Time: 1:30 pm – 4 pm; Location: Five-km walk around Burrard View Park & New Brighton Park

Benefitting May's Place and Cottage hospices, run by St. James Community Service Society – proceeds raised will cover many costs at the hospices, such as end-of-life counselling, maintenance of hospice facilities, and the purchase of supplies and equipment. For registration and information, call St. James Community Service Society at 604-606-0306, or email liturner@sjcss.com. You can also register online by clicking the Hike for Hospice button on www.sjcss.com.

- May 17 to September 8 – The 18th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Time: 6 pm - 11 pm / Fri, Sat and Sun; Location: Keefer Street, between Main and Columbia Street

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts and ethnic snacks to tempt your taste buds, and more. Folks can enjoy the multicultural performances: Folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, pop bands, as well as games & prizes. Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! For more information, visit http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/events.htm.

- Sunday, June 16 (Father’s Day) – Commercial Drive Car Free 2013

Time: Noon to 6 pm; Location: Commercial Drive from Venables Street to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane

Activities include frying fish over fire, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats and all of your friends and neighbours hanging out. This is your day to bring yourself to your community. Bring your PASSIONS, your ENERGY and your CREATIVITY to the street! For more information, visit http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/. Also check out Main Street Car Free 2013 at http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/.

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COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES ˜

* ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association

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

* BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)

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

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

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

* Canada Revenue Agency - Taxpayers' Ombudsman

The Taxpayers' Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) respects the service rights outlined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/txpyrbllrghts/menu-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), 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.

* 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 www.fcac.gc.ca.

* 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.

* 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 www.opo.gc.ca 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

* 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

* 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.

* S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research)

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

* Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre

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

* Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office

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

* 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.dovgnextoid=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.

BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant

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

BC Rehab Foundation – Project Grant

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

Best Buy Canada - Sponsorship Requests or Co-Promotional Opportunities

Sponsorship requests or co-promotional opportunities considered and can be directed to the Marketing Department at: ATTN: Sponsorships/Co-Promotions, Best Buy Marketing Department, 8800 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby, British Columbia V5J 5K3. For more information, please visit http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/sponsor.aspx?path=6c0a08db66fdda734bdf20bd0b610425en99.

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/application-guidelines.

bravoFACT / Next deadline: June 14

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

Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) 

TD FEF's primary funding areas are: Environmental education; Urban greening and enhancing biodiversity; and Energy conservation. Below is a list of projects which may be considered for TD FEF funding: Environmental education; Schoolyard naturalization & outdoor classrooms; Community gardening programs; Tree plantings (native plant species); Urban naturalization projects; Habitat restoration and stewardship; Protection of endangered species or wildlife; Environmental research; and Energy conservation and renewable energy installations.  Applications are accepted year round. The TD FEF Local Chapter Advisory Boards meet on a quarterly basis to consider grant application requests, with some chapters meeting more frequently. Completed applications received by July 15th will be reviewed during September 2013, and organizations will be notified in October 2013. For more info, visit www.fef.td.com/funding.jsp.

Canadian Heritage - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers.  Deadlines: April 30th and September 30th. The Legacy Fund provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. The Legacy Fund component will now accept applications based on continuous intake rather than fixed deadlines. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608

Canadian 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 to 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 / Next deadline: September 15th (Letter of Intent)

Central City Foundation provides grants for small capital projects, including grants to support construction, renovation and equipment purchases, with a focus on three areas: Prevention Programs focused on Children and Youth; Programs to address urgent needs of people in the inner city; and Programs and initiatives supporting community transformation. For more information, visit http://www.centralcityfoundation.ca/community-grants/guidelines/. Please call the Foundation directly at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadlines for the Letters of Intent are September 15th for the November 1st application deadline.

Choice Markets – Community Giving

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

CIBC – Donations and Sponsorship

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

Citizenship & Immigration Canada - Inter-Action Events

The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that foster one or more of the following: intercultural/interfaith understanding; civic memory and pride; and respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Applications are considered year round. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/funding/index.asp#events.

Coast Capital Savings - Community Sponsorship / Next deadline: May 31

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, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/Community_Sponsorships/.

Coast Capital Savings - Community Investment Grants / Next deadline: May 31

Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help build a richer future for youth in the communities. The grant will focus on projects that help youth, and that clearly the focus areas listed: Build Financial Literacy - goal is to help build a strong financial future for youth in our communities. Some of the ways we do this is by providing grants for programs that: help prevent youth homelessness through affordable housing initiatives that include financial and life skills training; help youth earn money and become self-reliant through programs that provide work experience or pre-employment training; Build Knowledge - goal is to help children and youth in our communities succeed during their school years. One of the ways we do this is by providing grants for programs that support youth in completing high school and continuing to post-secondary through mentorship programs, homework clubs and other initiatives that encourage high-school completion; Build Belonging - goal is to help youth and children feel a sense of belonging in their family, school and community. We do this by providing grants for programs that 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 Build Healthy Minds - goal is to help decrease stress and depression in youth in our communities. One of the ways we do this by providing grants for programs that engage children and youth by increasing accessibility to sport. For more information, visit: https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/.

Coast Capital Savings - Education Awards                                           

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

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

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

Dreamcatcher Foundation

The Dreamcatcher Foundation will provide support through grants to individuals and communities with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders. The Dreamcatcher Fund will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: arts and culture; education support; health support; and sports and recreation. For more information on eligibility and application deadlines, please visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.

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) – enp-BC Grant / Next deadline: May 23rd            

The enp funding program provides matching grants to non-profit organizations for planning and/or research activities along the entire development path from opportunity identification and organizational readiness activities ($2500 - $5000) to feasibility studies, marketing plans or business plans (up to $10,000). To apply for funding, organizations are required to attend a one-day orientation session. Organizations may apply for funding directly following the orientation sessions or are eligible to submit grant applications in subsequent funding cycles. For more information, visit http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/enp-events-and-grants/grants.

EPCOR - Community Investment Program

EPCOR considers participation in community programs that are based in communities where they operate and are focused on life’s essentials: food, water, shelter, safety, energy and education. For information, 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/.

Loblaw – Community Investment

Loblaw provides a number of forms of community investment, including local store donations and grants, an after-school program grant, and a colleague volunteer grant program. The granting priorities include healthy kids, green communities, and the support of local food banks. For more information, visit http://www.loblaw.com/English/responsibility/make-a-positive-difference-in-our-community/supporting-communities/default.aspx.

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.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports neighbourhood-based groups that want to make creative improvements to local public lands. Eligible projects must actively involve the community and build neighbourhood connections. The community groups are reimbursed for project expenses based on equivalent contributions from volunteer labour, other funding sources, and in-kind donations. Application deadlines: May 1st and October 31st. For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/neighbourhood-matching-fund.aspx

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.

Status of Women - Women's Program

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

TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund /  Next Deadline: May 16th 

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

Telus – Community Investment

Telus' community investment efforts are focused in three areas - arts and culture, education and sport, and health and well-being in our environment. 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. Deadlines for 2013: May 15; August 14; and October 21, PST 9 pm. For more information, visit http://about.telus.com/community/en/how_to_get_funded/.

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds – School Ground Greening Grants / Next deadline: May 31st

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. The amount offered: $500 to $3,500 for schools, $500 to $2,000 for daycares. 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. For more information, please visit http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/telg.sn.                                    

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. Web: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/caring-communities/community-giving.

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

1. British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services (available in Chinese, Spanish and Punjabi)

2. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, Gap Analysis 2012 – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC

3. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, Inventory of Programs & Services – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC

4. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, List of Service Providers – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC

5. Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada – Mental Health Commission of Canada

6. Forsaken – The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry / Wally T. Oppal, Commissioner

7. PIPEDA and Your Practice: A Privacy Handbook For Lawyers – Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

8. Welcome to Your Parliament – Library of Parliament

9. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada (booklet available in English, French and Chinese)

This Update from Libby was posted on March 25, 2013