Community Links Bulletin - April to June 2014

Dear Friends,

            I’m pleased to present to you the latest issue of the Community Links Bulletin. I really appreciate your feedback and submissions for inclusion in our Community Links Bulletin – please keep them coming as I learn so much from it, and it helps me to represent our community in Ottawa.

            East Van is a terrific place. I can most assuredly say that we can all be proud of – and motivated by – the inclusive and active nature of East Van. There is so much happening at any given moment, whether it be in the name of community, family, safety, physical and mental well-being, the environment, culture, peace, social justice, the list goes on! Thank you to all who make East Van so special.

            This session of Parliament has been particularly contentious, as we have been debating Bill C23 the "unfair election" Bill. I am very concerned about how this Bill will limit people's right to vote. If you'd like to see my comments on this issue, please visit the attached link - http://www.libbydavies.ca/parliament/speech/2014/2/7/libby-protests-new-.... If you wish to sign-on to the NDP’s petition, please visit http://petition.ndp.ca/stand-up-for-canadian-democracy.

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, May 23rd for the July to September 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.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 ˜

Saturday, April 12 - Easter Extravaganza

Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm; Location: Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar Street / Join Thunderbird Community Centre for a pancake breakfast, exciting crafts, fun games and an Easter Egg Hunt! Please register in advance as spaces fill up fast! $3/person and free for kids under 2-years old. Adults must register as well. For more information, please call 604-713-1818.

Friday, April 18 Bounce with Bunny

Time: 10:15 am to 12 pm; Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre Gymnasium, 1 Kingsway / Bring your little ones to an Easter egg hunt and more! For children up to 5 years old. Please phone in advance to register for this free event. For more information, contact 604-257-3080.

April 19, May 17 and June 21 - 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, 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.

April 26, May 31 & June 28 - Get Your Heart Health Checked - Free Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm; Location / Contact #: See info listed below / Drop by the fire hall, meet the firefighters, and get your blood pressure checked. No appointment is necessary - it only takes a few minutes. Firefighter technicians review your results, and give you a record card that you can discuss with your doctor. For more information, please call the location you plan to attend. Clinic locations: (1) Firehall Branch Library - Fairview, 1455 West 10th Avenue; Phone: 604-665-6004; (2) No. 7 Firehall - Downtown, 1090 Haro Street, Phone: 604-665-6007; and (3) No. 17 Firehall - Fraserview, 7070 Knight Street; Phone: 604-665-6017.

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

Time: 9 am - 2 pm / Saturdays; Location: North Parking lot of Trout Lake Park behind 13th Avenue, between Lakewood and Templeton (* please visit website for exact start date *) / The market 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.

May 2 to 11 – DOXA’s Documentary Film Festival

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. For more information on DOXA’s upcoming Documentary Film Festival, please visit http://www.doxafestival.ca/.

Saturday, May 10 - Stone Soup Festival 2014

Time: 12-5pm Location: Britannia Site and Napier Greenway Britannia Community Centre is pleased to announce and host the 19th Annual Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, environment and community, including a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and more! More than ever, people are aware of the issues of food security, food justice, the benefits of sharing resources and eating ‘local’. Stone Soup will celebrate the diversity of food in our neighbourhood, the environment and its importance to the culture of our community. Stay tuned for Special Events and Highlights for this year's celebration. Note: Interested Food Vendors and Artists, please contact Katherine Polgrain for more information. Email: courage@vcn.bc.ca

Tuesday, May 13 – Camping in British Columbia and Yukon: An Expert's Guide

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm; Location: Hastings Public Library, 2674 East Hastings Street, Vancouver / Join bestselling guidebook author Jayne Seagrave for an illustrated presentation of her popular guide to BC and Yukon parks and campgrounds, with a special focus on camping in the Yukon. Admission is free. Space is limited. No registration required.

Sunday, June 15 (Father’s Day) – Commercial Drive Car Free 2014

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 2014 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.

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 - 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. Service Canada must receive all AG applications on or before June 30 of the calendar year following the date you completed your apprenticeship and became certified in your trade. 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. Service Canada must receive your application including required supporting documents no later than June 30 of the calendar year following the date you progressed in your apprenticeship program.  For more information on eligibility and application deadline, visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/incentivegrant/pro....

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....

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. 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 15 will be reviewed during September, and organizations will be notified in October. 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 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/applying-for-a-grant/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. 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.

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 / Coast Capital Savings provide grants up to a maximum of $30,000 to organizations that offer programs that help build a richer future for youth in our communities. Grant applications will be reviewed by Coast Capital Savings’ Young Leaders Community Councils who are seeking to support initiatives that clearly align with the following goals: Build a strong financial future for youth; and Build healthy social connections for youth. The types of projects of interest are programs that: provide financial literacy and life skills training for youth; help youth to earn money and become self-reliant through programs that provide work experience or pre-employment training; help youth succeed during their school years through programs such as homework clubs , mentorship programs, and initiatives that encourage high school completion; and provide support to marginalized youth in our communities. For more information, please visit https://www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_...Deadline: April 24th

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: September 1st for a decision in early-December. 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/. Deadline: April 30th

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.

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 BC (enp BC) – Development Grants / The enp BC program provides support to approximately 50 organizations annually. Some of these organizations will receive in-kind expert support while most receive grants. Organization may request grants up to $10,000, but the organization must also contribute an equal or greater amount to the project (either cash or in-kind). These grants are typically used to pay for consultant/professional fees related to a planning or development activity of the social enterprise. For more information, visit http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en/communities/bc/nav/grants.html. Next deadline: June 19th

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/apply-for-funding/charitable-e...Next deadline: April 22nd   

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.

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.

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=1.

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.

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 for the Vancouver region is May 12th, 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 Grants / Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. The amount offered: Up to $3,500 for schools, up to $2,000 for daycares. Applications are accepted 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). The deadline for submission of application is May 2, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants-available/school-ground-greeni....

Vancity Community Foundation - Community Project Grants / The priorities for the Community Project Grants Program are aligned to recognize and enhance its vision in three areas: Social justice and financial inclusion; Environmental sustainability; and Co-operative economy. 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). As a general principle, Vancity seeks to support marginalized individuals and groups to participate in decision-making and program development and delivery on the issues that affect and concern them the most. For more information, visit https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/Commu....

Vancity Community Foundation - enviroFund grants / Every year, a portion of Vancity enviro™ Visa's profits is distributed back to the local community through the Vancity enviroFund™ granting program. This year’s program will continue to focus on developing a sustainable local food system and there will be two grant intakes. Sector Support Initiatives will be reviewed in the spring and Local Food Project applications will be reviewed in the fall. Program information for the 2014 enviroFund program will be posted on March 20, 2014. For more information, please visit https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/envir....

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 March 12, 2014