Community Links Bulletin - July to September 2014

Also, check out and please get the word out for us about our Essay for East Vancouver High School Students. The essay contest - The Power of Youth to Create a Better Canada - aims to gather the energy, imagination and initiative of East Van youth; to hear from youth in our community about how each of us can make a difference in Canada.  For contest guidelines and entry form, please visit http://www.libbydavies.ca/news/update/2014/6/3/essay-contest-east-vancou... All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and a souvenir, and the top three entrants will receive prizes and have their entries published in our bulletin. Good luck to the participants.

Thank you to all who make East Van so special. I wish you, and your family and friends all the very best of summer!         

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The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, August 22nd for the October to December 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 ˜

July to October 18 (Saturdays only) - Vancouver Farmers Market - Trout Lake / Time: 9 am - 2 pm; Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Alley / 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. Please note: There is no parking in the North Lot and no parking on 13th Avenue. Please park away from the area & walk in. Or better yet: walk, cycle or take transit if you can! For more information, visit www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

July to October 1 (Wednesdays only) - Vancouver Farmers Market – Main Street / Time: 3 pm - 7 pm; Location: 1100 Block Station Street, along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main Street Skytrain Station. For information, visit http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html. 

July to October 12 (Sundays only) - Vancouver Farmers Market – Mount Pleasant / Time: 10 am - 2 pm; Location: Guelph Street, between 7th & 8th, on the paved area between Mount Pleasant and Guelph Park. For more information, visit http://www.eatlocal.org/markets.html.

July 5 (Saturday) – The 13th Annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff / Time: 10 am to 4 pm; Location: 2500 Franklin Street, Sunrise Square Parking Lot, at Kamloops / Held in the Sunrise Square Parking Lot (2500 Franklin Street), this community event includes street hockey, cultural shows, live performances, delicious food, safety fair, carnival, games, face painting, a food bank and much more. Everyone is welcome to this event. For more information, visit http://www.eastvillagevancouver.ca/.

July 6 (Sunday) - Meet your local FIREFIGHTERS - Fire Hall Open House / Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations. All ages, Free.

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm; Location: Location: Fire Hall No. 1, 900 Heatley Avenue

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm; Location: Fire Hall No. 3, 2801 Quebec Street

July 19 - Beyond the Blue Box (next pick-up: August 16 and September 20) / 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://pmdrecycling.com/depot-locations/.

July 26, August 30 & September 27 (Saturdays) - Free blood pressure clinic / Time: 1 pm to 4 pm. 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. 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.

July 26, 30 and August 2: Honda Celebration of Light / Another year of exciting countries vying for the title at the 24th Annual Honda Celebration of Light features: July 26th USA; July 30th France; and August 2nd Japan. The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10 pm over English Bay, rain or shine. The winning country will be announced Monday, August 4th. For more information, visit http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/.

August 2 & 3: The 39th Annual Powell Street Festival / Time: 11:30 am - 7 pm; Locations: Oppenheimer Park, 400 Block of Powell and surrounding venues. The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food. For information, visit http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/festival/.

Sunday August 3 – Vancouver Pride Parade / Festival / Time: 12 pm to 6 pm, the Parade begins at Robson and Thurlow, heads west down the hill to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific and then finishes at Sunset Beach. Celebrations continue after the Parade at Sunset Beach festival site, with live music on the festival stage, and a diverse selection of products and services provided by vendors and a beer garden. For more information, visit https://vancouverpride.ca/. 

August 15 to 25 -  Vancouver Queer Film Festival / The Festival promotes the production and exhibition of queer media art, creating opportunities for dialogue and education among diverse communities that cross class, age, ability, ethnicity, spirituality, gender and sexuality. The festival brings filmmakers from around the globe to Vancouver while simultaneously promoting independent film by Canadian and local artists. For more information, visit http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca/.

August 16 to September 1: The Fair at the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) / Location: PNE Fair Grounds, Hastings & Renfrew Street, Vancouver / For over a 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. The Fair at the PNE is closed Monday, August 28 and 25. For more information, visit http://www.pne.ca/.

August 17 - Latin Summer Fest / Time: 11 am – 7 pm; Location: Trout Lake Park , at Victoria and East 15th Avenue / Come out and enjoy the market, music, food fair, kids and more at the Latin Summer Fest. This annual family-oriented community event is organized by Latinos in Action. For more information, visit http://latinsummerfest.com/ or email info@latinsummerfest.com. Admission is free.

August 17 (Sunday) - Meet your local FIREFIGHTERS - Fire Hall Open House / Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations. All ages. Free.

o  Time: 1 pm - 3 pm; Location: Fire Hall No. 9 , 1805 Victoria Drive

September 25 to October 10 – The 33rd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival /The Vancouver International Film Festival is among the five largest film festivals in North America. It screens films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. For more information on VIFF’s 2014 programs, visit http://www.viff.org/.

September 27 – 2014 MetamorFest / Time: 12 pm – 6 pm; Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhod House, 800 East Broadway / The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House will be hosting its annual community festival, MetamorFest. It is an opportunity to bring the community together, and to celebrate the community in a fun-filled day. This year, the organizer will be adding more live music, activities for children, seniors and everyone in between. For more information, please visit http://www.mpnh.org/harvest_festival.

Hastings Adult Education Centre – Summer Term 2014 / Summer term registration is beginning at Hastings Education Centre. The courses include English & Math Foundations; English 11 & 12; Biology 12; Physics 11 & 12; Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11; Foundations of Math 11, and Pre-Calculus 11/12. The tuition free summer courses run Monday to Friday, July 2 to August 8. Find more information, please visit ae.vsb.bc.ca or phone 604-713-5735. Hastings Adult Education Centre is located above the library in the Britannia complex near Commercial Drive. Address: 1661 Napier Street; on the #20 bus line, with plenty of bike racks and free parking on site.

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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) 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/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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 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. For more information, please visit the OPO website at opo.gc.ca or call toll-free 1-866-734-5169.

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. 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 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 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.

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FUNDING $OURCE$ / AWARD$ ˜

American Express (AMEX) / American Express supports non-profit organizations that are preserving and enriching diverse cultural heritage, developing new leaders for tomorrow, and encouraging community service. For more information, e-mail amexcanadafoundation@aexp.com or visit AMEX’s website at www212.americanexpress.com/dsmlive/dsm/int/ca/en/personal/aboutamericanexpress/corporateandsocialresponsibility.do?vgnextoid=8ae9cad2a08c0210VgnVCM100000defaad94RCRD.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant / The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000 maximum available to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship training and obtained their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009. For more information, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/completiongrant/program.s....

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) / The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades. For more information on eligibility and application deadline, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/incentivegrant/program.shtml.

BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant / The BC Rehab Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. 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.

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 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 2014, and organizations will be notified in October 2014. 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.  Deadline: 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 accepts applications based on continuous intake rather than fixed deadlines. For more information, visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608. 

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....

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 September 15th for the November 1st application deadline.

Coast Capital Savings - Community Investment Grants / Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to offer programs that help build a richer future for youth in our communities. Grant applications will be reviewed by its 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 deadline for the Fall Granting Cycle is August 28, 2014. For information, visit https:// www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communit...

The 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 economic development initiatives that lead to job creation and/or enhanced employability for marginalized populations. Proposals for funding are reviewed twice per year. Application deadlines are January 15th and September 1st. Note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications must be received by the previous Friday, before 5 p.m. (Eastern time). Decisions are made in mid-April and early December respectively. For more information, 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.

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/.

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.

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: Water (Food), Energy (Shelter and Safety), and Education. Water (Food) - Providing nourishment for those in need; and Promoting water conservation and stewardship. For information, visit http://corp.epcor.com/communityinvestment/apply-for-funding/pages/overvi....

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.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund / The Neighbourhood Matching Fund is available to neighbourhood-based, registered not-for-profit organizations, such as Community Centre Associations or Neighbourhood Houses. Informal neighbourhood-based groups must apply in partnership with a not-for-profit organization. Schools are eligible for greening projects only. The projects must engage neighbours who are not involved with the school and must take place outside of school hours. Schools and parent committees must apply in partnership with a community group based outside the school. Registered, not-for-profit groups that are not based in the neighbourhood may be eligible if they engage and have support of community members. The next deadline is November 30th. For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/neighbourhood-matching-fund.aspx.

New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-Based Projects for Seniors / Community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) that enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization. Projects must address one or more of the program's five objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors. Deadline to apply: July 4, 2014 (postmarked). For more information, visit http://www.edsc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/community/index.shtml

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.

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. The deadlines for 2014 (Vancouver): August 11and October 20, PST 9 pm. For more information, visit http://about.telus.com/community/en/how_to_get_funded/.

viaSport / viaSport administers sport-related grant programs funded by the government of BC that encourage sport participation and healthy living, develop high-performance athletes and improve delivery of sport and recreation programs to benefit all residents. For a list of available grants and funding deadlines, please visit http://viasport.ca/grant-funding-programs.

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 June 27, 2014