COMMUNITY LINKS BULLETIN – January to February 2011

Dear friends,

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

I’d also like to take this opportunity to let you know about REACH Community Health Centre. For over 40 years REACH Community Health Centre has helped thousands from its location on Commercial Drive. REACH has recently expanded its services with a beautiful renovation to the Dental Clinic, and the opening of the pharmacy to the community at large.

REACH has a community consultation process underway. I encourage you to get involved, and help plan REACH’S future. The consultation will take place January 8, from 10 am to 1:30 pm, at REACH (1145 Commercial Drive, between Napier & William Street). If you are unable to make it, you can send your feedback to To attend, please RSVP to 604-254-5456 ext 1. For more information on REACH, its Dental Clinic or Pharmacy, please visit

And February 3rd is Lunar New Year and the traditional Parade this year is on Sunday, February 6th in Chinatown. I hope to see you there!

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

The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, January 21st for the March / April 2011 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, 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.


 November to April 30, 2011 – Winter Farmers Market
Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. For more information, visit
Time: 10 am to 2 pm each week; Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, east parking lot, 30th & Ontario

 Sunday, January 2 – Christmas Tree Chipping for Charity
Time: 10 am – 4 pm; Location: Kingsgate Mall – 370 East Broadway – lower east side parking lot
The MPBIA and Arbutus Tree Service will be offering their 2nd annual Christmas tree chipping and disposal, by donation, on the first Sunday in January. All proceeds will go the Mount Pleasant Elementary School to help them purchase classroom computers and Smartboards. You are welcome to to take advantage of this environmentally friendly service, and to support a very worthy cause. For more information, contact the Mount Pleasant BIA at 604-874-9816 or email

 Saturday, January 8 – Get Involved! Help Plan REACH’S Future!
Time: 10 am – 11:30 pm; Location: REACH Community Health Clinic – 1145 Commercial Drive, between Napier & William Street
Join REACH’s new Executive Director, Madeline Boscoe at an upcoming community consultation on the clinic’s future. REACH is looking for feedback on what it is doing and what you think it should be doing. If you are unable to attend but wish to contribute, you can send your feedback by email to or call REACH. Please RSVP to 604-254-5456 ext 1. To learn more about REACH, visit

 January 8 & 22 and February 5 & 19 – Small Business Tours
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am; Location: Science and Business, Level 4, Vancouver Public Library (Central Library), 350 West Georgia Street, between Homer and Hamilton
Thinking of starting a small business? Already running a business, but need more information? Learn where to find help with small business planning, market research, financial assistance and more. Admission is free. Registration not required. For more information please contact VPL – Science and Business at 604-331-3624

 January 17 – You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm; Location: Location: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Library), 350 West Georgia Street, between Homer and Hamilton
Co-sponsored by Cinema Politica, you are welcome to a screening of Paul Manly’s documentary which exposes the corporate agenda that is currently undermining the democratic authority of the citizens of North America. The film features interviews with Naomi Klein, Maude Barlow and Joel Bakan, among a host of other opponents of the SPP, Admission is free. Seating is limited.

 Friday, January 21 – VDLC’s 18th Annual Robbie Burns Dinner
Time: 6 pm – 11 pm; Location: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, at Victoria
Organized by the Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC), with proceeds to benefit Queen Alexandra Elementary School’s Morning Program. The Program provides school children with a safe, sheltered, supervised place to gather, and activities and a nutritious breakfast to help the kids prepare for the day. Cost: $40. Donations and / or items for silent auction or raffle would be greatly appreciated. For ticket information, contact VDLC at 604-254-0703 or email

 Sunday, February 6 – Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
February 3rd, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit or Hare. The Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade is a celebration of the new Chinese lunar year. Every year Vancouver marks Chinese New Year with celebrations around Chinatown, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade. The parade, held on Sunday, February 6, will feature over fifty (50) colourful and energetic lions from the various local fraternal and martial arts organizations. Other highlights include multicultural dance groups representing the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage, marching bands and various community groups. For more information on the 2011 parade, please visit: or email to

 February 11 to 13 – The 10th Annual World Community Travelling Film Festival
Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm; Location: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, at Manitoba Street
The 10th World Community Film Festival will feature stories of resistance from around the world, where communities are standing up for their rights. For more information on the film festival, program, or ticket information, visit

 February 14 – Women’s Memorial March
The 20th Annual Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women will take place on Monday, February 14, 2011. The event will start at Carnegie Community Centre Theatre (401 Main Street) where family members will gather to share personal stories. The march begins at 1 pm, with stops made throughout the Downtown Eastside where women were last seen or found, and a smudge and cedar ceremony will commence. Speeches, a healing circle and candlelight vigil will follow. The day will end with a community feast at the Japanese Language Hall. For more information, contact Marlene George at 604-665-3005.


 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. The office hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and a drop–in safe space with accessible computers is offered to mental health consumers. 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 to 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit or contact 604-873-4525.

 Canadian Red Cross – Cell Phone Recycling Program
Red Cross Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service is working with www.pitch– to collect cell phones to help fund the recycling of adaptive bikes and other therapeutic and medical equipment for children with special needs around BC. For more information on how to help, visit or call 604-709-6685.

 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 provides opportunities for therapists to try a variety of equipment to determine what best suits the needs of the child. Repair and maintenance of the medical equipment on loan to children is arranged as required. 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

 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– or call toll-free 1-888-221-1687.

 Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC – Vancouver
– Distress Line and Suicide Prevention Services – Need someone to talk to? Call the Crisis Centre in Vancouver for immediate, free, confidential, non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day, everyday. Call 604-872-3311.
– Volunteering – The Crisis Centre in Vancouver is looking for volunteers to answer calls from people in stressful situations and to assist with high school suicide prevention workshops. Four hours a week after excellent training. Call 604-872-1811.

 Electronic Recycling Association (ERA)
ERA is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impact electronic waste has on our environment. It collects old computers and electronic equipment from various companies, individuals and government organizations. If the equipment is reusable, ERA will refurbish it and donate it to various charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit

 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 1-866-914-6097 or visit

 Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House – Culture Buddy
Culture Buddy @ Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House is a free and fun after school program for youth 7 to 17-years. Youth must have been in Canada no more than 3 years. For more information: or call 604-251-1225. We speak Mandarin/Cantonese!

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Charity Car Program
Recycle your old vehicle and help support crime prevention and safety programs in the Grandview–Woodland neighbourhood. Charity Car Programs pick–up area is in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley extending East as far as Langley City, South to the US border, North to West Vancouver and West to UBC. Donor will get a charitable tax receipt from the GWCPC. For more information, visit or

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – ICE campaign
ICE is an internationally recognized symbol that can be used as a name in your cell phone address book to identify the person you wish to be notified if you are in an emergency situation. With the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Community Policing Centres’ are launching the ICE campaign to encourage all residents to program an emergency contact into their cell phone or carry an ICE card in their wallet or backpack. For children, seniors and those without cell phones, wallet sized ICE cards will be available free from all of Vancouver’s Community Policing Centres. In case an accident or medical emergency leaves you unable to communicate, ICE will speak for you to first responders. To pick up free ICE cards for you, your children and elderly relatives, drop-by GWCPC at 1977 Commercial Drive or your neighbourhood policing centre. For more information, visit

 Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre – Old Cell Phones Recycling Program
The Grandview–Woodland Community Policing Centre is collecting old cell phones for recycling through Pitch In Canada. Recycling electronics helps to keep metals and chemicals out of local landfills and raises funds to support crime prevention and safety programs in your neighbourhood. End of contract, out of date, broken or discarded phones in drawers at home or in lost & found boxes at work can be recycled responsibly and provide a minimum of $1 to help the GWCPC. Bring old cell phones to the GWCPC anytime between noon and 8 pm, Monday to Thursday, noon to 6 pm on Friday or 10 to 4 pm on Saturdays. For more information or for pick up of multiple phones, call the GWCPC at 604-717-2932. Address: 1977 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8.

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

 REACH Community Health Centre
For over 40 years REACH Community Health Centre has helped thousands from its location on Commercial Drive (1145 Commercial Drive, between Napier & William Street). Recently, it has expanded its services with a beautiful renovation in its Dental clinic and opening its pharmacy to the community at large. Besides getting great services and care, you will be supporting the numerous programs at REACH.
— Pharmacy – The prices are extremely competitive, and can be accessed by anyone, client or non-client who needs a prescription filled. For further details, please call the Pharmacy at 604-254-1354. Hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
— Dental Clinic – The dental clinic started in 1973 to provide preventive and treatment service, and outreach to the community. Currently, the Dental Program is home to three general dentists, two hygienists, two certified dental assistants and other support staff who speak a variety of languages. New patients welcome. For more information, contact the Clinic at 604-254-1331 for further details. Hours: 8:15 am to 5:15 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday.

 Recycle My Cell – website helps people get rid of old phones
Recycle My Cell is a free program organized by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone service providers, handset manufacturers and recycling companies. A donation to participating charities is made for each device returned through the program. To locate a drop-off centre, visit or call 1-888-797-1740, and enter your postal code. If you can’t visit one of these drop-off locations in person, you can mail your mobile device at no cost using a prepaid shipping label.

 Sir Richard McBride Elementary School – Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Sir Richard McBride Elementary School will be proudly celebrating its 100th Year on Friday, May 27, 2011. The organizers would greatly appreciate any memorabilia from the different decades such as photos and artifacts and/or report cards, school projects and stories associated with its wonderful school. If you can contribute or would like to register to attend the Centennial, please contact McBride Elementary at 604-713-4971 or email (subject: Centennial) for details.

 Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office
Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The storefront office will make it easier for vulnerable veterans to access the services and benefits they have earned and deserved. Wounded 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 Street (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3 / Phone: 604-666-0244 / Website: www.vac–

 VEEES Community Service
newSTART Bridging Employment Program
newSTART Bridging Employment Program for Women offers an individualized 6–month program for any woman dealing with violence and abuse issues, whether she is currently on income assistance or not. Program components include counselling, employment–related skills workshops, a work experience placement, educational assistance and certification for First Aid and SuperHost. newSTART now provides continuous intake.
newSTART 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-215-4344

newCHAPTER and newCHAPTER2 Community Employment Resource Centres
The centres offer free services to all job seekers, providing internet access, fax, phone, photocopying, one–on–one resume and job search assistance, and Service Canada Case Management services, including: development of Return to Work Action Plans and assistance with and submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.
newCHAPTER 2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353
newCHAPTER2 835 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, 604-215-2295


 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $2,000 per person. The grant is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information on the AIG or other Apprenticeship Grants, visit

 Apprenticeship Completion Grant
The ACG is a $2,000 taxable cash grant available to those registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. The ACG is meant to encourage Canadians to finish their training and launch rewarding careers in the skilled trades. For more information, visit trades_apprenticeship/acg/index.shtml.

 BMO Employee Charitable Foundation – General Grants
General Grants are dedicated to helping charities to offer programs and services, and to purchase equipment, thereby directly serving the people in their communities who rely on them the most. For more information, visit Contact information: BC and Yukon Division, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, BMO Bank of Montreal, 595 Burrard Street, 22nd Floor, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L7 / Phone: 604-665-7596 / Fax: 604-665-2610.

 Bullitt Foundation / Next deadline: March 15
The mission of the Foundation is to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The Foundation invites inquiries from non-profit organizations that serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and coastal Alaska from Cook Inlet to the Canadian border. Inquiries received on or before March 15 will be considered for the May 1 proposal deadline. For more information, visit

 Canada Council for the Arts – Grants to Dance Professionals / Next deadline: February 1
The Dance Professionals grant provides support and assistance to Canadian dance professionals (individuals) to pursue projects involving professional development, research, and apprenticeship or mentorship. Individual professionals can identify themselves as being in one of the following categories: emerging; mid-career; established; and Aboriginal, in any of the above categories. Professionals working in all dance world cultures and in a wide range of dance genres and specializations are eligible to apply for support. The deadline is February, 1, 2011. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. For more information, visit

 Canadian Council for the Arts – Emergency Fund
The Grants to Media Arts Organizations program offers grants to Canadian organizations that demonstrate a sustained commitment to research and development and the creation, presentation, dissemination, distribution or collection of independent Canadian media artworks. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations throughout Canada to ensure the conditions necessary for the vitality and advancement of independent media arts in Canada. The Emergency component is intended solely for organizations that are already receiving Multi-Year Operating assistance from the Grants to Media Arts Organizations program. The Emergency Fund permits the Media Arts Section to provide a one-time non recurring grant on an exceptional basis to organizations that find themselves in an emergency. For more information, visit

 Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses. Under the Program, a small business must apply for a loan at a financial institution of its choice. For more information, visit–pfpec.nsf/eng/Home.

 Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
A non-profit organization established by Canada Trust that provides funding support for initiatives that make a positive impact on the Canadian environment. TD FEF areas of focus include: protecting and preserving the Canadian Environment; assisting young Canadians in understanding and participating in Environmental activities; supporting urban renewal such as environmental projects to rejuvenate smaller or at-risk neighbourhoods and “main streets”; enhancing cooperation among Environmental organizations. For more information on funding criteria or to apply, visit

 Canadian Heritage – Celebrate Canada Fund / Deadline: January 15
Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21st to July 1st. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day, on June 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24th, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27th and Canada Day on July 1st. In order to ensure that your funding request is processed in a timely manner, you are invited to send us your request as soon as possible, before January 15, 2011. For more information, visit

 Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation is a private foundation that works to enhance the future prosperity of Canada by creating opportunities with, and providing education for young people. The foundation supports initiatives that align with its granting approach, and fall within one of its program tracks: youth initiatives with focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness; or on career transitions for youth and young adults; or environment initiatives with focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. For information, visit

 CIBC Children’s Foundation
The CIBC Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing support to charitable organizations that help prepare children in need for future success. The focus is on programs or projects that enhance the health, education and well-being of children in Canada. Donation requests are reviewed by a donations committee between the months of February and September each year. Requests submitted outside our granting period will be held over until the next granting year begins. For funding criteria or how to apply, visit

 Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Inter-Action Events
Inter-Action, Canada’s new Multiculturalism Grants and Contribution Program, is administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The Program supports CIC’s mandate and the Canadian Multiculturalism Act by assisting the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and their contributions to building an integrated and socially cohesive society. 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. Events should be intended for and open to all Canadians. Applications are considered year round. For more information, visit

 City of Vancouver – Grants Program / Deadline: February 25
The 125th Anniversary Grants Program has been established to support Vancouver’s upcoming 125th anniversary in 2011. The grants program is intended to foster awareness and understanding of Vancouver’s identities, first nations’ heritage and cultural diversity. The program will support community-focused activities that enrich our society through civic engagement and celebration through art, culture and heritage. For more information on the large-scale and small-scale grants, please visit and

 Coast Capital – Community Sponsorships / Deadline: March 11
Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help families achieve economic success. The grant will focus on projects that help low-income individuals and families, new Canadians and youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas: Engage families and youth; Benefit low-income families; Focus on new Canadians; and Encourage entrepreneurialism or support small business. Sponsorship requests must be received a minimum of three months before the event/program date. For more information, visit

 Co-operators Foundation – Grants and Financial Assistance
The Co–operators Foundation’s financial assistance is provided to social economy enterprises, emergent co–operatives, community economic development initiatives and other worthy causes in Canada. The grant will concentrate on initiatives for the development of emerging co–operative sectors and co–operative enterprises. For more information on the grant and eligibility, visit Contact Information: Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, The Co–operators, 130 Macdonell Street, Guelph ON N1H 6P8 or email to

 Dreamcatcher Foundation / Next deadlines: January 31 and February 28
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. Applicants may apply for support in any of the areas, but are not allowed to have concurrent active applications. Any applicant may apply up to two times per year. For more information or to apply, visit

 Gainey Foundation
The foundation is dedicated to funding environmental and arts programs for youth. To be considered for a grant, the applicant will need to complete a brief informational form on the website. This will be reviewed by the Gainey Foundation and if the program is of interest, a longer form seeking further details will be emailed to the applicant for completion. Application can be sent at any time and will be reviewed as they are received. For more information on funding guidelines or how to apply, visit

 Heritage Canada Foundation – Young Canada Works / Deadline: February 1
The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF), in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage, announced the launch of Young Canada Works (YCW) summer student and graduate internship programs for 2011-2012. The HCF assisted in the creation of 64 summer positions and 3 internship positions in such areas as historic research, heritage site interpretation, Doors Open events and much more. Applications for both YCW in Heritage Organizations and YCW at Building Careers in Heritage will be accepted until February 1, 2011. All applications must be completed online at All questions regarding the application process or the program should be directed to Kevin Parker at (613) 237-1066 ext. 240 or by emailing

 Keg Spirit Foundation
The Keg Spirit Foundation will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria: organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number; project must relate to children or youth in some way; and program should contain a mentoring component. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000. All applications are to be sent to The Keg Spirit Foundation at the address below: The Keg Spirit Foundation – Review Committee, Keg Restaurants Ltd., 10100 Shellbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2W7. For more information, visit

 Kinder Morgan Foundation
The Kinder Morgan Foundation, which is the company’s only source of philanthropy, makes direct grants to non–profit youth programs in communities where they have a significant presence or business interest. They focus their grant–making on these specific areas: Education; Arts and Culture. For more information, visit Deadlines: 10th of every other month beginning in January. Contact Information: Kinder Morgan Foundation, 370 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood, CO, 80228 USA / Email:

 Law Foundation of BC – Large Project Initiative / Deadline: January 14
The Law Foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is: Diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation. A non-profit organization in British Columbia whose proposed time-limited project falls within one or more of the five statutory mandated areas of the Law Foundation: legal aid; legal education; legal research; law reform; and law libraries. The Law Foundation is particularly interested in receiving proposals that meet needs in the following areas: Aboriginal Legal Issues; Consumer and Debt Issues; Elder Law; Family Law; and Public Legal Education. There will be a two-stage process: a Letter of Intent stage followed by selected applicants being invited to submit full applications. Please contact Law Foundation staff at 604-688-2337 to discuss your project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent form. Letter of Intent is due 3 pm, Friday, January 14, 2011 by mail, courier, or fax. For more information, visit

 Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
Provides grants to stimulate and invigorate the cultural and educational communities in British Columbia by enabling institutions, organizations or individuals to undertake programs and/or projects that would not be possible without special assistance. The foundation considers grant applications in the areas of cultural and creative arts, social services, and higher education. For more information, visit

 Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation today 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

 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 and 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, we want 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

 McLean Foundation
The McLean Foundation makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare. For more information, visit 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:

 Metropolis at Metrotown
Metropolis at Metrotown is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Registered non–profit organizations can apply for cash donations made possible by the Metropolis Express, a trackless train that runs through the corridors of Metropolis. The Metropolis Express is entirely funded by Metropolis at Metrotown and rides are offered by donation to charity. To be eligible, you must be: Burnaby, New Westminster or East Vancouver-based and demonstrate a significant and unique contribution to community life. For more information, visit www.metropolis

 The Sprott Foundation
The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing urgent human need, homelessness and hunger in Canada and worldwide. It provides funding to non-profit ventures which deal with the challenges of global hunger and homelessness. For more information, visit

 Staples – Community@Work
Community@Work focuses on charitable efforts in areas that will positively impact its key stakeholders and communities. In order to be eligible to receive corporate support, sponsorship or community@work donation, your organization must fall under one of the three areas: Entrepreneurship; Education; and Environment. For more information or to apply, visit All eligible requests are evaluated and will be responded to in 30 days.

 TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has been able to help Canadians protect our country’s natural beauty by providing environment funding for not-for-profit organizations across Canada. TD FEF areas of focus include: Protecting and preserving the Canadian Environment; Assisting young Canadians in understanding and participating in Environmental activities; Supporting urban renewal such as environmental projects to rejuvenate smaller or at-risk neighbourhoods and “main streets”; and Enhancing cooperation among Environmental organizations. For more information, visit

 TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund / Next deadline: January 31
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

 Translation Bureau
Do you offer translation services in foreign languages? The Translation Bureau, a special operating agency reporting to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), is looking for translation services suppliers (firms or self-employed individuals) that are fully proficient in one or more foreign languages, in addition to English or French. For more information, visit

 Vancouver Foundation / Deadline: LOI – January 19 / Application – March 4
The Vancouver Foundation provides grant for arts and culture, education, and children, youth and families. Registered charities in BC are invited to submit a letter of intent for the appropriate field of interest by the deadline. For more information, visit:

 Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants / Deadline: January 31
Walmart Canada and Evergreen have combined to offer national program funding community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas. The grant is available to community groups working on urban naturalization, restoration and stewardship, or community food garden projects. For more information, visit

 Walmart – The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program / Deadline: February 11
Supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen, the grant is for community groups to cover the costs of tools and building projects, native plants and trees, and other expenses in support of environmental stewardship. For more information, visit

 Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local non–profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local store. (List of stores:

Availability is on a first come first served basis. To obtain it, please contact 604–775–5800

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