Community Links Bulletin – October to December 2012

I want to remind you of the nomination deadline for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals. The medal provides an opportunity to recognize and honour exceptional persons for their contribution to their fellow citizens, to our communities, and to our country. If you know of an exceptional person you wish to nominate, the guidelines are posted on my website at, or you can contact my office for a copy of the nominee guidelines. The deadline for nomination is Friday, November 2nd, at 4 pm.

As always, I’d really like to hear from you about your experience, ideas and suggestions about any federal matters of concern to you. Please drop me a line (postage free) or email me!


The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, November 23rd for the January to March 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, 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.



July to October 20 – Trout Lake (East Vancouver) Farmers Market

Time: 9 am – 2 pm / Saturdays; Location: North Parking lot John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, between Lakewood and Templeton, south of 13th Avenue alley

The market was established in 1995 and 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

September 27 to October 12 – Vancouver International Film Festival

The 31st Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America. Nearly 152,000 film fans enjoy a dynamic roster of more than 380 films from 80 countries on 10 theatre screens in downtown Vancouver. It is one of the most accessible and friendly festivals, the 16-day annual celebration of film features renowned Canadian, Asian, documentary, international and award-winning films from around the globe. For more information, visit

October 26 to November 6 – The 9th Annual Heart of the City Festival
The Heart of the City Festival celebrates Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The festival features twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks, and a diverse array of artist showcases. For information, visit

October 27 – Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s 12th Annual Pumpkin Patch in the City

Time: 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday; Location: 2131 Renfrew Street, corner of 5th Avenue and Renfrew

Everyone is welcome to join us for a day of spooktacular fun. Pumpkins for families to “pick”, crafts, activities, games, face painting, bouncy castle, Hastings North Community Police info booth & a visit from Fire Hall 14 fire truck make this a great event for families. 

November 3, 2012 to April 27, 2012 (Saturdays only)Winter Farmers Market

Time: 10 am – 2 pm; Location: East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, 30th & Ontario Street

Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. For more information, visit
Special Holiday Market: Saturday, December 15, 2012; Time: 10 am to 4 pm; Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, at East 16th Avenue.

November 16, 17 & 18, 2012 – The 16th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

The 16th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is a FREE 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 10,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street to Victoria Drive and from First Avenue north to the waterfront. The Eastside Culture Crawl Society provides opportunities for the public to engage with member artists through the on-going creation of events and programming that support the growth of eastside artists. For more information, visit

November 16, 17 & 18 – Britannia Christmas Craft Fair

Time: 3 pm to 8 pm (November 16) and 10 am to 5 pm (November 17 & 18); Location: Britannia Secondary School, 1001 Cotton Drive, Gym A and B

Do you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping? Check out the 29th Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair. All proceeds to benefit the inner-city kids programs in the Britannia HUB. For more information, visit

December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. SOURCE: Status of Women –



ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association

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

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD)

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

Canada Revenue Agency – 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: 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

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – New guidance for fundraising by registered charities

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its updated guidance for fundraising by registered charities. The new guidance includes a substantially simplified suggested method of allocation, gives less prominence to the ratio of fundraising expenses to overall revenue, discusses the importance of reserve fund policies, and outlines how to work with non-arms length fundraising firms.  For more information, visit

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 or call toll-free        1-866-959-1699 or email    

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

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

The Chronic Self-Management Program is a free educational workshop that gives you tools to manage chronic pain and live a healthy life. It is for adults of any age who have chronic pain, such as musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, whiplash injury, repetitive strain injury, post stroke or central pain, persistent headache, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, etc. The workshop is given in groups of 8 to 15 people who meet for 2.5 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks. It is offered throughout BC at no cost. For more information or to register, call toll free 1-866-902-3767 or visit

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 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 1-866-461-3222 or visit  

Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Cell Phone Recycling

The Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) is collecting old cell phones for recycling. Money raised will help fund GWCPC programs such as Community Clean-up, Child ID Clinics, ESL presentations, Foot and Bike Patrols, Speedwatch and more. You can bring your old cell phones to the GWCPC at 1977 Commercial Drive (at E. 4th Avenue), 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, phone GWCPC at 604-717-2932

MPA Society – Mental Health Empowerment Advocates Program (MHEAP)

MPA – MHEAP provides professional advocacy for people living with a mental illness. For over 20 years, 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

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 

PM-V ( – Looking for non-profit partners

Does your organization have a great idea but lack the skilled resources to make it happen? PM-V is a grassroots initiative offering volunteer project management services for their non-profit and charitable partners at no charge, year-round. Applications are currently being accepted for future projects. For more information, and to submit an application, visit:

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).

Service Canada – The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS)

The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) is a neutral organization mandated to accept and respond to citizen feedback about Service Canada, and recommend ways the organization can improve. It helps Service Canada address specific client concerns quickly, and uses the feedback it receives, surveys, and other measures to identify general service issues. Whether you have a complaint about Service Canada that cannot be resolved at the local level, a suggestion for how the organization can improve its service, or some positive feedback, contact the OCS. The OCS does not replace internal redress mechanisms, review or overturn decisions made under legislative authority, but may review service related issues to ensure individuals are treated fairly. It has the capacity to resolve frontline issues brought to its attention by working with all the relevant stakeholders and dealing with the situation accordingly. You can contact OCS by phone, TTY, fax, mail, or by submitting a feedback form, available online through the link below and in Service Canada Centres. To find out more about OCS or for contact information, please visit

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

Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office

Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 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 Avenue (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3. Phone: 604-666-0244. Website:

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 Community Employment Resource Centres

The centres offers 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 submission of SDEB (skills training financial assistance) applications.

             newCHAPTER         2106 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, 604-254-3353



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 or visit AMEX’s website at

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

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

BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant

The BC Rehab Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. A range of requests are considered by the review committee. 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. If you have any questions about the application please contact their Client Services and Administrative Coordinator, Trynka Gogal, at For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, visit

BC Rehab Foundation – Project Grant

This Foundation’s project grant is intended to support initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. Its main funding programs include the Individual Grant and Project Grant. The Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. A range of requests are considered, such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, funding for recreation therapy programs, and others. The Project Grant supports initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. For more information on projects supported and funding guidelines, visit

Best Buy Canada – Best Buy for Kids and the Best in Class Fund

Best Buy supports communities across Canada through various initiatives, including the Best in Class fund which provides technology to schools in need. Local Best Buy stores also have individual giving budgets, with the mandate to donate the funds to local, non-profit, youth-oriented organizations. They also offer a Community Partner Award program which encourages staff to volunteer time to local non-profit agencies. For more information, visit relations.asp?logon=&langid=EN&test_cookie=1  

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

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


Bravo!FACT was established in 1995 by the Bravo! New Style Arts Channel to provide grants for the production of Canadian short films, covering a wide range of arts-related disciplines. Applications must be received in the Bravo!FACT office on December 7th, by five o’clock (EST). For more info, please visit

Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) 

TD FEF’s purpose is to promote environmental initiatives benefitting local communities that: protect the environment and Canadian wildlife; assist young Canadians in understanding and participating in environmental activities; and enhance cooperation among Environmental organizations. The following is a list of project examples which may be considered eligible for funding by TD FEF: Recycling/Composting Programs; Community Gardening Programs; Local Food Initiatives, etc. Application is accepted year round. The TD FEF Local Chapter Advisory Boards meet on a quarterly basis to consider grant application requests, with some chapters meeting more frequently. Completed applications received by December 15 will be reviewed during January 2013, and organizations will be notified in February. For more info, visit

Canadian Heritage – Human Rights Program

The Human Rights Program is primarily concerned with human rights education in the domestic context. Priorities of the program include the rights of persons with disabilities, children’s rights and supporting innovative ways of creating awareness of human rights issues. The Program is also focusing on projects that increase public awareness of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. For more information, visit

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.  Beginning in January 2013, the new deadlines are January 30th, April 30th and September 30th. 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. As of January 2013, the new deadline date for all 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. The Legacy Fund component will now accept applications based on continuous intake rather than fixed deadlines. For more information, visit

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 July 1st to November 1st for fall/winter programs, and from January 15 to June 1 for spring/summer programs. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit 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. For more information on funding guidelines, visit

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

Choice Markets – Community

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

CIBC – Community Investment Programs

CIBC supports causes in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. The areas of focus include: youth in need, ages 14 to 21 and access to opportunity to help young people reach their full potential; education – skills development and mentoring; and Bursary and scholarship support; health – primary focus on breast cancer, paediatric cancer and other health/disease-related charities; and capital funding for hospitals, regional health authorities or clinics. For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, visit

Citizenship & Immigration Canada – Inter-Action Events

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

Coast Capital Savings – Community Sponsorship                      

Coast Capital Savings sponsors events and programs that help build strong families and healthy communities, with special consideration to initiatives that help build a richer future for youth, such as programs and events that engage families and youth, especially those that focus on: financial well-being; education; family and social connections; health – depression & stress; and entrepreneurialism or support of small businesses. For more information, visit The next deadline is on December 31st, 2012.

Coast Capital Savings – Community Investment Grants

Community Investment Grants supports non-profit organizations in their efforts to help build a richer future for youth in the communities. The grant will focus on projects that help youth, and that clearly support one or more of the focus areas listed: Education: projects/programs that enhance use of technology in education, improve access to education, provide mentorship opportunities, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation; Family & social connections: projects/programs focused on anti-bullying, respectful relationships, youth leadership, life skills development and can include after-school programs; Financial well-being: projects/programs that improve financial literacy and responsibility, build assets, provide access to finance, provide employment training; and Health – Depression & stress: projects/programs that address depression and stress. The deadline to submit Expression of Interest is November 23rd for the Winter 2012/2013 cycle. For more information, visit

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

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

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

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:

Enterprising Non-Profits (enp)                                                              

The enp funding program provides matching grants to non-profit organizations that are interested in starting or expanding a business. The program supports the development of revenue-generating enterprises, to enhance their programs or services, and/or as a way to stabilize and diversify their funding base. The enp program accept grant applications two times per year, in Spring and Fall. For more information, 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. For more information, visit

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

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

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.

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: Web:

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

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: 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: