Welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin!
I want to thank you all for the thoughtful replies and suggestions on my Senate mailing, and as always, I’d also like to hear from you about your experience, ideas and suggestions about any federal matters or community initiatives of interest to you, such as the “Little Free Library” mentioned below. The “Little Free Library” is located in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, at the corner of 7th and McLean. It is a place where neighbourhood residents can borrow or donate books, a little haven for sharing loved books and generating a little community. For more information on the library and how to support this wonderful neighbourhood project, please visit the library’s Facebook page at http://www.lfl6034.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/LittleFree Library6034.
On another note, I want to extend my congratulations and best wishes to the Heart of the City Festival on its 10th Anniversary, and the Vancouver Moving Theatre on its 30th Anniversary. Please visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for the wonderful and exciting programs and projects happening at this year’s Heart of the City Festival from October 23rd to November 10th. Happy Anniversary to both!
I’d also like you and your family to join me at my Annual Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 17th (details below).
The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, November 22nd for the January to March 2014 edition. Listings must be under 40 words and include event, date and time, location, sponsoring agency and contact name and number. Information can be emailed to email@example.com, 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.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
September 26 to October 11 – Vancouver International Film Festival / The 32nd 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 341 films from 75 countries on 9 theatre screens in downtown Vancouver. It is a 16-day annual celebration of film, and features renowned Canadian, Asian, documentary, international and award-winning films from around the globe. For more information, visit www.viff.org.
October 10 & 11 – Corporations in our Heads Kick-Off Tour in Vancouver / Time: 7 pm; Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway, at Prince Albert. Presented by Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre), Corporations in our Heads is an undertaking that investigates how the messages from corporations have colonized our individual and collective psyche and affect our relationships with each other, with ourselves, and with the planet in profound ways. Corporations in our Heads is not a play, there are no actors and no script. It is touring a process in which the whole evening of theatre emerges from the audience. RSVP highly recommended: call 604-871-0508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t join in the dialogue at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in October, watch for it at various venues in early December 2013: Wed, Dec 4 @ Gordon Neighbourhood House; Thu, Dec 5 @ Gallery Gachet; Fri, Dec 6 @ Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre; Sat, Dec 7 @ SFU Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Theatre; Sun, Dec 8 @ Café Deux Soleils. Admission by donation. For more info, visit http://www.headlinestheatre.com/present_work/corporations2013/index.htm.
October 26 & November 30 – Get Your Heart Health Checked – Free Blood Pressure Clinic / Time: 1 pm to 4 pm; Location / Contact #: See info listed below Drop by the fire hall, meet the firefighters, and get your blood pressure checked. No appointment is necessary – it only takes a few minutes. Firefighter technicians review your results, and give you a record card that you can discuss with your doctor. For more information, please call the location you plan to attend. Clinic locations: (1) Firehall Branch Library – Fairview, 1455 West 10th Avenue; Phone: 604-665-6004; (2) No. 7 Firehall – Downtown, 1090 Haro Street, Phone: 604-665-6007; and (3) No. 17 Firehall – Fraserview, 7070 Knight Street; Phone: 604-665-6017.
October 26 – Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s 13th 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: Pumpkin patch, bouncy castles, face painting, Halloween story time, games; and food and community resources including: Hastings North Community Police information booth and a visit from the Fire Hall 14 fire truck to make this a great event for families.
November 2 to April 26, 2014 (Saturdays only) – Winter Farmers Market / Time: 10 am to 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 www.eatlocal.org/markets.html. Special Holiday Market: Saturday, December 14, 2013; Time: 10 am to 4 pm; Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, at East 16th Avenue.
November 15, 16 & 17 – The 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl / The 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is a FREE 3-day visual arts phenomenon. This event involves more than 15,000 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 ongoing creation of events and programming that support the growth of eastside artists. For more information, visit http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com/.
November 15, 16 & 17 – Britannia Christmas Craft Fair / Time: 3 pm to 8 pm (November 15) and 10 am to 5 pm (November 16 & 17); 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 Annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair. Admission fee is $2 (children 12 & under free), with all proceeds to benefit the inner-city kids programs in the Britannia HUB. For more information, visit http://www.britanniacentre.org/community/events/events_calendar/events205/2012-11.php.
December 17 (Tuesday) – Libby’s Seasonal Open House / Time: 5 pm to 7 pm / Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway @ Main Street
COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT SERVICES
ARA Mental Health Action Research and Advocacy Association – ARA Mental Health offers advocacy services for mental health consumers living in the Greater Vancouver area. Advocacy or intervention includes: locating resources, accessing food, health and safety issues, medical/dental, substance abuse, child apprehension, appeals and tribunals, safe and affordable housing, legal referrals, counselling and one-on-one support. Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Address: 163 West Pender Street, Vancouver. Phone: 604-689-7938.
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) – The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) helps people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. Our Advocacy Access Program assists people to access provincial (PWD) and federal (CPP-D) disability benefits. For an appointment, please phone 604-872-1278.
Canada Revenue Agency – Taxpayers’ Ombudsman – The Taxpayers’ Ombudsman is responsible for ensuring that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) respects the service rights outlined in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/frnss/rights-eng.html). The Taxpayers’ Ombudsman’s role is to also: conduct impartial and independent reviews of service-related complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA); facilitate taxpayer access to assistance within the CRA; identify and review systemic and emerging service-related issues within the CRA that have a negative impact on taxpayers; and provide advice to the Minister of National Revenue about service‑related matters in the CRA. For more information on the complaint process, visit http://www.taxpayersrights.gc.ca/menu-eng.html.
Canada Small Business Financing Program – The Canada Small Business Financing Program helps you with your financing needs. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing risks with lenders. The program’s main objectives are: to help small businesses get started and established firms to make improvements and expand; to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses; and to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Canadians. For more information, visit http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/Home or call toll-free 1-866-959-1699 or email email@example.com.
Canadian Red Cross – Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service – The Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Service (CMERLS) provides recycled, durable specialized medical and therapeutic equipment to children in B.C. Children must be registered with the Ministry of Children and Family Development At-Home Program or must be in the care of the Ministry. CMERLS also provides loans and donations of medical and therapeutic equipment to: Children in families with limited financial resources; Not-for-profit organizations; and Community centres and schools with inadequate resources to fund special needs equipment. For more information, please call 604-709-6685 or visit http://www.redcross.ca/where-we-work/in-canada/british-columbia/bc-specific-programs/children-s-medical-equipment-recycling-and-loan-service.
City Beet Farm – Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) Project – Support your local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) project. A CSA is based on local agriculture and food distribution – food is grown in the community for the community. You can buy in a share of the farm at the beginning of the growing season and share the harvest together. This is done by a weekly share pick-up, where members can come and collect their box of veggies. It’s a great way to access local, organic, healthy food and interact in your community. For more information, visit http://www.citybeetfarm.com/csa/.
Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) – CCTS is an independent agency, created by CRTC, to resolve consumer and small business complaints relating to most deregulated retail telecom services. This includes complaints about wireless, home phone, long distance and internet access. Customers unable to resolve complaints about billing, contract terms or service delivery may file a complaint with CCTS for a fair, impartial and independent review. For information, visit www.ccts-cprst.ca or call toll-free 1-888-221-1687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or visit www.fcac.gc.ca.
General Insurance Ombudservice (GIO) – GIO only works with those companies offering home, automobile and business insurance, to assist in the timely resolution of conflicts between consumers and their insurance companies. Any home, car or business insurance policyholder who has a concern, problem or dispute with a General Insurance Ombudservice (GIO) member company can use the service. In BC, all general insurance companies must be members of GIO. For more information on GIO, please visit www.giocanada.org or phone toll-free 1-877-225-0446.
Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre (GWCPC) – Cell Phone Recycling – The GWCPC, a registered non-profit organization, continues to collect cell phones as a way to raise funds for the GWCPC to support its programs & activities. Bring your old cell phone to the GWCPC. When bundled together with charger & battery the cell phones have a higher value. Phones without chargers will also be accepted. All cell phones, no matter how old qualify, so no need to worry if your cell phone is really old or in bad condition! Bring the battery and the charger if you have them. The GWCPC is located at 1977 Commercial Drive (at E. 4th Avenue) and is open these hours: Monday to Thursday, 12 pm – 8 pm; Friday, 12 pm – 6 pm; and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.
Hastings Adult Education Centre – Fall Session – Hastings Education Centre offers academic programs for adult learners through structured and self-paced courses. You can choose to complete high school, prep for a career change or upgrade your skills. The Centre has self-paced courses, computer-based programs and classroom courses to fit into any schedule. Tuition and books are free. For more information, please visit www.ae.vsb.bc.ca or phone 604-713-5735, or drop by the centre at 1661 Napier Street, above the public library in the Britannia complex near Commercial Drive.
MPA Society – Mental Health Empowerment Advocates Program (MHEAP) – MPA – MHEAP provides professional advocacy for people living with a mental illness. The Society assists clients with disability benefits from welfare and / or Canada Pension Plan; access any type of benefit; and complete basic income tax forms. It also helps with residency tenancy disputes and makes referrals to service agencies. MPA also provides outreach and education to other organizations. For more information, please call 604-482-3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National DO NOT CALL LIST (DNCL) – The National Do Not Call List (DNCL) gives consumers a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. If you are a consumer you can choose to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive by registering your residential, wireless, fax or VoIP telephone number on the National DNCL. You can also check your registration, find out how to remove your number from the National DNCL, and file a complaint about telemarketing calls. For more information on DNCL or to register, please visit https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng.
Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) – Local businesses: Selling to the federal government can be complex. The numerous requirements and paperwork can seem confusing for even the most seasoned professionals, and even if you succeed in entering into a contract, disputes can often arise. Launched in 2008, the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman (OPO) was created to help Canadian companies involved in federal contracting. As an independent neutral office, OPO helps make sense of the contracting maze by promoting fairness, openness and transparency in federal contracting, sharing important information, examining contract-related complaints and reporting on federal contracting activities. OPO also provides dispute resolution services which serve as a quick and inexpensive means of addressing contract disputes and avoiding legal process. If you would like more information on these services, please visit the OPO website at opo.gc.ca or call toll-free 1-866-734-5169.
OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI) – OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI) is a national independent complaint resolution and information service for consumers of life and health insurance products, including life, disability, employee health benefits, travel, and insurance investment products such as annuities and segregated funds. For more information, visit www.olhi.ca.
Service Canada – The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) – The Office for Client Satisfaction (OCS) is a neutral organization mandated to accept and respond to citizen feedback about Service Canada, and recommend ways the organization can improve. It helps Service Canada address specific client concerns quickly, and uses the feedback it receives, surveys, and other measures to identify general service issues. Whether you have a complaint about Service Canada that cannot be resolved at the local level, a suggestion for how the organization can improve its service, or some positive feedback, contact the OCS. The OCS does not replace internal redress mechanisms, review or overturn decisions made under legislative authority, but may review service related issues to ensure individuals are treated fairly. It has the capacity to resolve frontline issues brought to its attention by working with all the relevant stakeholders and dealing with the situation accordingly. You can contact OCS by phone, TTY, fax, mail, or by submitting a feedback form, available online through the link below and in Service Canada Centres. To find out more about OCS or for contact information, please visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ocs/contactus.shtml.
S.A.F.E.R. (Suicide Attempt Follow-Up, Education & Research) – Trained professionals working to: reduce suicide risk for those in crisis; provide assistance to family and friends who care about them; aid those bereaved by suicide in dealing with their loss; and deliver education, training and consultation on suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention. Contact information: Intake Worker – Phone: 604-879-9251 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), Office: #300 – 2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 4L6. For 24-Hour Crisis Support, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).
Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre – The Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre is operated by MOSAIC, in partnership with Back in Motion, the BC Centre for Ability, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Eastside Educational Enrichment Society (VEEES), to offer employment services to both employers looking for qualified candidates and local residents looking for work. The Centre is located at 2555 Commercial Drive, kitty corner from the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain Stations. For more information, phone 604-708-9300. There is also an Employment Centre for Youth at 2106 Commercial Drive.
Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office – Veterans Affairs Canada, in partnership with Wounded Warriors.ca, established the Vancouver Homeless Storefront Office to identify and help veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Wounded Warriors.ca is supporting the storefront office initiative by providing funding to offer immediate help to any homeless veterans such as vouchers for emergency provision of food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Contact information: Veterans Affairs Canada, Vancouver Storefront Initiative, 310 Alexander Avenue (in the Veterans Memorial Manor), Vancouver, BC V6A 1C3. Phone: 604-666-0244. Website: www.vac-acc.gc.ca.
VEEES Community Service – newSTART Employment Bridging Program – newSTART is a community-based 13-week employment bridging program for women who are dealing with violence and abuse issues and currently on income assistance. newSTART provides career exploration, job search skills, computer skills, 3-week work experience placement, education upgrading (GED), self-management workshops, and others. For more information or appointment, please contact newSTART at 604- 215-4344 or visit www.veees.org/new-start.html. Address: 1691 East Pender Street, Vancouver (at Commercial Drive).
Western Economic Diversification – Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) – The Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) was established to assist women in starting and growing businesses in BC. It provides: practical skills development, empowerment lending, professional guidance, networking connections, resource library, and events and workshops. Contact Information: Vancouver Office: Suite 82 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G1 / Phone: 1-800-643-7014 / Fax: 250-868-2709 / Email: email@example.com. For more information, visit www.womensenterprise.ca .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.shtml.
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) – The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades. For more information on eligibility and application deadline, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/incentivegrant/program.shtml.
BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant – The BC Rehab Individual Grant is intended for individual funding requests from persons with physical disabilities. The Foundation receives applications requesting equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs ramps, lifts and repairs, and funding for recreation therapy programs, and the list goes on. The allocation committee meets 3 to 4 times a year to review applications and determine funding. It will only consider complete applications so please ensure that you have filled out each component of the application to the fullest extent possible. For more information, please visit http://www.bcrehab.com/individual_grant_app.htm.
BC Rehab Foundation – Project Grant – This Foundation’s project grant is intended to support initiatives designed to benefit people with disabilities. 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 visit www.birksfamilyfoundation.ca/.
BMO Financial Group – BMO Financial Group’s support focuses on social responsibility in the communities it serves. As an active participant in Canadian communities, it believes in the possibilities of personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and access to education. Traditionally, it focuses on specific projects or programmes that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization in the following areas: Education; Hospitals, Health and Research; Civic and Community Services; and Arts and Culture. For more information, visit http://www.bmo.com/home/about/banking/corporate-responsibility/community/application-guidelines.
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; Tree plantings (native plant species); Energy conservation; Schoolyard or urban naturalization projects; Community gardening programs; Habitat restoration; Endangered species / wildlife protection; and Environmental research. 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. Next deadline: Completed applications received by October 15th will be reviewed during December 2013, and organizations will be notified in January 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 delivers its funding through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers. The deadlines for Local Festivals applications are January 30, April 30 and September 30. The Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non–recurring local events and capital projects that commemorate an anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. The deadline date for all Community Anniversary projects is January 30. The Legacy Fund provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. There is no fixed deadline for Legacy Fund submissions; however, project must be submitted at the latest by the date of your anniversary. For more information, please visit http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836/1276800169608.
CIBC – Donations and Sponsorship – CIBC supports causes in communities through corporate donations and sponsorship. The areas of focus include: Kids: Provide children and youth in-need with education and training, mentoring, self-esteem and leadership skills as well as healthy and active lifestyles; Cures: Support those living with cancer through programs, services and equipment as well as research into prevention, early detection and treatment; and Community: Assist Canadians in need through skills development, including financial literacy and employment opportunities; increased access to community services and promoting equality and diversity. For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, visit https://www.cibc.com/ca/inside-cibc/community-matters/funding-guidelines.html.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart – Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a community-based program that helps kids in financial need to participate in organized sport and recreation such as hockey, soccer and swimming. The program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. Applications for assistance can be submitted from January 15 to June 1 for spring/summer programs, and from July 1 to November 1 for fall/winter programs. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en/ or call toll-free 1-877-616-6600. Based on your postal code, a representative will provide a contact to the closest Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter.
Canadian Western Bank Group (CWB) – The Canadian Western Bank Group’s community investment efforts are focused in three areas – Health, Wellness and Caregiving; Education; and Community and Civic Services. CWB will only accept requests through the online application process. Requests over $25,000 will be reviewed in mid-June on an annual basis. For more information on funding guidelines, visit http://www.cwbankgroup.com/csr/community_investment/.
Choice Markets – Community Giving – Choices Markets support local community groups wherever possible. Some examples of the type of groups supported include: local children’s recreation groups; local elementary and high school events; community fundraising events; and non-profit family and social service organizations. All donation requests should be submitted in writing at least four weeks prior to the event. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.choicesmarket.com/CommunityGiving.aspx.
Citizenship & Immigration Canada – Inter-Action Events – The Inter-Action Events stream provides funding to community based events that foster one or more of the following: intercultural/interfaith understanding; civic memory and pride; and respect for core democratic values. The primary intention is to create concrete opportunities for interaction among cultural and faith communities. Applications are considered year round. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/funding/index.asp#events.
Coast Capital Savings – Community Sponsorship – Coast Capital Savings sponsors events and programs that help build strong families and healthy communities, with special consideration to initiatives that help build a future for youth, such as programs and events that engage families and youth, especially those that focus on: financial well-being; education; family and social connections; health – depression & stress; and entrepreneurialism or support of small businesses. For information on funding guidelines, visit www.coastcapitalsavings.com/About_Coast_Capital_Savings/Helping_Communities/Funding_Programs/Community_Sponsorships/. Next deadline: December 31st
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. Next application deadline: January 1st for a decision in mid-April. For more information on CED and other funding programs, please visit http://www.cooperators.ca/en/About-Us/foundation/ced.aspx.
Cures for Kids Foundation – Cures for Kids Foundation supports programs for children’s life-threatening illnesses and raises awareness in the community. The Foundation provides grants of between $500 and $2,500 to qualifying organizations for specific programs and projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed twice yearly. The Foundation awards grants twice a year: Spring Granting Cycle – Applications due in April, grants made in June; and Fall Granting Cycle – Applications due in October, grants made in January. For more information, please visit http://curesforkids.ca/grants/. Next deadline: October 31st
Delta Hotels – The Delta Helps program supports various initiatives including an adopt-a-shelter program where local women’s shelters are provided with personal goods, bedding, towels, and other related items. They also have a community cruiser that visits local events encouraging community volunteerism. Delta properties from coast to coast support a wide range of local causes that benefit our communities. Donation requests are granted to provide support for charitable organizations with their fundraising efforts. Delta’s corporate office gives priority to requests of a national or regional scope from organizations aligned with Delta’s community outreach initiatives. If your organization is located in a community in which a Delta hotel or resort is located, please contact the property directly. Web: https://www.deltahotels.com/About-Delta/Social-Responsibility/Donations.
Dreamcatcher Foundation – The Dreamcatcher Foundation will provide support through grants to individuals and communities with a goal of developing youth as future community leaders. The Dreamcatcher Fund will contribute to eligible applicants in the areas of: arts and culture; education support; health support; and sports and recreation. For more information on eligibility and application deadlines, please visit www.dcfund.ca/funding_programs.php.
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation – The Foundation promotes an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. To be eligible, candidates must have already started or completed training in an established school of art; and/or demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Web: www.elizabethgreenshieldsfoundation.org/main.html.
Enterprising Non-Profits (enp) BC Grant – Social Enterprise Development Grants – The enp-BC program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 to between 50 and 75 organizations annually. Grants may be used to pay for professional fees for technical assistance and/or staff costs and resources related to the planning or organizational development activity. The enp program accepts grant applications two times per year, in spring and fall. The proposal review process takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Next application deadline is November 21, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/enp-events-and-grants/grants.
EPCOR – Community Investment Program – EPCOR considers participation in community programs that are based in communities where they operate and are focused on life’s essentials: food, water, shelter, safety, energy and education. For information, visit http://corp.epcor.com/communityinvestment/Pages/community-investment.aspx.
EcoAction Community Funding Program – Since 1995, Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program has provided financial support to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. The Program encourages action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. In keeping with Environment Canada’s national environmental priorities, the Program supports projects that address the following four themes: Clean air: to reduce emissions that contribute to air pollutants; Clean water: to divert and reduce substances that negatively affect water quality or to focus on water conservation and efficiency; Climate change: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change or to deal with the impacts of climate change; and Nature: to reduce biodiversity loss, protect wildlife and plants, and protect and improve the habitat where they live. For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction/default.asp?lang=En&n=FA475FEB-1. Deadline: November 1st
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/.
Law Foundation of BC – 2014 Small Project Initiative – To be eligible for funding, a project must fall within one or more of the five program objectives of the Law Foundation: legal aid; legal education; legal research; law reform; and law libraries. All applications that fall within the program objectives of the Law Foundation will be considered. The maximum amount available for each time-limited project is $15,000. To be considered, the application must be received by the Law Foundation no later than 12 pm on December 13. For more information, please visit http://www.lawfoundationbc.org/project-funding/small-projects/. Deadline: December 13th
Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation – The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer; and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market. The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. There are three funding cycles each year. Applications will be accepted at any time. For more information, visit www.hecht.org/html/guide/indexg.htm.
Margaret Mitchell Fund for Women – The Margaret Mitchell Fund supports programs and initiatives that promote economic and social justice for women in Vancouver East. Priority will be given to projects that alleviate poverty, promote equality and help women to gain confidence and power. For more information about the Margaret Mitchell Fund, please contact the VanCity Community Foundation at 604-877-7241.
Neighbourhood Matching Fund – The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports neighbourhood-based groups that want to make creative improvements to local public lands. Eligible projects must actively involve the community and build neighbourhood connections. The community groups are reimbursed for project expenses based on equivalent contributions from volunteer labour, other funding sources, and in-kind donations. Next deadline: October 31st. For more information, visit http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/neighbourhood-matching-fund.aspx. Deadline: October 31st
Service Canada – Canada Summer Jobs 2014 – Need summer help? Looking for a cost-effective way to hire a student this summer? Explore the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which offers wage subsidies to employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to create job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The period to apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 will be from December 2, 2013 to January 10, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml.
Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation – The Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation supports the health of Canadian women in body, mind and spirit, helping them live life to the fullest. They focus their giving on programs that promote good health, prevent diseases, and help Canadian women lead stronger, healthier lives. For more information, visit http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/Women/Apply.aspx.
Status of Women – Women’s Program – The objective of the Women’s Program is to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. Funding is provided to eligible organizations in support of projects at the local, regional and national levels that address the following three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity; and encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles. Funding is available for time-specific projects of 36 months or less that address barriers to women’s participation and equality in Canadian society. Status of Women Canada accepts and reviews applications to the Women’s Program on an ongoing basis. For more information, please visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/wcf-fcf/index-eng.html.
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. Application deadline is October 21, 9 pm PST. For more information, visit http://about.telus.com/community/en/how_to_get_funded/. Deadline: October 21st
Whole Foods Market – Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local non–profit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. If you have questions about donation policy or want support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local store. Web: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/caring-communities/community-giving.
GOVERNMENT & OTHER REPORTS … RECEIVED RECENTLY and only ONE copy for some publications. Availability is on a first come first served basis. To obtain it, please contact my office at 604–775–5800
1. British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services (available in Chinese, Spanish and Punjabi)
2. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, Gap Analysis 2012 – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC
3. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, Inventory of Programs & Services – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC
4. BC Aboriginal Entrepreneurs, List of Service Providers – Aboriginal Business Service Network Society – BC
5. Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada – Mental Health Commission of Canada
6. Forsaken – The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry / Wally T. Oppal, Commissioner
7. PIPEDA and Your Practice: A Privacy Handbook For Lawyers – Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
8. Welcome to Your Parliament – Library of Parliament
9. Your Emergency Preparedness Guide – Public Safety Canada (booklet available in English, French and Chinese)