Community Links Bulletin – September to October 2011

Dear friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of my Community Links Bulletin! I hope you had a great summer! Now it’s back to school for students and back to Ottawa for me!

Parliament resumes September 19th and I expect it to a busy session. As the official opposition, my NDP colleagues and I will be working hard to hold the Conservative government to account, whether it’s on health care, housing, or the protection of our environment. The first thing we expect is the mega Omnibus Crime Bill. It’s a Bill we will oppose vigorously, both for its content and process.

I’d really like to hear from you – your experience, ideas and suggestions on this or any topic of concern to you. Please drop me a line (postage free) or email me!

Best Wishes,


The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, September 23 for the November / December 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.


 May to October 22 – Trout Lake (East Vancouver) Farmers Market
Time: 9 am to 2 pm / Saturdays; Location: North Parking lot of Trout Lake Park behind 13th Avenue, between Lakewood and Templeton
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. For more information, visit

 May to September 11 – Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
Time: 6:30 pm to 11 pm; Location: Keefer Street, between Main and Columbia Street
Operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the street market contains booths with different merchandise on sale including handicrafts, gifts and decor, electronics, clothes, CD, VCD, DVD, snacks and ethnic food. Shoppers can choose from hundreds of booths for gifts items, and enjoy the multicultural performances: folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands, as well as games and prizes. For more information, visit

 June to October 5 – Main Street Station Farmers Market
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm / Wednesdays; Location: Thornton Park, at Station and Terminal
Located at the commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, and accessible by bus and Skytrain. The market vendors are lined up on the east side of Thornton Park, on the sidewalk along Station Street. You can expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market – everything from produce to meat and cheese, baking and more. For information, visit

 September 3 to September 5 – The 2011 TELUS TaiwanFest
Time: 12 pm to 10 pm; Location: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza and 700 Granville Street
The 2011 TELUS TaiwanFest returns during the Labour Day weekend. Highlights include fusion concerts, dances, Taiwanese Aboriginal artisans, inspiring documentaries, fabulous culinary shows, games for all ages, world’s best beef noodle, and the first-ever street banquet that celebrates Vancouver’s 125th Birthday. Admission is free. For more information, please visit or

 September 3 to September 5 – Me in Media
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm; Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street (Alice MacKay Room)
Do you think media plays a role in creating a more inclusive Vancouver? How does ethnicity shape the stories that we tell about ourselves and our city? Join youth, educators and media makers to re-imagine ethnic representation in media and learn how the next generation is changing how we consume and even create stories. Admission is free. Register at Co-sponsored by the United Nations Association in Canada and Schema Magazine.

 September 7 to September 10 – Mixed Voices Raised: Hapa-palooza
Hapa-Palooza: A Vancouver Celebration of Mixed-Roots Arts and Ideas is a new cultural festival that celebrates the city’s identity as a place of hybridity, synergy and acceptance. A vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances, Hapa-Palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-roots identity, especially amongst youth. For more information, visit

 September 9 to September 11 – New Forms Festival 2011
Location: Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings, at McLean Drive
New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international arts, science and grassroots communities through the annual New Forms Festival. New Forms enters its 11th year this fall by redefining yet another space in Vancouver through media arts, focusing on concepts around the theme of ‘Public Domain’. The festival will feature installations in the hotel rooms, electronic music artists in the 3 performance spaces, and projections and video mapping on the facade of the building. For more information, visit or email New Forms Media Society at

 September 17 – The 2nd Annual Autumn Shift Street Festival on Main Street
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm; Location: Main Street between 12th Avenue and Broadway
Hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA, the free, family friendly event will celebrate the shift in season and the growing shift in attitude towards sustainability, eating local and urban gardening. This annual event will feature great music, lots of fun activities for kids, a merchant market, BLIM, gardening booths and enthusiastic community participation. There will be free popcorn and cotton candy, as well as a chance for the little ones to “go fishing” for gifts at the prize pond booth. If you wish to become involved in the event itself or would like to volunteer, please email

 September 18 – Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Vancouver
Time: from 10:00 am; Location: Sunset Beach, Beach Avenue between Thurlow and Bute
Support, passion and love can make a difference, and 26 years ago Positive Living BC launched the first Canadian AIDS WALK to prove it. Since then they have been walking strong. They have been walking for a change. They have been walking for life. Come down for a pancake breakfast, socialize with your community and enjoy soothing acoustic music from 10am. The Walk starts at 12 pm. For more information on the walk, visit

 September 18 – Hastings East Community Programs Society: A Day at the Races
Time: from 1 pm to 4 pm; Location: Hastings Racecourse, 3475 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Join Hastings East Community Programs Society (formerly Hastings Tillicum Community School Society) for an afternoon at the Hastings racecourse to help raise funds, recognize donors and support programs for children and families in the Hastings-Sunrise community. A Day in the Races features a delicious buffet lunch, cash bar and non-stop horse racing. Tickets: $20. For more information, or to reserve your tickets, please email Brenda Penton at

 September 21 – Employment Job Fair: Connecting Immigrant Job Seekers with Employers
Time: 10 am to 3 pm; Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street (Promenade, Moat, Alice MacKay, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms)
Co-sponsored by the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS), SUCCESS, MOSAIC, and ISS of BC, the 7th Annual Connection to Employment Job Fair provides new immigrant job seekers an opportunity to learn about exciting opportunities in various fields. Bring your resume to leave with prospective employers. Admission is free. Space is limited.

 September 24 – Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House’s (MPNH) Harvest Festival
Time: 11 am to 4 pm; Location: MPNH, 800 East Broadway, at Prince Albert Street
MPNH’s Harvest Festival has been showcasing arts and culture in our lively, vibrant, and diverse Mount Pleasant neighbourhood for years. The block outside the House will be closed off again for its street party portion of the event which includes live bands, community booths, games, a silent auction, raffle, and more. Indoors, there are a variety of workshops, information, and cultural activities. All events are inclusive and accessible. General admission to the event is free while some activities may have minimal costs. For more information, email to

 September 25 – The Word on the Street
Time: 11 am to 5 pm; Location: Library Square and CBC Plaza, 350 West Georgia Street, at Homer
Vancouver’s Word on the Street is back for its 17th year with another full day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits, performances, and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit

 September 29 to October 14 – Vancouver International Film Festival
The 30th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America. Nearly 150,000 film fans enjoy a dynamic roster of more than 350 films from 80 countries. 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 2 – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure
Time: 8 am to 11 am; Location: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education, and awareness. Sign up to participate, volunteer, or donate today and help create a future without breast cancer. For more information on the event and how to participate, visit

 October 2 to October 3 – The Drift – Art on Main
The Drift is an annual arts and culture festival taking place along Vancouver’s trendy Main Street. Drift along Main Street (Main Street, between Industrial Avenue and 33rd Avenue) and see a variety of fine art and original handcrafts from established and emerging local artists, including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, woodcarvings, collage, mixed media, glass works, and jewelry.

 October 4 – Education and Travel Fair
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm; Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Canada’s largest international education fair to find out about university and college programs in Australia, England, US and many other countries. Visit the Travel Pavilion for gap year and career break options (volunteering, work abroad and internships). For more information on the Fair, visit

 October 15 – NEPP Workshop #1: Earthquake Preparedness – Be Prepared Not Scared
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm; Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, at Commercial
Living in Vancouver, we could be faced with a major earthquake, yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure our families are prepared. This session will teach you how to be prepared for any emergency or disaster you may be faced with. You will learn personal and family preparedness, how to develop a family emergency plan, how to perform a home hazard hunt and how to prepare for your pets. Admission is free. Please call Britannia Community Centre at 604-718-5800 to register.

 October 15 to October 16 – UBC Apple Festival
Time: 11 am to 4 pm; Location: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot fun doing it! Please be advised that dogs are not permitted in UBC Botanical Garden. For more information, call 604-822-4529 or visit

 October 22 – Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch in the City
Time: 10 am to 4 pm; Location: 2131 Renfrew Street, corner of 5th Avenue and Renfrew Street
Everyone is welcome to join us for a day of spooktacular fun, with pumpkin patch, bouncy castles, face painting, Halloween story time, and community resources including Hastings North Community Police info booth, and a visit from Fire Hall 14 fire truck to make this a great event for families.

 October 26 to November 6 – Heart of the City Festival
The Heart of the City Festival celebrates Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 80 events, including music, theatre, comedy, workshops, history walks and more. For more information on events and sites, visit


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

 Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Big Sisters of BC helps vulnerable girls in our community by providing them with female mentors and friends who understand the unique challenges they face growing up female. Big Sisters strives to provide these girls (ages 7 – 17) with a “champion” – a mentor who is there to listen to them, cheer them on, and tell them they can do it through the Big & Little Sister program and the Study Buddy program. For more information, please visit or contact 604-873-4525.

 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 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 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

 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 1-866-914-6097 or visit

 Hastings Education Centre, Vancouver School Board Fall Registration
Hastings Education Centre offer tuition free courses for adults interested in Grade 12 completion or who have already graduated and would like to upgrade or consider a career change. This is part of the provincially funded “Education Guarantee” program. For more information and the list of tuition free courses, contact 604-713-5735 or visit The centre is currently registering for its September 2011 term. Location: 1661 Napier Street at the Britannia Community Complex

 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

 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).

 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

 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 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 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.

 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

 BC Rehab Foundation
This Foundation’s project grants are 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. Best Buy also offer a Community Partner Award program which encourages staff to volunteer time to local non-profit agencies. For more information, visit

 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. Requests for funding are reviewed by BMO’s Corporate Donations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis. For more information, visit,1089,divId-7_langId-1_navCode-4905,00.html.

 Bravo!FACT
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. There are four deadlines annually, in March, June, September, and December. The remaining deadlines for 2011 are 23 September, and 16 December. Applications must be received in the Bravo!FACT office by five o’clock on the day of the deadline. For more information, visit

 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 – 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 application deadline for all program components is September 30, 2011. The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers. 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 Legacy Fund provides funding for community capital projects that commemorate a local historical anniversary of 100 years or greater in increments of 25 years. For more information, 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 Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable 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. For more information on funding eligibility and deadline, visit

 Carthy Foundation
The Carthy Foundation funds environmental initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design, initiatives that investigate, develop, and promote innovative tools, strategies and policies with potential to harness market forces in achieving environmental goals, as well as initiatives that support optimal ecological function within urban settings. For more information, visit

 Central City Foundation
Central City Foundation provides capital grants to organizations that work with children and youth who are at risk or marginalized in our communities. Please call the Foundation at 604-683-2263 to determine if your project meets the criteria and may qualify for a grant. If it is determined that your project meets the criteria, you will be invited to submit a Letter of Intent. The deadline for the Letter of Intent is September 15th for the November 1st application deadline. For more 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. Our 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. For information on funding guidelines or 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. For more information, 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. 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. Next deadlines: September 30 and October 31, 2 pm. For more information or to apply, visit

 EcoAction Community Funding Program
Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding 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. Project Funding, in keeping with Environment Canada’s national environmental priorities, 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. Submit a draft application for feedback before the November 1 deadline. For more information, visit 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. enp program funding enables organizations to conduct planning activities related to the development or growth of a business venture. 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

 Google Grants
The Google Grants programme empowers non-profit organisations to achieve their goals by helping them promote their websites via advertising on Google. Organizations that receive a Google Grant are awarded an in-kind online advertising account which can be used in a variety of ways, including general outreach, fundraising activities and recruitment of volunteers. For more information, visit

 Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) – Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) – Small Project Component
Canadian nonprofits can now apply for funding for projects that will create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. Improvements may include renovations, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use, or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible. Organizations can submit proposals until September 23, 2011. For more information, visit

 Law Foundation – Small Projects
The Law Foundation has established a total Small Projects budget of up to $150,000 for small, one-time projects for 2012. 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. The maximum amount available for each time-limited project is $15,000. To be considered at the 2012 March Board meeting, a small project application must be received by the Law Foundation no later than 3 pm on Friday, October 14, 2011. The Small Projects application guidelines and form may be obtained by e-mailing the Law Foundation at, by phone to 604-688-2337, by fax to 604-688-4586, or write to Law Foundation of BC, 1340 – 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3. Please contact Law Foundation staff at 604-688-2337 to discuss your project prior to submitting your application. For more information, please 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.

 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

 Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC)
MEC focuses their community funding and support on wilderness conservation and environmental education; and supporting people in achieving the benefits of self-propelled wilderness-oriented recreation in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Type of grants: Land Acquisition; Capacity Building; Research; Advocacy and Education; Access & Activity; and Urban Sustainability. Next deadline is on September 10. Urban Sustainability and Grassroots Product Donations applications accepted anytime. For information, visit

 Nestle Canada
Nestle Canada’s charitable and non-profit support is directed toward programs and organizations that support healthy active living, with specific emphasis on encouraging physical activity in children, youth, and their families, all in a non-competitive setting. For more information on funding criteria, please visit

 New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-Based Projects
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. The NHSP supports projects that aim to address one or more of the following five program objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors. Deadline for application is September 16, 2011. For more information, visit

 S’Cool Life Fund for DREAMS
The S’Cool Life Fund provides funding to Canadian non-profit elementary schools to support DREAMS – drama, recreation, extra-curricular, arts, music, or sports. S’Cool does not look to fund core academic subjects, but instead those areas which fall outside of the core curriculum but are no less important for a child’s development. Since its launch in 2005, the S’Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 746 projects across the country, helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8). It will be accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year from September 13 to December 31, 2011. For more information, visit

 TD Training grants available for locally based environmental charities
The TD Training Grant program aims to enhance the organizational capacity of local Canadian charities by providing funding for education and training opportunities for core staff. Grants can be used for participation fees or tuition for courses from recognized training institutions, workshops, conferences etc. $1,000 maximum total grant per organization, per calendar year. Course must be clearly relevant to the job the employee performs. Course must not have been already completed at the time of the application. Costs such as travel and course materials are not eligible for funding. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2011. For more information, visit:

 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

 Status of Women – Women’s Partnership Fund
The Women’s Partnership Fund provides contribution funding to projects that build partnerships between Status of Women Canada, eligible non-governmental recipients and public institutions to advance equality for women across Canada through improvement of their economic and social conditions and their participation in democratic life. The following issues have been identified as priorities: 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. For more information on eligibility, 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

 Trico Charitable Foundation
The Trico Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for their four Social Enterprise awards. Two organizational awards will be given to entrepreneurial non-profit organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2011. For more information, visit

 VanCity Community Foundation – Community Project Grants
The priorities for VanCity’s Community Project Grants Program, funded through our Shared Success program, are aligned to recognize and enhance this vision in three areas: People – Building wealth with those who need it most; Planet – Sustaining our environment; and Places – Promoting community growth and change. Community project grants provide up to $10,000 for projects that focus on these funding priorities. Applications that demonstrate work in two or more of these areas are preferred, as are those that focus resources specifically at marginalized people (including Aboriginal people, immigrants, refugees and people with low incomes). Grants are awarded three (3) times per year. The next deadline is September 15, 2011. For more information, visit

 Vancouver Foundation – Youth Philanthropy Council
The Youth Philanthropy Council aspires to better youth communities through innovative grants and inclusive leadership. The goals of the program are to: enhance the quality of life for youth; empower young people to take action on issues of concern; support programs which encourage youth growth and dignity, inclusiveness, fairness and equality; promote youth voice; and increase opportunities for youth participation in community. The next deadline for Letter of Intent is September 22, 2011 / Grant Application Deadline: October 14, 2011. 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:

REMINDER: The next deadline for submission to the Community Links Bulletin is Friday, September 23 for the November / December 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.