We are currently accepting expressions of interest (EOI) for projects that explore how to support social innovation in Vancouver’s urban aboriginal community, and/or how non-aboriginal focused projects can apply an aboriginal perspective to social innovation. Deadline for submitting your EOI is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm.
For more information, please visit
The Social Policy Grant Team


Canada Post Community Foundation Funding Opportunity! Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now available. The annual grant application process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to support initiatives that benefit children.

Funding will be allocated to projects that will generate maximum impact, creating lasting change for children and youth (up to the age of 21), in the following areas:
§ education programming to help children reach their full potential
§ programming supporting healthy children
§ building safe, kid-friendly communities
§ services for children and youth with special needs and their families
§ programs that promote the interest of children and youth
§ mental health programs for children and youth

For further information about the application process

CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids

How do I apply?
If you are a registered charity and you conduct programs for children and youth in the inner city, you can apply for financial support from CLICK. Complete the application form at the bottom of the page.


When does CLICK offer grants?
There are two grant cycles annually – Spring and Fall
When is the deadline for grant applications?
Spring cycle: Complete applications must be submitted on or before March 31st.
Fall cycle: Complete applications must be submitted on or before October 31st.

Does my organization qualify?
The organization must be not-for-profit and must have a registered charitable number from CRA.
The program or activity for which the funds are sought must fall within CLICK’s criteria of access, skills and safety:
Access: the requested funding will contribute to ensuring the program or activity is available to and accessible by inner city children or youth in that the funding will mitigate any obstacles created by fees, equipment needs, transportation or other expenses or requirements.
Skills: the program or activity offers an opportunity for inner city children or youth to gain skills in areas such as the arts, sports, leadership, health, literacy, etc.
Safety: the program or activity offers a safe environment for inner city children or youth.
The program or activity must target Vancouver’s inner city children or youth.

All applicants will be notified about the status of their application as soon as possible after the Board of Directors approves the grants.
Successful applicants will receive a letter enclosing the approved grant funds as well as a Final Report form which must be completed within 3 months of receipt of funds.

What do I do after my organization receives the funds?
CLICK will send you a form called a “Final Report” to be completed and returned to us within 3 months of completion of the activity or program. We ask that you return this form along with photographs, reports, or short anecdotes/comments from participants about the activity or program that capture the value of the experience for the children or youth.CLICK tries to capture information about funded programs so that donors can see the impact of their donation dollars on children and youth in need of support. We appreciate your support in providing this information.

What if I have questions?
Call us anytime at 604-713-8273 or email us at and we will answer any questions you have.


Neighbourhood Small Grants is Vancouver Foundation’s unique program to help build community and strengthen connections right where people live – in their neighbourhood. Vancouver Foundation, The City of Vancouver and Community Foundations of Canada are funding three small granting streams in East Vancouver this year.


Small grants of up to $500 are available for residents to develop projects that meet the needs of the community.

Neighbourhood Small Grants are given to projects that meet the following goals:

1. Connect and engage neighbourhood residents
Examples: Block parties to introduce new neighbours or weekly neighbourhood clean-up work parties that strengthen and sustain relationships over time.

2. Share residents’ skills and knowledge within the community
Examples: a free yoga lesson for the community or a community kitchen where participants exchange their cooking skills and share a meal together.

3. Build sense of ownership and pride
Examples: A historical tour of the neighbourhood or a community clean-up of invasive species in a local greenspace.

4. Respect and celebrate diversity
Examples: A multicultural fashion show, a story telling project that involves seniors and youth, or a cost free acrylic workshops open to all ages and skill levels.

Communities across the lower mainland will open for application on February 15, 2017. The deadline to submit your application is April 4, 2017.

GREENEST CITY NEIGHBOURHOOD GRANTS provide up to $500 for residents of Vancouver to develop projects that contribute to the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

CANADA 150 SMALL GRANTS offer up to $500 for residents of the lower mainland to support projects that mark Canada’s 150th.


Application deadline April 4th


Nows open, due April 10.

The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.

This grant is for up to $3,500.

For more information:




The Recreation Foundation of BC is currently accepting Grant Applications from not-for-profit organizations and registered charities that provide services in the areas of recreation, sport, culture, health, education and the environment.

Please visit our website at and click on the “Grant” header for more information on this program or to submit a Grant Application.

Applicants are advised to review the criteria information first in order to determine if they are eligible for our program. Applicants must complete the Grant Application form and ensure it is signed by two members of your Board of Directors. Applications must also be accompanied by “checklist” items as noted on the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is April 7, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not reply to this email, contact
Email inquiries only.


The Healthy Living Program is committed to supporting grassroots organizations, community agencies and non-profit organizations in the Vancouver area as they engage with their clients and communities around healthy living and health promotion activities. Community agencies are invited to complete an application. Please forward this information to others you know who fit the criteria.

Please email your application to and call (604)267-4430 if you have any questions. Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017. A new fillable PDF application form has been created for your convenience. I have also attached a MS Word copy as an option.

Visit the Healthy Living Program website for more details: Please note that organizations that received funding in 2016 will not be able to apply again until 2018.


The Youth Action Grants are a project of the McCreary Youth Advisory & Action Council. The Youth Action Grants were created to provide BC youth (ages 12-19) from school districts that participated in the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey, the opportunity to deliver a project which aims to improve youth health in their school or community. Grants are available year round and are valued up to $500. To learn more about the grants and to apply click here.


Food, Culinary, beverage and hospitality SCHOLARSHIPS for women!

Are you or someone you know looking to begin training in food, culinary, beverage or hospitality fields…or are you already skilled in these fields and wish to refine or further your expertise?

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier annually grants scholarships to women in our industry. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, ability, commitment and passion, and may range in value between $300 and $2000 depending on funds available, program requirements and approved applicants. Each application is reviewed and evaluated by the scholarship committee composed of Les Dames volunteer members.

Applications are accepted October 1st through January 31st each year and are awarded in March. Applicants must be B.C. residents. Full information can be found here.

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier also works with other organizations to provide additional scholarship opportunities including Barry Callebaut’s Chocolate Academy, Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and a new scholarship for 2017 from Two Rivers Specialty Meats in honour of Chef Tina Fineza.



Scotts Canada Limited proudly announces the opening of its GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program, for 2017. The Grassroots Grants program, now in its seventh year, provides support to not-for-profit organizations to better their neighborhoods through the development of community-based gardens and greenspaces.

The grants are part of the larger GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program, which is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to create over 1,000 community-based gardens and green spaces in Canada, the U.S., and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, more than 830 community projects have received GRO1000 funding, including 54 community-based gardens in Canada.

Along with its partners Communities in Bloom, Plant a Row · Grow a Row and Nutrients for Life, Scotts Canada is pleased to be offering this exciting opportunity to Canadian communities. Grassroots Grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, will be awarded to selected projects across Canada. From edible gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to sensory gardens, GRO1000 supports all types of community-driven greenspace projects and places priority on programs that heavily involve youth. The benefits that gardens provide to a community and its residents are significant, and even more so for children. Research shows that spending time in a garden helps improve a child’s cognitive ability, develops healthy nutrition habits, and increases positive self-understanding, responsibility and maturity.

If you are or know of a recognized charitable organization or non-profit group committed to establishing or expanding a community-based garden, green space or pollinator habitat in Canada, applications for the 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are now being accepted online.


The main focus of GO Grants is to help get students outdoors and learning with hands-on experiences in nature. Field trip grant applications are available to K-12 classes and schools in BC.

More info

Grant Criteria
Be done outdoors in a nature setting
Be focused on a conservation or environment theme such as fish, wildlife or habitat
Be linked to curriculum
Be hands-on or experiential for students
Include a pre and post field trip plan that extends learning before and beyond the trip
Applicants are asked to describe how this particular field trip will be hands-on and how learning is extended beyond the field trip. Other considerations to include in your application are linkages to school or district goals, WildBC, and community groups.

Successful grant applicants will need to:
Submit a field trip summary report with field trip photo(s)
Complete an online post evaluation
Submit a school or school district invoice (using the invoice template) with receipts by July 15th for Spring grants or by March 31st for Fall/Winter grants
All funds are distributed after the field trip, with the submission of an invoice and receipts.

Single class applications to a maximum $600/class/application for:
bus transportation;
outdoor field project materials* and/or
outdoor field trip leader or program fee**

Per school/year to a maximum of $3500/school/application for:
bus transportation;
outdoor field project materials* and/or
outdoor field trip leader or program fee**

* Outdoor field studies or monitoring equipment (eg: dip nets, pH meter, butterfly nets, fieldguides), or outdoor action project materials (eg: nest box supplies, plants)
** field trip leader honorarium or program fee (eg: Biologist, conservation group fee for outdoor program)

Application Forms
GoGrants Application – Class
GoGrants Application – School
Annual Application Deadlines
February 15th (for grants between Apr 1 – Jun 30)
September 15th (for grants between Sept 15- Mar 31)

Can I apply for more than one field trip for my class?
No. While we recognize the value of doing multiple field trips with your class, our funding goal is to allow as many classes as possible to have an experience outdoors learning.

Can I reapply for a GO grant if I was successful in previous application?
There is a limit of one GO Grant per school year. For example if you received a GO Grant in September 2015 your next opportunity to submit a GO Grant would be September 2016.

Do you accept handwritten, faxed or scanned applications?
No. We only accept applications that are completed by filling out the fields electronically. Be sure to first save your file before sending to us via email.

What types of field trips are not eligible for GO Grants?
The main focus of GO Grants is to help get students outdoors and learning through hands-on experiences in nature. Therefore those applications that do not provide this as the main emphasis will score lower (eg talking tours and indoor programs) than those field trips applications that offer outdoor and hands-on nature experiences for students.

Can community groups apply to GO Grants?
GO Grants are only for K-12 schools in BC. Community groups can work with their local schools to help them with their application. All correspondence and grant funds will be issued to the school or school district.

When will I hear back about if I was successful or not?
Grant selections for each funding application will be reviewed by the GO Grant Review Committee. Spring grants will be notified by March 15th and Fall/Winter grants will be notified in the first week of October. Notifications will be by email to all applicants.

What do I need to do to get my grant after I was approved?
Take your class on the field trip!
Share your outdoor adventures with us on your GO Grants Report
Submit your favorite fieldtrip photo (with photo releases and permissions for HCTF to use in communication materials)
Complete online survey
Send us your GO Grants invoice with receipts


The Vancouver Foundation’s participation with the Greenest City Fund has now wrapped up, but I am pleased to announce that the City of Vancouver is continuing with the program and will be accepting applications starting on Jan 2, 2017. The Greenest City Grant will provide $205,000 a year in funding to support community-led projects and programs to help us achieve our Greenest City Action Plan targets. Applications will be accepted until February 6, 2017.

To be eligible:

Applicants must be a registered charity or a registered BC society.
Organizations from outside of Vancouver may apply, but projects must take place in and benefit Vancouver.
Applicants may apply for up to 50% of the project’s budget (per project) to a maximum of $100,000 (the typical grant amount is expected to be between $35,000 and $45,000).
Projects may be one to three years in length.
Applicants are encouraged to address other civic strategies, such as the Renewable City Strategy, the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the Healthy City Strategy, as part of their project proposal.

Youth led and/or youth-centric projects are strongly encouraged.

Applicants should plan to attend the Greenest City Grant Workshop on January 11, 2017, 4-6pm and to read the application guide prior to submitting their applications. Applicants can sign up for the workshop by visiting the Greenest City Fund page here, under the “Greenest City Grants” section.

Since 2012, over 600 “Greenest City” projects have been funded and approximately $2 million has been distributed in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation. Projects have resulted in tangible outcomes across all 10 Greenest City goal areas.

For more information visit the Greenest City Grant page here.



The funding is part of the BC Ministry of Social Development – Employment and Labor Market Division which is similar to income assistance and is part of the Employment program.
The funding moved from the Federal level to the Provincial level.
The funds are specific for Work Experiences.
There is a new stream for ‘Social Innovation’.

Depending on the projects, they have funded anywhere from $200,000 – $500,000. The total amount of funding has increased since 2015 from $8 – 16 million dollars.
No deadline or cap.

There are 5 Funding Streams (see scanned document for a fuller explanation)

1. Job Creation Partnerships – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide useful work experience and skill enhancement opportunities to eligible job seekers to help them obtain sustainable employment. Projects should benefit the job seeker, community and local economy, however the primary focus must be on helping the participant. There is a ‘contribution agreement’ – in kind where staff could donate time, space or an office, etc… for the project.
Example: Powell River City Council wanted someone to work on a diversity, social inclusion plan. They brought in 3 people that included Conference and Researching planning and they showed what they could do and what the City could do. Process was pretty flexible.

1. Labor Market Partnerships – funds projects that encourage and support employers, employee and/or employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labor force adjustments and meeting HR requirements. Projects may include researching labor market/human resource adjustment issues and developing and implementing labor market adjustment activities. These are project based and are distinct from the ongoing operations of the applicant.
Basically you are looking at a gap between Labor Market shortage.
*Example: Whistler Hotel had a gap in supply and demand so they funded their research.

2. Project Based Labor Market Training – provides funding to organizations to assist with local projects that provide a combination of on and/or off the job employment training to eligible participants to help them obtain sustainable employment.
This is a combination of training and work experience.
Example: There was a shortage of people in a particular market so the applicants were trained in an educational institution and fast tracked into some housekeeping positions (There was training provided and 60% was work experience.

3. Research & Innovation – provides funding for eligible projects to explore and/or find untried and untested methods of delivering programming to help individuals find or return to work as quickly as possible.
*Example: funded MOSAIC on a project where they brought in research subjects together to test a new business design model for new immigrants. Another one was for the Fraser Health Authority in finding cognitive remediation on employment planning to work with barriers such as mental health issues.

4. Social Innovation – expands the scope of the Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) program to support innovative projects that address social challenges beyond unemployment. It focuses attention on new ideas and approaches to address complex and ongoing social problems. The CEP funding streams support socially innovative projects with a focus on community needs and support improved employment related outcomes for unemployed project participants.
*Example: funded an 8-week Training session for the Stolo nation where artists involved in the projects received a royalty for each piece they created – helping them set up a model.

* More information on online applications and on each of the 5 Funding Streams at:


Do you have an idea that will enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address senior and local issues? The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure seniors will benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

In anticipation of the next NHSP Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada will provide information to help you with the preparation of your application.

Through NHSP your organization may be eligible to receive a grant up to $25,000 per year. Based on the most recent Call for Proposals, projects must be led or inspired by seniors and 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.

Check our website regularly for more information.

NOTE: To be prepared for the next Call for Proposal, it is strongly recommended to attend one of the upcoming NHSP information sessions. Times and locations will be forwarded to you in the near future.

If you would like to attend and or possibly host a session, please contact 604-658-8451 or e-mail at your earliest convenience so that we can make arrangements.

Thank you for your interest in the program and please feel free to pass this on to other senior led organizations or groups that you think may be interested.

Best regards,
New Horizons for Seniors Program, Service Canada
Tel: 604-658-8451