City of Vancouver Social Innovation and the Vancouver Foundation System Change and Participatory Action Research call for grants





The Vancouver Foundation (VF) is using a new grant management system this year (which the City will use as well – meaning each application will be reviewed by both organizations).  Given this will be the first time the system is used, there may be hiccups, so please visit their website early.

Any food system project (that fits the City’s / VF’s system change, research, or social innovation intention) can be considered by the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation, and specifically $32,000 is available for project(s) related to innovation in the food system, with a focus on better understanding Indigenous knowledge, skills, and relationships.

For details about the City’s Social Innovation grants, please visit:

(and I’m able to field questions about food system related projects)

For details about Vancouver Foundation’s Systems Change and Participatory action research grants, AND to apply for either the City’s or VF’s grants, visit:

Key dates

July 3, 2018: Open for grant applications
July 20, 2018: Deadline to submit Letters of Intent
Early September, 2018: Decisions on Letters of Intent
Early October, 2018: Deadline to submit Full Applications (invite only)
Mid-December, 2018: Decisions on Test and Scale Grants

Creative City Strategic Grant Program

Apply by Wednesday, September 5 at 4pm

This program supports new or existing projects that demonstrate and advance principles of reconciliation, equity and access, investment and visibility, capacity, or collaboration.

These high-demand grants are available only once and are open to new and existing groups.

Current status Open
Application deadline September 5, 2018

This one-time grant program is due to an increase to the 2018 cultural grants budget to:

  • Respond to growth in the arts and culture community
  • Support community priorities expressed through the Creative City Strategy early engagement process



  • Local First Nations Band Council, Non-profit Society or a community service co-op legally registered with BC Registry Services, or a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Organizations with a demonstrated impact of artistic or cultural activities or services in Vancouver or in local First Nations communities for First Nations Band Councils


  • New or existing projects
  • Artist Residencies or mentorships
  • Festivals, exhibitions, performances, productions, or cultural programs
  • Cultural competency or equity resources
  • Convenings and gatherings for knowledge exchange
  • Workshops, labs, and other training programs to support professional development
  • Development and delivery of shared programs, operations, resources, and services

 Projects that do not support the arts and cultural community or align with the program objectives are not eligible.

How to apply

  1. Read the information guide  (80 KB). The guide includes:
    • Timing of grants
    • Assessment process and criteria
    • Grant funding amounts
    • Eligible organizations and projects
    • Program objectives
  2. Contact a cultural planner to discuss your eligibility, access the online application form, and benefit from valuable advice:

Doug Durand or 604-871-6007

Marnie Rice or 604-871-6634

Cherryl Masters: or 604-871-6498


The Ministry of Agriculture’s Strategic Outreach Initiative (SOI) grant funds conferences, short courses, seminars, field days, and other events that “contribute to the growth and viability of the sector”. See attached one-pager for details. This funding is first come-first serve, so the best opportunity to submit applications is early April. Worth brainstorming now!

Please note that this application must be sponsored by an agrologist at the Ministry. If you have an idea for a proposal, before you put too much time into it, please email me and I will pass on your request to my contact at the Ministry. She will be happy to guide and support your application.



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 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