Workers Lab Innovation Fund

The Workers Lab Innovation Fund seeks ideas that build power for workers, by altering the relationship between working people and the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

Our cash award of $150,000 provides leaders with money to experiment with new solutions to problems faced by working people and to test new approaches to building worker power in the 21st century economy.

To date, The Workers Lab has invested more than $2 million in over 20 projects.

We seek ideas that will consider:

  • Potential to be expanded and/or replicated in different geographies and industries.
  • Potential to change conditions and bring meaningful change to the lives of working people.
  • Innovative ways to achieve the above through thoughtful revenue generation strategies and/or by effectively leveraging non-profit, for-profit and/or public sector partnerships.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM PST on Friday, August 2nd 2019

If you have any questions, please email

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Local Food Infrastructure Fund

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund aims to strengthen food systems to be resilient, integrated and sustainable, and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food, primarily for the less privileged.

The fund consists of two streams.

The first, entitled Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects, aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally local foods within their community.

The second stream, entitled Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems, targets groups of community, municipal, private, academic and other organizations that collectively have the mission to reduce food insecurity in a sustainable manner by strengthening or establishing a local food system.

Stream 1: Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects

Under Stream 1, three calls for proposals will be launched over a period of five years. The first projects may be submitted to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada between August 15, 2019 and November 1, 2019.

Eligible Applicants

The eligible applicants are:

  • community or charitable organizations, not-for-profit
  • Indigenous organizations
  • municipal and regional governments in areas where there are no not-for-profit organizations that provide food services

To be eligible, an organization must:

  • have been in operation for at least two years
  • demonstrate the viability and sustainability of the services to be supported by the project
  • be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement

Eligible projects and costs

  • Capital assets and equipment for the collective production of food such as community kitchens, community gardens, urban farms, etc.
  • Equipment needed for the preparation, refrigeration, distribution and storage of food, etc.
  • Vehicles and transport equipment such as refrigerated trucks, trailers, etc.
  • Technology systems including digital, production or distribution platforms, etc.
  • Energy systems such as greenhouses, solar panels, etc.
  • Water infrastructure including irrigation systems, rainwater capture, etc.
  • Labour associated with the completion of the project (excluding normal operations of the organization)

Cost Sharing

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in non-repayable funding. Only one proposal can be submitted.

As a general rule, applicants must demonstrate that they and their local partners contribute up to 50% in cash, materials and time associated with the project.

The department’s contribution could exceed 50% for projects that specifically target the most vulnerable populations.

Assessment Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on merit and the following criteria and the availability of the funding envelope:

  • Impact in the community (fills an actual food-related need, number of beneficiaries, etc.)
  • Relevance of the project to the local context (food security, access to traditional foods for Indigenous communities, etc.)
  • Mobilization of the community (concrete participation of various partners, financial or in-kind contributions, etc.)
  • Long-term sustainability of the project (technical, financial and management capacity of the organization)

Stream 2: Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems

The second stream, entitled Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems, targets groups of community, municipal, private, academic and other organizations that collectively have the mission to reduce food insecurity in a sustainable manner by strengthening or establishing a local food system.

Applicants may receive up to $250,000 in non-repayable financial assistance for capital and food equipment. This will be a three-year multi-year, non-recurring funding.

Following a consultation with stakeholders, a single call for proposals will be launched in early 2020. Feedback on the subject can already be shared through our online consultation.

NutritionLink Services Society 2019 – 2020 Granting Program

NutritionLink Services Society (NLS) is distributing annual grants to registered charities and to other not-for-profit organizations. We encourage charities and organizations with continuing projects to reapply. Below is a description of eligibility criteria, granting process, time lines and reporting requirements. A four-section application form follows, that must be completed for a submission. For the 2018 – 2019 granting year, NLS provided over $27,000 to five grant recipients.

Eligibility Criteria & Limitations

All applications must be for activities that contribute to NLS’s mission statement  “To support and sponsor food security projects through nutrition education and food skill building for vulnerable British Columbia residents”. The activities described in the application must benefit British Columbians. Funds can be used to purchase equipment and for general operating expenses specified in the budget proposal, including salaries for staff. Grants cannot be made to individuals.

​Granting Process

Applications must be completed on the Society’s Application Form included in the following pages and signed. Successful organizations who obtain a grant give Nutrition Link Society permission to post a brief program summary on the NLS website.

Please note: Nutritionlink does not provide comments on unsuccessful applications. A decision to decline a request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but that it does not fall within our guidelines or priorities, or sufficient funds are not available at the time.

Time Lines

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:00pm PST. NLS will notify applicants of the decisions by early December. NLS will post a brief program summary of the successful grants on the website. The award must be used within one calendar year from the date it is awarded.


NOTE:  For those organizations who have received the 2018 – 2019 grant, and are applying for the current available grant, you must provide an Interim Summary report which will be due October 25, 2019.A final report should outline the goals and objectives, ‘success’ elements of the project, recommendations for further development, and a detailed summary statement of expenditures actually incurred.  This report can be in the same format as the initial budget which was submitted to NLS. The project summary should compare actual results with the budget originally anticipated in the grant request. It shall include such information as the number of people impacted, the successful elements of the project, etc.

This report shall be submitted by December 15, 2019. Any publication or abstract resulting from the work supported by the NLS grant should contain the following acknowledgement: “This work was supported by a grant from NutritionLink Services Society”. One copy of any publication or abstract should be forwarded to NLS.

Social Innovation Project Grants

We’re accepting applications for the City of Vancouver’s 2019 Social Innovation Project Grants Program (SIP).

Current status Open
Application deadline Friday, August 16, 2019

 This call is for City of Vancouver funding only.

This year, there are two areas of focus for the Social Innovation Project Grants:

  • Vancouver’s efforts to become an age-friendly city
  • Dignity and Healthy Food in Vancouver’s Food System

Proposed projects may focus on one or both focus areas, if applying for both, you may submit two distinct projects for each focus, or one project that impacts both areas.

For more detailed information on eligibility and the type of projects we are looking for, download the information sheet  (247 KB).

What is a socially-innovative approach?

There is no single, universally-agreed upon definition of social innovation. In general, a socially innovative approach:

  • Addresses social issues by applying new learning and strategies to positively affect change
  • Has a measurable impact on the broader social, political, and economic contexts that created or support continuation of the issue being addressed
  • Is designed to explore what might work to trigger longer term systems, rather than implementing “program models” with known actions and clear end points
  • Recognizes that, while the long-term goals of a social innovation might be well defined, the path to achieving those goals may be much less clear

In the context of Indigenous communities, “social innovation” may often take the form of looking back to old traditions and rediscovering how those teachings show Indigenous communities the way forward.

What is the amount of a SIP grant?

The total budget for the 2019 SIP grant stream is $200,000, of which $168,000 is allocated to age-friendly social innovation, and $32,000 is dedicated to food systems innovation.

The number of projects we will fund – and, therefore, the size of any one grant – is not predetermined, but will be considered in context of the number and quality of applications received.

Example: In 2018 the Social Innovation Project funded four projects at $30,000, $32,000, $38,000 and $100,000. Find details of the funded projects in the report presented to City Council in December 2018:

​How to apply

Complete all four documents below:

  1. Form 1: Organization information form 
  2. Form 2: Project information 
  3. Form 3: Program budget form 
  4. Form 4: Organization budget form 

Submit all documents in both electronic and hard copy by 4:30pm, Friday, August 16

Social Policy and Projects City of Vancouver
501-111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 1H4

Neighborhood matching fund

Do you have an idea for an art, greening or garden improvement project on public land?
Are you interested in involving neighbours in your project?
Do you need support developing an idea?

Join us to learn more at our next information session:
Thursday Feb 21st  5:00pm to 6:30pm
Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews

Please send, post, forward the attached flyer to anyone in your networks who may be interested in more information about the Neighbourhood Matching Fund.



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