Funding

Think&EatGreen@School Grants 

From 2010 to 2015 the Think&EatGreen@School (TEGS) project worked to create healthy and sustainable school food systems in the Vancouver School District.   The 2017-2019 TEGS project, funded by the City of Vancouver and based at UBC in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, is modeled on several successful elements of the original.  This two-year continuation of TEGS will support teacher food literacy professional development through school-year workshops and Summer Institutes, and offer small grants to schools and non-profit organizations, as well as support further research. In 2017-2019, TEGS will support activities and research focused on food literacy and food access.

2017-2018 School Small Grants

The City of Vancouver has provided $25,000 for TEGS to distribute to VSB schools for small project grants in the 2017-2018 school year. If your school’s team is eligible, these small grants are available to help you start-up, expand, or improve school projects in the areas of food production, food waste management, food preparation, food access, food policy, food justice, and other food systems-related teaching and learning activities.

School teams may apply for up to $2000 in grant funding.   For more information and the application:

TEGS Schools Small Grant App 2017-18

Please note:  The TEGS small grant funding is provided by the City of Vancouver in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, and hence is only available to VSB schools.  If you are from a school in British Columbia outside of the Vancouver School Board, please visit Farm to School BC for grant opportunities!

2017-2018 Community Organization Small Grants

The TEGS project recognizes the valuable role that non-profit organizations play in supporting food literacy education and healthy, sustainable, and equitable school food systems in Vancouver, and wants to continue to involve and support these organizations.  Accordingly, the City of Vancouver has provided $12,000 in grants which will be available to non-profits for the 2017-2018 school year, either to continue existing projects and activities or start new ones.  There also may be opportunities for non-profit organizations to be involved in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes.  Organizations will also have the opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research on school food systems and food literacy education.

We are accepting grant applications from school food non-profits to support their work. Grants of up to $2000 are available, and smaller funding requests are also welcome.  For more information and the application:

TEGS Community Orgs Small Grant App 2017-18

Bc dairy Association mini grant

Every year, teachers who are using one of the BC Dairy Association (BCDA) programs can apply for a grant. In the 2016-2017 school year, we awarded 179 grants to teachers across BC who successfully completed the application by sharing how they would use the money to complement the BCDA program they were teaching.

GO grants – habitat conservation trust foundation

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

Grant Criteria

The key criteria for GO Grants trips or projects are:

  • conducted outdoors in a nature setting;
  • focused on learning about BC’s fish, wildlife, habitats or biodiversity;
  • linked to curriculum;
  • hands-on or experiential for students; and
  • planned to include before and after extensions to the trip or project.
Grant Amounts

The maximum amount a single class can apply for is $600. For requests for multiple classes, school and or district applications, the maximum amount that can be requested is $3500.

Grant Eligible Items
  • transportation (bus, boat, mileage etc);
  • outdoor field trip equipment (e.g: dip nets, pH meter, butterfly nets, magnifiers, field guides etc.)or habitat stewardship project materials (e.g: nest box supplies, native plants, student gloves for planting); and or
  • outdoor field trip leader,secondary teacher on call and program fees(e.g: Biologist, conservation group fee for outdoor program etc.).
Successful Grant Requirements

GO Grants that are awarded will need to:

  • submit a field trip report;
  • field trip photo(s);
  • complete an online post evaluation; and
  • 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 grants are distributed after the completion of the field trip and with the submission of an invoice and receipts.

GO Grants Overview

Honey Bee Grant Program

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project.

The Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive.

We offer four grant options:

1. Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program.
2. Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project
3. Traditional Langstroth Hive: equipment grant an outdoor hive with Starter Kit
4. Top Bar hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit

All equipment grants include a small monetary grant of $300 to cover the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

For more information on each grant option, please read the Program Overview and Support Guide on The Bee Cause Project’s Resources page.

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/honey-bee-grant

Apply here

  • Application Open: September 1st, 2017
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Closed: October 31, 2017 at 5pm CST
  • Full Application Closed: November 15, 2017 at 5pm CST
  • Notification of all Applicants: December 8, 2017
  • Delivery of Hive and Grant Packages: no later than end of January 2018

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE STRATEGIC OUTREACH INITIATIVE

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.

BCSOI FUNDING APPLICATION 

SCOTTS CANADA GRO1000 GRASSROOTS GRANTS

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.

COMMUNITY AND EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIPS – BC MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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: https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-and-Employer-Partnerships.aspx

NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS

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. http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/seniors/funding/index.shtml

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 W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-BC-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca 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
E-mail: W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-BC-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca