vch one time only grant

The VCH Population Health Community Investments Team is pleased to announce 2019 One-Time-Only Health Promotion Project Grants (OTO’s) for projects that are one-time-only in nature and intent, and that lead to greater equity in wellness by building on a community’s social, environmental, cultural and economic foundations. Funding for this grant program is very limited. 2019 grants are expected to range from $100 to $10,000, with an average grant of $7,500. Approximately 10% of proposed projects typically receive funding.


* Please note funding priorities may change for subsequent rounds of funding. Please check for updates if you plan to apply following the first round of decisions.

  • Enhancing social connectedness and social supports for vulnerable people.
  • Enhancing early childhood development or resiliency of at-risk children and youth.
  • Enhancing resiliency of refugees and other vulnerable newcomers.
  • Community capacity building to increase any one of the following: income security; mental wellness promotion; and physical activity.
  • Organizational capacity building (OCB) to strengthen organizations engaged in health promotion programming.


Applications are accepted at any time, but reviewed in two rounds or under special circumstances. Regardless of project start date, all activities must be completed and funds spent before March 31st, 2020.

Applications must be received by the following deadlines for consideration in each round:

Please note: Completed applications and all attachments must be emailed to no later than March 28th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. for the first round of funding.

Only completed applications submitted by email in the template available online at will be accepted. Please ensure the subject line reads “2019/2020 OTO Application”.

To apply or view funding guidelines, please visit Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Indigenous Healing and Wellness Grants

In 2014, Vancouver City Council designated Vancouver as a “City of Reconciliation”.  In 2015, staff developed the City of Reconciliation overarching vision:

As a City of Reconciliation, the City of Vancouver will form a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the Urban Aboriginal community, including key agencies, to incorporate a First Nations and Urban Aboriginal perspective into the work undertaken and decisions made by the City of Vancouver and, ultimately, to provide services that benefit members of these communities.

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Grants program supports projects that provide traditional, spiritual, and cultural healing and wellness activities in Vancouver’s urban Indigenous community.

Current status Open
Next application deadline February 8, 2019 at 4:30pm

What is a traditional Indigenous healing approach?

“Access to traditional and culturally appropriate health care practices is equally, if not more important, than access to mainstream non-Indigenous health care. There is a need for Indigenous -specific programs in the DTES, with all services being able to provide traditional, spiritual and cultural health and healing supports.”  Indigenous Health Healing and Wellness in the DTES Study, City of Vancouver, 2017.

“Ceremony helps people to incorporate healthy values such as respect, love, courage, humility, truth, trust and strength into their daily lives.” Traditional Healing Circle of Elders, First Nations Centre, National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2007.


To be eligible for this grant, organizations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least one of the following:
    • Registered non-profit society
    • Community service co-op
    • Social enterprise wholly owned by a non-profit, and in good standing with the Registrar of Companies
    • Registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)
    • First Nations band
  • Must have an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers. The bylaws must have provisions that no Board director can be remunerated for being a director; staff members cannot be voting members of the Board or Executive
  • Must have the demonstrated functional capacity and sufficient resources to deliver the services and programs to which the City is being asked to contribute
  • Must demonstrate accommodation, welcomeness and openness to people of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identities (including trans*, gender-variant and two-spirit people), ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, languages, under-represented communities and socio-economic conditions in its policies, practices, and programs, except in instances where the exclusion of some group is required for another group to be effectively targeted
  • Must achieve a minimum of 1:1 leverage from other sources, which can include support from other funders and/or institutions, as well as staff time, space and material donated or provided by other organizations to support the project
  • The program for which funding is being sought must be located in Vancouver or, if not, must demonstrate it is primarily serving residents of Vancouver.
  • A significant percentage of the people to be supported through the grant activities must be Indigenous.
  • A minimum of 80% of the City grant must be spent on honorariums, contracts or salaries for Elders or other traditional knowledge keepers (compensation for services must be reasonable and on par with similar programs).
  • The program for which funding is being sought must have been in existence for a minimum of 18 months prior to the application.

Grant documents (for reference only)

Apply for the grant

Questions? Please contact Carmel Boerner, Social Planner, at or 604-257-8763.

metro Vancouver agriculture awareness grants

Metro Vancouver is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for the 2019 Agriculture Awareness grants to promote a better understanding of agriculture and local food production in this region.

Both new groups and previous grant recipients are welcome to apply for a funding grant. Metro Vancouver has awarded Agriculture Awareness grants since 2008. A brochure describing the previous grant recipients is available on the Metro Vancouver website here. In 2018, twelve grants were awarded ranging from $500 to $6,000. The total amount to be awarded in 2019 is $45,000.

All submissions for Agriculture Awareness grants are asked to meet the following mandatory requirements before being further considered:

  • have a regional scope (impacting more than one municipality);
  • be located in the Metro Vancouver region;
  • be administered by a non-profit organization in good standing; and
  • have matching funding (dollars or in-kind) from another organization.

Metro Vancouver’s Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) will be evaluating the grant submissions using six criteria (see eligibility requirements) and will make recommendations to the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee and Board in early summer. The funds will be available in August 2019.

How to Apply for a Grant

Information about applying for a grant and the 2019 application form (WORD and PDF versions) for the agriculture awareness funding grants is available on the Metro Vancouver website here – apply for a grant.

Once the application form is completed and signed, send it to Metro Vancouver by:

Fax: 604-436-6970
Mail: Metro Vancouver Agriculture Awareness Grants,Parks, Planning and Environment Department
Metrotower III, 4730 Kingsway, 22nd floor
Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6

The deadline for the submitting the 2019 Agriculture Awareness Grant Application Form is Monday, March 18, 2019.

For further information on the grant application process and requirements, email or call Theresa 604-451-6024.


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