Summer work experience green jobs initiative

In partnership with CPRA, we are very excited to announce the creation of a youth summer employment program available to our members and other sector partners.

CPRA has secured Government of Canada funding to support the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative: a two year program for youth that will provide direct financial support (via wage subsidies) to municipalities and other sector partners, allowing them to offer new summer job positions that focus on green career-related activities.

As one of the program leads for municipalities and other sector partners, CPRA will administer the provision of government wage subsidies (50%) to create 1,000 Green Jobs for youth in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Of note, in this context, the definition of a 'green' job is broad, including park horticulture and landscaping, parks operations, parks planning, parks technicians, biodiversity, outdoor play/park facilitators, parks ambassadors or interpreters. The jobs are to be 'new' but some flexibility does exist in this area.

  *  The wage subsidy will be capped at $5,712.00 for each youth/job, a contribution that will be matched by the employer.
  *   While employers are welcome to set their own wages, the contribution offered by the government (via CPRA) is capped at $ 5,712.00 per youth/job.
  *   The work terms can be 4-16 weeks long. Youth are defined as those being 15-30 years of age.

Further information, including the application form can be found here<>.

Note: The first round of applications are due Monday, February 26th, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this initiative please contact Noelle Virtue, Green Jobs Regional Manager Western Canada at 604-629-0965 ext 228 or<>.

Metro vancouver agricultural awareness grants

Metro Vancouver is now accepting applications from non-profit organizations for the 2018 Agriculture Awareness Grants to promote a better understanding of agriculture and local food production in this region.

Both new groups and previous 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 2017, eleven grants were awarded ranging from $500 to $5,000. The total amount to be awarded in 2018 is $40,000.

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.

What’s New

The evaluation criteria for the Agriculture Awareness grants was revised last fall to consider different aspects of the grant proposal and establish a link to regional policy objectives. There are now six new evaluation criteria that will be scored to determine which submissions will be recommended to receive a grant. A description of the new evaluation criteria is available here.

How to Apply for a Grant

The 2018 application form (WORD and PDF versions) for the agriculture awareness funding grants is available on the Metro Vancouver website hereThe option to submit directly online is no longer available.

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


Fax: 604-436-6970
or 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 2018 Agriculture Awareness Grant Application Form is Monday, March 12, 2018.

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

Greenest City Grants

The Greenest City Grant program is back for 2018, with funding of up to $100,000 available per project to enable programs that support the Greenest City Action Plan targets. 

Visit to see if your project is eligible. Deadline for applications is February 5, 2018.

To help you develop a strong application, we are offering Greenest City Grant Workshop on January 11, 2018. City staff will be able to take questions directly and help with the following:

  • An introduction to the Greenest City Grant program, along with tips to strengthen your application (eg. clarification on goals and deadlines)
  • A quick run-through of the application form, including support on requirements (eg. outcome measurement frameworks, monitoring plan)
  • The Greenest City Action Plan and other sustainability-related policies (eg. Renewable City Action Plan, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy)

Have some questions? Please contact Wendy Avis, Sustainability Specialist at

Farm to School Canada Grants 2018

Raising the Salad Bar: Together bringing more healthy, local foods into British
Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador Schools.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Public
Health Agency of Canada, the Whole Kids Foundation, the Public Health Association of
BC, Sustain Ontario, Equiterre, and Food First NL to deliver Farm to School Canada
Grants to Schools in 4 provinces - BC, ON, QC, and NL. The grants valued at up to
$10,000 are designed to establish or enhance efforts to bring more of the local harvest
into schools where it is featured in a salad bar meal service. We want to see more
students and school communities engaged in growing, purchasing, harvesting, cooking,
serving, learning about, and eating healthy local foods at school.

The Farm to School Canada Grant program been made possible thanks to generous
contributions from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Whole Kids Foundation,
based in Austin Texas. To date the Whole Kids Foundation remains the single largest
contributor to this grant program. At $1.03 Million, the Farm to School Canada Grant
program represents the largest single investment by the Foundation in activity to get
healthy, local, sustainable food on the plates and minds of Canadian students.
“There is a food revolution afoot in Canadian schools. Parents, teachers, students, and
food service workers are clamouring for a fresh local crunch in school lunch and local
farmers and fishers are eager to deliver. We are excited about the opportunity to
continue to seed, feed, and watch this movement grow!” says Joanne Bays, National
Manager Farm to Cafeteria Canada

We invite those interested in applying to become familiar with the grant guidelines, and
to follow the recommended steps below to prepare for the application process, and to
watch the Farm to Cafeteria Canada website for the release of the grant application in
January 2018.

About Farm to School
Farm to School brings healthy, local food into schools, providing students with hands on
learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food
system and enhancing school and community connectedness. Farm to School
empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while
contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of
people, place and planet.
Please read the Farm to School Fact Sheet for details

A Growing Movement
Farm to Cafeteria Canada is proud to champion Canada’s National Farm to School
movement. Today more than 11,000 schools and campuses across Canada have
identified that they are providing more than 750,000 students with an opportunity to
experience Farm to School through school gardens, cooking programs, salad bars and
other activities. These schools and campuses estimate they spend nearly $16 million
annually on local foods.
Please view Canada’s Farm to School map, and register your school.

Amount Available
Farm to Cafeteria Canada will provide a one-time grant to successful applicants from
school communities within 4 provinces - British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec,
Newfoundland and Labrador. It is anticipated that up 25 grants of up to $10,000 each will
be awarded during this grant cycle.

Key dates 
January 1, 2018 Grant application package is released.
March 31, 2018 Proposals are due.
April 30, 2018 Grant recipients are notified.
Spring or fall, 2018 Grant recipient orientation and training session is held.
June 30, 2020 All program deliverables are completed.

What will be considered?
We seek proposals that will support the establishment or enhancement of activities to
bring more of the local harvest into schools where it is featured in a school salad bar
meal service. We want to see more students and school communities engaged in
growing, purchasing, harvesting, cooking, serving, learning about, and eating healthy
local foods at school.
Please see grant guidelines for additional program criteria.
Please note these are tentative dates and subject to change without notice.

Who may apply?
Funding is available for rural and urban, elementary, middle or secondary schools in BC,
ON, QC and NL. We encourage indigenous, private and public schools to apply.
The Lead Applicant must be the school Principal, Vice Principal or someone with
equivalent decision making authority at the school. The principal’s role must be defined
in the proposal and that role must be integral to the success of the program.
One Co-Applicant must be a community based partner who can provide additional
expert technical support to the school community to help them realize their program
vision and goals AND to ensure the proposed program is tied to and supports the
sustainability of the local food system.

Six Steps to Prepare For the Application
1) Find out more about Farm to School Canada Grants:
✓ Visit the Farm to Cafeteria Canada website – become a member to receive
newsletters and timely announcements.
✓ Visit the Farm to School Canada Grants Page regularly.
✓ Download and become familiar with the Farm to School Canada Grant
✓ Download and become familiar with ALL resources on the Farm to School
Canada Grants Page as they become available.
✓ Participate in or listen to webinars posted on the grant guidelines page designed
to support your application process.
2) Organize a visioning meeting of potential farm to school team members
before the New Year:
✓ Check out the list of recommended team members in the grant guidelines
3) Articulate the vision and goals of your Farm to School program
4) Determine who wants to be a part of the core committee
5) Begin to draft a project plan:
✓ Please attend to the criteria outlined in the grant guidelines
6) Keep an eye on the Farm to Cafeteria Canada Website for the release of the
official application package.

Please email the Project Manager of the Canadian Farm to School Grant Program at

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


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