Community Living BC (CLBC) is pleased to announce the launch of a one-time Community Inclusion Innovation Fund for anyone in B.C. currently engaged in work that advances inclusion. People are invited to apply for grants of $5,000 up to $100,000 between December 7, 2021 and January 10, 2022.
What is the goal of fund?
CLBC is looking to provide funding to support creative initiatives that challenge all of us to do things more effectively, build on lessons learned during COVID-19, innovate service delivery, support the rollout of CLBC’s new L.I.F.E.-based service, and advance work from the Re-Imagining Community Inclusion Committee.
This Fund provides an opportunity for groups, service providers, organizations, and individuals to submit proposals for grant funding to test new approaches to achieve inclusion, and/or those that show promise for being sustainable, and/or to help newly established service delivery models scale up to their full potential.
Who can apply?
People who build inclusion come from all different backgrounds, experiences, and professions. What they have in common is a desire to make their community a better place and one that welcomes everyone. The opportunity to apply for an Innovation Fund grant is open to:
self advocate and family groups and associations
community living service providers
community agencies currently active in the community living sector, and
community organizations currently working outside the community living sector that deliver programming they believe is meaningful and transferrable to people served through CLBC funded supports
When will decisions be made?
Grants will be awarded to successful applicants in February 2022 and project work will take place through March 2024. Grant recipients will be required to provide a final report to CLBC to share their learnings by April 2024, or within 60 days of the project’s completion. More information along with the grant application form can be found on our website here.
We are pleased CLBC can take this step to acknowledge and support the work of so many people during this challenging time of opportunity. We thank you for considering applying to the Fund, and we look forward to receiving applications and to supporting ideas and initiatives that reflect learnings during COVID-19 and help bring us closer to full inclusion of people with diverse abilities in our communities.
Vice President, Regional Operations
Community Living BC
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Community Living BC