CIF Unexpected Circumstance Grants


Approaching the light - CIF Unexpected Circumstance Grants page photo!The Unexpected Circumstance Grant is intended to assist mental health consumers who are experiencing significant financial strain due to unexpected circumstances.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an Unexpected Circumstance Grant, an individual must be:

  • referred by a current health care worker who knows them well (‘health care worker’ is anyone who provides mental health-related services in a professional capacity.)
  • a mental health consumer
  • 19 years or older
  • a City of Vancouver resident
  • unable to cover essential costs due to an unexpected circumstance (i.e., a situation that is unforeseen and/or out of the ordinary)

There are a total of 12 grants available per month.

Individuals are only eligible to receive an Unexpected Circumstance Grant (up to $75) once every 2 years.

The Unexpected Circumstance Grant is reserved to provide financial assistance when no other funding sources are available.

CIF Definition of “Unexpected Circumstance”

 What is an “Unexpected Circumstance”?

AN UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCE refers to a situation that is unforeseen and/or out of the ordinary for an individual and results in:

  1. an unexpected loss (e.g., loss of ongoing job or volunteer honorarium; temporary loss of ability to work due to medical reasons; etc.)

and/or

  1. a necessary but unexpected expense  (e.g., costs related to a death in the family; bed bug eradication; etc.)

An unexpected circumstance does not include:

  • chronic mismanagement of funds and/or lack of financial planning (e.g., 5 weeks between PWD cheque issue dates)
  • situations of overspending on nonessential items/activities

 

Referral Process

 To refer a client, health care workers must complete the following application form and fax to:  604-874-7661.

The form may either be:

1) completed electronically, printed out, and then faxed or

2) printed out, completed by hand, and then faxed

Forms completed electronically cannot be saved they must be printed.

Application Form

 

There are two grant deadlines each month.

Grant Deadlines

12 noon First and Third Wednesday of the month.

Six grants will be issued by noon on the Wednesday following each deadline.

Selection Process

There are two random draws for each deadline:

  1. Main draw – five recipients will be randomly selected from the total pool of eligible applicants.
  2. Second draw – one recipient will be randomly selected from all applicants who have been referred three or more times and were not chosen in the main draw.

If no applicants have been referred three or more times, we will revert to a single draw, randomly selecting six recipients from the total pool of eligible referrals.

 

Notification

Referring health care workers will be notified of the outcome by noon the Wednesday following each grant deadline.

If a grant is awarded, referrers will be notified by phone. The health care worker is then responsible for letting the client know when & where the funds are to be picked up.

Grant Pickup

Grants must be picked up between 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) at:

Vancouver Coastal Health
520 West 6th Avenue (just west of Cambie)
Suite 200 (2nd floor front desk)

The person specified to pick up the grant should give reception staff their name and tell them they are picking up an Unexpected Circumstance Grant. Staff will ask to see ID.

For applications that are not approved, referrers will be notified by email of the outcome. If the CIF criteria were met and referrers would like to reapply, a new application form must be completed and submitted for a future grant deadline.

Questions?  Please contact Harreson Sito (Project Manager) by phone: 604-714-3771, ext 2239  or email: harreson.sito@vch.ca.
Harreson works Tuesday to Thursday and will return calls and emails during this time.

 

Reasons for Change from Crisis Fund

  •  the name was changed as the grant was never intended to be an instant fix for a crisis, however the criteria has not changed
  • all of the grants were typically issued in the first few days of the month, leaving us to turn away individuals for the rest of the month – so we now have two deadlines and the total grants are split between the two deadlines
  • the new system is meant to streamline efforts and make the process more efficient for both referrers and the project manager
  • to reflect the number of hours the project manager was being paid for

 

Detailed Deadline Dates

To be updated soon.

For More Information

Questions?  Please contact Harreson Sito (Project Manager) by phone: 604-714-3771, ext 2239  or email:  harreson.sito@vch.ca.
Harreson works Tuesday to Thursday and will return calls and emails during this time.

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