CIF Education & Leisure Fund – Winter

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We are now taking applications for the Education and Leisure Fund.

Criteria – Please read carefully.

  • Must be a consumer of mental health services in Vancouver.
  • Must be a resident of Vancouver.
  • Monies paid to educational institute Reimbursements are not issued.
  • Applicants can only receive funding every two (2) years.
  • Applicants can register for courses up to or exceeding $400.00, however, applicants are responsible for all costs exceeding $400.00.
  • Applicants must include a brief letter of intent indicating their interest in taking and completing the course/activity. Case Managers are welcome to assist with this process and provide a letter of support.
  • Applicant must have own phone number and be able to return a message within 48 hours.
  • Registration for courses must be completed by fiscal year end (March 31, 2015).
  • Completed applications are randomly Successful applicants may be asked to complete a short survey regarding the bursary process.

Course Registration is the applicants’s responsibility.

Draws for Winter 2014 disbursement will take place Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Deadline for applications is Monday, October 27, 2014.

Application forms are available at all VCH mental health and addictions teams, units and agencies, and VCH central office, #200-520 W.6th Ave., at reception, and on-line at

Click here for Application Form

This project provides funding of up to $400.00 to mental health consumers for education and leisure courses or activities. Recipients can take more than one course/activity if the cost is less than $400.00 and must be willing to pay the difference if the cost exceeds $400.00.

Individuals are eligible to receive funding once every two years.

Applicants must be a resident of Vancouver and be receiving mental health services in Vancouver.

The Education and Leisure Fund is open two times a year. Applications are randomly selected in a draw done at the Consumer Initiative Fund offices.

Applications will be made available here on September 22, 2014 for the next draw to be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Personal development, life style enhancement, vocational training, education and well-being are key components of recovery. The goal of this fund is to provide opportunities for individuals to take courses they would not otherwise be able to access and to build capacity. Some of the courses we funded this Fall were yoga classes, driving lessons, art classes, rock climbing lessons and cooking classes.

For more information please contact:
Jacquie Goodman, Program Assistant,
Consumer Initiative Fund
604-714-3771 Local 2202

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