The Consumer Initiative Fund (CIF) provides funding for projects that allow the community to connect with peers in a safe and welcoming environment.
CIF projects are proposed, developed and led by people with lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges (peers).
These projects allow peers to take the expertise they have acquired through lived experience, identify activities that could benefit their community, and then bring their vision into reality.
Call for Project Proposals is now Open!
Have an idea for a community project for Fall 2023?
Submit a written proposal for an opportunity to receive funding!
Deadline: September 30, 2023
How Can I Benefit?
CIF projects offer a valuable service to the community, and the public can take part in project activities for free. Participation in this initiative fosters inclusion and community integration while decreasing isolation. Participants can also take inspiration from seeing peers in action.
For project leaders and assistants, CIF projects provide an opportunity for personal growth. It can involve learning how to do new things such as booking venues, monitoring an ongoing budget, registering participants, and navigating obstacles that may arise along the way.
Taking part in project activities can support recovery, whether it is developing an artistic skill, gaining inspiration from peers, or building confidence through group discussions. For project leaders, skills like problem-solving, managing finances, interpersonal communication, and leadership can really stay with an individual long after a project has ended. Participants and project leaders alike can apply these skills to other work or life opportunities in the future.
What does a CIF Project Look Like?
Some past projects include:
Ted Talks Discussion Group
Heroes from Home
Exploring Spirituality Workbook
These writers have a lot to offer and are hungry for further training and support. It’s a pleasure to work with them and see how quickly they integrate strategies for improving their skills. From my point of view, funding this support and training is well deserved, offers precious companionship, and promises to enrich our literary community.2023 Writing Workshop Facilitator
CIF Forms for Project Leaders
|Fees for Service Request||An invoice to bill for hours worked – Project Leaders & Assistants submit monthly||Download|
|Time Sheet||A record of hours worked – Project Leaders & Assistants submit monthly||Download|
|Receipt Summary||An invoice to reimburse for expenses – Project Leader submits monthly with receipts||Download|
|Attendance||Project Leader submits monthly||Download|
|Participant Feedback Form||Provide to participants to complete at their last session. Forms can be collected by project leader or sent directly to CIF Coordinator||Download|