The Crisis Grant is intended to assist consumers of mental health and substance use services who are experiencing significant financial strain due to unexpected circumstances. Each grant is in the amount of $85 and the funds are provided in the form of cash.
About the Crisis Grant
The Consumer Initiative Fund (CIF) provides funding to support individuals who are unable to cover essential costs due to an unexpected circumstance.
The Crisis Grant is reserved to provide financial assistance when no other funding sources are available.
12 grants of $85 are available each month. Health care workers must apply on behalf of their clients. Applications are selected by random draw twice per month.
What is an Unexpected Circumstance?
A situation that is:
out of the ordinary
And results in:
unexpected loss of income
sudden, essential, and unexpected expenses
Examples that Qualify
loss of a job
loss of a volunteer honorarium
inability to work due to health reasons
death in the family
Situations that do not Qualify
ongoing mismanagement of finances
expenses that were not impacted by unexpected events
costs related to non-essential items/activities
planned expenses that were anticipated in advance
The following 5 criteria must be met:
Adult (19 years or older) with lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
Resident of the City of Vancouver
Unable to cover essential costs due to an unexpected circumstance
Has not received a Crisis Grant bursary within the last 2 years
Referred by a health care worker (a professional worker who provides services related to mental health and/or substance use)
How to Apply
1pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of
Clients must be referred by a current health care worker who completes and submits the application form on behalf of their client