Education & Leisure Fund
This fund helps people make their lives better by giving them chances to grow personally, improve how they live, learn new job skills, get an education, and take part in activities to improve their well-being.
This fund aims to help people improve themselves and their lives by offering opportunities for personal growth, improving their lifestyle, gaining job skills, getting an education, and taking care of their well-being.
Enables individuals to access courses and resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Provides funding of up to $400 to mental health consumers for education and leisure courses or activities.
Application Deadline: September 15 2023
Draw will take place the week after the deadline
Examples of how the Education & Leisure Fund can be used:
- University, college, continuing education, prerequisites
- First Aid certification
- FoodSafe training
- Dog training
- Landscaping courses
- Language classes
- Computer skills training
- and more!
- Gym passes
- Exercise classes
- Yoga classes
- Dancing classes
- Swimming lessons
- Tennis lessons
- Pickle ball lessons
- Ice skating lessons
- and more!
- Music lessons
- Acting lessons
- Painting classes
- Sewing classes
- Pottery making classes
- Jewelry making classes
- Equine therapy
- Woodworking classes
- Metalworking classes
- and more!
My experience taking the acting class was great. It came at a very helpful time for me. I was able to challenge myself with something safe and scary…and I survived! It was something that I’d always wanted to explore but was always afraid to. I usually used the barrier of money to talk myself out of doing it. When that barrier was removed, I was able to confront the fear and test the waters. The acting class provided a forum where I gained confidence in art making, and in everyday speaking. I’m very thankful for the experience.2022 Education & Leisure Fund Recipient
I am really enjoying the pottery class. I love it so much I have enrolled in the fall class. I’m still a beginner but 30 classes later I should have a great piece of pottery lol! It totally engages all of my senses (except taste) and shuts down the racing thoughts. I’m so happy that I was drawn to get the money to pursue this, thank you so much.2023 Education & Leisure Fund Recipient
How to Apply
The following 3 criteria must be met:
- Adult with lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
- Resident of the City of Vancouver
- Must not have received this bursary within the last 3 years
Review our detailed Application Instructions
Fill out the Education & Leisure Fund Application Form and Letter of Intent
Submit your completed application form to the Consumer Initiative Fund office
Mail to or drop off at:
Consumer Initiative Fund Office
200-520 W 6th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
When to Apply
- The Education and Leisure Fund is open two times a year, usually in the Spring and Fall
- Deadlines to apply are posted at the top of this page
- All applications are reviewed
- Qualified applicants are randomly selected in a draw
- The draw takes place the week after the deadline
- All applicants are notified of the result by email or phone
Limitations: How the bursary cannot be used
- Cannot be used to purchase or rent supplies and equipment (textbooks, instruments, clothing, sports gear, ice skates, etc)
- Cannot be used for any subscription based programs (that require recurring payments)
If the course/program costs over $400
- If the cost is over $400, recipients must be willing to pay the difference
- A written explanation must be included in the Letter of Intent detailing how the costs exceeding $400 will be covered
- The Letter of Intent is on page 2 of the Application Form
If the course/program costs less than $400
- If the cost is less than $400, recipients can take more than one course/activity
- The total cost of all activities (including taxes) cannot exceed $400
- The bursary must be used within 6 months of the draw, otherwise the funding is forfeited
- Course registration is the applicant’s responsibility
- Funding is paid directly to the educational institute or leisure centre
- Payments can take up to 6 weeks to process
- Reimbursements are not issued
Questions? Please reach out to us!
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CIF Education & Leisure Fund
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