Thursday’s Three

 Funders galore!Hi Funds Fans.  I have a selection of three funders which may be of interest to you.

The Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation provides grants to Canadian registered charitable organizations in Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands that have the following attributes: Grassroots; Community based; Large volunteer core; Focused on the community needs.  Their mission statement is fairly simple – they have a basic criteria for gifting.  Organization that apply can have a national affiliate but the grant has to be guaranteed to stay locally.   Deadline to apply : The board meets twice a year, in late spring and early fall.

The Aboriginal Youth Internship Program is a 12-month paid internship for Aboriginal youth residing in B.C., age 29 and under. Interns are placed in provincial government ministries for nine months and then in Aboriginal organizations for the last three months of their internship. Interns are supported by the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program staff (program lead, program coordinator, and program administrator), and supervisors and mentors in government ministries and Aboriginal organizations.  The program mirrors the school year and runs annually from September to the following August and provides professional experience, leadership development as well as cultural support.  Deadline for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal Organizations: Friday, February 22, 2013.

Each year, the Northern Development Initiative Trust provides $7,500 in rebate funding to approved municipalities, regional districts, incorporated improvement districts, and First Nations bands to support employment of a locally-based grant writer that is directly supervised by local or band government administration to prepare funding applications to agencies, foundations, and government programs.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2013.

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