Being Gift

The Kindness Project (“TKP”) has been funded with an allocation of $10,000 from the Joan Spencer Endowment that will provide grants to Cappers to assist them in building upon the vision and initiative already evident at a grassroots level within our actively-engaged and missionally-minded community. TKP Grants are meant to be a tool and a resource for Cappers to live out “Passion for Christ | Compassion for Neighbour” as they pursue issues of social justice, earth-care, community building and generally living out our purpose of seeking shalom in every sphere of life.

OBJECTIVES

Stimulate Focused Missional Action

To stimulate Cappers to think and act for the good of our North Shore communities through collective missional action. TKP Grants are meant to harness the unique values, aptitudes and missional focal points of CapChurch.

Recognize and Impact Our Unique North Shore Context

To understand and engage our North Shore neighbours in their own unique context. In other words, to offer our service, our hospitality and our love in a way that is relevant and practical to our neighbours. Grants are therefore a tool to help us link the real needs of our North Shore neighbours with the unique calling and vision of Cappers.

Community Flourishing

To be an active part of the flourishing of neighbourhoods and community relationships on the North Shore.

POSSIBLE USES FOR GRANTS

Subject to the Criteria set out below, there is intended to be flexibility in how TKP Grants might be used. Below are some examples.

Flourishing Spaces

Projects or activities with the primary focus on caring for creation, renewing or revitalizing neighbourhood public and green spaces, improving safety, etc. Examples of projects might include:

a. Neighbourhood clean-up / enhancement projects
b. Community gardens
c. Graffiti diversion/ river clean up
d. Community art

Community Building

Projects or activities that build stronger relationships between neighbours. Examples of projects might include:

a. Youth engagement events / workshops
b. Neighbourhood traffic calming project
c. Special Events: Community square dance / potluck, holiday celebrations.

Generous Space

Think about space on the North Shore. How can we move from conflict and sometimes displacement towards a more generous use of space? Examples of projects might include:
a. Develop a database for available short term transitional housing.
b. How can corporations, churches, and families be encouraged to be generous
with their space for the purposes of the community.
c. Shared gardens / community spaces

Community Connection

Projects or activities that seek to bring excluded members of the North Shore into the mainstream of community life. Examples of projects might include:
a. Language workshops
b. Training / capacity building for new immigrants
c. Programs for people with disabilities. Encouraging / increasing access.
d. Multi-cultural exchange fair

Love North Shore

The emphasis is to focus on the least, last and lost in our community. Examples of projects might include:
a. Offer a free sports camp for underprivileged kids.
b. Senior’s care projects
c. Homeless prevention / outreach

APPLICATION PROCESS

TKP Grants of up to $2,500 can be applied for by completing the attached Application Form and submitting it to the Grants Review Team (c/o Ian Wright – ian@capchurch.ca). Upon completion of the project or activity, project leaders are asked to submit a report including project outcomes, an explanation of how the money was spent and receipts for all project expenses.

CRITERIA

Projects must support the values of CapChurch and its purpose statement.

Connected to CapChurch

The project leader(s) must belong to CapChurch

Not for Profit

Applicants may not profit financially from the project.

Partnership in Initiatives | Registered Organizations Cannot Apply

Registered organizations cannot apply directly; however, Cappers can apply in partnership
with a registered organization in which the project is a new initiative and the applying Capper is directly involved. TKP Grants are not intended to fund ongoing operating expenses of existing organizations or projects.

Accessibility + No Fees

The project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. Applicants may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations.

Project Start Upon Grant Approval

The project must begin after the grant decision is made; projects are not supported retroactively.

APPLICATION FORM + IDEAS

GENERAL IDEAS FOR COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECTS

1. Flourishing Spaces
Projects or activities with the primary focus on caring for creation, renewing or revitalizing neighbourhood public and green spaces, improving safety, etc.
Examples of projects include:
– Neighbourhood clean up / enhancement projects
– Community gardens
– Graffiti diversion/ river clean up
– Community art
– work with Creation Cares team – possible partnership with “Edible gardens”/ others?
2. Community Building
Projects or activities that build stronger relationships between neighbours.
Examples of projects include:
– Youth engagement events / workshops (Andrew, Coxfords, John?)
– Neighbourhood traffic calming project
– Special Events: Community square dance / potluck, holiday celebrations
– Meal Sponsor/Serve – United Church DTES
3. Generous Space
Think about space on the North Shore. How can we move from conflict and sometimes displacement towards a more generous use of space? This could have to do with housing but also increased access to nature, shared greenspaces – public or private.
– How can corporations, Churches, families be encouraged to be generous with their space for the purposes of the community.
– Shared gardens / community spaces
– Develop a database for available short-term transitional housing (connected to Harvest – Donna B)
4. Community Connection (Combatting loneliness / exclusion)
Projects or activities that seek to bring excluded members of the North Shore into the mainstream of community life.
– Language workshops
– Training / capacity building for new immigrants
– Programs for people with disabilities. Encouraging / increasing access.
– Multi-cultural exchange fair
– Employment link for Emergency Needs Clients / partnership with Launchpad?? Cap Harvest Team
5. Love North Shore
The emphasis is to focus on the least, last and lost in our community.
– offer a free sports camp for underprivileged kids (partner with Kidssport).
– Senior’s care projects
– Homeless outreaches
– Outreach planned by youth

BLOCK PARTIES

You may be eligible for financial help from the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Program. Learn more at: neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca
2. To host a block party on the street, you will need permission to close it.
3. If you plan to close your street, ensure you have the approval of your neighbours.
4. Apply for the permit online using the permit application. The cost is $26.25 but the fee is waived if your block has an active Block Watch program.
5. Get general liability insurance through the City of North Vancouver’s events staff. The cost is $42 per event.
6. Barricades will be dropped off to you by the Engineering Operations Department and will be collected the next working day.
Contact:
North Vancouver City Hall
141 West 14th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1H9
Reception: 604-985-7761
Fax: 604-985-9417
Email: info@cnv.org
Web: www.cnv.org
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

OTHER DISTRICTS MAY HAVE THE SAME GRANTS

SPONSOR A MEAL

First United is a place of welcome for people who experience homelessness, poverty, and mental health and addictions issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. First United’s programs include: legal advocacy; emergency shelter, and social housing; meals; the Community Help Desk (health and hygiene supplies, community referrals, taxes, foot-care, and phone and mail); and spirit programs.
Meal Sponsorship
First United provides three meals per day, every day, for its 60 shelter residents. In addition, First United offers breakfast and lunch, Monday – Friday, for up to 200 community members.
The meal program at First United allows groups to serve the community in a meaningful way making a real difference and generating opportunities for increased health and stability for local community members on the Downtown Eastside.
What’s involved? The task involves set of the hall for up to 200 people, meal preparation, serving and clean up. First United also does a debrief afterwards.
People needed 4 to 6 people
Cost $400 for Breakfast; $600 for Lunch
Time commitment Approx. 4 to 5 hours
For More Information
For more information, contact First United at meals@firstunited.ca.

*Partner with Other Organizations in the Oppenheimer | Downtown Eastside area

*Partner with the Harvest Project and create a way to build relationship around the table and meal

COLLECT GOODS FOR THE HOMELESS

For every student that brings in one or more items on your list, they get a donut!
What you need to do:
1. Find a charitable organization that needs these kind of items (below is an example).
2. Talk to your school, ask for permission and for their help in promoting the event.
What The Kindness Project can do:
1. We’ll pay for the donuts!
An Example – First United
First United is a place of welcome for people who experience homelessness, poverty, and mental health and addictions issues in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. First United’s programs include: legal advocacy; emergency shelter, and social housing; meals; the Community Help Desk (health and hygiene supplies, community referrals, taxes, foot-care, and phone and mail); and spirit programs.
The needs change on a regular basis; however, the First United Community Help Desk is currently seeking the following items:
• Tampons
• Men’s and women’s underwear
• Shampoo
• Bar soap
• Razors
• Towels
• Denture cream
• Deodorant
• Sunscreen
• Combs
• Reading glasses
• Sewing kits
• Bandaids
• Rain ponchos
• Polysporin
These donations can be delivered to the Community Help Desk 320 East Hastings between 9:00 and 3:30 Monday – Friday. The parkade will not be available for donation drop off unless by appointment. For more info, please contact 604-681-8365 ext. 129.

BACKYARD BEE KEEPING

Search online and partner and learn from local bee keeping experts.

Neighbourhood Placekeeping

Consider creating something in your neighbourhood that create commuity and gathering and relationship building. Free Library. A sitting bench along a hiking patch or a shared community garden.

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