Call for Applications

HSABC 2022 Conference Small Grants Project for Peer Led Projects and Initiatives

Designed by a peer advisory group, HSABC is launching a small grants project to support visibility, collaboration, and highlight the impacts of People with Lived and/or Living Experience (PWLLE) in the homelessness serving sector.  Selected peer-led projects or initiatives will receive $1000 to produce a narrative exploring the impact of their work. The recipients of this grant will be invited to feature their work at the virtual tradeshow on September 22, 1:30 - 2:50 PM. This opportunity will offer peer led programs and initiatives a chance to share the impact of their work and build new connections with the homelessness serving sector.

1. About HSABC

Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) is an umbrella organization of shelters, drop-in centres, homeless outreach teams and other service providers addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness with the goal to ending homelessness.

Each year, HSABC’s provincial conference brings together over 200 homelessness service providers to engage in professional development and work collaboratively to develop promising practices. HSABC is committed to amplifying diverse perspectives from within the sector. This year’s conference program is centered around people with lived expertise and supporting frontline workers and will feature keynote speakers, workshops, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. HSABC 2022 Annual Conference is virtual which provides an opportunity to expand the reach and impact of the conference program

2. Grant Project

HSABC is inviting peers, or peer-led organizations/groups providing services or support in BC through any initiatives including but not limited to housing, substance use, outreach, peer support, education, cultural supports, healthcare, and compassion clubs.  Selected peer projects and initiatives will receive $1000 to produce a narrative exploring the impact of their work. This could take many forms, including but not limited to video/film, postering, oral narratives, music, photos, dance, visual arts, audio segments, or reports. If needed, HSABC can provide additional support to all grant recipients through peer consultation opportunities and training around the virtual tradeshow platform.

3. Application

To apply for this grant opportunity please send an e-mail to zharkyn.baiazova@hsa-bc.ca by 6.00 PM on July 29, 2022, with the following information:

  1. A brief overview of who you are, and what you or your group/organization does in the community.
  2. Tentative ideas around how you would like to highlight the impact of your work

The selection of grant recipients will be based on regional representation, program diversity and demographics.

4. Project Timeline:

Call for Applications – June 28-July 29

Reviewing Applicants & Selecting Grant Recipients - July 11-29

Deadline for the Grant Project Submissions - August 26

Virtual tradeshow featuring grant recipients - September 22, 1:30 - 2:50 PM.