Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, is pleased to have awarded 29 Community Counselling Grants to organizations across British Columbia.
This funding opportunity focuses on community counselling for adults in relation to mental health and substance use, with the goal of reaching underserved or hard to reach populations that do not have access to counselling opportunities. Priority was given to proposals that demonstrated the ability to reach these populations through the application of an equity lens. Health equity, inclusive of mental health, exists when all people can reach their full health potential and are not disadvantaged from attaining it because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, social class, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or other socially determined circumstance. Non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organizations or First Nations, Metis or Urban Aboriginal organizations in British Columbia were invited to apply for up to $120,000 in annual funding, distributed over 3 years.
Community Counselling Grants Baseline Survey Summary Infographic
In July 2020, Reichert and Associates worked with the Community Counselling Fund portfolio to administer a survey to grantee organizations to develop a baseline for the next two years of the fund’s evaluation. 27 of 29 grantee organizations responded to the survey.
The infographic shares the collective findings on the facilitators and barriers to delivering community counselling programs, how community counselling programs contribute to and work within a broader system of care, the impacts of COVID-19 on community counselling programs and related responses to the pandemic.
Adrienne Yeung, Community Grants Manager
Kaitlin Atkinson, Manager of Policy and Evaluation