Seed Grant Cycle 3 funding


BC Centre for Palliative Care funds projects to improve the lives of British Columbians touched by serious illness, frailty and loss

September 26, 2017

New Westminster – The BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) is strengthening care for those with serious illness by supporting B.C.-based non-profit organizations that are working to improve the everyday experiences of people touched by serious illness, frailty or loss. The Centre is also supporting organizations that strive to empower people to have a voice in their own care through advance care planning.

Today, BCCPC announced the results of its third round of seed grant funding. The Centre is giving $119,858 to 25 hospice societies and other non-profit organizations to improve access to compassionate palliative care closer to home.

“We are excited that through this round of funding we are partnering with such a diverse group of community organizations to make local communities more compassionate and supportive for people who are living with a serious illness or near end of life, and helpful for their families through caregiving and bereavement,” said Dr. Eman Hassan, director for BCCPC’s compassionate communities initiative.

Since Spring 2016, BCCPC has provided $304,858 to support 67 projects delivered by 48 hospice societies and non-profit organizations across the province. More than half of these projects are based in rural or remote communities.

To qualify for up to $5,000 in seed grant funding, projects had to address at least one of BCCPC’s priorities:

  • enhance public awareness of and engagement in Advance Care Planning;
  • enhance public awareness and understanding of palliative care;
  • promote or create circles of support for people with serious illness, or who are at end of life, as well as their families.

The following organizations received seed grants in the third round of funding:

Fraser Health region

  • Camp Kerry Society
  • Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society
  • New West Hospice Society
  • Surrey Hospice Society

Island Health region

  • Beacon Community Services
  • Campbell River Hospice Society
  • Comox Valley Hospice Society
  • Pacific Rim Hospice Society
  • Salt Spring Hospice Society

Interior Health region

  • Boundary Community Hospice Association
  • Desert Valley Hospice Society (two)
  • Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley
  • Merritt & District Hospice Society
  • New Denver Hospice Society
  • Salmo & District Hospice Society
  • Shuswap Hospice Society

Northern Health region

  • Terrace Hospice Society

Vancouver Coastal Region

  • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
  • Callanish Society
  • Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House
  • Powell River Hospice Society
  • Sunshine Coast Hospice Society

Provincial organizations

  • ACTS Seminaries of TWU
  • BC Bereavement Helpline
  • Huntington Society of Canada

In addition to funding, BCCPC offers training and coaching, access to implementation and evaluation tools, and resources for eligible organizations. BCCPC offers a training workshop to support individuals affiliated with community organizations to facilitate public education sessions about advance care planning. The first workshops were held in May and October 2016, with another planned for October 2017.

The seed grants are funded by a grant from the B.C. Ministry of Health and presented in partnership with BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

About BCCPC 

The BC Centre for Palliative Care works to ensure all British Columbians living with serious illness and their families have equitable access to innovative, compassionate and quality care and resources — from the time of diagnosis through to death. The Centre was established in 2013 in support of the Ministry of Health’s Provincial End of Life Action Plan, and is funded through the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS).

About the BCHPCA

The BC Hospice Palliative Care Association was established in 1986 to promote responsive, quality hospice palliative care in British Columbia. The BCHPCA joins the BC CPC in this Seed Grant Program to support BC’s hospice societies to enhance the vital services they provide to British Columbians at end of life and to their loved ones. For more information about the BC HPCA, visit:

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