About the Program

The Seed Grant program offers funding to community organizations to create and spread compassionate communities across BC.

Since 2016, the Centre has given grants through four funding cycles and has resulted in:

  • 100 compassionate communities initiatives supported
  • 50% of initiatives are in rural & remote and first nation communities
  • $375,000 invested ($3750 per project on average)
  • Tens of thousands of British Columbians impacted
  • 350 new partnerships developed in local communities
  • 300 tools/materials developed by communities in support of the initiatives

In addition to funding, the program offers training and coaching opportunities as well as access to implementation and evaluation tools, and resources for eligible organizations.

Click on the cycle buttons below for the list of compassionate communities initiatives supported through the Seed Grants Program to date.

Funding Cycles

In Cycle 5, the BCCPC will award $60,000 in grants to up to 12 BC community-based non-profit organizations to continue to spread compassionate communities in BC.

Applications are open now. For more information, go to Seed Grants Cycle 5.

In Cycle 4, the BCCPC has awarded $60,000 to 21 non-profit organizations, including 15 hospice societies and six community organizations. This funding cycle focused on assisting BC community-based non-profit organizations to initiate, adapt, or continue to deliver critical community-based supports for isolated or frail older adults and those living with or dying from serious illnesses, and for their families, who have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic.

To qualify for seed grant funds, applicants were asked to address at least one of the following priorities:
• Provide practical, psycho-social and/or spiritual support services to the target population, including supports for grief and bereavement;
• Enhance public awareness of and engagement in advance care planning

Fraser Health Region
Chilliwack Hospice Society
Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society
New West Hospice Society
Surrey Hospice Society

Interior Health Region
100 Mile House and District Palliative Care Society
Cranbrook Kimberly Hospice Society
Desert Valley Hospice Society
Hospice of the Columbia Valley
The Kalein Hospice Centre Society
Kamloops Hospice Association
Merritt & District Hospice Society
New Denver Hospice Society
North Okanagan Hospice Society
Xwisten – Bridge River Indian Band

Island Health Region
Campbell River Hospice Society
Cortes Community Health Association
Nanaimo Community Hospice Society
Oceanside Hospice Society
Port Alberni Friendship Centre

Vancouver Coastal/ Providence Health Regions
Gaia Community Care and Wellness Society
L’Chaim Adult Day Care Centre

Cycle 3 seed grants
In Cycle 3, the BC Centre for Palliative Care gave $119,858 to 25 hospice societies and other non-profit organizations from across BC to improve access to compassionate palliative care closer to home and empower people to have a voice in their own care through advance care planning.

Full list of Seed Grant Recipients and Projects in Cycle 3:

Grant Recipient Project
ACTS Seminaries of TWU End of Life Conversation Game
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
dba Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

BC Bereavement Helpline Anticipatory Grief Circles of Support Facilitator Training
Beacon Community Services Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning at SHOAL Centre for Seniors
Boundary Community Hospice Association Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

Callanish Society Strengthening our Circles of Support: How to become more culturally-responsive
Camp Kerry Society Beyond One Voice: building compassionate community through dialogue and song
Campbell River Hospice Society Embracing Caregiving, Grief and Loss through Companioning
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House Creating Compassionate Care in our Community
Comox Valley Hospice Society Facing a New Reality: education and support needs of bereaved families after Bill C-14
Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society Facilitating Advance Care Planning Discussions in Neighbourhood Settings
Desert Valley Hospice Society (two) Hearts and Hands – Compassion Training for Caregivers
Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley HSCV Advance Care Planning Information Program 2017-2018
Huntington Society of Canada Huntington Disease Palliative Care Education
Merritt & District Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Sessions
New Denver Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Sessions
New West Hospice Society Compassionate Communities: Training Compassionate Citizens for the Good Neighbour Partnership
Pacific Rim Hospice Society West Coast Compassionate Care
Powell River Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

Salmo & District Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

Salt Spring Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

Shuswap Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

Sunshine Coast Hospice Society Children & Youth Grief Support
Surrey Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning sessions for the South Asian community
Terrace Hospice Society Peer-facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Sessions &

End of Life Conversation Game

You can find a full list of grant recipients, projects and project descriptions for Cycles 1 & 2 here.

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