BC Centre for Palliative Care funds projects to support BC communities in the time of COVID-19

September 2020

New Westminster In response to the interruption of services and other challenges experienced by community programs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BCCPC) has released its fourth cycle of grant funding through their Seed Grant Program.  

The aim of the Seed Grant Program is to assist 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.    

The BC Centre for Palliative Care has awarded $60,000 to 21 non-profit organizations including 15 hospice societies and 6 community organizations.  

COVID-19 has put unique pressures on non-profit organizations that provide vital support in their communities. That’s why we have focused this round of our Seed Grants Program to address this need, said Dr. Eman Hassan, Executive DirectorBCCPC serves all of BC, so it’s especially gratifying that once again, fully half of the grants will go to organizations serving remote, rural and First Nations communities. 

This is the fourth funding cycle of the Centre’s Seed grants. In the three previous funding cycles, 49 non-profit organizations received funding and support for 68 projects. 


To qualify for seed grant funds, community organization projects were asked to address at least one of BCCPC’s 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 


List of Award Recipients 

Congratulations to our grant recipients that will each receive a grant of up to $3,000: 

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 Center 

Vancouver Coastal/ Providence Health Regions 

Gaia Community Care and Wellness Society  

L’Chaim Adult Day Care Centre 



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 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 to accelerate improvement in palliative care in British Columbia and is funded through the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability (IHSTS). 

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