Resilience BC Community Conveners

Under the Resilience BC program, this one-time grant is offered to registered non-profit and other eligible organizations.

Last updated: February 22, 2021

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How the initiative works

The Ministry of Attorney General is seeking to establish 3 new “Community Conveners” to join the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network and support general coordination on racism and hate on behalf of specific cultural, racialized, faith, or marginalized communities.

The Resilience BC Community Conveners Pilot Project will advance dialogue and support initiatives that address critical issues that have been highlighted in 2020, especially anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian and anti-Black racism, and hate focused on faith communities.

The Community Conveners will work within the structure of the Resilience BC Program, enabling them to engage specific communities while also working in coordination with the Ministry and the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network’s Hub and Spokes.

The purpose of this Call for Applications (CFA) is to engage with service providers to provide these services in BC in response to emerging trends in the province.


Initiative Funding

A total of $200,000 is available.

A one-time grant payment will be made to fund a total of three (3) Community Conveners as follows:   

  • Black Communities Convener - $100,000
  • Asian Communities Convener - $50,000
  • Interfaith Communities Convener - $50,000

Funding allocations include all expenses for costs associated with coordination, convening, and project implementation.

Note: Funding to support coordination between the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network and Indigenous communities is being allocated through a separate process.  


Determine your eligibility

All successful applicants will have significant ties to the community(ies) they seek to represent. (ie. Black Communities Convener will be from the Black community. Asian Communities Convener will be from the Asian community, etc.)

Any legal entities are eligible to apply including:

  • Registered non-profits, incorporated, and in good standing under the Societies Act [SBC2015], or a British Columbia-based, federally registered charity, also in good standing
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) governments, tribal councils, band councils, or organizations
  • Provincial public institutions such as boards of education, schools, colleges and universities, libraries, chambers of commerce, hospitals and other health-care institutions
  • Municipal and regional district governments
  • Private sector organizations

Eligible organizations must have a British Columbia address.


How to use the grant

Community Conveners will have a provincial scope representing a cultural/racialized/faith community(ies) across all regions of the province to the best of their ability. The Convener should demonstrate their partnerships within the communities and across different regions of the province.

A total of three (3) new Community Conveners will each convene one of three uniquely diverse and complex community groups:

  • Black Communities
  • Asian Communities
  • Interfaith Communities

The Convener may choose to define “community” as broadly as it seems appropriate to them in their application.

The project term is for one (1) year from funding award date.

Without limiting the activities, the following summarizes the activities of successful Community Conveners.

  • Coordinate at least one meeting among stakeholders from the specific communities being represented, the Ministry and the Resilience BC Hub and Spoke Anti-Racism Network:
    • To review progress made in addressing racism and hate since the Ministry’s 2019 consultations on racism; and
    • To confirm current or new priorities for the communities, government and the Resilience BC Hub and Spokes to undertake.
    • If desired, coordinate additional meetings among stakeholders being represented by the Community Convener, with or without the Ministry or the Hub’s participation.
  • Collaborate on a community-driven project with partners within the represented communities that addresses issues of systemic racism.
    • For example, but not limited to: Community-based research, building community capacity, educational resources, policy recommendations, or other activities that align strongly with the Ministry’s ongoing activities and mandate. These activities may be further amplified within the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network.
  • Engage in other anti-racism initiatives implemented by the Ministry such as:
    • Providing feedback on behalf of the communities being represented to the Resilience BC Hub (or its delegated project contractor) on culturally safe incident reporting practices and navigation priorities.
    • Providing feedback on behalf of the communities being represented to the Ministry (or its delegated project contractor) on the development of a new training module for frontline workers and first responders aimed at improving their ability to support victims of racism and hate.
    • Providing feedback on behalf of the communities being represented to the Cross-Ministry, anti-racism and anti-hate working group on more effective ways to address and respond to systemic racism across government.

All activities must comply with directions of the Provincial Health Officer.


Application Requirements

There are two stages in the application process.

STAGE 1:  Submit a written, online application

Complete a brief application. Download the form in the “Submit your application” section below.  

All completed applications  must be submitted via email to multiculturalism@gov.bc.ca by 2 pm (PST) on Monday, February 22, 2021. Late submissions may not be considered for evaluation.

STAGE 2:  Subject to the number of applications received, participate in an oral interview with the Ministry

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to an interview with staff at the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Branch.

This will be in a verbal, online video format which will provide more time for applicants to share details of their project idea. Applicants are not required to develop any visual aides for this presentation.

If arranged, interviews would be scheduled between March 1 and March 5, 2021 at a time suitable for all parties.

Only the top two (2) scoring applicants per category may be invited to the second stage.

All applicants will be notified of the result of their application regardless of the outcome.


Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of proposals will be by a committee formed by the Province and may include employees and contractors of the Province and other appropriate participants. The Province’s intent is to award grants to those who have the highest overall rankings. Proposals will be assessed in accordance with the requirements of this Call for Applications and weighted criteria as set out in this section.

Evaluation Criteria

Stage 1

Stage 2 – if applicable

Proposed Activities

70

70

Organizational Capacity

30

30

TOTAL

100

100


Important Dates

Application period opens:  Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Information Session:  Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1 pm (PST) 

Deadline for submitting questions:  Thursday, February 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2021, 2 pm (PST) 

Scheduled Presentations for shortlisted applicants: Monday, March 1 to March 5, 2021


Questions and contact information

Requests for information, clarification or questions should be directed in writing to the Resilience BC team at multiculturalism@gov.bc.ca.

Applicants may also schedule a call with Ministry staff to discuss their questions or application prior to submission. Written applications will not be reviewed before submission.

Information obtained from any other source is not official and should not be relied upon. A copy of all inquiries and any responses providing new information will be recorded and linked on this webpage.

All questions must be submitted no later than Thursday, February 18, 2021. Questions received after this time may not be answered before the closing date.


Information Session

An information session will be held for this grant application.

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1 pm (PST) 

Registration: via Eventbrite

Location: Online using Zoom. Instructions for joining the information session will be distributed to registered participants by 10 am, the day of the information session.

Attendance is optional. The information session will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Written questions may be submitted in advance to multiculturalism@gov.bc.ca. Summary minutes of the meeting will be linked on this site.

If you do not wish to register via Eventbrite, please email multiculturalism@gov.bc.ca to register. 


Submit your application

Applications are now closed.