The Community Social Services Training Fund

Purpose and Intention

The intention of the Community Social Services Training Fund (CSSTF) is to disburse grants to organizations delivering community-based social services in British Columbia. This funding will support broad and inclusive training and development efforts that address foundational knowledge and core skill needs—including leadership and management—throughout the community social services sector.

A guiding principle of this training fund is that organizations are empowered and supported to assess for themselves the training and development they most need. The CSSTF Advisory Committee has balanced this goal with the reality of managing a large-scale training fund in an organized and timely way in the middle of a global pandemic.

As of April 2021, organizations can apply for both the Support for Certification/Education Individual Grant (now with funding of up to $15,000) and the Organizational Training Grant (with funding of up to $10,000). You no longer need to choose between the two funding streams—one of each grant stream can be awarded to an organization each fiscal year.

Funding Applications Open Now

The Community Social Services Training Fund Application is open now. Applications take place online using the form here. We have created a form-fillable PDF worksheet that you can use to to prepare your answers and responses prior to completing the online form on our website.

There are two grant streams that organizations may apply for: the Support for Certification/Education Individual Grant and the Organizational Training Grant. The Organizational Training Grant has three different application windows—each devoted to a different topic theme. The application process for the Individual Grant stream will be ongoing.

Additional information about the following topics and links to the application form can be found further down on this page.

  • Applicant eligibility
  • Funding rounds and application windows
  • Training themes and topic
  • Eligible program
  • Fund disbursement and condition
  • Reporting requirements

Please Note: Organizations no longer have to choose between the two funding streams—if there is a need, you can apply for both streams once per fiscal year.

Organizations may apply for Support for Certification/Education Individual Grant funding up to $15,000 on behalf of up to 10 employees ($1,500 per employee) to support those staff members in participating in formal continuing education with an accredited body with the goal of obtaining certification or course completion. The Individual Grant Stream will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis.

Depending on which grant stream you select, different questions will appear on the online application. (Each requires us to collect different information.)

Organizations may apply for an Organizational Training Grant of up to $10,000 to be used (a) for the training of a cohort of two or more employees OR (b) to partner with another organization to deliver a joint training opportunity. Including more employees and/or multiple organizations will score higher during the selection process.

Each of the three funding rounds has its own application window and theme. However, within that theme, applicant organizations can choose the training topic they would like to pursue or propose one of their own. Organizations may only apply for one round of Organizational Training Grant funding and must do so within the according application window.

Funding Round 1 – Organizational Strengthening
Application Window: Feb–Mar 2021

Funding Round 2 – Mental Health & Wellness
Application Window: Apr–Sept 2021

Funding Round 3 – Equity & Reconciliation
Application Window: Oct 2021–Mar 2022

Depending on which grant stream you select, different questions will appear on the online application. (Each requires us to collect different information.)

Training Workshops & Free Seminars

In addition to the two main funding streams, The Federation is also coordinating a series of subsidized training workshops and seminars to complement the training and certification supported by the Community Social Services Training Fund.

An ongoing selection of workshops and seminars will take place between March 2021 and March 2022. The first three offerings are detailed here and open for application now!

Mailing List

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