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Grants & Funds

Regional Social Justice Conference Fund

These grants are designed to provide funding for social justice conferences to be held throughout the province. The intent behind these grants are to build capacity and support the growth of social justice in a given region. Funding occurs on a biennial basis. Information and application form for BCTF locals and sublocals are online. See examples of past regional social justice conferences. Applications are now closed.

Local social justice grants

Social justice grants provide seed money for activities or projects that will bring about systemic change for social justice in schools, districts and/or communities in British Columbia. Grants to eligible applicants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Our information package and application form for BCTF locals and sublocals are online. Submission deadline is April 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. To ensure you have time to carry out your project by the end of the year, please apply as early as possible. See examples of past projects funded by local social justice grants: projects from 2000–2012 and projects from 2015–16. Download a final report form here.

Ed May Social Responsibility Fund

The Ed May Social Responsibility Education Fund was established by the 1994 Annual General Meeting of the BCTF. The fund promotes socially responsible teaching in inclusive, safe, and healthy schools by providing money to assist teachers in developing and implementing violence-prevention, antiracist, multicultural, gender-equity, global, environmental, or peace resources. The deadline for applying for grants for the 2016–17 school year is November 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. See the list of Ed May grant recipients for 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–132013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16. Final reports are due on December 1, 2017. Download a 2015–16 final report form here.

Bob Rosen Social Justice Award 

The Bob Rosen Social Justice Award was established in 2012 to honour the memory of Bob Rosen, a BCTF social justice activist. The award may be made annually, at the Annual General Meeting, to a person who has made a significant, sustained contribution toward social justice leadership within our union. Please follow up with a phone call to ensure the nomination was received. See this example of a past Bob Rosen Social Justice award winner. The deadline for applying for the 2016–17 school year is January 31, 2016.

Tips for teachers applying for the grants

Check out the criteria, timelines, priorities, and tips to help you apply for the Ed May Social Responsibility Fund or social justice grants. See also the Social Justice lens (available in French).