Workshop: Good Governance for Non Profits, Co-ops and Social Enterprise

Hosted by VCCC through LearnSphere and facilitated by Wendy Keats, this interactive course is designed for boards, directors and senior staff of nonprofits and aimed at building their knowledge and skills for good governance.

Topics include: 

  • The Role and Legal Responsibilities of a Board and Directors 
  • Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest 
  • Efficient Board and Committee meetings 
  • Priority Results Agendas and Minutes 
  • Decision-Making Processes 
  • Monitoring and Measuring Performance

Part 1: February 24, 2021, 1:00pm to 4:00pm (3hrs)

Part 2: March 2, 2021, 1:00pm to 4:00pm (3hrs)

Cost: $75 per participant, open to all nonprofits (Note: Charlotte County organizations involved in poverty reduction can contact Raymond Funk, ray@vibrantcc.ca, before registering if they need help supporting the cost to participate in this workshop)

To sign up: click here to register.

Resource: BridgetheGapp

BridgetheGapp, released by the Department of Health and Regional Health Authorities, is a new online resource designed to support mental wellness for Adults and Youth in New Brunswick. 

“Bridge the gapp offers self-help resources, links to local services, and allows the user to share their own personal stories…. This is the first phase of a three-phased launch and currently includes within its “service directory” addiction and mental health programs and services that are delivered and managed by the Regional Health Authorities as well as specific community-based addiction and mental health programs and services that are funded by the Department of Health.

Program: CMHA NB BounceBack

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 19 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry. Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health.

Program: Saint John Community Loan Fund – Press Release & Launch New Program

The Saint John Community Loan Fund is seeking 12 Women who want training to own their own business as Energy Auditors.  Funding and Expert Industry Mentorship has been secured. Click here for Press Release.

The Launch of NEXT Inc. a Social Enterprise is a path for Women to become Energy Auditor + Entrepreneurs, NEXT Inc will then be the first to hire them as they begin their journey. Any profits made by NEXT Inc. cycles back into training with our Enterprising Women Business Accelerator program.

Program: Coaching Skills for Non-Profit Staff

Coaching Skills for Non Profit Staff is designed to equip you and your teams with the modern skills and tools needed to drive empowerment through your organization, increasing engagement and effectiveness. This program will be an introduction to the coaching model, help build your skills, and provide opportunity for practice and feedback. Includes 4 three-hour virtual workshops and 3 two-hour practicum sessions.  You will get an introduction to the coaching model, practice, feedback and assessment. The cost is $300/person or $100/youth under 30. Training will take place from 1-4pm on Feb 18 &25 and March 11 & 18.  Click here for more details.  Click here to register

Opportunity: NBCC – Community Service Projects

Could your organization use some virtual assistance with a community-focused item on your “to-do” list?

NBCC’s Business Administration Management Program is looking for one-day Virtual Community Service Projects in June 2021.

For questions and to submit a project proposal(s), contact Cindy Mason, the Course Instructor: cindy.mason@nbcc.ca. Cindy would be pleased to answer any questions you may have!


Working NB: Student Employment Experience Development

The Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program provides funding to employers to create summer job opportunities for post-secondary students.  The program provides eligible students with a summer job of up to twelve (12) weeks in duration with a New Brunswick employer between April 26th and September 3rd, 2021.

Employer Application deadline: February 19, 2021

Gro for Good: Garden Grant Program

Application deadline: February 28, 2021

Bell: Let’s Talk Community Fund – Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The $2 million annual program supports registered charities working to improve access to mental health care at the local level in communities throughout Canada. Bell Let’s Talk encourages registered charities to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to support local mental health programs.

The 2021 application period runs until March 15 and all 2021 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2021.

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca.bell@bellaliant.ca. Click here to find out more.

Regional Development Corporation: Community Investment Fund COVID-19 Relief

The Government of New Brunswick has included a new category into the Community Investment Fund to assist in providing relief to non-profits in New Brunswick being impacted by COVID-19.

  • This funding is available for small to medium-sized non-profits in the form of a grant between a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Application forms and the updated Community Investment Fund Guidelines are available here.

Further COVID19 guidance and support for businesses, including non-profits, can be found on GNB’s site Guidance for Business, and by talking to your local Chamber of Commerce. Also this document by Opportunities NB outlines all available provincial and federal assistance programs related to COVID19.


New Brunswick 211: Dial 2-1-1

211 is a free, confidential information and referral line that will help New Brunswickers navigate and connect to the network of community, social, non-clinical health and government services available across the province.

Online Senior Support Resource

Find programs and services for New Brunswick seniors through this online resource. The aim of this is to help seniors, their families and caregivers navigate and explore available government programs and services. https://socialsupportsnb.ca/en/

NB Community Transportation Network

The New Brunswick Community Transportation Service is a network of nonprofits offering equitable community transportation solutions when no affordable and accessible service is available. With ESIC, this network has been working together amidst COVID19 to develop safe protocols and become a more cohesive network for transportation. Charlotte Dial-A-Ride is part of this network. To volunteer, request a ride or find community transportation in other parts of the province, click here.

Mental Health Resources

Financial Relief Navigator

The Financial Relief Navigator is provided to help Canadians learn about all of the money support that they can get during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information and resources provided are based on what federal, provincial and territorial governments have shared publicly to support Canadians in these difficult times. You will also find information on other relief measures that banks/credit unions, utility companies and others have put in place to help Canadians during the crisis.

Financial Relief Navigator

More about VCCC

Vibrant Communities Charlotte County (VCCC) is a Community Inclusion Network (CIN) under the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC), supporting poverty reduction in the province. VCCC strives to take an asset-based community development approach, working with citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to empower the community by fostering connection, collaboration and utilizing the resources that are already present. Areas of focus for VCCC include housing, transportation, learning & wellness, economic development, food security and capacity building.

If you have an initiative you would like to talk through and would like to find out what kind of support is available through VCCC, get in touch with Raymond Funk (ray@vibrantcc.ca).

NB’s Poverty Reduction Plan: Overcoming Poverty Together 3: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan

Raymond FunkCommunity Coordinator | Coordonnatrice Communautaire
Vibrant Communities Charlotte County | Comté de Charlotte 
Tel: (506) 321-2297     Email:  ray@vibrantcc.ca

Working Together to Reduce Poverty | La réduction de la pauvreté, c’est l’affaire de tous! 

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