News & Updates

SPRE Welcomes City of Richmond!

The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative is pleased to welcome the City of Richmond as its newest member. With representation from the Policy Planning, Community Social Development, and Arts, Culture & Heritage departments, we look forward to enhancing the regional perspective on space for community.

City for All Summit - Dec 4

Helping the City of Vancouver Planning Commission, SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen lead the round table on Places & Spaces -- Where & How We Live. With affordability, suitability, security of tenure and long term operational sustainability threatening housing as well as space for community, the day's dialogue featured a refreshing array of new and experienced players. 

NEW Grant Program - Small Grants for Cultural Spaces - up to $25K

from the City of Vancouver, a new program making available up to $25,000 for small arts & culture related space projects including planning or research studies, small capital projects, mentorships, and capacity development related to space. 

SPRE in Victoria, Dec 3 @ Cities in the 21st Century

SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen and members Jennifer Johnstone (Central City Foundation) and Irene Gannitsos (Vancity Community Foundation) are delighted to be in Victoria again this Fall. With thanks to the Mayor of Victoria for reaching out to include SPRE in the Lunch Time Series at City Hall. This will be the 3rd visit to Victoria in a year--lots happening in the capital city in social purpose real estate!

Nov 28th SPRE helping out with Regulation Redesign!

Regulations--most of us hate them--but when it comes to land use these "rules" for what land may be used for and how, are critical to guiding our communities' development. Vancouver has a bundle of regulations--many would say--way too many! SPRE is delighted to be assisting the City of Vancouver in revising, streamlining, modernizing their regulatory systems and ensuring the needs of non profits and social enterprises are recognized and addressed. 

SPRE @ the Small Housing Summit, Nov 17th, Vancouver

Catch SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen at the Small Housing Summit, the first of its kind gathering in Canada--bringing together participants in design, policy, outreach, finance, real-estate and more. Projects can be nominated for the "Small Housing Challenge" to recieve expert advice on moving these vital initatives forward. Early Bird registration and Small Housing Challeng applications available until September 30th. Travel stipends available for those outside the Lower Mainland.

New SPRE Case Study Launched - Centrepoint

SPRE is delighted to launch another richly documented case study in social purpose real estate. Centrepoint, located in Squamish BC, is a project by the Squamish United Church and Sea to Sky Community Services. Opened in 2017, Centrepoint is an example of former church lands being redeveloped to include both congregational functions, as well as social and community services, childcare and non market housing. For Centrepoint and other Space Profiles and Case Studies go the SPRE Case Study webpages or link through here...

How 'Social Infrastructure' Can Knit America Together

In his new book, "Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life", Eric Klinenberg clearly lays out the need for and opportunities realized through social infrastructure--libraries, childcares, schools, non profit spaces... fully applicable in Canada!

Community Gaming Captial Grants - Deadline July 31

Supporting non profit organizations with projects valued over $20,000; max grant available $250,000

BC Accessibility Grant Funding

from the Rick Hansen Foundation; next deadline Nov 2018, however applicants must have their current accessiblity rated through the Program prior to applying (no cost). Go to URL link for details. Up to $20,000 in funding for accessiblity improvements to existing buildings. 

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