News & Updates

New grant opportunity: the Vancity Community Partnership Program!

The Vancity Community Partnership is accepting applications year-round on a continous basis. The program seeks to support organizations that help underserved communities and local businesses build financial resilience to safeguard against the climate crisis, life's emergencies, reduce the risk of financial hardship, and withstand financial shocks. 

More information about the eligibility and criteria for 2021 is available on the Partnership Funding Program webpage

Interested applicants can submit their questions and applications to

New research reflecting on biases and discrimination in the Real Estate sector

Through a partnership with the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Scholar Program, SPRE was able to expand its research work.Our Scholar Intern, Danielle Bizinelli, conducted a research project exploring biases and discrimination in the Real Estate sector through the lens of equity, inclusion and reconciliation. The research explored how different forms of discrimination, racism and bias influence availability, rights, and use of land and property. 

The full report is already available on our website and can be accessed here:

BC Government appoints new Parliamentary Secretary for community development and not- for- profits

Excellent news on the appointment of Niki Sharma as the new parliamentary secretary for community development and not-for-profits. Sharma was elected as the MLA for Vancouver Hastings in 2020. This is the the first time charities and non-profits have a designated parliamentary secretary at a provincial level. 

Not for profit organizations see the appointment as a signal of the the intention to rebuild together.

"This is an exciting decision of the government and one that can have deep and positive impact on communities, the economy, and the environment. It is a clear sign that the government seeks to partner with the sector to find solutions and build back better together"             Alison Brewin, Executive Director of Vantage Point


Space4Community Survey Wraps Up!

Big thanks to all who participated, completed and shared the survey with your networks.  Representatives from 643 spaces participated in the Survey and shared their stories. With participants from across BC, not surprisingly, most were from the key ‘affordability’ areas of Vancouver, Lower Mainland and south/mid Vancouver Island. Watch for the survey results release in the spring of 2021. For more information on the SPACE for COMMUNITY Project, click here

Spaced Out! Space for Community Survey

The Space4Community Survey finds #1 issue -- lack of affordable space for non profits, social enterprises, artists. Influence government funding & policy by taking the Survey now. 


Congratulations to our Early Bird iPad Winners, Nancy McRitchie, Urban Horse Project, and Rosie Forth, Drive Youth Employment Services, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. Complete the Survey now and be entered to win the final set of two Survey iPads. Deadline October 29!

The survey will take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Speed the process with your facility information in hand. Complete and share the SPACE for COMMUNITY Survey!  

Thank you for participating! For more info on the SPACE for COMMUNITY Survey and The Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative go to:

SPACE FOR COMMUNITY SURVEY - tell the story of BC non profit real estate!

Take the SPACE for COMMUNITY Survey and win 1 of 4 iPads. Are you a BC non profit, social enterprise or artist facing real estate challenges that hinder your ablity to deliver your programs and undertake your work? Help tell the story of real estate and its impacts on the social purpose sector in BC. 

  • To take the SURVEY and for more info including FAQs  - click here

New BC Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program

The newly announced, BC Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program will provide fully-funded provincial grants to support economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects in communities impacted by COVID-19.

New BC Arts Council Funding to Develop and Enhance spaces

BC Arts Council funding is available to develop and enhance spaces that support the work of B.C.’s arts and cultural practitioners.


SPRE @ the Real Estate Institute of BC webinar Oct 21st

SPRE's Jacquie Gijssen and Jennifer Johnstone, CEO/President of Central City Foundation to be featured in Oct 21st REIBC webinar "SPACE for COMMUNITY: Understanding the Real Estate Challenges Affecting the Not-for-Profit / Social Purpose Sectors. We'll be looking at the issues facing non profits and social enterprises and the upcoming SPACE for COMMUNITY Survey launching October 1st--a proud partnership between SPRE and REIBC.