Vantage Point bursaries: Free professional development workshops and labs

Our Social Policy Division works with Vantage Point to help strengthen Vancouver’s not-for-profit sector. This partnership provides bursaries to staff and board members of eligible organizations to attend workshops, labs, and other learning opportunities at a reduced or no cost.

Vantage Point is a local not-for-profit organization that supports other non-profits by offering professional development on board governance, leadership, performance management, and recruitment.

What the bursaries include

Each year, organizations may be eligible to receive bursaries for a maximum of two seats in workshops (full bursary) and participation of one staff person in an advanced learning lab (partial bursary of 80% - see note below).

Additional offerings may be available on a case-by-case basis dependent on demand and budget availability.

Full support for advanced learning labs may be available in cases where cost creates a barrier for participation.

Examples of Vantage Point workshops and labs

Workshops include:

  • Board Fundamentals: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning ABCs
  • Scarcity to Abundance: A Road Map to Not-For-Profit Sustainability
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Board Fundamentals: Fund Development
  • Effective Board Meeting Facilitation
  • Intro to Performance Management
  • Strategic Financial Governance
  • Board Fundamentals: Board Diversity and Inclusion
  • Engaging Skilled Volunteers
  • Conflict and Challenging Conversations
  • Advocacy 101
  • Government Relations 101

Advanced learning labs include:

  • Capacity Lab: Building the capacity of organizations
  • Executive Lab: Heighten your executive performance
  • Raising the Right Revenue: A Fund Development Lab: Attracting diverse sources of revenue

View the current course listing on the Vantage Point website

Eligible organizations

You can apply for this grant if your organization is a Vancouver-based, non-profit, community services or childcare organization that meets one of the following criteria:

  • Receives operating support from the City through our:
    • Childcare Enhancement Grants
    • Childcare Reserve Grants
    • Core Support Grants (formerly Direct Social Service Grants and Organizational Capacity Building Grants)
    • Hastings Legacy Fund
    • Neighbourhood Organization Grants
    • Sustainable Food System Grants
  • Has received a one-time-only project grant in the current or previous calendar year for more than $15,000 from our:
    • Social Innovation Project Grants
    • Social Responsibility Funds
    • Capital Project Grants
  • Is the primary not-for-profit leaseholder of a City-owned or -leased facility, and has a social service or childcare mandate 

How to apply

For all workshops and advanced lab bursaries:

Contact us about the bursaries

For learning opportunities:

For eligibility and partnership details: