Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC – Apply Now!

The 2016/17 Learning Initiatives in Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) Expression of Interest (EOI) is now available. The deadline is Monday, July 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is proud to partner with government and non-government organizations to provide and facilitate workshops to promote community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities.

LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. The 2016/17 EOI includes summaries for 25 workshops offered by LIRN BC partner organizations (including an option to “build your own topic”). Complete the LIRN BC 2016/17 EOI by telling us about your community and its challenges, and by identifying up to three workshop topics that will help your community move forward. If your community is selected, you will be contacted by a LIRN BC partner who will work with you to design and deliver a learning event that meets the needs of your community. Successful applicants would be expected to provide publicity support, venue and refreshments.

To apply please follow these steps:

  • Read over the Expression of Interest (EOI) to learn more about the intention and purposes of LIRN BC. Note that LIRN BC does not provide direct funding, but offers support in the form of facilitation and planning services (including transportation and accommodation costs for a meeting facilitator) to support community conversations and workshops. We ask that community partners contribute meeting costs such as room rental, refreshments and accommodation for out of town participants.
  • Fill in and return only pages 16-21 of the EOI document (The Application Section).
  • Return completed applications to jsands@sparc.bc.ca by the deadline (Monday, July 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm).
  • The LIRN BC review process will take place in early July and successful applicants can expect to be contacted by a LIRN BC partner by early fall.

The current LIRN BC partners are:

  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC (ANHBC)
  • BC Centre for Employment Excellence
  • BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program)
  • UBC, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society of BC
  • PeerNetBC
  • SPARC BC
  • Vantage Point
  • Volunteer BC
  • YouthCo

For further information please contact jsands@sparc.bc.ca.