On January 18, 2021 the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction opened funding to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic reconnect to employment.
The $9.7 million investment from the Province of B.C. will provide funding to approximately 100 Community Living BC (CLBC) contracted employment service providers who deliver specialized employment services to the people CLBC serves. Funding amounts will be based on the number of people they are working with who require assistance to reconnect to employment. Inclusion BC is administering the grant on behalf of the Province of B.C. and Community Living BC. The first round of grants was successfully completed in February 2021.
The next set of funding for the Supported Employment Recovery Fund opens October 2021. Round two is for those that lost their job after January 1, 2021. Job seekers that were supported in round one are not eligible for round two.
Eligible organizations will receive an email invitation to apply on October 1, 2021.
Inclusion BC is currently reaching out to eligible service providers to confirm contact information for application invitations.
To learn more about the Supported Employment Recovery grant please see the FAQ section below.
- The application process launches October 2021
- Applications for funding will be emailed to eligible organizations October 1, 2021
- Applications will be accepted until midnight October 22, 2021
- Please continue to check this website for updates and more information as it is released.
If you have questions, please contact us at SupportedEmploymentRecovery@inclusionbc.org.
For Eligible Applicants
If you have received an email invitation to apply for the grant and have created an account with the link in that email, you can log in to your application here:
What is the supported employment recovery grant?
The Supported Employment Recovery Grant is a $9.7 million investment from the Province of BC and will provide funding to approximately 100 CLBC contracted employment service providers who deliver specialized employment services to the people CLBC serves.
The grants for employment services are expected to assist the people CLBC serves who lost employment due to COVID-19 to re-enter the workforce.
CLBC has provided a list of eligible organizations to Inclusion BC and all organizations who are eligible will receive an invitation to apply for funding. If you are unsure if your organization qualifies, please contact SupportedEmploymentRecovery@inclusionbc.org
How long does the funding last?
The grant is a multi-year investment which first opened in January 2021 for people who lost their job before December 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An application for a second round of funding will be available October 2021 for people who lost their job after January 1, 2021, due to COVID-19.
A third round of funding will be available in February 2022. If a job seeker was included in a round 1 application, they will not be eligible again for supported employment recovery until round 3.
How much financial support will organizations receive?
Funding amounts will be based on the number of people organizations are working with who require assistance to reconnect to employment.
What can the funds be used for?
The funding can be used to hire additional employment support staff to help people find or reconnect to employment, support with job searching, support new skill development and assist individuals to understand and adhere to COVID-19 workplace requirements.
How and when do organizations apply?
Eligible employment service providers will be invited to apply for funding based on the number of people they are working with who require assistance to reconnect to employment within the determined funding periods.
Applications for the second round of funding will be emailed to eligible organizations on October 1, 2021 and will be accepted until midnight October 22, 2021.
How long does the application process take to be approved?
Final approvals will be sent out within one week of the application deadline.
For each qualified employment contract, you will be required to submit a report outlining the outcomes for each job seeker, financial information and an impact statement. A report template will be sent to you with the finalized agreement.
If you haven’t found the information you are looking for, please contact SupportedEmploymentRecovery@inclusionbc.org and one of our team members will respond within 2 business days.