CIF Education & Leisure Fund

This fund helps people make their lives better by giving them chances to grow personally, improve how they live, learn new job skills, get an education, and take part in activities to improve their well-being.

Why Apply?


This fund aims to help people improve themselves and their lives by offering opportunities for personal growth, improving their lifestyle, gaining job skills, getting an education, and taking care of their well-being.

Financial Support

Enables individuals to access courses and resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Provides funding of up to $400 to mental health consumers for education and leisure courses or activities.

Next Deadline:
September 15, 2024

Draw will take place the week after the deadline

How can the Education & Leisure Fund be used?

Educational Courses

  • University, college, continuing education, prerequisites
  • First Aid certification
  • FoodSafe training
  • Dog training
  • Landscaping courses
  • Language classes
  • Computer skills training
  • and more!

Leisure Activities

  • Gym passes
  • Exercise classes
  • Yoga classes
  • Dancing classes
  • Swimming lessons
  • Tennis lessons
  • Pickle ball lessons
  • Ice skating lessons
  • and more!

Other Classes

  • Music lessons
  • Acting lessons
  • Painting classes
  • Sewing classes
  • Pottery making classes
  • Jewelry making classes
  • Equine therapy
  • Woodworking classes
  • Metalworking classes
  • and more!

How to Apply


The following 3 criteria must be met:


  1. Adult with lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  2. Resident of the City of Vancouver
  3. Must not have received this bursary within the last 3 years


Review our detailed Application Instructions


Fill out the Education & Leisure Fund Application Form and Letter of Intent


Submit your completed application form to the Consumer Initiative Fund office


Fax: 604-874-7661


Mail to or drop off at:


Consumer Initiative Fund Office
200-520 W 6th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5

Application Process

When to Apply

  • The Education and Leisure Fund is open two times a year, usually in the Spring and Fall
  • Deadlines to apply are posted at the top of this page

Selection Process

  • All applications are reviewed
  • Qualified applicants are randomly selected in a draw
  • The draw takes place the week after the deadline
  • All applicants are notified of the result by email or phone

Limitations: How the bursary cannot be used

  • Cannot be used to purchase or rent supplies and equipment (textbooks, instruments, clothing, sports gear, ice skates, etc)
  • Cannot be used for any subscription based programs (that require recurring payments)

If the course/program costs over $400

  • If the cost is over $400, recipients must be willing to pay the difference
  • A written explanation must be included in the Letter of Intent detailing how the costs exceeding $400 will be covered
  • The Letter of Intent is on page 2 of the Application Form

If the course/program costs less than $400

  • If the cost is less than $400, recipients can take more than one course/activity
  • The total cost of all activities (including taxes) cannot exceed $400


Additional Information

  • The bursary must be used within 6 months of the draw, otherwise the funding is forfeited
  • Course registration is the applicant’s responsibility
  • Funding is paid directly to the educational institute or leisure centre
  • Payments can take up to 6 weeks to process
  • Reimbursements are not issued