VCLA is fortunate to have a diverse array of funding programs to support its work with adult learners in Kings and Annapolis Counties. The breadth of funding programs allows the organization to serve an equally diverse range of learners, including learners at all ages and coming from different income situations, whether it be working people or those on various forms of government support.
The following are our current funders:
Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Skills and Learning Branch – Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning – the major funder of adult literacy, family literacy, GED, and aboriginal programs in the province through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning.
The Office of Immigration - the major funder of programs for immigrants in Nova Scotia.
The Department of Seniors – the Positive Aging Fund and Seniors Literacy Grant –these funding programs support VCLA’s health literacy work with Seniors LINC and computer literacy workshops for seniors.
The Department of Communty Services (DCS) - DCS supports a range of initiatives at VCLA for their clients who are trying to upgrade their employability skills. They support clients to attend computer ltieracy workshops and GED classes, as well as highly individual supports, such as getting assistance with pardon applications.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program – a federal funding stream through Human Resources and Skill Development Canada that supports VCLA’s traditional skills work with aboriginal groups.
Human Resources Development Canada – Skills Link – part of the federal government’s youth employment strategy, the Skills Link funding program supports programming that helps youth facing barriers to employment.
Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage – Cultural Activities Grant – supports the creative writing workshops for adults with mental health and other challenges, at the Open Arms Drop-in Shelter and other locations in the Annapolis Valley.
Central Kings Community Health Board – supports work to bring community groups, funders and parents to break the cycle of low literacy and poverty in our communities.
Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) – though not a direct funder of VCLA, ENS supports the work of the organization through the Job Creation Partnership program that provides funding support for an unemployed individual to work with VCLA for roughly six months a year in the area of fundraising and promotion, primarily related to the Literacy Mile. Employment Nova Scotia is also a funder of the Jump Start to Trades program through PeopleWorx.
Family Literacy Initiative Endowment Fund (FLIEF) – The FLIEF fund supports VCLA’s family literacy work with Public Health, working with at risk families in Kings and Annapolis Counties.
The Kentville Rotary Club – supports VCLA’s creative writing partnership with participants of the Open Arms drop-in centre in downtown Kentville. The Kentville Rotary Club also supports two individuals who are learning employability skills while refurbishing donated computers for adult learners involved in online learning.
The New Minas Rotary Club – supports the purchase of resources for learners, as well as the provision of professional development opportunities for literacy practitioners specifically in the area of learning disabilities. The Sunshine Club also provides limited financial support to help adult learners overcome transportation and childcare related barriers to attending upgrading programs when no other funding support is available.
The Lions Club of Hantsport – this club spearheaded support from a number of Lion’s Clubs in the Annapolis Valley to help purchase resources for learners and support volunteer tutors.
Literacy Nova Scotia - LNS has funded various initiatives to support community learning programs through the Peter Gzowski (PGI) grants.
The Literacy Mile
Each year VCLA hosts the Literacy Mile, a fundraising and promotional event held in downtown Kentville which raises money for, and awareness about, community based adult education programs in Kings and Annapolis Counties. Typically our fundraising efforts bring in about $10,000 which helps to purchase books for learners, covers training costs for volunteers and generally fills in the gaps in programming that cannot be covered through government grants.