PlanH Learning Events: Call for Expressions of Interest – Smaller Communities

PlanH in partnership with Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is accepting Expressions of Interest from local governments, non-profits and First Nations from rural, remote and northern communities (population less than 25,000) across B.C. who are interested in hosting a learning event in their community. For information on learning events for larger communities (population greater than 25,000), please click here. 

LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for local government, community organizations and residents. The application process involves selecting an event that you believe would benefit your community and tell us why in the application below.The support offered by LIRN BC generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community or local government host is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed (this can be through charging admission).
The 2014-2015 LIRN BC Learning Events include workshops and seminars from the following partners:
  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
  • BC Healthy Communities (PlanH Program)
  • Fraser Basin Council (Integrated Community Sustainability Planning)
  • IK Barber Learning Centre UBC 
  • Leave Out Violence (LoVE)
  • PeerNet BC
  • Step Up BC
  • Vantage Point
  • YouthCo
These partners have combined their expertise and resources to facilitate community learning and collaboration in rural and northern communities. The content and format for a LIRN BC event is determined through consultations and therefore takes shape through discussions between the LIRN BC partners and the local community. In order to help you develop a focus for your event, the LIRN BC partners have developed a diverse list of learning topics from which you can select a limited number of options that are most appropriate for your development needs and interests. 

Who Can Apply?

LIRN BC will partner with non-profit organizations, First Nations, local/regional governments who:

  • Are located in a rural, remote and/or Northern region of BC – rural is defined as communities that are below about 25,000 in population and beyond regular commuting distance from a larger centre;
  • Can demonstrate support or partnership within the community (includingcoordination to avoid multiple applications from the same community); 
  • Can demonstrate local need for the learning event;
  • Can articulate anticipated outcomes for a LIRN BC event in their community.
  • Groups of communities can also apply that are close together or have the potential to use video conferencing facilities.

All applications will be reviewed and prioritized by the LIRN BC partners in accordance with an objective list of criteria, which will be organized according to the following themes: (1) Community Location, (2) Organizational Profile, (3) Community Support, and (4) Community Interests, Issues, Assets and Anticipated Outcomes. The LIRN BC partners willtry to provide learning events to as many of the applicants as possible within our budgets. 

How to Apply

Click here to download the application package and forn.

Return the Application Section only  (pages 17 to 23) – as a Word document by email to

Expressions of Interest must be received by June 27th

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