Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC

About Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)

LIRN can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. You can select the topic of the event from the choices below and tell us why this is important in the spaces provided. LIRN does not provide direct funding or cash. The support offered by LIRN generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event.

LIRN is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The LIRN process encourages government (municipal, provincial and federal), First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative. LIRN is made possible through a partnership of government and non-government organizations that recognize the strengths and challenges of rural, remote and Northern BC communities.

LIRN is a key part of the Capacity Development Consortium (CDC) which is a provincial association of organizations (government and non-government) that are committed to excellence in the practice of community capacity development in BC.  The CDC vision is collaborative community capacity development that contributes to healthy, vibrant, sustainable and inclusive BC communities.  Our mission is to improve community well-being through mutual learning, co-operation and partnership development. The LIRN process is facilitated by a working group of the CDC. The LIRN partners understand the importance of local opportunities to learn about and work on current issues, as well as assess, envision, plan and act for a better future.

The LIRN partners are the Canadian Rural Partnership, Service Canada (New Horizons for Seniors Program), the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (Community Development Education Program), PeerNetBC, Public Health Agency of Canada, Fraser Basin Council (Smart Planning for Communities),  Ministry of Community and Rural Development (RuralBC Secretariat), Interior Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Heritage Branch – Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and BC Healthy Communities. These partners have combined their expertise and resources to create safe spaces across BC in which community members learn and work together in a manner that is locally relevant. The content and format for a LIRN event is determined through pre-event consultations and therefore takes shape according to local input. In order to help you develop a focus for your event, the LIRN 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.

Successful applicants are expected to contribute to the cost of food and venue wherever applicable. LIRN partners do not award direct grants.

Additionally, all successful applicants are expected to support the LIRN process by establishing a local steering committee that can help plan and deliver the event. These groups support the LIRN lead in planning and delivering the event, as well as contributing to logistical support such as recruiting participants and identifying appropriate local facilities.

Who Can Apply?

LIRN will partner with non-profit organizations, First Nations Band Councils and municipalities 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 (including coordination to avoid multiple applications from the same community);

• Can demonstrate local need for the learning event;

• Can articulate anticipated outcomes for a LIRN event in their community.

• Networks of communities can also apply with the potential to use video conferencing facilities. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the opportunities offered by LIRN. All applications will be reviewed and prioritized by the LIRN 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 partners will try to provide learning events to as many of the applicants as possible within our budgets.