Each year VPL staff submit projects for funding. The Friends Board reviews the requests and makes recommendations to all Friends members. These recommendations are voted on at the annual general meeting. In 2023, the following funding was approved by the membership and a description of each project can be found below the table.
Allocation of Funds for 2023:
|Programming and Learning||Writer in Residence – 2023 Residency||$20,000|
|Programming and Learning||Civic Dialogue Series|
|Children and Teen Services||Writing & Book Camp Support|
|Programming and Learning||Branch Gardening Programs|
|Facilities||Public artworks at new West Point Grey Branch|
Descriptions of the sponsored projects:
- Writer in Residence – 2023 Residency
The VPL Writer in Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens. During the four-month residency, the writer spends 50% of their time working on their own project and 50% of their time mentoring emerging writers, conducting workshops, and participating in other activities and programs to share their experience with the community.
- Civic Dialogue Series
- Writing & Book Camp Support
This donation will cover core program expenses such as staffing, program supplies, the gala event where VPL celebrates the work of the campers, as well as the printing of the 2023 anthology.
- Branch Gardening Programs
- Public artworks at the new West Point Grey Branch