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Organizations face costs associated with volunteer screening, including costs related to recruiting and retaining volunteers for roles requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks.

VSP Funding is here to help.

 

The Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to support Vulnerable Sector Checks as well as organizational development in the area of volunteer screening. These funds are provided with support from the Government of Alberta.

The costs associated with volunteer screening, including costs related to recruiting and retaining volunteers for roles requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks, can become a burden in some cases.

Financial support for eligible organizations includes a Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver. The fee waiver is intended to help eligible Alberta nonprofit organizations with associated costs for obtaining Vulnerable Sector Checks in communities that charge for volunteers.

The VSP also provides Volunteer Screening Development Grants to support the establishment of volunteer screening processes, policies, and procedures.


VSP Funding Qualification

In order to access and qualify for the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver and/or the Volunteer Screening Development Grant, nonprofit organizations must serve/work with vulnerable populations and must engage volunteers in positions of trust or authority with vulnerable populations.

For the purposes of the Volunteer Screening Program:

A vulnerable person is defined as: one who, because of their age (under the age of 18 or over the age of 65), or a disability (mental or physical disability or mental illness): is in a position of dependence on others or; is otherwise at greater risk than the general population of being harmed by a person in a position of trust or authority towards them.

A position of trust or authority is defined as a: situation in which a volunteer has significant degree of authority or decision-making power over a vulnerable person and unsupervised access to a vulnerable individual. A position of trust may also include the development of a close, personal bond between the volunteer and the individual (e.g. mentor).


Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver:

This fee waiver helps to alleviate costs associated with Vulnerable Sector Checks and is available to organizations operating in current participating communities where a service fee is required. Eligible organizations must work with vulnerable populations and engage volunteers in approved positions of trust or authority.

All Voluntary Organization Authorization Numbers (VOAN) have expired as of June 30, 2017, and are no longer in use.

If your VOAN has expired and your organization has not applied for a new Volunteer Screening Program Number (VSPN), but would like one, please download and fill out the application form below.

A VSPN is issued to eligible organizations and provides access to a fee waiver for approved volunteer positions requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks in current participating communities. Check the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver eligibility criteria.

Are you a participating organization? Check out the Terms of Use.

Have a question? Check the Volunteer Screening Program FAQs.

Click the link below to begin the VSPN application process.

Application Form


Volunteer Screening Development Grant:

The  Volunteer Screening Development Grant is designed to help support the development of effective screening practices and processes. The grant provides $2000 to support nonprofit organizations facing resource and capacity challenges in the area of volunteer screening. Eligible organizations must work with vulnerable populations and engage volunteers in approved positions of trust or authority. Check the Volunteer Screening Development Grant eligibility criteria.

Approved applicants for the Grant must participate in foundational learning by attending the webinar, Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.  Approved applicants will receive an access code to participate in this webinar for free and can attend the webinar after submitting the application.

Applications are now closed.

Templates & Resources

Download these resources, guides, templates, and tools to help develop effective screening practices. 


10 Steps to Volunteer Screening

Volunteer Canada Handbook

10 Steps to Screening Highlights


Volunteer Position Descriptions

How to Create a Position Description

Position Description Template

Position Description Example


Resources

Is a Police Information Check the Only Way?

VSPN Volunteer Letter – SAMPLE


Screening Worksheet – Is a Police Information Check Necessary?

Screening Worksheet Template

Screening Worksheet Examples

Hospice Client Support Volunteer

Swimming Assistant Volunteer

Swimming Assistant Volunteer (2)

ESL Conversation Circle Volunteer

ESL Conversation Circle Volunteer (2)

After School Program Volunteer

Meals on Wheels Volunteer


Volunteer Screening Terms and Definitions

Important Terms and Definitions


Risk Assessment Matrix

How to Evaluate Risk – Assessment Matrix


Screening Policy Workbook

Screening Policy Workbook


Learning Opportunities

10 Steps to Screening Video and Webinar

Volunteer Screening Forums


Additional Information and Resources

Screening Volunteers In. Not Out. Webinar

Volunteer Canada Screening Information and Resources

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Values, Guiding Principles, and Standards of Practice

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Audit Tool

Charity Village – ‘Criminal record checks: A valuable screening tool or a barrier to volunteering?’

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