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The costs associated with volunteer screening can be a burden for many organizations. VSP Funding is here to help.


With the Government of Alberta’s support, 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. 

Looking for screening resources and templates? Check out our Education & Training page.

Volunteer Screening Development Grant

The Volunteer Screening Development Grant is designed to support the development of effective screening practices and processes. The grant provides up to $3,000 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.

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.

For 2021, approved applicants will have an opportunity to connect with and learn from their peers in a community of practice!

Volunteer Screening Development Grant applications for 2021 are now open! Deadline: July 31, 2021.

Please review the Volunteer Screening Development Grant eligibility criteria and the eligible costs the grant can be used for before applying. 

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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.

A Volunteer Screening Program Number (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: Airdrie, Camrose, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lacombe, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, St. Albert, and Vegreville.

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

Have a question? Check the VSC Fee Waiver FAQs (last updated September 2020).

Before filling out your application, please take a look at the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver eligibility criteria.

Need help with the application forms below? Check out our application guide for more info.

Applicants without an existing Volunteer Screening Program Number:

New Applicants Apply Here

Applicants with an existing Volunteer Screening Program Number:

Returning Applicants Apply Here

VSP Funding Qualification

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).

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