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).
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 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. 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.
Volunteer Screening Development Grant applications for 2019 are now closed. Check back in 2020 to apply!
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, Lacombe, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, St. Albert, and Vegreville.
Have a question? Check the Volunteer Screening Program FAQs.
Before filling out your application, please take a look at the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver eligibility criteria.
Click the link below to begin the VSPN application process.