Foundry is expanding! 

As part of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ “A Pathway to Hope,” Foundry is looking to partner with communities across BC to open and operate a minimum of six new Foundry centres. On October 21, Foundry issued a call for expressions of interest (EOI) from communities across BC. Non-profit organizations and health and social system agencies serving youth, (including First Nations, Métis, and Urban Indigenous organizations) were eligible to submit an EOI.

Our Expression of Interest (EOI) period is now closed.

Thank you to all the communities who have submitted an EOI. Please continue to check this page and our social media channels for ongoing updates. We will be in touch with all communities who submitted an EOI directly in mid-December to share the outcomes of our independent evaluation process and to provide next steps for those shortlisted for Phase 2 (convening).

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Responses to Submitted Questions from the EOI Process

One of our families made a video to express their support. Could we link to the dropbox? Is there a preferred way to share this?


Please feel free to provide the Dropbox link to the video as part of your submission.

When responding as a partnership, should we try to answer every question from every partner or highlight different partners throughout, and if we do respond for each partner does the word count apply?


We encourage those communities submitting their EOI as a coalition or partnership to summarize their partnership’s collective experiences into one answer, adhering to the specified word count.

For questions that require you to provide specific examples, feel free to highlight the most appropriate example or experience from one of the organizations in your coalition or partnership.

Would a registered and incorporated Cooperative Association be eligible to apply for sites under this funding stream? If a registered and incorporated Cooperative is eligible to be a lead organization, are they able to apply for multiple sites with distinct neighbourhoods under one application with discrete funding for each site or must applications be submitted separately?


Provided your Cooperative Association is a non-profit and/or health and social system organization/agency serving youth, you are eligible to apply. If you are a for-profit organization or post-secondary institution, you are ineligible to submit an EOI but may partner with local community agencies submitting an EOI.

Each Expression of Interest submitted must be for one distinct catchment, community, neighbourhood and/or town centre to be served by their Foundry centre and not for multiple sites.

Foundry’s Developmental Evaluation found that establishing a Foundry centre “required tremendous collective effort”. Bringing a Foundry centre to your community is a substantial undertaking that can take anywhere from three to five years and requires significant organizational capacity. As such, we strongly recommend that organizations considering submitting only one EOI to ensure they have capacity to successfully open and operate a Foundry centre in their community.

Are health authorities able to apply?


Yes, health authorities are eligible to apply.

Would a partnership where more than one organization is the ‘host’ of Foundry be approved? What if the responsibilities for organizing, running and supporting Foundry in the community are shared by multiple community organizations?


Community partnerships may submit a joint EOI, with up to four listed partners. In this case, if an EOI is shortlisted for Phase 2 (Convening) of the evaluation process, it will be a requirement that a single lead organization (lead agency) be identified during convening. The organizing, running and support of a Foundry centre in the community is shared by the lead agency and partnering service providers, but a single lead agency needs to be identified as they provide leadership for the establishment, opening and operations of a Foundry centre in their community.

What are the expectations of in-kind contributions? Which resources fall under the approved in-kind contributions?


Foundry centres bring together existing resources in their communities, identify remaining gaps, and use new annual operating funding from the Government of BC to address those gaps.

In-kind resources include existing staffing and resources committed by the lead agency and their partners in order to establish the Foundry service model. Current Foundry centres have in-kind contributions averaging between $750,000 to $2 million annually.

In-kind resources must include clinical staff providing counselling, mental health and substance use service, peer support, primary care or other social service supports. Acceptable non-staffing contributions include but are not limited to: funding, capital costs, rent or lease costs, staffing resources, transportation, etc.

As examples, other Foundry centres have pulled together the following in-kind resources:

  • From Health Authorities:
    • Primary care sessional funding for General Practitioners; Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health and Substance Use Counselling staff
  • From the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD):
    • Child and Youth Mental Health Clinicians, Adult Youth Agreement Worker, Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) Navigator
  • From the Lead Agency:
    • Counsellors, centre leadership and coordination, Youth Engagement and Youth Programming staff, space or property already owned or leased
  • From School Districts, Local Partner Non-profits and/or Government Agencies not listed above:
    • Counselling staff, programming such as group wellness activities, cultural service staff such as Aboriginal Youth Navigators, vocational or employment supports, housing supports, sublease contributions
  • From the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR):
    • Income Assistance Worker

Should I submit an EOI for my community if I know that there is another community in my health authority applying? Is Foundry only accepting one application per health authority?


Foundry’s call for Expressions of Interest is for the entire province and we encourage all interested communities to apply. We are accepting multiple applications from each health authority. Recommendations on successful EOI applicants will be made by independent panels.

We are considering submitting an EOI but are not sure that the Foundry model would work for a rural/remote setting, where our population is spread out. What is your advice?


Foundry is committed to developing a model for rural/remote communities through this phase of expansion. This model would be co-designed with any rural/remote communities who are selected through this evaluation process. We encourage you to submit an EOI so that you have the opportunity to be considered.

Our small community is interested in submitting an EOI for a Foundry centre. If our submission is successful, does Foundry support the logistical challenges of finding a place, covering the operating costs and funding the administrative support to run the centre? Will wages for the workers continue to be funded by the organization they are currently working for?


While Lead Agencies are ultimately responsible for finding a site for their centre (i.e. identifying a physical space to renovate or real estate to build on) and for leading the capital project, Foundry central office staff members are here to guide and support.  We have a capital project manager on staff with expertise in this area who acts as a consultant (at no cost) to Lead Agencies. We also have resources, such as a capital project guide and an environmental design guide, that reduces the work required of new Lead Agencies to develop their physical centre.

Regarding your questions of capital, operations and administrative costs and funding, please refer to page 4, section ‘Funding and Resources’, in our EOI Submission Guide. Foundry operations grants can support a mixture of net-new operations, administrative, and service delivery costs for Foundry centres. However, in-kind contributions of staff are essential.

This topic will also be explored further with those communities who are shortlisted to move through to Convening.

I believe my community would be an incredible location for a new Foundry centre and I’d like to participate in supporting an EOI submission. Can you connect me with an organization that is planning to submit an EOI?


Unfortunately we can’t connect you with organizations within your local community as we’re unaware of all who will be applying at this time. However, we strongly encourage you to reach out to any strong non-profit organization or health and social system agency serving youth in your community, (including First Nations, Métis, and Urban Indigenous organizations) to encourage them to submit an EOI.

We know that Foundry’s age mandate is to support young people aged 12-24. Our organization and our partners have existing services that are available to all ages, which include ages outside of Foundry’s age mandate. If we are successful in bringing a Foundry centre to our community, would we and our partners still be able to deliver services to individuals outside of Foundry’s age mandate?


Foundry understands that applicant organizations may be providing services for a broader age group. Services offered through Foundry centres are specifically for youth aged 12-24, and Foundry centres are designed to ensure that the space is youth-centred and that young people feel safe and comfortable accessing services there. We understand that in some communities, there are unique local and cultural contexts to consider in identifying age ranges. This can be explored further during Convening (phase two).

Outside of Foundry operating hours, can the Foundry centre space be used for other youth purposes or by other community partners for youth purposes?


Within Foundry’s network, several centres have successfully established partnerships with other organizations to make use of their space outside of Foundry operating hours. Any such activity needs to be first understood by Foundry central office and cannot impact the Foundry service delivery model. Foundry also supports any youth programming in the Foundry space that promotes community connections and youth wellness. Foundry operating dollars cannot be directed to programing that falls outside of the Foundry service delivery model.

Can a Foundry site be merged or work alongside another site that does not have the brand of Foundry? Our current site and programming were developed and branded from feedback by our community's youth, and those accessing services.


Foundry’s brand is integral to our vision, ensuring that youth and families in BC know where to go for help and that they can expect a respectful, approachable, and collaborative care experience. This means that current and future Foundry centres are required to align with design standards that were co-created with youth and families so that the look and feel of Foundry’s brand is consistent throughout the province. Foundry centres are co-designed by youth and families from their community.

The Foundry brand experience will be discussed in greater detail during Convening (phase two) of the expansion process.

The EOI Submission Guide states we are only allowed to partner with a maximum of 4 community partners. Why was this low number determined and would there be any room for increasing this number in phase 2?


An applicant organisation can have limitless community partners to establish a Foundry centre. For the EOI submission, if the community has not yet decided on a single lead agency, as many as four organizations may be co-submitters. In the EOI template, there is an opportunity to describe all of the potential service-delivery partners beyond the one (or up to four organizations) submitting the EOI. Once an EOI is shortlisted for Convening (phase two), it will be a requirement that a single lead organization be identified by final submission.

Does Foundry prefer stand-alone sites for a Foundry centre or could it be in an existing location that partners with another institution (e.g. a secondary school)?


The chosen location of a Foundry centre depends on the community, what sites are available and what makes most sense for youth and families accessing the centre. Foundry centres must be visible and accessible to youth and families from all backgrounds, and lead agencies will need to ensure that the location does not impede access to services (e.g. youth aged 18-24 or youth no longer in school). Youth and families in each community will be involved in informing the selection of the site, ensuring that it is a location where they would access services. Foundry centres can be developed at an existing location provided it is accessible to the community.

Should partnerships include family practitioners or does Foundry prefer primary partnerships be with community and social services agencies?


Yes, we encourage partnerships with family practitioners and also with community social service agencies. Foundry centres bring together existing resources in their communities, identify remaining gaps, and use new annual operating funding from the Government of BC to address those gaps. In-kind resources include existing staffing and resources committed by the lead agency and their partners in order to establish the Foundry service model. Current Foundry centres have in-kind staffing and non-staffing contributions averaging between $750,000 to $2 million annually. Examples of in-kind staffing resources include counselling, mental health and substance use service, peer support, primary care or other social service supports.

If our community is submitting an EOI from a coalition, do we list a contact person for each partner and are all partners required to have the two signatories sign off on the agreement? In the case of a health authority, would a regional COO be considered as a signatory?


When submitting an EOI from a coalition of organizations, please list a contact person for each partner. Each partner does need two signatories signing off and for a health authority submission, a regional COO would be the appropriate and equivalent signatory.

Would a local First Nation government be considered eligible to be a Lead Agency?


Yes, local First Nation governments are eligible.

Should our community be shortlisted to move forward to phase two of the evaluation process, will Foundry provide funding/in-kind resources to support organizations in their coordination of activities required during convening?


During Convening (phase two), Foundry will cover any required travel and related accommodation expenses. Additionally, there will be in-kind support provided by Foundry central office to help guide organizations through the convening process.

In the ‘Experience’ section of the EOI submission template, does ‘partners’ refer to an application that has more than one lead organization applying? If we are the only lead agency applying, would I only list my organization’s experience in these areas?


In the ‘Experience’ section of the EOI submission template, you are encouraged to include the service delivery experience of 1) your organization, and 2) your community partners, where possible. Please do not limit your responses in this section to your organization only. Please include information about your service delivery partners, even if you are only one lead organization applying.

Do to the cultural, demographic and geographic make-up of our community, we are interested in pursuing a mobile service model. Would this be considered through this EOI process – should we still submit?


Yes, we encourage you to submit an EOI. There are different definitions for mobile services:

  • Outreach or in-reach: some existing Foundry centres deliver services through an outreach or in-reach model – i.e., they have staff who spend a certain number of hours per week in partner schools or outlying communities.
  • Fully mobile service – i.e., a vehicle equipped and staffed for service delivery: Foundry is currently exploring what a mobile service model might look like. It is important to note that a fully mobile service will have an estimated cost similar to a full Foundry centre.

My community heard that the health authorities are being asked to commit to which community they would support having a Foundry centre. Is this true? Should I approach my health authority in the EOI process?


This is false. We encourage applicants to work alongside their health authority as a service delivery partner as part of their EOI submission. Health authorities are also eligible to submit an application as a lead agency. An independent panel will make recommendations on a shortlist of communities to move forward to convening and Foundry central office will make their final decision based on these recommendations.

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