Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Foundry network!

We understand that during Foundry’s expansion process, questions may arise that aren’t answered in our existing materials. Before submitting a question, please review the Community Q&As below, in addition to our Submission Guide, FAQs, Developmental Evaluation and “Our Advice for Organizations Considering a Foundry Centre”. If your questions remain unanswered, we invite you to submit them through this online form. In order to address all questions equitably, we will be holding two question & answer periods for communities. All questions received during these scheduled periods will be posted to this page on the dates indicated below. We encourage you to ensure your questions are as clear as possible as we are unable to follow up for clarification purposes due to the volume of questions we receive.

Question Period #1: October 21 (4:00 PM Pacific Time) – October 27 (4:00 PM Pacific Time)
Responses to be published by November 1, 4 PM Pacific Time – RESPONSES NOW PUBLISHED, SEE BELOW.

Question Period #2: November 4 (4:00 PM Pacific Time) – November 10 (4:00 PM Pacific Time)
Responses to be published by November 15, 4 PM Pacific Time – RESPONSES NOW PUBLISHED, SEE BELOW.

Responses to be published by November 25 (4:00 PM Pacific Time)

If you don’t see your question answered, it might be because:


Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your EOI!

Responses to Submitted Questions

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.

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