"604 Connect!"

Get your Group Connected!

Here's an opportunity to set your group up for sustainable Internet use. If your group is registered, has a budget of under $500,000 per year and is not yet using the Internet, it may be eligible for some help.

"604 Connect!" is an exciting new initiative to help 200 Lower Mainland non-profit groups get connected to the Internet. We know how important voluntary sector groups are in making this a great place to live - and we want to make sure that community based organizations don't get left behind in the rapid movement toward an information and technology based society.

Connecting your group to the Internet will mean better access to government and funding resources, the ability to exchange ideas with similar groups, being able to communicate with members about your activities and engaging in public discussions about issues of importance to your organization.

Here is what "604 Connect!" is offering:

* Matching funds include:

If your group could benefit from this, we need your application as soon as possible. You can fax or mail back the form we have provided. If you don't have all the information at hand, send us what you have, or call us and talk about it. The first phase of the project is currently underway and applications are now being accepted.

If this sounds interesting but you are not sure whether an organization is eligible, call us to discuss the details at 257-3806.

We look forward to helping your group benefit from the potential the Internet has to offer.

The "604 Connect!" team.


Section 1 Are you eligible for the VolNet Service Package? To qualify for a VolNet service package, you must:
The following are not eligible: Individuals, profit-oriented organizations, industry and trade associations (including professional associations), political parties and organizations involved exclusively in partisan political activity, municipalities, universities, hospitals, schools, organizations already served by similar government programs, places of worship (as opposed to religious charities), and labour unions.

Please note that meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee receipt of a VolNet Service package.

Do you meet the eligibility requirements? ___________________________________________________________________________
Signature of Authorizing Official Date

Print Name

Section 2 Who you are*
*The names of all organizations participating in VolNet may be released to the media/public.

Organization: __________________________________________________________________________

Incorporation or charity number: ___________________________________________________________ _

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________



Phone: _____________________ Fax: _______________________

Contact person: ________________________ Contact's phone: ______________________________

Contact's email address (if available): ________________________________________________

Who will be responsible for Internet use in the organization? ________________________________

Name: _______________________ Title: ______________________________

This person is: A staff member ___ A volunteer ___

Official Language most commonly used in organization: English or French

Sector: If you represent more than one sector, put 1 beside the primary sector and 2 beside the secondary ___ Arts and Culture
___ Environment
___ Faith
___ Health
___ International Development
___ Justice
___ Recreation and Sports
___ Social Services
___ Equality-seeking: Please indicate below what best describes your focus:

___ Aboriginal
___ Economically disadvantaged
___ Elderly
___ Minority language groups
___ People with disabilities
___ Women
___ Youth
Location: ___ Urban ___ Rural

Section 3 VolNet Service Package Needs Identification

Note: All eligible participants will receive Internet connectivity at no charge for one year.

1. Does your organization need basic Internet training? Yes___ No ___

2. Does your organization need applied skills development (e.g. how to develop a website, using HTML, using the Internet for fundraising/advocacy/research)? Yes ___ No ___

3. Does your organization presently own a computer, either a PC 486 or higher or a MAC 68030 or higher, that could be used by the general staff and designated for Internet-related activities (e.g., email, research, Web-based developments)? Yes ___ No ___

i) If "Yes", would you require:
___ a modem (required for Internet connectivity)
___ Peripherals
___ Windows98
___ devices such as TTT, Braille reader, etc. (for special need organizations only)

In some circumstances organizations may qualify for up to 50% of the cost of these items. Please consult with us regarding the possibilities.

ii) If "No":

A) Would you like to purchase a new PC (Intel Celeron, 333 MHz, with 32 MB RAM, 3.2GB hard drive, 15" monitor, 40xCD-ROM, integrated 56K modem and Windows98, including on-site installation and parts warranty and support service for 1 year, at a subsidized cost of $586.44)? Yes ___ No ___

B) We are also working with a recycled computer supplier in the event that you wish to purchase a recycled computer at half the cost of the upgrade. Would you be interested in this? Yes ___ No ___

Please attach: A.
  1. a list of the members of your board of directors
  2. a copy of your most recent AGM minutes
  3. a brief description of the programs and services you offer
  4. a brief description of your missions, goals and objectives
  5. last year's financial statements (can be from your head office, if you are a branch office and do not operate with your own budget)
  6. a brief description of your organization's commitment to the Internet, including:
    • at least two ways that the Internet will be used in your organization (such as communicating with board or members, grant research, recruiting volunteers, training, sharing information with similar organizations)
    • how you will integrate the Internet into your organizational work plan
    • how you will sustain the use of the Internet once you are connected

For assistance or questions about the program, please contact: Terri Kennedy,
e-mail: 604connect@vcn.bc.ca
tel: 604.257.3806
fax: 604.257-3808

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Last modified August 10, 2000