Victoria – Memorial Fund

Memorial Fund Criteria

Please read carefully before filling out attached application form.. Thank you.

Purpose: The primary purpose of the Memorial Fund is to provide financial assistance to family members of and/or individuals suffering from schizophrenia or another serious & persistent mental illness, where there is an established need. Applications for funding may be considered in the following circumstances:

  • Family Members: Compassionate needs which arise as a result of their role as caregiver for an individual with a serious and persistent mental illness.
  • Individuals with schizophrenia or another serious and persistent mental illness:
    • a) Continuing education or training
    • b) Established and organized recreational activities and supplies
    • c) Compassionate needs (at the discretion of the committee)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The amount of funding for each application will not exceed the amount approved by the committee.
  • A new application form has to be submitted for any additional funding requests (not exceeding the lifetime limit—see below).
  • Funding for an individual, upon approval, will only be provided up to, and not exceeding, the maximum lifetime limit of $500.
  • Funds are paid directly to the institution or supplier and not to the individual.
  • Self-referrals are not considered. An individual must be referred (see Referral information below).
  • Once the BCSS Victoria Branch office has received the application, all applicants will be contacted to attend a short, information interview with the Memorial Fund Committee.
  • Applicants must reside on Southern Vancouver Island
  • Applications for Internet courses or for courses outside of BC will not be considered.
  • The Memorial Fund does not supply emergency funding. Please allow for a four-week processing period.

Referral Information:

An applicant can collect an application form from the BCSS Victoria Branch office or download it and print it application form.. The completed form should be returned with a letter of referral from a professional in the medical or mental health field (e.g. case manager, family doctor, psychiatrist etc.). Failure to do so will negate the application.

Revised May 2006

Under no circumstances will any money that has been entrusted with the society for the Memorial Fund be used for any other purpose.