THE PEOPLE'S PROM is a fundraiser for creative resistance and direct action. It's a radical, community-oriented, annual event in East Vancouver held Feb. 14th. It is a queer, cross-dressing, big dress wearing prom you never had in high-school.
The Prom Committee is a volunteer-run group of seven individuals who organize the People’s Prom and oversee the People’s Trust Fund. Since 2001, they have raised funds and provided micro-grants of $200 - $5,000 to grassroots organizations for initiatives that may have difficulty securing funding from other sources. Several grants are given out annually. Check back for their funding application.
Over the years the fund has given micro-grants to Indigenous groups, women’s centres, anti-poverty and homeless activists, environmental and anti-pipeline initiatives, political arts festivals, and transit education. In the last 20 years, they have given out an estimated $80,000 in micro-grants. There are CCEC Member associations including No One is Illegal who have received funds from the People's Prom.
A big shout out to the other nominees this year: Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, Alliance Against Displacement and Mountain Protectors.
The award is in recognition of an individual who contributed lots of time and effort to the early years of CCEC and who had a strong interest in community development. Hence the award goes to member groups that are active in social justice and co-operative development activity. The award is comprised of three elements; recognition from our community, our commitment to promote the project further through CCEC, and a financial contribution from the Roger Inman Trust to support the project.