Financial means should not be a barrier to pursuing your dream

Every year in B.C., young people are denied their dream of pursuing post-secondary education not because they lack talent, ambition or dedication, but because they lack the financial means.

Elmer Helm had a dream of his own. That dream was to make a positive difference in his community by acting on the belief that when people work together to strengthen their neighbourhoods, everyone benefits. For more than 40 years, Elmer worked with the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of B.C. (ANHBC) to provide services in pursuit of that goal.

In the spirit of Elmer’s dedication to the youth, seniors, and families of Vancouver through the ANHBC, this award was set up in his name.

What is the Elmer Helm Youth Fund?

Each year, the fund provides financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue post-secondary training in the artistic, academic or technical fields. It is the aim of the fund to make such education possible for students who may otherwise not have the financial means.

Up to eight Elmer Helm Youth Fund awards will be presented, of which a minimum of four will go to new recipients, while up to four may be given to prior recipients who are continuing their undergraduate studies. Each recipient will receive $1,500 in two payments of $750 in late August and January.

Who is eligible?

The fund is open to young people under the age of 25 who wish to pursue post-secondary training in an artistic, academic or technical field, and must be significantly involved in their community in a volunteer capacity.
The fund is not primarily an academic competition. Evidence of strong academic achievement and potential is important. However, it is equally important that the applicant has demonstrated a significant contribution to the life of their community to exemplify the Neighbourhood House value of community services.

Application procedure:

Please note there is no application form.

Applicants must include the following information:

  1. A letter from the candidate outlining personal and career goals, and an explanation of why the candidate believes he or she should be selected for the award;
  2. Three letters of reference from members of the community or from school;
  3. And documentation regarding academic standing and other accomplishments.
  4. Contact information ( Name, Phone number, address, and Email Address)

The documents must be received before 5 pm, June 30 to:

The Elmer Helm Youth Fund
#203-3102 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V5T 3G7


Award winners will be notified during the month of August. Students who receive this award are eligible to apply for renewal on an annual basis up to a maximum of four years.