Participatory Action Research Grants (PAR) support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.
The Participatory Action Research methodology is based on the belief that research must be done with people, not for them or on them. The researchers and community members that make up the research team are active co-participants who learn from one another. The research is grounded in critical reflection and is action-oriented to influence systemic change on the issues they are investigating.
Early in 2020, Vancouver Foundation began a project to deepen systems change grant-making, first by recognizing entrenched power imbalances and then by reimagining our relationships and practices. As we continue our work to shift and share power with community, we have introduced some changes to this grant call, including removing the matching of funds for the Investigate grants to address barriers to accessing grants.
The ongoing pandemic, the devastation caused by extreme weather events and the continued groundswell of the reconciliation and anti-racism movements has only amplified this urgency. PAR grants aim to investigate and understand the root causes of oppressive structures and to build fair and equitable systems to challenge them. If the number of applications we receive is greater than the funding we have available, then we will prioritize:
- Projects that are co-led by communities who are disproportionately impacted by racism and other discriminatory behaviours and beliefs within health systems
- Research teams that include as many community members as professional researchers
- Research projects that bring an intersectional lens to the work
We encourage you to download the PAR Decision-Making Framework for insight and context on the principles guiding these changes.