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Fields of interest

Vancouver Foundation recognizes that many different things help to create healthy, vibrant and livable communities. As a result, we make grants across four broad fields of interest. Each field of interest is described below along with a set of field-specific guidelines for you to download.

Our guidelines include a description of each field, expected outcomes, areas of focus, specific areas of dedicated funding, the role of our Volunteer Advisors, and provide contact information for lead staff at Vancouver Foundation.

Review the summary of each field of interest below, and when you find one that sounds like a good match for your project, download the guidelines to learn more.

Community Poverty Reduction Fund
Additional funds are currently available through the Community Poverty Reduction Fund to address the root causes of poverty. ​Applications can be made through any relevant field, and will be assessed with our social innovation criteria.

Arts and Culture

In this field of interest, we look for social innovations to create systemic changes that support and encourage the growth of artistic, cultural and heritage activities among diverse cultural communities. The outcomes we hope are achieved include increasing the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings, and increasing the employability and livelihoods of artists.

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Other Arts and Culture funding opportunities
Alliance for Arts + Culture - list of funding deadlines.

Education and Training

In this field of interest, we look for social innovations to create systemic changes that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces through the participation of students, parents, educators and employers. The outcomes we hope are achieved include ensuring that children are socially and emotionally prepared to start school, preparing young people to transition through and out of the education system, and increasing employment opportunities.

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Health and Social Development

In this field of interest, we look for social innovations to create systemic changes that support and encourage the ability of adults, families and communities to create healthy, caring, safe and supportive environments for all members of the community. The outcomes we hope are achieved include transforming systems that address population-wide social determinants of health, addressing systemic barriers that prevent people from being well-connected to their communities, and positioning communities to contribute to, and seek knowledge about their health.

Focus areas for funding in 2017 granting cycle:
- projects working to address the root causes of poverty
- projects working to address the systemic challenges affecting children with illness, disability, and/or disease
- participatory health action research projects - see our research guide for more information

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Environment and Animal Welfare

In this field of interest, we look for social innovations to create systemic changes that support the health and resilience of British Columbia’s animals and physical environments. The outcomes we hope are achieved include advancing policies and practices which address and respond to climate change and other key environmental issues, increasing public awareness, understanding and engagement in key environmental issues and solutions, and enhancing and protecting the health, well-being and habitats of domestic, farm, and wild animals.

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