Awarded Grants

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221A Artist Run Centre Society

BIPOC Operating Grants

In 2020, Vancouver Foundation launched a new granting initiative to offer flexible, general operating grants of up to $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in B.C., to support their work in racial equity and racial justice.

Seasons End

As an organization 221A prioritizes the importance of dialogue at large and with ‘Seasons End” it challenges the static nature of Public Art in our city and beyond. As the increasing regulation of civic space limits citizens’ abilities to meaningfully participate in the public realm, we risk losing critical feedback mechanisms and responding to our demographics through a culture that is desired and representative. “Seasons End” shifts the perspective of public art away from singular sculptures, towards an ongoing artistic process that will be defined as much by the visitors and participants, as it is by its artists and host organization.

Standard Size

Since 1965, Vancouver's architectural direction could be defined as one 'without architects'. First, through the proliferation of the mass-produced, builder-designed 'Vancouver Special' houses in the 60s to 80s, then through the master-planned and developer-led creation of over one hundred podium-style condominium towers in Downtown Vancouver. Widely labelled 'Vancouverism' and lauded as a model for global urbanism, Vancouver is often referred to as one of the most livable cities and simultaneously one of the most unaffordable - a contradiction emerges. Ken Lum's "Standard Size" is comprised of a replica Vancouver Special scaled down in size based on the difference in property value from 1986 to present. The project reveals an ideology of globalization, where development is accepted as infinitely repeatable in any context or culture and notions of 'livability' are flattened into a global metric, in what Urbanist Andy Yan calls an 'insecurity of belonging'. Standard Size holds up a mirror to Vancouver's spatial commodification and simultaneously to a global reality.

3H Craftworks Society

Opening More Doors: Achieving Diversability in the Sewing Manufacturing System

People with barriers, such as those with disabilities or refugees and newcomers, are often marginalized because of the perception that they are a drain on resources. As a result, they are excluded from work opportunities and community participation. Our project aims to change these attitudes by testing a new model that focuses on participants who want to acquire and apply sewing skills in the local industry or our in-house production program. In collaboration with the industry, community partners and participants, our project will open more doors by changing the perception of our participants as people with disabilities and barriers to valuable contributors with ‘diversabilities’.

Threadworks: Tailored for Inclusion

Threadworks will be a flexible and tailored skills training program for people with disabilities who are not currently engaged in the workforce, not well served by current programs, and impacted by the lack of employment opportunities. The need for Threadworks arose from the number of people seeking sewing skills and the number of contracts received from Craftworks and Common Thread. Threadworks will be an accredited training program that will promote labour market participation in the cut-and-sew and apparel industries. The project will tailor curricula to address the complex needs of participants and to facilitate employment opportunities through social enterprise and for-profit industry collaboration. Flexible practicum-style opportunities will be incorporated to transition participants into paid employment. There are currently no accredited programs of this nature in Canada. The social goal of Threadworks is to dismantle the stigma that people with disabilities are unproductive and unreliable in the workforce. Mental illness is an evolving process and Threadworks will be open to fluctuations in participants’ health that affects their ability to proceed with training and employment. The project will lead to a cultural reinterpretation of what it means to have a disability in the labour market/workforce. Threadworks will adopt a holistic support model that includes industry partners, healthcare providers, community/social enterprises, and employment services.

Sewing and Socializing: Skills Development for Sustainability (hereafter SDS)

Driven by market changes, Craftworks has recently evolved from a business model reliant on retail sales to a more sustainable contract services business model. In order for the new model to supplement our program, SDS was developed to address an identified need for broader skills development, increased earnings, and socialization. SDS will expand participants' capacity through skills workshops (e.g. industrial sewing, embroidery, beading) that are tailored to our participants' learning styles and skill level. Acquiring these new skills will allow participants to access additional in-house earnings opportunities, otherwise not afforded to them. SDS will also provide more frequent opportunities for socialization through a regular schedule of monthly workshops that are conducive to peer learning. SDS will increase Craftworks' capacity by improving our knowledge of training facilitation and add competitive skills that will enable us to market ourselves as a full-service provider.

Craftworks Society Long Term Sustainability Project

The Craftworks Society Long Term Sustainability Project aims to help make our organization sustainable and ensure growth and success well into the future. We will accomplish this by: - partnering wtih more community organizations and strengthening our relationships with those we currently have to encourage sharing of resources and referrals between us - increasing and building on skills of the participants to foster personal growth, economic independence and possible employment within the community - building the 'brand' of Craftworks so we become better known in the community -- both to reach out to more participants and encourage sales and support for Craftworks - increasing the number of participants by 15% annually to serve a larger population in the community - developing and creating a signature line of products which will allow for a large number of participants to use a variety of skills in creating the products, and will increase store sales


Youth Leadership Program

The program is aimed at promoting the health, well-being and resilience of Aboriginal children, youth, individuals and families. The programs goals are to: develop a sense of belonging, ownership and control in youth’s personal lives, their education and within their communities and families; Increase self esteem, self awareness, resiliency and sense of responsibility in order to function as mentally and emotionally well members of their communities and society in general. When youth are connected, they will be more likely to graduate. The aim is to build resilience and well-being of at-risk youth, and families through leadership training, mentorship, self esteem building, cultural connectedness, and educational workshops based on common social issues affecting youth today. The development process will include engaging stakeholders, students and their families in creating a program that fits well within the school system and can be sustained over time. This program must be youth directed to achieve buy in and be successful. Instruments of data collection will be created to gain input into what interests youth, how they would like to be involved and how educators and family can best support them. A training curriculum will be developed based on information collected and timelines for implementation of the program will be established. Near the end a core group of participants will be identified in order to carry the project to implementation.

A Rocha Canada

Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards

In partnership with the Surrey School District (SSD), Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards will initiate three schoolyard farms in inner city secondary and/or elementary schools, and facilitate food literacy learning in five elementary schools over the next three years. Cultivating Holistic Education In Surrey Schoolyards will: 1) address root causes of social, economic and ecological inequity, by promoting food sovereignty, including access to and control over ones food sources, 2) offer hands-on sustainable agriculture education (the schoolyard farms will be tools for teachers to teach English, Math, Health and Science to all students, as well as to facilitate learning specifically for Aboriginal and Special Education programs), and 3) provide spaces for community celebration, cross-cultural connection and relationship building. Alongside A Rocha staff and SSD teachers, SSD children will grow food, learn new skills, be empowered to take ownership of the food they grow and become passionate about what they eat, as well as to celebrate the fruits of their labour.

Abbotsford Cultural Centre

Program Activities textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett

The Reach will present the exhibition: textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett and develop related interpretive programming. This exhibition is based on the recently published book textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett and survey his art practice from assemblages and constructions, paintings, drawings, to hand-made books and archival papers, including letters and "small press" ephemera. Since this will be the second major exhibition and the first exhaustive survey of bisset's work, The Reach plans to develop a series of public activities including lectures, seminars and interactive workshops around his poetry, films and the exhibition. The engaging programs will be co-created with Carl Peters of Contemporary Literature & Visual Arts at the University of The Fraser Valley. UFV students and visitors will have an opportunity to examine and engage in a distinctive body of visual art, text and film and to explore a wide range of aesthetics issues and concerns. Our staff educator will utilize the information for student/visitor tours.

a heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart

The Reach will be displaying the exhibition, 'a heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart', a multifaceted installation comprised of archival photographs, documents, miniature paintings and videos which examines the aftermath of the destruction of the colossal 5th century Buddhas of the Bamiyan Valley in Central Afghanistan in 2001. This exhibition was co-created by Vancouver-based artist Jayce Salloum and Afghan artist Khadim Ali and is an important cross-cultural dialogue between a Canadian artist and an ethnic Afghan-Hazara artist. During the installation of the exhibition Bachelor of Fine Arts Students from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) will be invited to observe and report the exhibiting artsits' archival/art practice. This process will be documented and used as part of an interpretive tour to help gallery visitors explore the ideas and concepts contained within the exhibition installation.

Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Project Safe Relationships for Youth

Youth relational and dating violence is a problem in Abbotsford and many communities. Abbotsford Restorative Justice in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley and School District 34 will scale the Restorative Action program currently facilitated in all Abbotsford middle schools into the secondary school level and will scale deeper in developing circle discussion content to address issues surrounding this problem as well as skill development to aid in prevention for our youth. Emphasis will also focus on influencing school district policies and procedures which will assist in making Abbotsford communities safer and more restorative for students to learn and grow

Proactive Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Program for Middle Schools

We recognize that there is no shortage of approaches and data on responding to bullying issues in schools. However, there is a shortage of people implementing practical programs based on their local contexts. What makes this project different is that we seek to understand our local context using school based surveys and THEN to use existing tools and empirically supported resources to address our needs and realities. After analyzing these surveys we will work together with BC Centre for Safe Schools (BCSSC) to compile a manual of best practices in dealing with bullying in Abbotsford middle schools. We are not reinventing the wheel; we are simply using existing research to create a tailor-made approach for Abbotsford. This program will address bullying behaviour by creating an inclusive, empathic, and responsive school culture, develop a program of classroom circles to promote healthy relationships, develop emotionally honest and open communication, training of staff, supervisors, and parents to recognize and help address bullying behaviour,and mediating bullying incidents.

Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia

Rural and Disabled Access to Pro Bono Legal Services Project

The project would extend pro bono legal advice services to people in unserviced rural and remote communities, and to people with mobility issues. Using Skype-based televideo clinics, local clients could connect to a pro bono lawyer in a distant location. For individuals who cannot attend a clinic, and/or whose qualifying legal issues are urgent, the project would offer a hotline for limited civil legal matters. The project would fund the design and modification of systems for the hotline, intake staffing, and the purchase of televideo and hotline equipment.

Access to Media Education Society


Providing an avenue of expression for youth with firsthand experience of displacement, this program honours their lived experiences while supporting efforts to enrich public understanding of the contributing factors + consequences of displacement + forced migration. The production phase of the program will see 24 youth creating 6 new (dis)placed-based digital stories, and up to 24 vlogs. The outreach phase will see participants publically screening and presenting their work, creating / facilitating workshops + online resources designed to increase awareness and prompt dialogue in schools + beyond. Featuring youth-made videos, lesson plans, background info + activities, the resources developed will: • Enable newcomer + indigenous youth to see themselves/their experiences reflected in the school curriculum, while easing some of the burden of explanation off of them. • Assist educators, students, + support workers in: (i) unlearning biases, dispelling misconceptions, challenging racialized violence, and institutionalized hate; (ii) learning about circumstances forcing Indigenous, refugee and newcomer students to leave their homeland, challenges faced in the process, and possible ways forward. The learning/unlearning that these resources facilitate are essential aspects of creating educational environments that are inclusive, support marginalized youth in “transitioning through and out of the education system”, and enhance their potential for broader civic engagement

Mentor Me at Indigenous Fashion Week (MMIFW)

Mentor Me (MM) at Indigenous Fashion Week (IFW) (MMIFW) will engage urban Aboriginal youth in care in traininga nd mentorships to empower their identities, community relationships, and employability skill development, through IFW's celebration of Indigenous pride in the creative regalia arts that story Indigenous identity in collective cultural meaning. IFW will gather 30 Indigenous-Canadian designers and artists for the first national showcase of these international clothing artists. The ongiong Mentor Me weekly group engages 15 young Indigenous women transitioning from care. MMIFW will recruit, engage, train and mentor 30 Indigenous youth-in-care in 4 urban and 2 rural training workshops, mentorships and employment. Indigenous youth, all systemically affected by the foster system will develop cultural identity, relationship, and employment skills. They be mentored with the IFW team and cultural advisory networks, and will be employed as presenters and producers at the event. Workshops after the event will gather the knowledge of these engaged youth to evaluate and design an enhanced Mentor Me program. MMIFW will create strong relationships between young people and their community members. Their experiential research into effective mentorship and skills development, focused through the creative art of IFW, will build community knowledge of how to support youth transitioning from care, activated in the MMIFW network.

YouthMADE: Take 2 (YMT2) - "Climate Matters"

YouthMADE Take 2 (YMT2): Climate Matters is an intergenerational media production, facilitation training and educational outreach program. It will see 24 diverse youth from 8 (primarily rural and under-resourced) Indigenous communities gathering to work with accomplished Indigenous filmmakers, activists, elders and allies to create and disseminate a series of digital stories. These works will focus on the impacts that resource extraction and environmental destruction have had on the communities / territories noted in Question 14 and also explore potential solutions for change. This project is a direct response to the need (expressed by previous participants and community partners) to: - nourish the skills base of the next generation of land stewards and community leaders—especially Indigenous youth who tend to be disproportionately impacted by large-scale resource extraction projects. - develop educational resources and workshops that are created and facilitated by young people whose experience of the current climate challenges are grounded in local knowledge and experience.

Youth-MADE (Media Arts Diversity Education and Empowerment)

Youth-MADE is a media arts outreach program that creates video-based youth-made resource packages for high school and elementary students. It also trains up to 20 culturally diverse youth facilitators, and develops and delivers a series of youth-facilitated workshops for students, educators and administrators. For example, a module about the experiences of urban and rural Aboriginal youth discusses holistic ways to heal intergenerational trauma.

Access to Music Foundation

Death in a Dumpster: The impact arts engagement has on youth aging out of care

This project is a collaborative venture between youth, our organization, and professional mentors in association with Directions Youth Services that supports our theory of change that sustained arts programming is a viable engagement method that has lasting benefits for street involved youth and youth aging out of care. Research suggests that the arts provide a positive entry point for youth to develop personal agency and is useful in redirecting inappropriate behaviors and ameliorating depression and suicidal ideations. We have evidence of this through our 2 year relationship with DYS where significant numbers of youth expressed a strong need to access creative activities that help them self-assess personal benchmarks. This project responds to that need and also provides a vehicle whereby youth can develop social, leadership, and applied job related skills as they transition into independence. It is critical that youth do not incur any economic burden while participating in this project and that their efforts are recognized through monetary expression. Long range plans are to amass qualitative, quantitative and narrative data; the last of which is documented on film. Research, anticipated outcomes, film documentation and methodology will be shared with other agencies working with these youth populations to encourage a multi-nested systems change to increase funding for arts and media programs and training, program implementation, heightened issues awareness, and advocacy.

Access Youth Outreach Services Society

Project Reach Out Expansion

Our core program Project Reach Out multi-service mobile Drop-in Centre and outreach program will expand to the Langley's (Langley city & Township of Langley), providing after-hours support and services to an area with over 12,000 youth ages 12- 18. This will effectively expand out reach from the Tri-Cities and service two regions (five cites) with a combined population of 32,000 youth. With the use of a modified community shuttle bus, and staffed by a team of 4 outreach workers, we will travel areas of the Langley’s meeting youth where they are, building relationships and a consistent presence, effectively filling a gap in after-hours services that include street outreach, crisis/early intervention, brief 1:1 support, drug and sexual health information, basic needs (health kits, cloths, food), linkages to other community services, and a safe place for youth to access. In consultation with the local RCMP, MCFD and other agencies, our collaborative approach will become an essential part of the continuum in the Langley’s, and will compliment existing youth services.

ACORN Institute Canada

Stand Up for Surrey Housing

The displacement of low- to moderate-income renters and the destruction, or gentrification, of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Surrey. ACORN's Stand up for Surrey Housing project directly challenges the status quo by inserting much needed low to moderate-income tenant participation and policy ideas into the City of Surrey’s housing policy decision making process. By identifying, training, and activating new tenants leaders, ACORN will be disrupting the decision making process in Surrey, and forcing public debates on affordable housing by ensuring that tenants have a seat at the decision making table.

Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform

The displacement of low-to-moderate income renters and the destruction or gentrification of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. ACORN's Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform will enable BC ACORN and low-to-moderate income tenant communities to create real policy change at the municipal level. The research and development of both high level policy proposals and tenant action plans will give BC ACORN the missing pieces needed to form a viable project plan aimed at ending tenant displacement and preserving affordable rental housing at the municipal level.

Strengthen Communities by Closing the Digital Divide

AIC, partnered with ACORN Canada, will explore the links between the digital economy and health outcomes for low income people. Systemic change will be influenced by connecting community members with leadership development, community engagement, and opportunities to inform policy to address root causes of inequality in health and prospects. Evidencing lived experience to challenge the current telecommunications policy architecture, the project aims to unlock the various health benefits resulting from digital inclusion. Overall, we seek to address the intersections between poverty, health and the digital economy to close the digital divide and improve health outcomes for low income Canadians.

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.

Healthy Homes Project

Tenants in Surrey often have to live in housing that has detrimental effects on their health and well being due to poor maintenance of the rental property. This project will create dialogue between city staff and politicians, tenants and other key stakeholders, starting civic debate, and conversations that include effected low and moderate income tenants, about policy solutions that the city can enact or amend to build a livable city for everyone.