Grants

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Ahousaht First Nation

Community Safety & Health Compromised by Systemic Dog Overpopulation - Ahousaht

Dogs are dying, our children’s physical and mental wellbeing is at risk, and disease outbreak is threatening the safety of local wildlife. We need to develop a new way to address the systemic issue of dog overpopulation in our remote community to keep residents and visitors safe and healthy, whether they are two legged or four. We live in the village of Maaqtusiis, home to the Ahousaht People, on Flores Island, just 40-minutes by boat from Tofino. Ahousaht First Nation has partnered with CARE Network, a regional non profit animal rescue, to develop and test a new way to humanely manage our largely free-roaming dog population. We look forward to sharing our experience with other communities.
$9,450.00
2019

Arts BC

The #Next40: New Voices and Fresh Thinking. Redesigning Arts BC’s Role in Addressing Systemic Barriers to Change in BC's Community Arts and Culture Landscape

To support a full creative life for all, Arts BC commits to addressing barriers to change in our sector and championing practices of culture equity that empower just, inclusive, and equitable communities and learning environments for sector development. We strongly believe that through accessible professional development, knowledge-sharing and peer exchange our next generation of arts and cultural leaders will emerge in our province that will effect change in culture-led community development across BC. Our VF funded Develop Grant will explore ways to overcome deeply rooted issues in the sector through peer-based cultural equity practices and dialogue.
$10,000.00
2019

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Youth Voices of East Van

Youth Voices of East Van seeks to develop a sustainable, long-term approach to youth governance in Vancouver's inner city by creating a continuum of strategic leadership opportunities for Indigenous, low-income and newcomer youth, where they are represented on more committees, boards and working groups and in meaningful staff and volunteer roles in local government and non-profit settings. Through the Youth Voices process, youth, local organizations and institutions will be engaged in dialogues designed to generate ideas for more systematic or formalized approaches that empower youth to take an active role in their neighbourhood as well as the additional capacity required to realize this new model of youth governance. Based on Our Place's Accountability Pledge process, the Governance Committee at Our Place has been developing a proposal for a community governance system and we are now establishing a participatory governance model as a permanent mechanism to empower local decision-making on an ongoing basis, in a way that can be replicated across the City. The model will incorporate a structure similar to organization boards and will require special consideration around how youth can be included in both informal and formal ways. Over 13 organizations have now committed to participate in the Governance Pilot Project steering committee and over the next year will work on implementing phase one, which is has received financial support from the City.
$10,000.00
2019

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Transgender Inclusive Mental Healthcare

Suicide and mental health concerns are seen in the transgender community in greater rates than the general population. Transgender people, and in particular transgender women, are hesitant to access needed help in the mental healthcare system because of discrimination and exclusion. This project will document experience and put together a team and research project to address this issue.
$6,350.00
2019

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers' Society

Women of Colour & Indigenous Women in Film – Community Research

Women of colour and Indigenous women are not being represented in leadership positions (directing, writing and producing roles) in Vancouver’s film sector. This is a pressing issue considering BC is the leading province for Film and Television across Canada, specifically regions of Metro Vancouver which are populated by up to 67% visible majority, with 51% of the population identified as women. This community research project will address this issue for the intersections of women of colour and Indigenous women in the film sector.
$10,000.00
2019

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Feasibility analysis of a social financing model to fund an opioid addictions service that aims to improve the well-being of individuals in Vancouver.

The Dr. Peter Centre intends to develop a pay-for-success project plan to engage public and private stakeholders in funding a pilot project that will introduce Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for participants at the centre, increasing access to this treatment model, expanding access to treatment options, and ultimately stabilizing the number of overdose related deaths in our community. Opioid use disorder is one of the most challenging forms of substance use disorder facing the health care system in British Columbia.
$10,000.00
2019

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Gladue Approach to Transformative Justice Interventions

Indigenous populations are the most marginalized, disadvantaged group in BC. Poverty, homelessness and the intergenerational (traumatic) effects of Indian Residential School, continue to manifest in a cycle of criminality. The goal of this project is to identify equitable transformative outcomes in the justice system to focus more directly on the root causes of offence cycles. By addressing the root issues of power imbalance and cultural erasure, this project sets the stage for authentic reconciliation and systems transformation, to promote community safety. Due to it's extensive network of relationships, the Gladue Writers Society is perfectly positioned to lead this intervention.
$10,000.00
2019

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Chinatown Young Leaders

Chinatown Young Leaders’ goal is to strengthen and refine youth leadership development at Yarrow and in Chinatown by empowering youth of East Asian Descent to connect with each other through a dialogue event and develop a strategic 3 year plan. Chinatown is lacking meaningful social justice youth spaces. In our strategic plan, Yarrow committed to increasing decision-making power for our senior and youth members. We have been primarily senior-facing in our programs despite our aim to do intergenerational work. This project will centre on youth decision-making to ensure youth voices and experiences are heard alongside our seniors. We will recruit new members (newcomers and first generation youth) and re-establish existing member commitments. The project will provide anti-oppression and community organizing trainings, to allow youth to reflect and ground their lived experiences in systems that directly affect their lives, while providing inspiration and tools for change. It will also provide a space to reflect on our role in the Chinese community with relationships to Black, Indigenous, migrant, low-income, and drug user communities in the broader Downtown Eastside. From this, youth will plan and host a dialogue event with their peers to discuss opportunities for capacity building and leadership development. Yarrow youth leaders will develop a 3 year strategic plan based on the dialogue outcomes.
$10,000.00
2019

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

Speaking truth to abuse: LGBTQ elders share their stories of elder abuse and survival

LGBT seniors are at greater risk for elder abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, since they share many risk factors, some of which are connected to historic cultural prejudices. The situation is made worse because many LGBT people mistrust a health care system that has historically ignored their concerns. In this project, we will seek out survivors of LGBT elder abuse, collect their stories, and disseminate them in order to generate greater understanding of the issue among both lay people and professionals. This grant will help us apply for funding, design our project, recruit community members as patient partners, and consider ways to support survivors throughout our project.
$10,000.00
2019

University of Victoria

Enhancers and Barriers to Community Engagement at Kitsumkalum First Nation, British Columbia

A key component of healthy Indigenous identity development is engagement with one’s culture and community. However, not all members of the Kitsumkalum nation participate in community efforts to revitalize Tsimshian language and culture. Our study examines enhancers and barriers to community participation in Tsimshian revitalization because such engagement contributes to health and well-being for individuals and the community overall. A Convene grant allows the principal researchers to collaborate with community members in traditional Tsimshian ways (through feasting and drafting protocols) in order to form a viable research project.
$7,452.00
2019

Vancity Community Foundation

Eth?´s Lab Project

The purpose of the Eth?´s Lab Project is to empower Black youth, socially, culturally and economically through personal development and creating a cooperative enterprise. With Solid State Industries, the Eth?´s Lab Project will leverage the cooperative model to develop networked, members only, youth spaces (inclusive of all youth) that reflect their technological reality. We are hoping to inspire a legacy of black leadership and answer the question: "what might youth place/space making look like when you centre the humanity of the Black experience?". Many perceive that Metro Vancouver does not have a significant Black population - and while that is demonstrably untrue and a damaging narrative in many ways, it is true that since the dispersal of the Hogan's Alley neighbourhood, the region's Black community is substantially dispersed and displaced. This project will empower Black youth regionally in creating spaces that consider their experiences and to re-imagine their communities within an ethno-culturally relevant approach. The relatively small population size and diversity (cultural, social and economic) of the Black population is a characteristic that facilitates strong collaboration and cross cultural understanding within the community. This also presents an opportunity to bring Black youth across Metro together to combat the social isolation. The initiative will breakdown of regional 'stereotypes' that are a barrier for collective action within the Black community.
$10,000.00
2019

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees Association

Developing a plan to effect lasting positive change to government mental health funding for refugees and immigrants.

This project plan will release funding for mental health support for immigrants and refugees throughout BC. Currently it is being blocked from flowing to where it is most needed by bureaucratic complications that mean that the organizations that support these individuals are not able to access these funds. Refugees and immigrants are a high-risk group for mental health problems and it vital for their long-term sense of belonging and purpose that they get the counselling that they need. This project will ensure that the funds reach the organizations who are delivering the services to this marginalized and often underserved community rather than getting stuck in the system.
$9,500.00
2019