Grants

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Elektra Women's Choir

Kindred Spirits: Elektra & Shelagh Rogers

This collaboration with CBC journalist Shelagh Rogers combines choral singing with Canadian stories, including those of First Nations women. The full-length concert format will intertwine music and spoken word, with Ms. Rogers sharing the stage with the choir to read letters, fiction and her thoughts. With themes of transformation and reconciliation, the show is structured on the cycle of the seasons with folk songs and original compositions, and will also likely use Canadian photographs to depict the seasons.
$10,000.00
2010

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

In the Best Interests of the Child

EFry seeks to raise the issue of homeless women and children through the lens of BC Legislation, and government responsibilities to see that homeless women and children are not disproportionately disadvantaged by their relative small numbers. The project seeks to rationalize resources to see that the most vulnerable - homeless children - are prioritized; and that homeless and at risk of homelessness women are provided equal opportunity to access supports as their male counterparts to find or remain housed. Doing so will reduce the generational legacy of homelessness in the lives of children as they grow, and provide women fairness, equality and opportunity.
$10,000.00
2017

Elizabeth's Wildlife Center Society

TUTT1730 AutoClave

Each year Elizabeth's Wildlife Center takes in birds and animals that need medical treatment. As the center functions with limited volunteers it is essential that medical items be sanitized/sterilized. At the time of this writing there are 13 baby squirrels and 8 baby rabbits that need to be individually fed by tube. All items are being cleaned by hand which is extremely time consuming and takes time away from the care of other animals. In some instances items must be thrown away instead of being reused as they cannot be sterilized. An autoclave would protect the animals medical treatment and would also save the center money by being able to reuse items that would otherwise be thrown away.
$2,261.00
2013

Environmental Youth Alliance

Inner-Nature: Developing a Connected Schoolyard Greening Project

THE SOIL - We will work with at least 3 classes at each of: 2 secondary & 1 elementary schools in Vancouver to pilot innovative, experiential learning in schoolyard green spaces. Our aim will be to find ways to engage students and teachers in learning about urban wildlife and creating schoolyard gardens to house a diversity of wild creatures. These programs will combine wildlife and food garden creation with citizen science programming. Our goal in the development phase of this project is to learn with youth & educators how schools can create and USE biodiverse natural spaces on their grounds. THE SCHOOL INSTITUTION - We will meet quarterly with: youth, administrators at each school, coordinators of Community School Teams, the VSB Sustainability Department, Youth Workers in the SACY program, community partners, and local alternate schools to discuss approaches for creating regular, sustainable nature access for vulnerable students. Together we will draft a template Memorandum of Understanding that the EYA can use as a framework to guide our partnerships with VSB schools and Community Hubs in the future. OUR FRIENDS IN THE VSFN - We will continue to meet with these partners to update them on our work with the school institution, and will seek to include multiple organizations from the VSFN in our work. Together we will set common goals, learn how to effectively collaborate and develop a shared narrative that we can use to broadly communicate our work.
$10,000.00
2015

Equitas - International Centre

Speaking Rights - a participatory human rights education toolkit for BC Youth

Speaking Rights is a human rights education project that engages 13-17 year olds in exploring issues that are important to them as they work together to identify strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion. Through Speaking Rights youth workers and youth are trained on the Speaking Rights Toolkit which is an innovative tool which supports and develops the leadership skills of youth by strengthening their knowledge, skills, values, behavior and attitudes. Youth participate in activities and community projects from the Toolkit which open up a space for dialogue and action on issues such as participation, leadership, active citizenship; self-esteem and relationships; violence and intimidation; rights and responsibilities; gender roles; and exclusion, discrimination and racism. The current toolkit is based on a needs assessment conducted with youth and youth workers in Montreal. With the recent success of this project in Montreal, Equitas partners in BC have asked Equitas to adapt the toolkit to meet the Vancouver context and the needs of youth workers and youth in BC.
$10,000.00
2011

Evergreen Cultural Centre Society

Ancestral Subsistence, Natalie Purschwitz: Exploring Ritual & Collective History

Ancestral Subsistence originated from a desire to involve our community in innovative multidisciplinary art practice. This project will introduce award-winning artist Natalie Purschwitz to Coquitlam, showcase her new work to the lower mainland and engage the general public in participatory performance. Purschwitz is on the forefront of collaborative multidisciplinary art creation. Such practices are becoming more prevalent but there is a belief that they remain inaccessible to those not trained in the arts. We need to further break down barriers by presenting innovative work in a welcoming site such as Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC). ECC will exhibit key pieces from Natalie Purschwitz's body of work, Trace and Makeshift, as well as her newest work inspired by her international residency at La Cite Internationale des Arts. Purschwitz will create an interactive performance piece, Disambiguation, where she will transform the public's personal items into artwork and engage the public in discourse about contemporary art, sustainability, DIY culture, collaboration and community building.
$8,200.00
2013

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

The Living Wage Investor Project

In Britain, the United States and now in Canada there is increasing support for a ‘living wage’ as a way to ensure that families have enough income to support themselves to develop in a healthy and socially inclusive way. The living wage is about what a family with children would need to earn in order to have an after-tax income that allows it to meet basic needs and to participate in the civic/social life of their community. ‘The Living Wage Investor Project’ aims to broaden and deepen the visibility and effectiveness of the Living Wage for Families campaign in Metro Vancouver by seeking support for paying a living wage from institutional investors (pension funds, mutual funds, investment managers, foundations and endowments). It is hoped that encouraging institutional investors to prioritize investing in companies that pay a living wage will increase the opportunities for families to earn enough income so they don’t have to face impossible choices— such as whether to buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent.
$4,000.00
2011

First Call - Moving to an Integrated System of Early Care and Learning in BC

First Call - Moving to an Integrated System of Early Care and Learning in BC
$9,500.00
2010

Family Support Institute of BC Society

Personal Information Booklet

When information needs to be shared with team members (gov, health care teams, therapists,...) the end result is often inconsistent & clinical. Parents of children with disabilities find themselves constantly repeating their child’s story. Not only does this add undue stress to the family, it also further perpetuates a non person centered approach to their loved ones' care & they often get described with jargon & labels. This frustration is most apparent during the transition period of a youth’s life when they leave high school and enter adulthood - arguably, the most difficult time in a families' life. A Personal Information Booklet will address these challenges and build cohesive teams.
$10,000.00
2017

Navigating Social and Sexual Relationships

Young adults with disabilities have systemically been excluded in accessing sexuality education tailored to diverse learning needs. Intentional community based sexuality education opportunities for youth with disabilities is necessary to address conflict among educators, service providers and parents about what and how to teach which can leave youth without any sexuality education. Developing healthy sexual expression provides an opportunity to be fully ‘seen’ and communities can address stigma related to recognizing individuals with disabilities as sexual beings. Community based education provides meaningful interaction while supporting responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.
$10,000.00
2017

Farm Folk City Folk Society

Don't Pocket the Potatoes: Addressing Community Garden Theft in Richmond

While Richmond Food Security Society officially manages the community garden program, we work closely with a wide range of stakeholders. While each stakeholder has shared ideas on how to address the issue of community garden theft, we have yet to form an official project team to address this thoroughly and would like to do so. What we would like to do is form a project team who will work together to research possible solutions. This will include a detailed scan of best practices in other communities, resulting in a detailed webpage where Richmond Community gardeners can learn from. We would also like to conduct a survey of gardeners, in at least 3 languages to find out their personal experience with theft and their ideas to address it. This will provide gardeners with a necessary outlet for their concerns. We would also like to compare the thefts from 2015 to physical site characteristics to determine which physical features may deter thefts. We have only been tracking garden theft data for one year, and would like to track it again in 2016 in order to get a better understanding of the scope of this problem. While we only have data for one year, we have anecdotal and media evidence (through articles in the Richmond review dating back to 2013) that this problem is ongoing.
$10,000.00
2015

Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks

BC Child and Youth in Care Week Celebration Bursaries

The Federation has a process that engages youth in and from care as part of a selection committee for grants and bursaries. This year with the upcoming election and BC Child and Youth in Care Week, we would like to provide additional support to young leaders from care in BC and their adult allies who are looking to host community based celebrations, celebrate a BCCYICW award winner or ensure the increased visibility, celebration and engagement of young leaders in non-partisan pre-election activities. The Federation would recruit youth in and from care to sit on a selection committee, review the applications that come in from across the province and recommend grant recipients. The Federation would then process and mail out the payments required. Youth in and from care will have input in the design of the bursary criteria. Finally their involvement will also be tracked towards honorarium payments according to the Federation's policy.
$10,000.00
2017

Federation of Canadian Artists

Beheld

The problem Beheld is trying to solve is accessibly of art for young, emerging artists. This was an issue identified by the Youth Vital Signs 2013 report as a priority area to address. Artists commonly struggle to find audiences, just as collectors struggle to discover exciting new art. Beheld allows the public to engage with emerging young artists and help them grow. Our platform offers young artists a comprehensive business tool to transact and market themselves, at the same time uses cutting edge technology to enable collectors to have a personal experience with the artwork. Our team searches where the galleries don’t to bring undiscovered original artwork to anyone with an internet connection.
$5,500.00
2014

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

Boards Together in Community

Board Voice Society of B.C. is a new organization in B.C. One of its goals is to promote cross agency collaboration and innovation at the community level. In particular, we believe that engaged citizens who govern different agencies can leverage their capacity by engaging with each other across the boundaries of their particular agencies to consider the broader issues facing the people in their communities. A second goal relates to improving governance. Through this initiative, local board groups will have access to resources to bring in trainers from universities or community colleges to assist in local training events as well as online resources. This project aims at realizing these goals. Pulling people together, especially in the rural areas of the province, often has costs attached. Room rental, amenities and travel costs may figure into the mix. As well, there will be costs associated with hiring local trainers. To facilitate these meetings, we wish to amplify a small fund we have already set up to support regional board sessions.
$5,000.00
2010

Fight With a Stick

Station

Station is about creating a performance design for social encounter. The performance design is a container where a variety of experts and non-experts are put together to hash out pressing social issues . The intent is to use design elements to encourage encounter with difference and to open up the participants mind to a variety of ideas from the humanities. Through an exchange of ideas within the scenographic environment we hope to develop new perspectives and approaches to local issues and connections among participants. Precedents for the performance design and social encounter include our salon serires and aestheticized post-show discussions, as well as other models we have begun to research (see below). Our post-show discussions are unique. Our performances put the audience in a performance machine (examples are described below in #2). The architectural, sonic, and lighting enviroment of the performance is extended to the discussion, making it an extension of the performance, co-created with the audience. Station will take this idea and make it the entirety of the event. In order to achieve this, we will combine what we have already discovered with new reserch into existing models (noted above).We enjoy a diverse, eclectic, and hybrid following. Over the years we have developed inclusive and affordable performance events that do not create social division based on categories of marginalization defined in opposition to an abstract social norm.
$10,000.00
2015

Firehall Theatre Society

PostSecret The Show

The Firehall will produce the Canadian premiere of PostSecret The Show in January, 2015. PostSecret The Show is based on an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren,in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets have then been posted on the PostSecret website or have been turned into books and museum exhibitions. Working with Mr. Warren, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Shanti and Justin Sudds have devised an entertaining and moving interpretation of the stories of never before shared secrets. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors and a musician guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative using sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made Postsecret.com one of the most popular blogs in the world. The project will include the rehearsal, production and presentation of the play for twenty-three performances from January 20th-Febuary 7, 2015. The play will be directed by TJ Dawe and will feature three actors from culturally diverse backgrounds including Kahlil Ashanti and one musician.
$10,000.00
2014

Fireweed Collective Society

I Can Cook A to Z!

I Can Cook A to Z! works through the ingredient alphabet, introducing participants to healthy foods they may have seen in the store but never tried before. The program engages Fireweed clients and their families in 26 weekly cooking sessions, building cooking skills and increasing literacy and reading skills. It uses low-literacy cooking resources recently developed by Fireweed, and results in the publication of a cookbook and kitchen skills handbook for participants to use at home. Our target group is ages 16 to 24, particularly young parents and pregnant women. Over the past year and a half we identified that a majority of participants in our cooking and skill-building (CSB) sessions do not have basic cooking or food safety skills and have challenges reading. Each session focuses on one ingredient, and highlights cooking methods and ways to use the ingredient in other recipes. Participants will cook together, building cooking skills and developing community relationships. Sessions will include information and tips on budgeting and shopping, and end with a communal meal.
$8,150.00
2011

Food for thought Kelowna Breakfast Society

Food Preservation Project

The project is a two-fold plan. First we want to preserve as much of our summer surplus food and second, we want to create a training program for at-risk youth. First, during the spring and summer months we have access to huge amounts of produce—fruit, berries and vegetables. To ensure a steady supply of food for our breakfast program we want to can, jam and sauce the surplus. The fruit and berries will be used for fruit salad, toppings for hot oatmeal and take along snacks for nutrition break. With the help of the culinary arts program and chefs within the community we plan to preserve fruit, berries and vegetables. We will use the commercial kitchens in several local churches and halls. Secondly, we will be hiring and training at risk youth to work in kitchens and in the warehouse. The employees will receive Food Safe training, food preparation experience, warehousing skills, team building opportunities and one on one mentoring. This work experience will enable at-risk youth to be hired in kitchens and food service throughout our community.
$10,000.00
2014

Fraser Health Authority

Postpartum Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in South Asian Women

Pre-eclampsia is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease with up to seven times higher than unaffected women. This risk of cardiovascular disease can occur as early as ten years after the index pregnancy. The postpartum period is a unique window of opportunity to engage young women and address their long-term health needs. South Asian women have an already increased risk of cardiovascular and have a distinctive cardiovascular profile. South Asian women in the Fraser Health region are predominantly newly arrived immigrants who face complex socio-cultural and economic challenges and are therefore particularly disadvantaged. Our social innovation idea is to develop a specialized South Asian postpartum cardiovascular health program that respects culture and builds a treatment plan around the individual needs and values of South Asian women in the Fraser Health region. In order to design such a program, we seek to engage locally affected South Asian women in a participatory approach so that the design and delivery of the program is informed by the priorities and preferences of the women it aims to serve.
$9,932.00
2015

Best at home: Supporting Aboriginal Elders on reserve to age with dignity in their own communities

The development project will bring partners together in 2 partnership meetings in the Fraser Canyon and a minimum of 4 conference calls. A community engagement coordinator chosen by the communities and a project coordinator will organize meetings, facilitate collaborative relationships between partners and conduct an environmental scan using interviews and focus groups with community Elders and their families, community leaders and health providers. The environmental scan will identify supports/services needed by Elders and their families. Approaches to address identified gaps in supports/ services will be developed during the course of the partnership meetings and conference calls. At the end of the project, a comprehensive Elder Wellness plan will be developed to enable Elders to age with dignity and respect at home in their communities. This project is innovative because it: • Focuses on a long overlooked vulnerable population: Aboriginal Elders living on reserve • Is community driven; building internal capacity to seek and find solutions • Is preventative in nature • Reinforces the cultural integrity of Aboriginal communities by keeping Elders at home to the end of their lives • Builds a broad collaborative effort: focussing on positive relationships between partners who have not previously worked together. • Clarifies confusion about availability and extent of resources, eligibility, and oversight by different governing bodies (i.e., provincial or federal).
$9,920.00
2015

Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Aboriginal Communities in the Fraser Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Leslie Bonshor, Director, Aboriginal Health, Fraser Health Authority, and Dr. John O'Neil, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU)

This proposal outlines activities to develop a research proposal for a community-based participatory research study to examine barriers and facilitators to accessing primary health care for Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Health region. Fraser Health communities were extensively involved in the 2011 CIHR project, which identified access to primary health care as a key issue. Further community engagement for the development of a new research proposal will be conducted and additional community members and representatives will be invited to join the research team. We propose a development project from January 2014 to December 2014. The initial phase of the project will focus on community engagement and consultation as well as building the research team and further developing partnerships. The second phase will focus on reviewing the literature, finalizing research questions and writing the grant proposal. Research Team members: Ms. Kelow Edehl and Mr. James George.
$10,000.00
2013

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society

FRDC's Outdoor Interpretive Panels

IIn the 1990s, the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) created a series of 22 visually exciting and thoughtprovoking interpretive panels which were displayed along a 1.3km riverfront boardwalk. The panels heighten awareness of environmental issues related to the Fraser River watershed; stimulate river advocacy and interpretation; and encourage community participation by fostering a stronger understanding, ownership and desire to act positively to affect the river's health. This project would replace damaged panels in September 2012 with updated design and information to coincide with Artists on the River, the FRDC’s annual festival celebrating Rivers Day.
$10,000.00
2011

Fraser Valley Humane Society

Isolation Unit Upgrade

The shelter has an isolation unit where new cats and kittens to the shelter stay before being allowed into the main population. This is to make sure they are not carrying communicable disease. The isolation unit is also used to initially separate new born kittens for the main population. This upgrade will allow for some flexibility in how we house some of the animals and will ensure the space can be cleaned thoroughly to protect at risk animals.
$4,640.00
2011

Fresh Air Learning

Spreading Our Branches: Investigating Opportunities for Forest School Expansion in Metro Vancouver

Our project will create stronger connections between those who are part of the Metro Vancouver forest school movement. We will bring together existing catalysts in this movement interact with an eye to building an integrated plan to address the needs of children in our region. Anticipated participants include elementary school, early childhood, and outdoor educators, parents, staff from teacher education programs, and others who are part of the support system for this work, such as land managers and parent community developers. During a series of facilitated meetings, we will do the following: Identify key players who are currently part of or connected to the forest school movement Invite these individuals to a gathering in the late fall or winter of 2016 In the spring of 2017, hold small group meetings focused on areas such as teacher education, early childhood program development, elementary program development, and out of school care. The goals of the meetings will be as follows: Share resources and develop opportunities to learn from one another Understand how broader institutions such as child care licensing or teacher education can support this work Examine the needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop programs in different areas or for different groups of people Work with catalysts to determine what support they need to advance their projects. This process will develop a more cohesive plan for outdoor learning in Metro Vancouver.
$8,500.00
2016

Friends of Cortes Island

Cortes Island Stream Stewardship Program (CISSP)

This project addresses a community identified need to develop a formalized Stream Stewardship initiative on Cortes Island. Local volunteers have requested more advanced training to increase their knowledge and confidence in field skills, monitoring, data collection and management. In order to build local capacity, we would like to provide this training to our committed base of volunteers and to a new body of volunteers who have expressed interest. Through formal training, volunteers will have increased ability to monitor watershed quality over time. This data will be shared in meaningful ways with local and regional organizations in order to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of stream habitats. This project will engage a wide-range of community involvement in the assessment of existing salmon habitat, and will prompt greater awareness of how to observe, record, and report any important changes over time. This project will also establish a central repository for historical and future data in order to preserve these records and make this research available to the public.
$6,000.00
2014

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