Grants

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Haisla Nation

Nanakila Guardian Watchmen

Nanakila was incorporated as a non-profit society on June 28, 2011. Part of the mission to, 'Conserve and restore all resources in Haisla and surrounding territory' is achieved through our Guardian Watchman program. Nanakila is a Haisla word meaning 'to stand guard over', Nanakila watchmen patrol the region stretching from the Kitamaat Valley in the north to the Kitlope Valley in the south - a total area of 13000 square kilometers. Haisla Territory includes pristine watersheds - Kiltope, Kowesas and Gilttoyees as well as some of the most heavily altered watersheds in British Columbia. In 1994 The Kitlope Heritage Conservancy with Provincial Park status was created and through an agreement with Kitamaat Village Council and BC Parks, Nanakila created the Watchman Program to manage the Conservancy. The agreement with BC Parks now encompasses patrols within the Haisla Territory including: Kitimat River Park, Wedeene Park, Coste Rocks, Kildala, Gilttoyees, Jesse Falls, Eagle Bay, Crab river, Shearwater, Klekane, Bishop Bay, Brim river, Sue Channel, and Kitlope Heritage Conservancy
$10,000.00
2011

Hearts on Noses, A Mini Pig Sanctuary

Hearts on Noses: A Moving Experience Phase Two

This is Phase Two of a move to our new location. In this phase, we need to build three structures and address drainage, path, and lighting issues. The primary structure will be a combination secure storage and shelter system, with a dry and rodent-resistant feed storage building and an attached covered area where volunteers, tours, and community service workers can receive instruction. This structure will also contain a food preparation area and cold storage for produce. Two additional structures will provide storage for hay and shavings, and a small quarantine area. Improvements to paths, pens and paddocks by using gravel, mulch and drainage ditches, will ensure all areas provide firm dry footing year round. Outdoor lighting will be installed for the safety and security of both humans and animals. This phase of the project will entail hiring a project supervisor whose responsibility it will be to find subcontractors/laborers, obtain permits, obtain materials, oversee, and ensure each part of the project is completed with the safety of the animals respected.
$5,000.00
2010

Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Interactive Travelling Exhibition Sacred Vessels Project Ocean Going Canoes of the Pacific North

Through this project we will support and encourage cross cultural and public awareness about the history and culture of North West Coast maritime Indigenous nations. It will preserve and enhance our ocean going canoe maritime heritage by encouraging aboriginal communities and youth in particular to engage in Tribal Journeys We will share our stories about decolonization and the resurgence of ocean going canoe culture. What was old is new, communities working together for common good, affirming ancestral ties and customary practises. First Nations people and the general public will be served through this communication and public awareness project. We will share traditional native practises, values and world view that has sustained us through the millennia, this can inform sustainable development of natural resources not only for native communities but society as a whole. Our “Sacred Vessels project” plans to develop and create an interactive travelling exhibit that will share the history of the ocean going canoe and the story of its resurgence; where the story will be told by tribal journey participants and canoe families from along the BC coast. The interactive and engaging exhibit with authentic interviews, stories, and artifacts will captivate and inform a wide aboriginal and non-aboriginal audience. Many will benefit from the interactive experience, accompanying programs, offerings and discussions.Our goal is for it to tour most major BC museums and Aboriginal centres
$10,000.00
2015

Dogwood Heritage Society of B.C. o/a Heritage BC

Climate Rehabilitation of Heritage Buildings

Our goal is to facilitate investments in the conservation of non residential heritage properties through measures that connect the retention of heritage values with green rehabilitation, improved energy affordability and protection from hazards related to climate change and other risks, such as earthquakes. Opportunities for climate change mitigation include green rehabilitation efforts to improve energy efficiency and smart fuel choices that would help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with the added value of reducing operational costs for property owners, building tenants, and developers. Opportunities for climate change adaptation through the protection of heritage property from existing and future potential environmental hazards range from resilience to extreme weather events to seismic upgrades. We are collaborating with RDH Building Engineering to develop proposals for various levels of gov't &provincial utilities to place incentive funds in the Heritage Legacy Fund.Heritage BC would distribute to churches, non profits, museums, first nations,etc for energy efficiency upgrades of heritage buildings. RDH will assist in providing program design recommendations to advance the sustainability and durability of heritage properties through the Heritage Legacy Fund, in a manner that leverages other funding opportunities such as utility demand-side measures (DSM) through BC Hydro and FortisBC, emerging funding opportunities in carbon offsets and local government incentives.
$5,385.00
2015

High Road Services Society

Innovations' Kitchen

Innovations' Kitchen is a social enterprise jointly managed by the Supported Employment Program and Special Projects program of HIGH ROAD Services Society. Innovations' Kitchen(IKitchen) operates five days a week in the cafeteria space of the local high school, providing nutritious snack and meal options prepared by the individuals employed part time by IKitchen. The individuals receive instruction and support in learning industry standard skills that can be transferable to other employment settings. Employers often do not have the time or resources to provide one on one continual training supports for individuals with disabilities. IKitchen removes this obstacle by providing on the job training in the areas desired by potential employers, while providing a fair wage for the individuals. Individuals are instructed in Food Safe and Health and Safety procedures while experiencing realistic employment expectations such as being on time for scheduled shifts, following an appropriate hygiene routine, working coherently with coworkers and completing tasks according to direction given.
$10,000.00
2014

Hollyburn Family Services Society

Senior Roommate Registry

Seniors living in poverty and senior homelessness are social issues across every urban community. By investigating the creation of a program that brings seniors living in their own home together with seniors in need of safe and affordable housing options may positively address a myriad of issues vulnerable seniors face such as; low incomes, affordable housing options, increased independence, socialization and safety in a timely and cost effective manner.
$10,000.00
2017

Hope for the Nations

Food for Thought

Many children live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal and academic potential. We currently provide breakfast to 1500 students a day in 30 schools in the central okanagan. We want to use the local agriculture system more in our programming to offer more nutritious food to students, to help build a just, sustainable food system for all, and to build capacity in students and schools. Having access to healthy food will help children learn better. Children will be better educated, have more opportunities to succeed, and become agents of change.
$9,740.00
2017

Horse Protection Society of BC

Organization assessment and strategic planning

In this environment of constant change, organizations need to maximise their efficiency and effectiveness to meet changing demands. Over the past 2 years HPS has focused on grant research and application. We have secured a number of grants that have enabled us to achieve many of the projects outlined in our business plan. We have received grants from BC Gaming, The Township of Langley and Greygates Foundation and have several other applications being considered. At this time we would benefit from a professional assessment of our organization and subsequent strategic plan. We need to identify organizational issues through detailed analysis of the organization and work collaboratively to implement effective solutions. Focusing on key objectives (specific, actionable, results oriented and time-bound) would strengthen our organization and improve its overall operations as we move ahead into the future, taking on larger projects and enhancing our effectiveness in partnering with other like minded organizations.
$5,200.00
2014

Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

Dog Run/ Fenced in Area at Transition House

We are looking for funding to build a dog run area that will allow women who are staying at the Transition House to bring their dogs to a safe place and not be left in the hands of an abusive partner. Currently, due to health issues such as allergies and the presence of children at the Transition House, dogs can only stay for a short visit (usually overnight) before we must find alternate arrangements for them.
$1,450.00
2011

Il Centro

Cultural Exploration and Engagement (working title)

Il Centro has been actively been pursuing and developing the collaborative, co-presentation and partnership approach for the past two years, the results to date, have had a significant impact on our organization as we are now perceived by our professional partners and collaborators as a valid and credible cultural entity that can play a more proactive role in the broader cultural context in the City. At the same time, il Centro has engaged in several projects that have linked the professional arts world with our multicultural partners, demonstrating the value, and we believe, our hypothesis that connecting the two assets-culture and multiculturalism-both addresses the systemic challenges as well as creating new and exciting content for our evolving culture. Despite the positive organizational experience we feel that the engagement approach has not been developed into its full potential. While we have broached the concept in a discussion with the City Vancouver Cultural Affairs department we have recognized that we need to create a proof of concept or study that documents our hypothesis and measures the impact in both artistic outcomes as well as quantitative outputs. Working with our partners, Il Centro will track and gather data from the collaborative and partnership events that will test the concept and, we believe, allow us to begin to address the systemic issue through a documentation, dissemination and engagement outreach strategy and campaign.
$10,000.00
2016

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Walking Home Yaletown Public Art

Walking Home Yaletown Public Art is an educational community art pilot project that works with a group of 12 immigrant and refugee youth, aged 15-25 with a wide variety of interests including art, broadcasting, photography, architecture, community development, urban design and social planning. The ISSofBC-sponsored pilot, the first of 3 projects happening over the next year through different organizations, seeks to build the capacity of newcomer youth through a broad civic engagement strategy. Participants will walk through the neighbourhood with creative mentors to explore neighbourhood history and learn to interpret the contemporary presence of public art in Yaletown and Coal Harbour. Integrating what they learn about Public Art with personal perspectives, youth will create responses in a variety of media including storytelling, mapping, writing, drawing, guided walks of the area, blogging and podcasts, expressing the meanings made of social and planned systems in the urban environment.
$9,250.00
2010

Moving Forward: Developing a plan for future youth engagement

For over 8 years ISSofBC has trained over 300 newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth through the highly successful Multicultural Youth Circle (MY Circle) peer facilitation training program. In 2002, a group of My Circle program graduates became committed to ongoing community development by and for immigrant and refugee youth. With the support of ISSofBC MY Circle staff, these graduates created the Action Team. The Action Team has taken on various projects over the years while continuing to support the MY Circle program and pursue their own goals. With the assistance of a consultant, ISSofBC and the Action Team want to stop and reflect on our accomplishments while clarifying our respective roles and working relationship with the purpose of developing a collaborative planning process / document for future directions/engagement.
$7,500.00
2010

Inclusion BC Society

Help! Teeth Hurt: Creating a Business Case for a Pilot Project Special Needs Dental Clinic

The Faculty of Dentistry is currently seeking approval for a deep sedation chair at the Faculty and has paid the fee for approval to the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. We hope to use that chair as a pilot project for a specialized dental clinic (Clinic) for adults with DDs. This innovative Clinic would treat adults with DDs and would be a training centre for students of dentistry, dental hygiene, and anesthesiology, to teach these students to treat adults with DDs. The specialized pilot Clinic would be near UBC hospital, which has an intensive care unit, to ensure utmost safety of patients. This pilot Clinic would provide safe anesthesia as well as training to enable dental professionals to treat adults with DDs in their private dental practices, whenever possible, after graduation. Use of the Clinic for treatment under GA would be less costly and more efficient than using hospital operating rooms and would reduce demand for scarce hospital operating room time. The goal of Help! Teeth Hurt! is to create a business case to confirm the health and economic benefits of using the GA Clinic as an example of best practice for dental care for adults with DDs in BC. The business case will be used by Government, dental and community philanthropists, and the disability community in BC, to help them consider establishing dental surgical GA clinics to enhance access to dental care for BC adults with DDs.
$10,000.00
2015

Indian Summer Arts Society

Taiké: An Inter-Cultural Arts Development Project

There’s a Punjabi word for First Nations people that is only used in Vancouver. It doesn’t exist in India, or even in Toronto, Winnipeg or Calgary. The word is taiké and it was used when First Nations and South Asian men worked and lived together at lumber mills. Taiké translates to mean ‘father’s elder brother’. According to cultural researcher Naveen Girn, “It speaks to the idea of cousins between First Nations and South Asians, but also this idea of shared ancestry.” (Source: Vancouver Courier) The relationships that early South Asian immigrants were able to establish with Indigenous peoples has largely been lost and little is known of its history. What is evident though, is a shared sense of community, of storytelling traditions, and of respect for cultural inheritance. This project seeks to renew and re-build that respect and sense of kinship, through developing opportunities for First Nations and South Asian artists to work collaboratively on artistic projects, with the intention of eventually culminating in an outcome at Indian Summer Festival. Development funding from the Vancouver Foundation will enable us to offer South Asian and First Nations artists the opportunity to spend time together, begin exploring what their collaborations might look like and come up with viable project plans. We aim to create one or more projects to fit into Indian Summer Festival’s omnivorous, multi-disciplinary curatorial approach.
$10,000.00
2016

Instruments of Change

Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP)

The Greenhorn Community Music Project (GCMP) provides an accessible weekly after school music program where youth of all ages work with amateur and professional musicians to play music, gain performance skills, create new compositions, perform in the community and become familiar with the inner workings of a working band. The objectives of the GCMP are to: - support youth leadership in the arts - remove barriers for youth involvement in artistic expression - provide an inclusive community-oriented space for people of all ages, cultures and socio-economic status to engage in the arts - build intergenerational connections through transfer of skills between musicians of all ages Young people collaborate in the development and implementation of the music project through relationship building, decision-making, project design and mentorship. The GCMP aims to explore creative collaboration across disciplines, cultures, generations and skill levels while giving participants the tools and the confidence to more effectively work together. The GCMP fosters creative engagement by highlighting that the audience can become the performer at any time by joining rehearsals and performances. The music project will initiate a cascade effect within the community, with people passing on learned skills to others, who do the same and thereby empowering people to realize that they don’t need to be ‘qualified’ or ‘special’ to participate in the creation of their own culture.
$10,000.00
2015

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

Youth Voices

Through the Lens: Immigrant Youth Perspectives is a youth-led project that will train 15-20 immigrant youth on film and video on themes of anti-violence, anti-bullying and healthy relationships. Youth will be 13-15 years old. The first phase of healthy relationship training will take place over a weekend retreat in December, 2013 followed by 10 weekly training sessions from January - March, 2014. The second phase of film and video technology and production skills will take place from February - March 2014 and over five half-day sessions during school spring break. During the school spring break the youth will design, film and produce the remaining 10 podcasts. The podcasts will be aired as weekly Internet TV episodes from March-May 2014. The project will be supported by up to five youth peer mentors and the Project Coordinator. The project will run from October 2013-June 2014. This project originated from feedback from youth, teachers, community service providers and local and provincial social issues. Consultations were held with teachers, youth, community service providers.
$10,000.00
2013

Island Mountain Arts Society

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure is a gathering in Wells, BC for rural presenters and organizers of arts and culture with panels, workshops, round tables, networking opportunities and artist showcases. Northern Exposure will draw together individuals, festivals, organizations and artists to share ideas and knowledge on arts presentation and event organization, and to foster growth and support networks in the north and central interior. The program will cover such topics as: Building Audiences, Marketing, Financial Sustainability, Cultural Tourism, Funding, Sponsorship and Community Partnerships. Facilitated by Inga Petri, author of the seminal CAPACOA Study, “The Value of Presenting,” producers and organizers will be invited to give presentations outlining their challenges and successes in developing their projects. Learning from the expertise in the room, participants will be encouraged to share their personal experiences in roundtable discussions focusing on specific issues of interest. There will be intensive workshops, including on Friday with an all day workshop on “Audience development: A roadmap to engaged audiences and vibrant communities” and then on Saturday and Sunday with workshops on Marketing, Cultural Tourism, Funding and Working with Sound.
$10,000.00
2015

ITSAZOO Productions Society

Pipeline

Pipeline will be an original production created by some of Canada's leading artists based on Extract: The Pipeline Wars written by the Vancouver Observer. The question explored in the book is one that has been on the forefront of the minds of Canadians for years: should we allow Enbridge to build a pipeline to extract and ship oil from our country and what questions should we be asking about this complex issue? It has been difficult for the average citizen to gather all the information in order to understand the subject and formulate the right questions. Pipeline is an effort in gathering this information and questions it in human terms. The implications extend into bigger questions, the most profound being 'HOW ARE WE MEANT TO LIVE?'. Extract examines the environmental, social and economic effects of the potential pipeline and makes it a priority to represent a wide variety of individuals from different sides of the argument from first nations communities to Stephen Harper. We will animate these voices on stage in an attempt to illuminate this vital issue for the public.
$10,000.00
2013

"Debt" AKA "And One by One"

ITSAZOO Productions requests the financial assistance of the The Vancouver Foundation for the production of And One By One by Mackenzie Gordon. And One By One is a contemporary horror show inspired by the classic stories and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. The script will be performed as a promenade play at The Roedde House Museum, located in Vancouver's West End. The show will take place in and around the house and is suited to an audience capacity of 15 patrons to maximize the intimacy of the piece and ensure the museum is maintained. And One By One will be a tight one-hour production that will run in the weeks leading up to Halloween 2011: October 19-22 and 25-31 with two shows per evening, at 7pm and 9pm, to maximize exposure. And One By One is ITSAZOO's first foray into horror, a genre that is rarely seen in the contemporary theatre landscape. This original script by emerging playwright Mackenzie Gordon is a combination of the stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe, 1980’s slasher films, old radio dramas and haunted houses.
$10,000.00
2011

Japanese Community Volunteers Association

Exploring challenges in finding and coordinating support for community-dwelling older adults

Community-dwelling older adults have a difficult time navigating and coordinating various support services and programs that help them to continue living independently at home, affecting their safety and quality of life. This project explores the disconnect between older adults in need of support and available services and programs, and to envision possible solutions that help individuals find and receive the support they need to maintain their wellbeing.
$10,000.00
2020

Judith Marcuse Projects Society

JMP: Futures Forward

Community-engaged arts for social change (ASC) are increasingly acknowledged around the world as potent and effective ways for communities to engage with diverse, often complex and challenging issues. The field of ASC has developed unique goals, methods, pedagogy and scholarship; Canada (and, particularly, Vancouver) are acknowledged leaders in this burgeoning arts practice.This project aims to advance the field by providing new resources, job opportunities, networking, research, and knowledge exchange opportunities for artists, community members, scholars and diverse changemakers working in agendas for positive social change through the arts.
$10,000.00
2017

Justice For Girls

Young Women and Girls Advocacy and Education Center

JFG will bring together community stakeholders, and in particular young women with experience of marginalization and homelessness in Vancouver, to shape our response to these systemic educational barriers. This community dialogue and current needs assessment will be organized and facilitated by a Project Team comprised of a JFG Team Leader, a Youth Advocate and 3-5 Youth Mentors who have experience of marginalization. The Develop Grant will fund this development process: 1. Apr.:Build Project Team *Training on girl’s rights, advocacy and accompaniment, interviewing skills, facilitating focus groups, leadership skills, public speaking, researching/analyzing data, etc. 2. May-Oct.:Engage Community *Stakeholder Engagement-conduct outreach, interviews, focus groups with "first voice" young women; their families; frontline youth, anti-violence and anti-poverty workers; educational and health professionals; Youth/ Women's/Aboriginal organizations, etc. *Research-current reports and promising practices nationally/internationally *Public Awareness-share learning through speaking engagements, writing, media, blogs, website, etc. with the intention of influencing public understanding, as well as educational policies, programs and training 3. Nov.:Create Project Plan *With the collected body of knowledge, create an innovative and strategic project plan with the goal of transforming the way we support and educate marginalized girls 2017: Test *Implement project plan and test
$10,000.00
2016

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society

Mobilize Change for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

A Way Home is a committee led by youth with lived experience implementing Kamloops Youth Homelessness Action Plan. We have identified a two component project. The first is a launch event to release results from our Youth Homelessness Count – the first in Canada. Findings showed 56 youth currently homeless and 73 who experienced episodic homelessness. The event’s purpose is to educate public through the voices of youth providing recommendations for social change. The event would inspire a community movement pre-election. Youth will be involved in the planning and leadership. The launch event will engage everyone around youth homelessness and how to prevent it for youth aging out. The second component would be to hire a contractor to create a business plan on the Youth Count key recommendation: Safe Suite housing program. There is a significant need for Youth Housing First for youth ages 18-24 that are aging out of foster care and/or experiencing homelessness. In 2015, we completed a pilot of this model with 4 youth and limited staffing where we recognized the need for 24/7 staffing. Safe Suites would serve youth who need a supportive environment to stabilize and transcend homelessness. A contractor would complete a Safe Suites business plan from youth and community feedback and research.The plan would be used to engage provincial ministries and the private sector for funding sustainability. A Way Home would mobilize this plan in community to bring this project to life.
$5,500.00
2017

MY Place/Lived Experience Drop In Centre Life Skills development Program for Social Change

The innovation lies within the hearts and minds that know the crisis first hand - those with lived experiences. The challenge in implementing the innovation is twofold: 1) how do we move people in crisis that are tired and feel disenfranchised and move them to an environment of planning and implementing strategic and direct sociopolitical action and; 2) how do we, as a team of people with lived experience and those with socioeconomic privilege, come together and cause these different new relationships to form between these key stakeholder elements that sustain a campaign that makes systemic change on a municipal level possible and beneficial for all.Our project actions have to be innovative as to where, why and how those with lived experiences gather together for reasons other than daily survival (soup kitchens and \social service appointments), we come together as well for strategic reasons that bring us face to face with other entities that either don't understand the issues or have limited information that has been shared in a more sanitized version and approach. We must bring the truth of what we know and how we know this directly to the halls of power through presentations, workshops, panels and testimonies that dispel myths & stereotypes and foster awareness of the need for the collective responsibility and not individualize the reasons for the crisis.Finally,we must navigate and infiltrate the influential interconnected social systems and create a new flow of change.
$10,000.00
2017

Life Skills Development Project

The Life Skills Development Project (LSDP) consists of 2 key pieces: My Place, a weekly, drop-in based life skills and service navigation program resulting from a community-wide needs assessment; and the Life Skills Network (LSN), a group of community professionals working in the area of housing and life skills who come together to build working relationships, identify and address gaps in life skills programming, and oversee My Place. The life skills topics at My Place are facilitated by members of the LSN. Workshop topics range from to tenancy rights to communication to conflict resolution to budgeting, etc. The goal of the drop-in is to provide professionally facilitated, peer-driven discussion related to finding and maintaining housing, and improving quality of life. This structure allows clients to self-identify their needs in a safe, non-judgmental setting that they have ownership in. My Place also provides information about services in the community, and resources to assist individuals in reaching the support they need. A pilot stage of the LSDP has been completed and evaluated. Through this process, a refined product is being developed that supports collaboration and gives an active voice to our most vulnerable citizens. In the coming year, we hope to continue this success through a seamless transition from the project’s pilot stage, to a well-developed and sustainable program. We need to test our refined program and continue to develop it to meet community needs.
$10,000.00
2015

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