Grants

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Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

LaFF Around Town - Connecting Families to Services and Strengthening Belonging

The idea behind LaFF Around Town is to consistently provide LaFF programming on weekends and evenings and in locations throughout the community to provide multiple points of access to be inclusive of as many families as possible. The idea originated through consultation with families who expressed the desire to strengthen their connection to the community, and through feedback from service providers showing that some vulnerable families were not accessing services. We will create a quarterly Calendar of Events promoting all local events for children ages 0-6 and their families hosted by LaFF and other member agencies of the Ladysmith Early Years Partnership (LEYP). The Calendar will be inserted into every Leisure Guide published and distributed by the Town of Ladysmith and will be inserted into other local print media. The Calendar will also be distributed through LaFF’s electronic newsletter, posted on our website, Facebook and in other social media as appropriate to ensure maximum access to community-based programs and services by the broadest possible audience of families.
$10,000.00
2012

Building Capacity and Continuity Through Volunteerism

LaFF’s Volunteer Program is designed to strengthen and enhance our Family Resource Program and provide opportunities for growth and a sense of belonging to individuals in the community. Ladysmith is filled with people who are looking for ways to meaningfully connect and build a richer community in which to belong. With 15 years of community building history, LaFF has grown into a leader, and not only young families, but people of all ages and backgrounds are turning to LaFF for opportunities to engage and participate in our community. The Volunteer Program will allow LaFF to formalize and strengthen our existing volunteer activities, building on our relationships with senior and youth volunteers, forming connections between and within social networks and generations. The strength, vibrancy and sustainability of our work with children and their families will increase in the process, as intergenerational understanding and learning opportunities become part of our everyday operations and our pool of stakeholders and participants increases and diversifies.
$10,000.00
2011

Langley Arts Council

Music Rules in Schools Literary Project

THE MRIS Program has four parts that bring together education, live performance, physical activity and literacy. Established artists and industry professionals will facilitate each of the components through live performance, interaction, discussion and participation.Most of the artists are young to enhance interaction and the ‘star’ factor.If known recording artists are presenting the program, it is more acceptable and ‘cool’ to the youth.The MRIS program can be tailored to suit all grade levels and is offered to the schools as an afternoon program so youth realize the important links between the music, literary, academic and performance worlds. Part 2:Literacy Through Songwriting-This part focuses the craft of songwriting as a literary art of poetry to music.An established artist will present this ‘workshop’.They will interact with the students by taking keywords, stories, and ideas from the students to write a song together.This component will emphasize the importance of literacy, reading, comprehension and the importance of telling a story that is relevant to society.
$10,000.00
2011

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia - Vancouver Chapter

The Better Futures Project

Those with learning disabilities (LD’s) often have an above average intelligence, however because of the way their brain processes information they struggle to learn in the same way as others. As a result, the employment rate of adults with an LD is less than half the employment rate of those without. Additionally, often employers haven’t been educated in how to support someone with an LD and so this acts as a further barrier to employment. LDAV have therefore worked with partners to create a new project outline that addresses both sides of this issue. LDAV will be working to develop the content of the program further and test out the model to help more people with LD’s gain employment.
$10,000.00
2017

Learning Employment and Education Program

The Leadership Employment and Education Program (LEEP) is a leadership and employment training program for youth (14-17) with Learning Disabilities. The program's goal is twofold: 1) to broaden each young person's understanding of their individual Learning Disability diagnosis and to enhance their skills as advocates of their needs in the workplace, 2) to provide each youth with employment training, and volunteer work placements that will prepare them for the workplace. Youth with Learning Disabilities face very specific challenges. The program is designed to help them explore these issues with others who experience the same battles, to build a sense of community with others, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation for their uniqueness. Youth will graduate from the LEEP program with a new sense of awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, newfound confidence in their abilities and unique talents, and a better ability to communicate their needs.
$10,000.00
2014

Lions Gate Sinfonia

Sinfonia's World

The concert Sinfonia’s World invites the audience to be delighted by poetry and music of many cultures that are part of Canada: Persian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Romanian, First Nations, East Indian, and many more. It will also feature a very special piece: Common Harmony, created by students of Handsworth School, under the guidance of composers and mentoring musicians. The piece addresses language barriers, cultural differences, lack of cross-cultural communication and intolerance.
$10,000.00
2010

Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society

Seniors Today: Building a Better Tomorrow, Phase Three

Based on a Seniors Survey results document and consultation phase which involved a series of interactive workshops to discuss the survey results and ascertain priorities to be addressed, the project intends to: 1) Engage action orientated seniors (both survey respondents and workshop participants), community and business stakeholders and other motivated seniors in determining how North Shore communities can provide the environment, supports and services seniors need to age well in place (these might include care giving, non-medical and medical home supports, accessible transportation, supports for preventing and overcoming isolation and education about housing options as people age); 2) Using the World Health Organization's 'Age Friendly Framework', whose approach seeks to gather input on what seniors need to remain healthy, happy, independent and connected to each other and their community, create, set up and implement locally based Seniors Action Tables (SATS) coordinated by LionsView Seniors Planning Society in order to create 'Age Friendly Action' plans and initiatives.
$10,000.00
2012

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society

Heart, Health, 'Hood: Learning. Living. Leading.

Heart, Health,‘Hood is an inter-sectoral program addressing isolation, health, engagement of marginalized & underserved individuals (immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, seniors). It reduces barriers of exclusion through connection, collaboration, education, engagement. Social determinants of health are discussed & acted upon through dialogue, resource sharing, interactive lessons, goal setting, small project design & delivery. This innovation builds a vibrant community through development of personal health/financial/community goals, & a subsequent project where participants work together to improve their own, & the community’s health. Component (1): [‘HEART’: participant-focused health knowledge]; BCIT student nurses facilitate cross-cultural health activities, dialogue, & group learning that puts issues affecting marginalized groups at the forefront. Participants choose relevant topics that shape the program & set goals for personal & collective health. Component (2): [‘HEALTH’: employment/financial empowerment]; Vancity staff share tools for employment/financial wellbeing/volunteering. Participants develop goal–setting action plans & best practices for financial security, employment, volunteering. Component (3): [‘HOOD’ projects that care for community]. Participants review action plans & choose a project to collaborate & mentor each other on, through application & delivery of a neighbourhood small grant focused on a social determinant of health.
$7,428.00
2015

Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan

The Bright Side Youth Project

The social innovation idea we would like to move on with Vancouver Foundation development funds is to explore in partnership with community agencies the recent social innovations in youth sexual health programming. We aim to determine the best program for reaching vulnerable Okanagan youth and how we can build and manage strategic and institutional partnerships to bring any identified program development to sustainable fruition. We want to identify a recent social innovation idea in the delivery of youth-based sexual health prevention programs that has been successful in other regions and that could be modified into an innovative program in the Okanagan. The coming together to develop programming for Okanagan youth is in and of itself an innovative step for this community.
$10,000.00
2015

Lookout Society

Downtown Residential Art Collective

Lookout proposes to create a peer-led art collective, supported by Lookout’s Life Skills workers and Tenant Support Workers. Through this art collective tenants and staff will work together to facilitate art groups, programs and workshops aiming to develop and empower artists living in the DTES through creative expression and education with the goal of hosting an Art Exhibit. This project will collaborate with a local non-profit art gallery. Group facilitation will educate residents in the DTES and surrounding communities about inclusion and reduce the stereotypes related to poverty. We will collaborate with various cultural groups to encourage artists to embrace their culture.
$10,000.00
2017

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program

Current core program goals are to aid, assist and support 15-20 Aboriginal Youth that have or will be “Aging out of Care” to develop life-skills and other key areas to assist in their transition to Adulthood. Main stream funding sources that the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship and Housing Program are partnered with require results such as employment, education and/or housed. The youth in the AYM&HP successfully acquired these goals however maintaining these achievements has proven to be challenging at best. Through the evolution and development of the program it has become evident that the youth need more than connections to resources and removal of physical barriers. It has been our experience that our Indigenous Youth also need access to healing through a variety of practices to match each youth’s individual needs such as traditional, cultural, alternative and innovative methods to assist with trauma, addictions, mental health and other emotional barriers the youth are experiencing. Youth that have Aged Out of Care endure long wait lists that do not allow for actual in the moment planning, resistance to alternative methods of healing and wellness as well as little or no support to become engaged in cultural activities or are lacking financial resources to travel to and participate in the cultural experiences that could be available to them. This application will provide youth opportunities to strengthen or develop cultural connections to community.
$10,000.00
2017

Lytton First Nation

?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix

BC First Nations youth on reserve and many BC contemporary Indigenous musical artists face extreme economic, cultural and social exclusion. ?'q'?mcín [Two Rivers] Remix is a free outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music on Nlha'7kapmx territory that features BC Aboriginal musicians creating a critical new grassroots sound that empowers Indigenous youth and women. Regenerating the Lytton Block Party through a series of exploratory, creative and collaborative workshops with Indigenous youth, artists, educators and elders - the festival will engage new audiences for this rowdy musical remix of urban/rez, visual/aural, hip-hop/pow-wow, and personal/political.
$10,000.00
2017

Malaspina Art Society

MAS 25th Anniversary Project

Celebrate 25 years of the Arts in Powell River by way of an art bench design project for the benefit of the community of Powell River, British Columbia with the delivery of 25 benches with a painted panel done by a local artist and commemorative plaque on the back of each bench. The city has already approved this project and will help with the permanent installation. Call to Artists has gone out and submissions will be approved through a public display and the chosen designs by public vote. Those artists chosen will then begin their panels while the benches are being built. The unveiling ceremony and installation of benches will take place in August 2013. A brochure will be produced and information about the Malaspina Art Society forwarded to other cultural partners for dissemination on BC Ferries and websites.
$2,500.00
2013

Mandala Arts and Culture Society

Gait to the Spirit Festival 2013

There are several other festivals which focus on a specific dance style or demographic (such as Talking Stick, Flamenco Dance Festival, Tap Dance Festival). There is an evident need to sustain audience interest and to provide a platform, to those engaged professionally, for the practice and performance of a specific dance style. Mandala has been presenting and collaborating with various dance presenters for the past 20 years and has recognized the void in the presentation of the Indian classical dance forms within the Canadian context. It has determined that there is indeed a real need to fill this gap locally, by presenting an annual festival of Indian classical dance in B.C. highlighting the pulse, evolution and dynamism of these dance forms around the globe. The 4th edition of the Gait to the spirit Festival is scheduled for October 18 to 21, 2013 in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre and the Jewish Community Centre. The festival will include performances including one with a four-piece orchestra from India, and will also feature workshops, master classes and a lecture.
$6,000.00
2013

Marpole-Oakridge Family Place Society

Social Innovation Cohort: Buidling Capacity Bridging the Divide in Marpole

A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore the following issues: - a community assessment map of services, service providers, businesses, and public partners - identify who the stakeholders of the community are - a stakeholder engagement process to decide what are the gaps in services in the community and where should services be provided - the committee will collect, process, and evaluate the information gathered and create a capacity building and community bridging plan for the Marpole Oakridge area - create a terms of reference for process of engagement with current and future community partners and service providers - create an effective system of information and resource sharing to bridge the gap between service providers and provide easy access to information and resources for stakeholders The end result will be a plan that outlines how to address the change in services, location of services, how information is distributed throughout the community and City as large of changes, programs and resources available.
$7,500.00
2016

Marta Marta Hop Society

The Ligeti Touring Project, Phase 1

THE LIGETI TOURING PROJECT is an initiative to prepare our recent performance work for a tour around BC, across Canada and beyond. This project will happen in two phases. The first 'residency' phase starts with rehearsals of two dance/music pieces, 'SONATA' and 'SPEAKING IN LIGETI', involving five MMP dancers and four musicians of the Microcosmos Quartet at The Dance Centre from July 1-August 15, 2014. The project continues with rehearsals and performances during a one-week theatre residency on Saltspring Island, August 16-23, sponsored by the Artspring Theatre, allowing the company to refine all aspects of the production, integrate a new performer and keep the piece alive for the second 'touring' phase. Throughout the rest of the year, MMP will work closely with Touring Consultant Mirna Zagar from The Dance Centre who is assisting the company to connect to dance, music and interdisciplinary performance networks. The second phase starts in 2015 with a tour around BC (TBA) and performances with Live Arts and the Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (confirmed).
$5,000.00
2014

McCreary Centre Society

Resilience revolution: Roles and realities of stress in youth’s lives

McCreary’s Youth Research Academy (YRA) are a group of youth in and from care who are learning research skills and conducting research projects of interest to youth in care and the agencies that serve them. In March 2017 the YRA are facilitating a Research Slam to offer other youth with care experience the opportunity to learn some research skills and engage in a short research project about how young people experience and manage stress. This project will build on the results of the Research Slam. Members of the YRA, and Slam participants who wish to remain involved, will develop and deliver a knowledge translation workshop. The workshop will share the findings of the research into how young people experience and manage stress, and will also gather feedback on the results and ideas to increase resilience among youth. A minimum of four workshops will be delivered to diverse youth, including a minimum of two workshops with youth in and from care. Participants will then be supported to synthesize the feedback and to develop key messages to share with stakeholder groups (e.g., foster parents, teachers, youth). In addition to the knowledge translation workshops, project participants will also undertake a review of available tools and resources to help youth develop the skills they need to effectively manage stress.
$10,000.00
2017

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

A Way Forward - Building Organizational Capacity

This project has two parts. Part 1 will undertake strategic planning to address the need for: · Succession and management plan to replace the manager, also the rehabilitator and founder of our organization, who is due to retire in the next few years · Plan to secure long term occupancy of our rental premises · Upgrading of premises to accommodate interns who live on site between April and October every year · Renovations and construction for wildlife care including larger flight pen to rehabilitate raptors Part 2 will strengthen our social media activity, including: · Website development · Development of a social media plan, related policies and a social media marketing plan · Improvement of database management system
$8,000.00
2012

Movement Dance Productions Society

Pierced: A new full-length ballet by Joshua Beamish

MOVE: the company proposes support of Phase 3, Final creation and Presentation, of Joshua Beamish's new full-length work, Pierced. The work yields an innovative collaboration of leading artists from Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) & New York City Ballet in one creative process. In development since August 2011, the project exists in 3 phases. Phase 1 occurred in 2012 through the support of RWB, PNB in Seattle, the Manhattan Movement & Arts Centre, the Banff Centre and NYC's Jerome Robbins Foundation. Beamish created a series of short works which would eventually fuse into a cohesive full-evening structure. These shorts were presented by Dancing on the Edge in July 2012. Phase 2 occurs in Spring 2013 through the support of RWB and the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. Beamish will create 2 final shorts. The various fragments of Pierced will be reworked and woven together during Phase 3's 3 weeks of creative residencies at Jacob's Pillow and Mission's Clarke Theatre. The work will be self presented Oct 25-26 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
$10,000.00
2013

Multifaith Action Society of B.C. (MAS)

Be The Change Student Initiative

Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is working collaboratively with Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) to bring the Student Initiative to secondary schools in Vancouver. Developed by teachers, students, and social scientists working with professionals in eco-psychology, facilitation & team building, it offers powerful experiential education about leadership & sustainability. Students enjoy a 4-part program: 1) interactive video-enriched assembly that motivates students to bring a sustainable focus to clubs/classrooms; 2) leadership training that teaches small group process & how to use the “Action Guide”, 3) facilitation workshops for university students to mentor high-school 'Action Circles', 4) 'Action Circles' where secondary students become leaders and support each other to make sustainable choices at home, school, & in community. This January we have a unique opportunity to work with 270 students & 4 Planning 10 teachers at Vancouver Tech Secondary to integrate the Action Circle program into core curriculum and create a teacher’s manual to make it accessible to other teachers.
$10,000.00
2010

Museum of Vancouver

Trust

Individual and group relationships are critical for community health, sustainability, and resilience. But, per the Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver, many Vancouverites are socially isolated and civically disengaged. Fortunately, “people are happier working together for a worthy purpose,” as UBC wellbeing expert John Helliwell reports. Connecting and collaborating, however, rest on a foundation: trust. The Trust project utilizes art and design as the foundation for a social and cultural innovation: engagement for cross-boundary connection. Trust’s ideas and activities aim to catalyze intra- and intergroup relationships while creating new understandings of social connection and its civic value. The project encourages connection across social and community boundaries through a TrustLab; and wider participation through onsite and public programming and a participatory immersive exhibition featuring art, design, historic artifacts, video, and digital media. Trust, surprising and fun, will increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings. Trust brings renowned Vancouver artists into a multidisciplinary team dedicated to co-designing and testing innovative techniques with community members and organizations that work with populations the VF has identified as acutely isolated (25-34-y.o.’s and immigrant/newcomers); and families. Trust is strategically scaled to address social isolation and intensify the Museum’s community value.
$10,000.00
2015

URBAN CORTEX: A Social Sensing + Connectivity Lab

CONTEXT: In Fall 2013, MOV will work with academic partners to create an interdisciplinary set of prototypes in which designers, artists and researchers will explore the intersection between urban space design, social capital and psychological effects of city life. In particular, they will be comprised of installations, interventions and experiments that test or boost trust and social capital. The public will be invited to experience and interact with these social design prototypes during a showcase at the Museum of Vancouver (Nov 2013). PROJECT: The proposed project will leverage prototypes and research generated through the planned academic partnerships, and extend their reach to a broad range of Vancouver communities through a series of targeted workshops, public space pop-ups, and charrettes throughout different neighborhoods in Spring/Summer 2014. A final, large public dialogue will also be convened. These events will share initial results, convene discussion, invite a greater number of participants through further experiments and refined opportunities for investigation.
$8,801.00
2013

UPCYCLED URBANISM: An Everyday Design Assemblage

Upcycled Urbanism is a participatory art project that will invite artists, designers, makers and laypeople to reimagine Vancouver's public art and amenities, as well as invite them to become part of Vancouver's evolving design culture. Working together, participants will design and build their own public art or amenity prototypes using large blocks of polystyrene salvaged from the construction of the Port Mann Bridge. A series of workshops will culminate in an outdoor design/build event where the wider community will be invited to critique and encourage the builders. Sculptures will be displayed at Mini Maker Faire in June and other public venues. Multimedia documentation will be shared online, and through partners' extensive social media networks. Learnings and lessons from the workshops and build event will then be shared at a public forum. Material will be recycled for industrial use.
$6,990.00
2012

Sex Talk in the City

Sex Talk in the City is a multifaceted health promotion and prevention project that explores sexuality currently and in Vancouver's past. It engages the public with topics of sexual health, sexual diversity and sex education. The project demonstrates that human sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political, and that it is widely connected to issues of human rights, individual choice and societal health. This multi-partner project includes a 6 month public exhibition, a health promotions campaign, a queer youth component, and collaborative research. It will create a safe and engaging place for the public to learn what it means, for individuals and society, to live a sex positive and informed lifestyle. The Museum of Vancouver, as a public institution, will de-stigmatize conversations about sexuality through public engagement and experiential learning. The project aims to empower participants with the language and knowledge to make informed choices about their identity and sexuality, influencing their readiness for change.
$10,000.00
2012

Music on Main Society

Digital Storytelling Project

Our main goal with this program is to discover how we can deepen the involvement of people with classical and new music. The tools we are interested in developing will be created through a process of understanding what our community needs in order to create tools and platforms to enhance the initial experience before a concert, as well as during and after a concert for our existing and potential audience members. We will hire a Digital Strategy Project Manager who will spearhead the project and work with the Music on Main team to bring digital tools into our everyday operations. This person will be responsible for coordinating the project and involving the organization in moving forward. We plan to conduct a focus group with members of two identified groups of people, (people with extensive knowledge of classical music who want to deepen their experience; and people who have little knowledge of classical music but who have a knowledge in other areas of arts and culture), and armed with the data from the focus group, we will research the options available to us as an organization to put these tools and platforms into operation. In our initial discussion, we centred on enhancing the digital experience for both groups to anticipate what to expect at a concert, so were looking at promotional tools. However, as mentioned, we want to go further by integrating digital tools and platforms that will deepen the experience before, during and after the concert.
$10,000.00
2015

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