Grants

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Karen Jamieson Dance

solo|soul

To fund year 3, the creation, production and performance stage of the new dance work solo|soul, bringing to fruition the in-depth research processes of the past 2 years solo|soul is a solo dance work to be created by and for Karen Jamieson. Choreography will be developed from the 2 year progression of dialogue with colleagues, engaging in a series of 'danced conversations' that involved the community in creating new research processes. The work is concerned with transformation from inside out, the body as a temporary garment, and the transition from muscular to energy body that is demanded by the process of aging. Karen Jamieson will perform and tour solo|soul starting in July 2014 throughout BC, Canada and Europe. -Time is running out for me. My body, the sole repository of rich dance experiences of a lifetime, is aging. Yet my understanding of the meaning and significance of the work that I have been doing these past years grows. There is a race going on “ to render this understanding into choreographic form before my body ceases to be an expressive vehicle." Karen Jamieson
$7,000.00
2013

Kelowna Art Gallery

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the Kelowna Art Gallery

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are dedicated to assisting their members gain access to experience and grow up to become all they can be. We know some of the youth accessing our programs at the Downtown Youth Centre face barriers to participating in something like art classes - something so many of us may take for granted. The partnership between the Kelowna Art Gallery and the OKanagan Boys and Girl Club, Downtown Youth Centre (and shelter) will help the partners remove those barriers and invest in youth's artistic growth and social development. By providing monthly art classes, hosted by professional artists, youth will be exposed to different forms of artistic expression in the forms of different approaches to art making and mediums. In addition, Youth will also be engaged in pre-scheduled community art workshops hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery." We are hoping that the Kelowna Art Gallery can become a space where youth feel safe connecting, and trying something new, where they laugh at their failures, and blow their own minds" - Downtown Youth Centre Director; Sarah MacKinnon.
$5,000.00
2016

Preserves

Preserves is a community project that will explore the development of Kelowna and the history of the people who have shaped it. As Kelowna develops into a hub for the high-tech industry, and as the wine industry flourishes, the regions multicultural history is becoming less apparent. Our aim is to use art and technology to create a bridge among generations and ethnicities, such as the Aboriginal, Asian, and Indo-Canadian communities, and to explore the history of land use and development. The inspiration for Preserves came from a conversation with BC artist Maggie Shirley about the desire to hear and document people's stories and memories of the area. Kelowna's community is fragmented, and a project like Preserves would strengthen and maintain the spirit of tolerance and understanding in our city. This project will consist of an exhibition where works of art will be created by local artists who are paired with elders and individuals from various ethnic groups, community workshops to preserve objects in mason jars filled with clear gelatin, and use of augmented reality technology.
$8,291.00
2014

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society o/a Rotary Centre for the

Dance Floor

We need to purchase a professional dance floor to improve the artistic experience for dancers of all skill levels and ages. The current situation is not satisfactory as our floor surface is painted black, although suitable for drama, it is not acceptable for dance as the black paint wears off and the dancers doing any type of floor work, as well as point shoes, become black from the paint which wears off as its used. We have tried many types of paint to come up with a multipurpose surface; there is not a solution that is workable. If we coat the paint with a clear varnish it becomes too slippery and unsafe. We estimate that the proposed dance floor will last 15 years with regular use and proper care.
$4,000.00
2011

Kesho Trust

Child and Nature Alliance

Child and Nature Alliance
$10,000.00
2010

KidSafe Project Society

KidSafe Food Program

Our Summer Food Program consists of providing food for up to 300 inner-city children every day during the entire eight weeks of their summer break. KidSafe provides nutritious food for breakfasts, lunches and snacks for five inner-city school program locations and hires five Food Coordinators who prepare the menus, do food preparation, provide nutritional information and do clean up at each of the KidSafe locations. We are in need of support to help offset the costs of Food Program for this summer to ensure that this service that children and families of innercity Vancouver have come to rely upon can be provided in the manner have grown accustomed to and take great comfort in. It is a small piece of their lives that provides them with some security in knowing that the children are safe and fed.
$10,000.00
2010

Kimberley Arts Council - Centre 64

Farm Fragments: An Installation by Jean Pederson

The installation Farm Fragments uses fragments from the past and present social fabric of rural Canada, including parts of the artist’s family farm (linoleum, doors and windows, molding, shingles, etc.), old receipts, photographs, Polaroid transfers, and original paintings and collages by the artist depicting all that is left of a century of farming on the Prairies. A video made by the artist will be projected in an adjoining room. Under the guidance of a professional consultant, the organizing committee will learn new techniques in preparing, organizing, and hosting a major exhibition.
$5,000.00
2011

Kimberley Summer Theatre Society

Kimberley Summer Theatre 2013 Season

Kimberley Summer Theatre (KST) is moving in a bold new artistic direction in 2013, presenting an adult-oriented comedy and adding a large-scale musical to our summer programme. Our upcoming season will run from July 9 through August 17 and will include 21 performances of Self-Help, a farce by acclaimed Canadian playwright Norm Foster, in the 120-seat theatre at Centre 64 and nine performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at McKim Theatre, which seats over 500. The Kimberley Summer Theatre School will once again run two month-long instructional camps, one for students aged 7 to 10 years, and one for students aged 11 to 14 years, from July 16 through August 11. The 2013 season will be overseen by experienced producer Tony James of Victoria. Local director Tanya Laing-Gahr will direct Self-Help, and Truus Verkley, artistic director at Puddle of Mud Productions, will direct The Wizard of Oz. Students in the KST School, along with members of the Kimberley Dance Academy and other local youth, will be cast in auxiliary roles in The Wizard of Oz
$10,000.00
2013

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Exploring/Creating Models in Inter & Multi Generational Child Care

We would like to use a development grant to hire a child care systems analyst to create a business plan in order to offer Inter and Multi Generational Child Care within the Kitsilano Community Centre. This will include researching and presenting required building upgrades, licensing, staffing, accreditation requirements, training, support, and methods of volunteer recognition.
$10,000.00
2015

Kitty Cat PAL Prevent A Litter Society

Healthy Holding Cages for Intake and Adoption Areas

To increase our capacity to accept cats in need into our Society while providing the best care possible which includes isolating new intakes that appear ill from new intakes that appear healthy. In 2014 we would like a much needed isolation room to be roughed in and finished, in the same manner as our intake room was in 2013. The part of this project we are applying to Vancouver Foundation for is for the longer-term stay holding cages, as well as the 2 of the same cages for adoption areas, as sometimes the kitties will be staying more than a week in the cages and we want to provide a healthy environment for them. With large, multi-level, easy to sanitize cages, this new equipment will increase our ability to care for the cats, increase the cats’ welfare while they stay in the cages which in turn aids the “show quality” of adoptable kittens. Often, irritability in kittens that can’t play and climb is an obstacle that inhibits adoptions. These new cages will help our Society’s overall community image and help overall capacity building.
$4,475.00
2013

Marketing and Fundraising collateral creation

To date, the society's collateral visual materials have been hand-made by volunteers and last less than one year before they tear or break. We would like to have a few key pieces of signage professionally produced so that they will last years in aid of the long term capacity of the society to reach the community. Key Signage is needed, such as sandwich boards and rigid plastic banners announcing our presence at community events, durable tabletop display boards to feature what we do, and professionally produced pamphlets that the public can take home as reference. Also, There have been requests by schools and service societies for presentations from the society in order to increase fundraising activities. We would like to have produced a short informative documentary video about the society, what our volunteers do and the needs of the cats in our community. This video can be accompanied by a distribution of kid-friendly magnets in schools, so that they can take home something about the society and put it on the fridge, increasing the exposure of the society to the entire household.
$5,200.00
2012

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Celebrating Journeys: An Immigrant & Refugee Intergenerational Storytelling Project

$9,900.00
2017

Neighbourhood Love Letters

Neighbourhood Love Letters (LL): an arts-based community engagement process connecting youth-in-and-from care (YIC) with residents in Hastings-Sunrise & Grandview-Woodlands to harvest the deep, unspoken seeds of belonging that make up a neighbourhood , and reflect the spirit of neighbourhood back to itself, in it’s own words, illustrated in shared public spaces. Supported by Corrina Keeling, Lead Artist, Diego Cardona, Youth Coordinator and Vicki Li, Volunteer Coordinator, a spring and summer engagement process for resident volunteers, inclusive of a group of youth-in-care, gain skills in art installation and community-directed inquiry, and interact at multiple points along the way, including meeting in person, contributing to the LL Scrapbooks, and witnessing the fruits of their own dialogue through temporary sidewalks and street installations in the neighbourhood. Fall harvest of scrapbook writings and photo documentation of sidewalk/street installation will form the basis of an arts exhibit and dialogue between youth and adults. LL will work w youth through networks including VACFSS-CRUW, Urban Butterflies, Youth Matters, Templeton CST, RISE, Roving Leaders. Importance of connections & social capital for all people is well-documented. Weaving YIC connection to and aspirations for place and home with those of other residents will provide a tangible, beautiful record of community affection and dialogue, & insight into strengthening connections in place.
$9,900.00
2017

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Downtown Eastside Artistic Community Outreach

This is a capacity building project to increase the participation of DTES artists and groups in using our studio spaces and in attending events that take place there. This project is connected to a sustainability issue that we face in operating the new cultural spaces. We have completed a draft business plan with consultant Linda Gorrie that identifies the financial challenges we will have in covering the overhead costs of operating the facility. Since our intention is to make KW Studios affordable and accessible to marginalized artists and groups in the DTES, we need to have a better understanding of the numbers of potential DTES users, their specific needs, and their financial capabilities, or lack thereof, toward contributing some cost returns, and the potential amount of time their use would entail. This will establish a target financial goal for providing partial or complete subsidies for those with artistic projects that could benefit from access to our physical resources. The facilities consist of a 1,050 sq.ft. dance studio adjacent to the Woodward's Atrium, a 3,802 sq. ft. basement production and recording studio, and a 450 sq. ft. meeting/workshop room on the 2nd floor. To find out what we need to know, we plan to hire a consultant with knowledge of the DTES community.
$6,500.00
2016

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society (KAAP)

KAAP's Focus on Kootenay Ferals

Our project is to physically assist and educate local people who have a 'feral cat' (unsocialized, not able to be touched by people, unfixed) problem. People are noticing feral cats who have been abandoned in their area/property/barns, but have not been addressing the problem immediately. They wait until they start seeing kittens, and then wait some more until they start seeing kittens of kittens, and then start asking for help. The local animal shelters will not assist in trapping these cats and may not assist in planning for them. KAAP volunteers will provide equipment, instructions, physical set up, spay/neuter surgery for healthy cats, aftercare, and relocation to suitable habitats. We also provide education and referral services in the community, via our web site www.homes4animals.com, central communications phone number (250-551-1053), and personal contact/site visits.
$4,133.00
2010

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 Society of Greater Vancouver

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

Leave Out Violence "LOVE"

BEATS Magazine: Newcomer Youth Voice and Perspective (BEATS)

$10,000.00
2017

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

Little Shuswap Lake

LSLIB Community Energy Independence Project

The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band relies heavily on propane to operate our reserve. This represents an economic and environmental concern through it's unsustainable nature and potential for extreme damage to our area. The band is currently engaged in a process of developing in-house capacity to provide for our people a future of financial, cultural, and energy independence. Our plan is a holistic approach to energy needs. We believe in acting only after all resources have been explored and assessed. To create our plan, we need to understand the unique benefits and drawbacks of all our on reserve resources.
$8,000.00
2018

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