Awarded Grants

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ACORN Institute Canada

Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform

The displacement of low-to-moderate income renters and the destruction or gentrification of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. ACORN's Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform will enable BC ACORN and low-to-moderate income tenant communities to create real policy change at the municipal level. The research and development of both high level policy proposals and tenant action plans will give BC ACORN the missing pieces needed to form a viable project plan aimed at ending tenant displacement and preserving affordable rental housing at the municipal level.
$10,600.00
2019

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Permanency with an Indigenous Lens – Capacity Building and Collaboration

While Indigenous children remain starkly overrepresented in BC government care and among those waiting for adoption, the world of adoption and permanency is changing to focus on family preservation, the delegation of authority to Indigenous organizations, new forms of permanency, and maintaining cultural identity. However, the need for Indigenous-centred permanency efforts and culturally-appropriate resources to champion the well-being of Indigenous children and families at every step of their journey—before and after they find permanence—is enormous. This project will explore gaps in services and identify actions and collaborations to support Indigenous communities, families, and children.
$20,000.00
2020

African Stages Association of BC

ON WINGS OF STORIES (OWOS).

On the Wings of Stories (OWOS) is designed to use storytelling and proverbs promote youth-elder interaction and exchange of knowledge and skills. Our goal is to use proverbs to address the problems of youth-adult alienation, mistrust and misunderstanding. We are keenly aware that many elders in our communities live in isolation with insufficient interaction with the youths. Storytelling provides a tool to bridge this inter-generation gap. Our project seeks to use storytelling and other African performing Arts to create and maintain a healthy society and to help empower and deal with challenging issues in the community.
$20,000.00
2018

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

The term is "sociological imagination", NOT "social imagination."

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$20,000.00
2020

Building Social Peace of Mind in Personal Crisis in Black Communities in BC’s Lower Mainland

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$10,000.00
2018

Agrarians Foundation

Accelerating gender parity in financing for small scale food processors

Food security requires that food producers are able to make a living. Food futures analysis shows increasing demand. Small scale food processors create new and innovative products while building relationships with farmers, suppliers, markets and consumers. Women are drawn to this field but as with other women in businesses, they hit barriers finding financing. The importance of their work is not understood by financers which adds to the difficulty. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, financing agencies' representatives will meet with our members. Breakthroughs in understanding will result in plans for new systems and supports thus changing the business ecosystem women ssfp's.
$20,000.00
2019

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to develop a model for Regional Agricultural Support that better influences and informs Provincial frameworks, ensuring accommodation of the unique contextual realities of various geographical regions and producer populations. A review of the ACRD’s Agricultural Plan Implementation Project will highlight areas where we’ve succeeded in influencing Provincial systems. Engagement with other communities and research into other models of Regional agricultural support will help to identify shared values and narratives. Discussions with the Province will support renewed and impactful plans for agricultural support within the ACRD and elsewhere.
$20,000.00
2019

AMSSA Community Education Society of BC

Unsettling Practice for the Immigration Sector - Development

The transformation of the way in which the Immigration and Settlement Sector is approaching working relationships with Indigenous Peoples will stop the re-creation of historical, systemic patterns between settlers and First Nations. The complexities of a sector that exists to facilitate settlement into territories that are officially acknowledged as 'unceded' are being simplify or ignored in order to achieve fast results, taking us away from the goal of Reconciliation. By identifying and presenting specific and effective elements of disruption to that context, this project will provide viability to a set of general ideas we believe will trigger a process of transformation.
$20,000.00
2019

Art Starts in Schools Society

Arts Integrated Education for Social Justice

ArtStarts will identify systemic patterns, power dynamics, relationships, and advocacy required to shift the education system towards arts integration for social justice. In BC’s current K-12 system, the arts are siloed and devalued. Yet the arts are a valuable and transformative teaching tool that equip students to think deeply and critically about social justice, to cultivate empathy and creativity, and to inspire awareness and action to build a more inclusive and just society. Using an anti-oppression lens, ArtStarts will engage artists, teachers, parents, students and key policy and decision makers to learn about how to systemically embed arts in education.
$20,000.00
2020

Arts BC Arts Service Society

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

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

Arts in Action Society

Squamish Artist Solidarity Housing Initiative

The Solidarity Housing project aims to support the transfer of privately owned homes to permanently affordable housing for Squamish artists and cultural producers in Vancouver. The first stage of this project will engage homeowners through a survey and focus groups to explore ways that non-Indigenous people can leverage the land they own as part of the process of reconciliation: how can settlers live a good life while contributing to permanently affordable housing for Indigenous people? As well, Squamish artists will come together to discuss their needs and desires for housing: what does safe, affordable, culturally appropriate housing look like for Squamish artists and cultural producers?
$20,000.00
2019

Arts Umbrella Association

Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm

Arts Umbrella recognizes that systemic oppression, colonialism, and white supremacy exist heavily within the entire theatre ecology. For the next 12 months, we are committed to having conversations and participating in consultations with our community about equity, diversity, and inclusion. “Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm” is a project that will inspire a bold transformation within arts education, as we aim to be more accessible and relatable in how we serve young people. This work is a necessary first step in our plan to advance the conversation of diversity and representation in our studios and on our stages. Our goal is to affect change for future generations of artists.
$20,000.00
2020

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

CONNECTIONS: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health of First Nations Foster Youth

CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the overrepresentation of First Nations youth in care. It is no longer enough to acknowledge the land upon which we stand, but to honor it by integrating the knowledges and practices from which it stems. CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the impacts of intergenerational trauma and the inordinate number of challenges and disadvantages faced by foster youth, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry. This process remains in the beginning stages and funding received from the Vancouver Foundation Develop Grant in support of this project will, in part, go directly towards further developing strategies for lasting change.
$20,000.00
2019

BC Living Arts

Angel’s Bone: Addressing human exploitation in our communities through operatic performance

Angel’s Bone is the pulitzer-prize winning opera by Chinese-American composer, Du Yun and Canadian librettist, Royce Vavrek. The opera explores the dark motivations and effects of modern day slavery and human trafficking through the story of two angels who journey to our world to experience the delights of earth. When the angels arrive, they encounter Mr. and Mrs. Xe who lure them into an exploitative situation. In producing this opera and developing a series of community outreach events, this project takes a creative approach to raising awareness of the human exploitation that occurs in our community and the extensive resources available to the public to aid in combating human trafficking.
$10,000.00
2018

Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada

Shifting the Agricultural Sector to Bird-Friendly practices through certification

The project aims to address the role of agricultural intensification in the decline of birds. Our entry point into this complex issue are aerially insectivorous birds, which are protected under federal legislation, and which rely on farmlands for their survival. We will co-host stakeholder workshops with ECCC and the FPSI to understand barriers to implementing bird-friendly farming practices. Collaboratively, we will develop actions farmers can take towards bird-friendly farming certification. We will then engage the relevant stakeholders in the Fraser River Delta with experience applying third party certification process, and develop a model to ‘test-drive’ these actions on the ground.
$20,000.00
2020

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society

A community economic development plan for the West Boundary

Have you ever heard of the Boundary area of BC? We are in the centre of BC on the border in a mountainous area where ranch lands and forests abound. People are spread out in small communities. Because of a dwindling economy, community resources are very limited as are opportunities for employment. Signs of entrenched poverty and food insecurity are commonplace. A group of community leaders aim to reinvigorate the area and have begun the process by creating a non-profit Community Services Co-operative, purchasing land and planning a community hub building. The Vancouver Foundation DEVELOP grant, will allow us to engage the community in creating a community economic development plan.
$20,000.00
2019

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Transforming BC’s Police Act

BCCLA’s Transforming BC’s Police Act project delves into the provincial Police Act to explore, research, investigate, and dialogue about ways in which this Act is upholding the oppressive, racist, violent, and unaccountable structure of present-day policing in BC. The Police Act in BC regulates a wide range of policing issues such as independent oversight, transparency, governance, structure, standards, funding, and training of policing agencies and police officers. We aim to develop a greater understanding of how the Police Act contributes to the ongoing crisis in police accountability, and to propose possible systemic interventions to lawmakers and government bodies for transformation.
$20,000.00
2020

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often violated. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Hospitals and long-term care homes can be busy, noisy places where staff lack the time to explain options and support people to understand information and make decisions. The goal of this project is to: 1)work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2)develop a multi-year project to create resources for teaching staff how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in decisions that impact their lives.
$19,780.00
2019

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.
$20,000.00
2018

British Columbia Museums Association

Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit

Museums have an important role to tell the stories of the diverse communities they represent, but systemic and institutional racism has meant that white leadership decides which stories are told and how to tell them. Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit is the first stage of BCMA's initiative to support museums in becoming spaces of diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCMA will survey institutions to identify key needs and barriers that will inform the development of a preliminary collection of resources on diverse governance. Survey findings and toolkit feedback will inform development of additional targeted resources for the larger arts, culture, and heritage sector.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.
$20,000.00
2019

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Incorporating Indigenous Legal Orders in Canadian Law

While organizing webinars, we will conduct interviews and research to learn more from both perspectives: the BC government and the First Nations Communities. Conducting the roundtables will enable use to dig deeper into the issues at stake to identify why the system remains as it is. This ongoing dialogue will take many forms and will help us refine our conclusions and develop more adapted education programs and training for people working in the legal system, but not exclusively. We would like to reach out to people in the health care system and education system too. How we educate students (law, police, probation, social workers, etc.) has a huge impact on how we can change the system.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch

Recovery College Development Project

Today, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health problem or illness each year, diminishing quality of life and driving up costs in healthcare and lost productivity. The system is focused downstream on acute care and crisis response. We must broaden our mental health plan to simultaneously seek to promote flourishing mental health while preventing and treating mental illness. The Develop process will move Recovery College from idea to blueprint while creating readiness in partners and community to move upstream to help individuals realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make a contribution to their community.
$17,450.00
2018

Canadian Mental Health Association - Vernon & District Branch

Suicide Prevention Strategy

Suicide is the leading cause of injury-related death among children and youth in BC, with the Interior having the highest rate of suicide in the province. Reducing and preventing youth suicide by systems change will empower youth, parents, caregivers, teachers, community leaders to take purposeful action with an evidence-based approach to ensure a safe, supportive community for our youth. The inclusion of rural and Indigenous youth, LGBTQ+ youth, parents, community arts and recreational youth leaders to join with our existing partners will help ensure an inclusive, culturally informed development process.
$16,506.00
2020

Canadian Music Centre

CMC BC Decolonization & Reconciliation Project

3 years ago we began a land acknowledgement at start of concerts. We then made protocol visits to 3 First Nations on whose land we operate & held discussions with them. But those actions didn't lead to anything lasting & doing more was beyond our capacity-already stretched delivering our mission. This project will make it possible for us to play a lead role in a system-wide process of reconciliation, leading to a multi-year Indigenous-led action plan we hope the entire new music community can adopt and work to implement fostering meaningful Indigenous participation & engagement to help overcome painful legacy of negation. The entire budget is solely to fund Indigenous participation & travel
$18,000.00
2020

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