Awarded Grants

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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

Intrepid Theatre Company Society

I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key - a new play by Janet Munsil

Inspired by the magical true story of an educated horse and the man who trained him, this new Canadian play for families will premiere in Oct 2014, and remounted in Feb 2015 as part of Black History Month celebrations in Victoria. Using only patience and kindness (and apple slices) former slave William "Doc" Key trained his horse Jim to read and count, and their travelling show became an inspiration for millions of school children learning their letters and numbers. The most enduring children's stories feature animals with human-like abilities. I Have Seen Beautiful Jim Key is a story of the relationship between humans and animals, the mysteries of animal intelligence, and the value of friendship, cooperation, kindness and patience. The play features two actors, live music(vocals/banjo), and shadow puppetry. Each show is followed by an invitation to the audience to share their own amazing animal stories and drawings, to be added to the Jim Key Hall of Fame. Development of the script has been supported by the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Stratford Festival.
$19,000.00
2014

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

The Fine Line Project

The Fine Line Project is a series of cutting edge art events in the burgeoning field of disability arts. The theme for this series is a Fine Line, referring to the hazy boundaries in disability art, the line between therapy and art that heals; the line between individual production and art with assistance; the line between acoustic musicianship and technologically assisted music. Kickstart wants to take this opportunity to examine the particular boundaries disabled artists face. Through partnership with the Art House in the Field Collective and Vancouver Adapted Music Society, we are able to present readings, music, talks and workshops in an intimate accessible venue (Slocan Hall) that is a thriving neighbourhood centre for the arts. This project emerges from our multidisciplinary festival experience, and represents a change in delivery of programming, increasing our year-round visibility while maintaining our goal to present authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience.
$13,000.00
2014

Kidd Pivot Performing Arts Society

Betroffenheit (working title)

From November 2015 to July 2015 Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre will work together to create Betroffenheit (working title), an ambitious, full-length work for six dancers and an actor that merges theatre and dance. The project was conceived through a shared desire between key creative collaborators, choreographer Crystal Pite and writer/performer Jonathon Young, to create a full-length stage work that fuses beautifully integrated design, technology, musicality, physicality, and story. The relatively large scale of the work will make it a unique creation in Vancouver's, and Canada's contemporary dance landscape. The project will be developed primarily in Vancouver throughout 2014-15. The completed piece will premiere in Toronto July 23 - 25, 2015 as part of PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The work will receive its Vancouver premiere in 2016, and will tour throughout Canada, and to the UK in spring of 2016. Kidd PIvot is seeking funding support from Vancouver Foundation for the phase of the project beginning in Jan. 2015.
$20,000.00
2014

Kingfisher Environmental Interpretive Centre Society

Debris Flood Restoration

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre incurred heavy damage by a catastrophic debris flood that roared down Cooke Creek on May 2nd, 2014. The damage to the site and our salmon hatchery is devastating but not insurmountable. We are working hard at re-establishing our ability to raise salmon and educate today's youth. We have major repairs to undertake including building an appropriate protective structure (berm in Cooke Creek), certified by an engineer, in order to regain our regular occupancy. We would like to have the new berm built and the majority of repairs (including re-establishing our compromised water sources) completed before the next Spring freshet (May) so that we will be allowed to use the site for raising our beloved salmon and educating local school children. We would also like to rebuild our internationally acclaimed watershed model that was completely destroyed by the flood and replace our lost inventory. We would like to request assistance from the Vancouver Foundation to aid us in our recovery and help us rebuild and recover our lost materials.
$15,000.00
2014

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Community Energy

Our program supports member Coastal First Nations communities in achieving their clean energy goals. We do this by hosing a supportive 'community of practice' where local leaders learn from each other, have access to external resources on an as-needed basis, and record progress towards their implementation goals on an annual basis. This program is in its third year, and is working towards achieving the objectives of the Great Bear Clean Energy Action Plan (2011) and the updated Clean Energy Strategy (2014). This work is important as it supports a strong peer-to-peer program that helps local leaders be stewards of their environment while supporting their local economies, moving communities off diesel generators, and fostering community pride. The next two years of work will focus on engaging community memebres and famililes in each community on how to better use energy in their homes, saving money, reducing diesel generation, reducing local pollution, and improving personal and ecosystem health.
$20,000.00
2014

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Linking Community and the Regional Economy to Southwest BC's Food System Future

As part of the SW BC Bio-regional Food System Design study and in consultation with local & Indigenous stakeholders, we are designing a bio-regional food system, quantitatively/qualitatively describing its integrated social/economic/environmental stewardship, & food self-reliance potentials & developing an implementation plan including tools, policy recommendations & actions. Our model will calculate the quantity/kinds of food that can be farmed given constraints in a future where population growth, climate change & other factors impinge. We will compare alternate scenarios representing different environmental, food self-reliance & resource use choices. We will explore options for increasing regional production to satisfy regional consumption while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our ecological footprint. Delineating what this system could achieve can galvanize & focus citizen, government & private sector effort to increase local, food production & capture a significant portion of our $6.4 billion annual food expenditure.
$15,500.00
2014

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works

The initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to secure part-time and after school employment. The supports will offer students in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The employment specialists, in collaboration with the school and family will engage in a discovery process in which students abilities will be observed in the students' work experience environment. This process will ascertain the students' abilities and potential employment choices to ensure a successful employment match. Once employment has been established, employment specialists will provide support to the employer and student with training, job coaching, continued support and monitoring to ensure the satisfaction of the employer and success of the employee. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease the transition to adult life. Offering students the opportunity to have a robust resume & paid employment experience, provides them with a greater opportunity to obtain competitive employment.
$15,000.00
2014

Learning Disabilities Society of Greater Vancouver

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

Makeway Foundation

Increasing the Impact of Freshwater Funding in British Columbia

The goal is to go beyond networking, to achieve focused learning, partnership development and action on specific initiatives by establishing a program with structure, professional support and coordination, and tangible deliverables Over the next year, funders of freshwater working in British Columbia will formalize and strengthen their emerging collaborative effort known as the BC Water Funders Group. The purpose of this collaborative is to find areas of common interest and alignment between funders that facilitate the strategic use of collective resources to advance freshwater protection in B.C. The goal is to both increase the resources available for freshwater protection efforts and ensure funders are more effectively coordinating the use of those funds to ensure they are having a collective impact. The group provides a forum for exchange of information and peer learning between funders and water leaders by strengthening relationships, knowledge and networks. Over the next year, the funders group will host two-in person meetings and one field trip. It will convene three to four
$10,000.00
2014

Mortal Coil Performance Society

The Faery Play

Mortal Coil has been invited to produce a site-specific theatrical production The Faery Play, by and at The Sharing Farm, a community farm in Richmond that grows food organically for the Food Bank and for community meals programs in the city. The Sharing Farm is an urban farm, where the public is encouraged to understand the importance of food and to have respect for the land, its creatures and the interaction of humans in the environment that they farm. The Faery Play's production will bring non traditional audiences to the property and introduce them to these issues. The Faery Play is a play designed for children and families where a child is stolen by one of a farm's resident fairies and must be found before she disappears forever into the fairy world. Utilizing puppets, site specific technique and live actors, the audience is led through the site and shares the secrets of the land and its residents through an accessible family entertainment. Each performance will create a community comprised of audience members who move through the farm learning and seeking together.
$20,000.00
2014

Nature Trust of British Columbia

Kootenay Conservation Program - Stewardship

In 2013 the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) worked with both its West Kootenay and East Kootenay Stewardship Committees to develop a Stewardship Framework to guide stewardship activities across the region. This framework identifies the need to increase the region's resiliency to the impacts of climate change, contribute to maintaining and/or restoring viable populations of species of interest and reducing the abundance and distribution of existing priority invasive species as well as prevent establishment of new invasive species. In order to effectively accomplish this, the KCP is proposing the further development of stewardship tracking and reporting tools, as well as the development of a relationship map to enhance stewardship activities. We are also proposing building capacity and enhancing collaboration within our partnership through the coordination of a series of conservation webinars and workshops.
$15,000.00
2014

NEC Native Education College

Aboriginal Visual Arts Program

We completed our first Aboriginal Arts program, with a focus on Aboriginal Theatre, from January to March 2014. In May and June we are offering short courses on Drum-making and Drumming, Northwest Coast Wood Carving, The Art of Norval Morrisseau and Aboriginal Dance. We would like to offer a program of Aboriginal Arts in the fall, winter and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year. We have developed an Aboriginal Visual Arts course for the fall of 2014. The instructor has a PhD in Art Education and teaches Studio Arts and First Nations Studies for the Vancouver School Board. We would like to offer this course for at least 12 students with free tuition. This will be offered in the evening or on Saturdays. The Aboriginal Visual Art course promotes the acknowledgement of Aboriginal peoples as unique, individual artists, transcending stereotypes and fostering intercultural understanding.
$20,000.00
2014

New Works

Yet-to-be-titled ensemble work for 7 dancers

The application request is for the second year of creation and production of the newest work by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (OIS) under the co-artistic direction of David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. This phase takes place both in Vancouver and other BC locales, will impact professionals of dance and its related arts, and will reach audiences and the general public in many informal and three ticketed public performances. Taking inspiration from mass social and political movements and critical historical turning points, this character-based 7 dancer ensemble work interrogates the power of propaganda in group/social dynamics, asking "how do we want to be seen, heard and understood in the world as a group, a generation, a people?" OIS's aesthetic is an eclectic blend of modern and traditional dance forms married with diverse cultural influences ranging from Hollywood cinema and mime to Noh Theatre and Commedia del'Arte, assembling a challenging and utterly unique dance language that is nonetheless widely accessible to diverse audiences.
$12,000.00
2014

The Sensationalists - Production Phase

The Sensationalists is a new collaboration between Vancouver-based theatre company Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective, who are together building a full-length dance work hrough a theatre-based creative process. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) is a major partner in this work, presenting its premiere in May 2015. One of the central themes emerging from this project surrounds our innate human desire to feel more connected with those around us and share experiences with one another. Audience members will step into an immersive performance environment the moment they enter the venue. Using The Cultch`s lobby, hallways, stairwell, etc. in addition to the Historic Theatre stage, attendees will witness the work while moving alongside and around the performers, blurring the lines between performance and audience space. By implicating the audience and inviting them into closer proximity, this allows them to then become part of the choreography. The aim is to offer a performance event so deeply personal and inclusive, they feel changed as they exit the theatre.
$20,000.00
2014

Neworld Theatre Society

Doost

Neworld Theatre is seeking support for creative and skills-development collaboration between non-professional and professional artists. The project is centered around the development and presentation of a new work, Doost, led by playwright/director/community organizer Camyar Chai. This is a community-engaged collaboration with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and the Canadian Memorial United Church. Camyar Chai will work with the Vancouver Sufi Centre and 8-10 of its members, with involvement from professional actors, designers and dramaturge, to create a theatrical interpretation of Sufi teachings and poetry. The goal is to collaboratively create a text that investigates Sufi's universal themes of love and unity with a wider audience, and to encourage the development of specific theatrical and performance skills among the Sufi Centre membership. As Camyar works with the participants to create the piece, spiritual music in multiple forms - traditional and modern, eastern and western - will be woven into the script through a process of collaboration.
$20,000.00
2014

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Co-lead Researchers Cathy Makihara, Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society; Dr. Karen Kobayashi, UVIC)

Dementia Outreach with Ethno-cultural Minority Communities: Addressing Issues of Culture, Stigma and Social Isolation (Research team: N/A)
$10,000.00
2014

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Age-Friendly Kaslo - Next Steps

This project will move forward on the priorities identified by the 2013-14 Kaslo Senior-Friendly Pilot Project. An age-friendly community survey of seniors, service providers and community members determined that Kaslo and area seniors faced great barriers with regards to 1. communication: finding and understanding information; 3. accessing community support services and facilities; and 3. transportation. To support seniors with understanding information and accessing services, seniors will be able to access individual consultation/support and monthly group consultations, on topics and issues identified by seniors. Transportation is a complex issue involving multiple stakeholders and sectors. The Nelson AFC Initiative 'Moving Together-Collaborative Process to Address Seniors Transportation Barriers' will be addressing transportation issues, and Kaslo has been invited to actively partner and participate in the 'Moving-Together' project. Our participation will engage Kaslo residents in transportation planning and further develop inter-agency collaboration across the region.
$18,000.00
2014

Nuxalk Nation

Nuxalk Language Documentation

Our goal is to record our language for learning purposes. We need to work with dedicated language learners to get our language systematically recorded. We have elders who spoke Nuxalk as their first language but do not speak it on a daily basis any longer. They need to practice to remember their fluency. We will hold practice/immersion sessions with those who are interested in doing the work of being recorded. We have a team of motivated workers who realize the urgency of having our authentic speakers recorded. We have many people who understand but cannot speak. The pronunciation and conversational-flow must be recorded while we have authentic speakers. It cannot be learned correctly from books, it must be heard over and over again. This portion of our language revitalization efforts is the focus of this project HOWEVER there are simultaneous efforts to teach and practice and digitize existing recordings as well. This will be ongoing work.
$14,000.00
2014

Okanagan Falls' Heritage and Museum Society

Okanagan Falls Women's Institute Centennial Park Band Shell Project

In 1997, a bequest was received from Isabell Hester, a member of a pioneer family, to build a Band Shell in Centennial Park. A Site was chosen, concrete foundations, footings and stage floor were poured. That being done, the project is shovel ready. Due the the Provincial Corrections facility being built 10km south of Okanagan Falls, a significant revitalization plan is planned for the centre of town. Growth in population, new businesses, homes and services are in the new community plan. The Band Shell in Centennial Park will be a natural gathering place for all residents of the community for celebrations, concerts, live outdoor theatre, festivals and other public and private events.
$10,000.00
2014

Powell River and District United Way

ORCA Bus Community Capacity Development

After a 1 year hiatus where the bus was off the road due to not passing mechanical and safety inspections, the community of Powell River has banned together to put the bus back on the road this past fall 2013. The ORCA Bus is once again offering the integral programming for children 0-6 that the community had become so accustomed to. Through the generous donations from community members, local businesses and organizations and a grant through our local community forest foundation we were able to retrofit a donated decommissioned school bus. As of September 2013 the bus was back on the road providing programming for children 0-6 throughout the community. The bus is currently on the road offering free programming 4 days a week. Our goal is to continue to build relationships and partner with diverse organizations and businesses within the community to increase programming and community access to the bus. We want to increase programming and offer a wider range of child development activities aboard the bus.
$15,000.00
2014

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

DIS/APPEARING CITY

DIS/APPEARING CITY is a creative residency and community engagement project involving two Netherlands-based artists Lotte van den Berg and Dries Verhoeven. The project includes a suite of immersive, site-specific works that play with notions of public space and our urban landscape (IMAGINARY CINEMA and FARE THEE WELL), as well as various outreach events and activities. DIS/APPEARING CITY explores questions of our personal versus collective experience of shared urban landscape, utilizing new audience/performer relations and aesthetic innovation. Much of van den Berg's work takes place in public spaces, eschews conventional dramaturgy for a cinematic poetry, and is often devised with non-professionals. Verhoeven's practice lies between theater and fine arts. Both are deeply concerned with the place - physical and otherwise - that the performing arts occupy in our world. Each holds the politics and nature of "perspective" as a central axis for their practice. They are widely considered to be two of the most articulate, thought-provoking and rigorous artists to be found anywhere.
$20,000.00
2014

Ready to Rent BC Association

Peers for Housing Stability

Peers for Housing Stability will focus on vulnerable youth, transitioning into adulthood, who are inadequately housed, couch-surfing, or homeless with no knowledge about or, support for, living independently. This includes those in foster care who will be turning 19 years of age. Using a youth mentorship model, qualified R2R instructors will train recent program graduates to assist with delivery of the program. Together, they will instruct and lead R2R participants to help them prepare for sustaining independent living arrangements through financial and housing literacy. Topics will include: an overview of rental rights and responsibilities, basic financial literacy and basic communication skills for interacting with landlords and roommates. This introductory course will count towards the longer, 12-hour certificate course. Peers for Housing Stability will operate in the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District. The two locations will share a common train the trainer session, outcomes and reporting framework, and overall project management.
$16,940.00
2014

Realwheels Society

Super Voices

Super Voices will engage the community of people with disabilities in a weekly series of (free) workshops to explore storytelling, theatre, music, and wheelchair dance. The project will explore identity within a diverse group of people with disabilities (PwD). Working with a team of professional artists, this will culminate in a live, integrated arts performance. Realwheels will launch the workshop intensive in January 2015. Participants will explore the question: "What is your superpower?" to gain insight into the ways in which PwD self-identify at the deepest level. We'll run weekly sessions on acting, clowning, storytelling, improvisation, music, and dance - all designed to impart skills and foster ensemble. The community has also expressed enthusiasm to explore comedy; we will develop the project around the concept of an old-fashioned, cinema-inspired 'caper', which lends itself naturally to the integration of projections. We will take this developmental work into a rehearsal process to be performed at the Roundhouse Performance Space (June 2015).
$15,000.00
2014

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Heart of the Hazeltons

This project has the potential to be transformative in our communities. It has brought together a committed Owner's Committee with representation from the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton,Regional District of Kitimat Stikine,Gitxsan Treaty Society, Gitxsan Government Commission and Skeena Ice Arena Association. It is now timely seeks to invite residents, First Nation and non-First Nation, from the scattered villages and communities, to begin collaborative work on a range of programs. These programs will involve the schools encouraging our young people to complete high school, elders and our whole community to maintain fitness, combat obesity, and develop programs to prevent depression and provide hope.
$18,500.00
2014

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