Awarded Grants

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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

School District #36 - Surrey

Surrey Firefighters Girls Empowerment Group Expansion

The idea for this project originated due to an increasing need for research into the role of girls in gangs and a cry for help from an inner-city secondary school in Surrey. The role that girls play in gangs generally looks very different than that of their male counterparts, and as a result their needs can often be seen as less dangerous and therefore less urgent. As a result girls often fall through the cracks and dont always receive the support that they need to successfully deal with the struggles that adolescence can bring. Girls Group is a non-judgmental time and space where girls can be themselves, talk about things that are important to them and learn new abilities through different experiences. This project is intended to help girls gain skills that help them avoid situations that can lead them in the direction of ganglife, and towards healthy personal growth instead. After three successful years at the one location serving 10-12 girls between the ages of 13-16, the Safe Schools Department would like to expand the program to two additional secondary schools by 2016.
$12,500.00
2014

School District #39 - Vancouver

Roots in Community

In 2013, the VSB and Fresh Roots built two schoolyard market gardens: 14,000 sq. ft. spaces where healthy food is grown for the school community. The gardens are outdoor classrooms for the schools as well as gathering places for the surrounding community. Teachers have begun exploring how to achieve BC’s core curricular objectives in an outdoor classroom, engaging their students through new methods. We have piloted partnerships with neighbourhood houses where Newcomers to Canada and food insecure families grow friendships and knowledge in the gardens. The garden has become a place for the school and surrounding community to engage with learning and with one another. As the gardens have grown, teachers, students, and community partners are asking for more workshops, programs and facilitated engagement, exploring core curriculum, sustainability and building community within the schoolyard market gardens. Roots in Community works with Fresh Roots to hire a community coordinator to develop, facilitate, and execute experiential learning opportunities for the school community.
$15,000.00
2014

Tupper Secondary Market Garden Green Job Project

The goal is to provide Tupper Life Skills Students with job green collar employment training through the design of a market garden at Tupper Secondary School. Fresh Roots will lead the garden design process in this innovative partnership with key VSB staff. The project takes place in stages and this application is for Stage 1: the garden design and planning stage. The outcome for Stage 1 will be a garden design that includes a garden build timeline, responsibilities and costing. All students in Stage 1 will: -Gain employment skills and experience through participation in the design and development of a market garden building plan. -Have strengthened relationships between life skills students and their typical peers. -Be ready to gain further skills in subsequent project stages. The garden itself will be built in Stage 2 of the project. Further project stages will include the maintenance of the market garden and exploration of social enterprise possibilities connected to the garden's operation. Tupper Administration and key Tupper and district staff support the project.
$10,000.00
2014

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Building Community Capacity for Conservation Outcomes

With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, Sierra Club BC (“SCBC”) will work with our local group in Powell River (“Sierra Malaspina”) and Myrtle Creek Stewards to enhance ecological values in Myrtle Creek and build capacity within these groups in order to create a sense of community ownership and investment in the local environment. Following project completion in Powell River, Sierra Club BC will deliver the training to groups in Nanaimo, Quadra Island, Vancouver and the Okanagan. We envisage four interacting components: (1) fish habitat restoration, (2) building grassroots leadership capacity to maximise the effect of (3) community and stakeholder engagement. Component (4) would include training other local groups and supporting peer-to-peer learning, enabling them to replicate similar projects in their communities. Sierra Club BC is well positioned to offer these trainings due to years of experience doing public engagement and education. The youth engagement training module will draw on expertise from Sierra Club BC’s ongoing Youth Environmental Leadership Program.
$15,000.00
2014

Solo Collective Theatre Society

Local Play Development Program

This project has 3 components: 1) Dramaturgy/Workshops 2) Production 3) Continued Engagement. It's goals are simple: to commission new work that's meaningful to Vancouver audiences right now; to foster local playwrights and their creative process; and to connect with other community organizations that have a direct link to the issues our plays deal with. This year, we have commissioned award-winning, emerging playwright/actress Meghan Gardner to write a play called 'At Liberty' about four people stuck at gulf island island retreat during a storm, who are forced to face their own demons and prejudices. The play is inspired by true events and research into Narcissistic Personality Disorder. We have also commission established multi-disciplinary artist and founding member of Electric Company Theatre, David Hudgins. David is basing his play 'Small Parts' on his real life experience dealing with his mother's death from cancer. For complete synopses of both plays see attached 'Artist Statement of Support'. For info on the project's potential artistic achievement see attached letters.
$20,000.00
2014

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering is an inter-generational cafe that melds youth and seniors in voluntary and work options in a cafe and catering setting. The cafe is located in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and is a social enterprise model. The idea for the cafe was originally born with the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Team (a group of citizens and agencies) interested in advancing the needs of older adults. The idea has quickly been embraced by the South Surrey Child and Youth Committee, The City of Surrey, The YMCA (youth programs) and local schools (Elgin Park, Semiahmoo Secondary, Earl Marriot and the Learning Centre). On September 17th we are hosting an inter-generational dialogue at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre to bring both groups together to talk about creating more opportunities of this type and also to discuss opportunities at the cafe. The cafe will also create community economic development and at the same time address the need to connect and reverse mentor the generations. Enhancing social connections will bring out the best in both groups.
$20,000.00
2014

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Linking Seniors Services Forum

Linking Seniors Services Forum
$10,000.00
2014

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Onegin, Development of a New Musical

The Arts Club recognizes that it plays a leading role in Canada's performing arts community. We also recognize our responsibility to cultivate and encourage emerging local artists. The Arts Club has begun the process of developing a new musical; an adaption of Pushkin's Russian classic, Eugene Onegin. We have commissioned Amiel Gladstone (book and lyrics) and Veda Hille (lyrics and score) to complete a first draft of this adaption. Onegin is an universal work about young love and the journey to self-knowledge.
$17,000.00
2014

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Collective Impact for Mental Health and Addictions

$20,000.00
2014

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Co-lead researchers Dr. Hannah Wittman, UBC; Colin Dring, Richmond Food Security Society)

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Research Team: N/A)
$10,000.00
2014

The Cultch

Motherload

The Cultch is applying to support Motherload (a collective of six BC artists & mothers with a new show taking a personal look at contemporary parenting) by providing developmental support and by presenting the show in February 2015 as part of our season. The production will be an accessible dramatic comedy that can tour in the future. The production will be created from real life stories and will give an honest portrayal of the everywoman, searching for meaning in her life as a modern mom. It will address postpartum depression, career upheavals, and the isolation encountered upon becoming a member of the world's largest club. The content will be funny, heartbreaking, highly entertaining and ultimately accessible. Motherload's greatest success will lie in its roots; based on candid storytelling: the artists will investigate their secrets,their hopes and fears and reflect on what they have learned as parents.
$20,000.00
2014

The Garth Homer Society

Supported Self-Employment Pilot Project

The purpose of this pilot is to develop and validate a practical working approach to supported self-employment (SSE) for people with developmental disabilities (DD), one of the most vulnerable and excluded of populations. Increasingly, SSE is being viewed within the community living sector as a viable employment option. However, there are few models for the delivery of SSE for people with DD, and for a variety of reasons existing models of self-employment for the 'difficult-to-employ' without disabilities do not work well for this population. In this project we will work with six developmentally disabled individuals to build self-employment businesses with the aims of (i) having the businesses generate cashflow within the project term, (ii) achieving specific employment-related learning and personal growth outcomes for each individual, and (iii) establishing the validity and practicality of our SSE service model.
$10,000.00
2014

The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society

'11'

'11' will be a contemporary classical musical work that celebrates a unique part of Vancouver's history and the neighbourhood that embodies it, honouring World War II veterans who came to live in East Vancouver's Renfrew Heights. '11' will have 3 distinctive parts, each one designed to invite more and diverse members of the public into new music: 1. A "Composer on Site" residency in the Roundhouse Community Centre's Exhibition Hall in September, 2014, where Mr. Haney will be creating the piece while accessible for discussion and input by the public in this public space; 2. A public performance in October, 2014, at the All Souls Event at the City of Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery; 3. A public performance in East Vancouver's Falaise Park on Remembrance Day, 2014. Through these elements as well as earlier development, the project is about accessibility and engaging diverse local communities over the geography of Vancouver, including youth, Veterans and their families. As a legacy art work for all Canadians, it will mark 100 years from the beginning of the First World War.
$10,000.00
2014

Theatre for Living Society

maladjusted tour

The origin of 'maladjusted' was our deep relationship with health professionals. The Vancouver production (created and performed by mental health patients and caregivers) was so well received, we imagined a tour. Native and non-Native community and health organizations across BC/AB were so excited, we decided to proceed. Vancouver Foundation funds would be used for BC ONLY. The original creators and cast are all back (minus one who cannot tour). We will have two weeks to remount the production. The tour will be 19 events in 19 BC communities, (many VERY under-served), 8 events in 10 Alberta communities, and 11 events back in Vancouver: 2 previews at the Maritime Centre and 9 shows at the Firehall, plus a global, interactive webcast. Sponsors decide ticket price. In Van: $15 with 1,000 free vouchers for homeless. Who is served? Native and non-Native patients and caregivers; youth, people in poverty, the homeless, families, health professionals.
$20,000.00
2014

Theatre Replacement Society

New Aesthetics Performance Intensive (NAPI)

NAPI is a two-week intensive designed for 20 working artists interested in expanding their practices through instruction from experts at the forefront of contemporary performance. The program is produced in partnership with Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts and The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. In addition to 10 days of in-studio work for participants, NAPI also provides lectures and evening events where the instructors, participants and commissioned speakers share their thoughts and practices with the public at large. The 2014 NAPI occurs August 4-15 2014 and is led by Toshiki Okada (Japan) and Mariano Pensotti (Argentina). The 2015 process will be led by the German/UK art collective Gob Squad. In 2014, Okada will explore the intersection of movement and text in his work, while Pensotti will capitalize on his site-specific work and explore notions of space and how it shapes text and performance. The intention is that the two approaches, one physical and immediate the other more conceptual will combine to create a comprehensive experience.
$16,000.00
2014

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Retail Kiosk Project

The ESTR Retail Kiosk Project is a new and innovative initiative for our Retail Certificate Program. The purpose of this initiative is to provide hands-on, retail training for our students which will empower and better prepare them for employment. Students in the program are required to complete 6 hours of Retail Labs each week over the course of two semesters. Currently students are working on and off campus to complete their lab hours. The kiosk would provide students the opportunity to connect classroom theory to real employment training and practice such as: - operating a small business and entrepreneuship - ordering and monitoring inventory - pricing and marketing product - stocking, displaying and packaging product - completing sales transactions and daily reconciliations - practicing customer service and sales This project also extends beyonds our program. Along with being interdisciplinary, aligns well with TRU's Strategic Priorities to increase: Student Success, Entrepreneurial Capacity, Intercultural Understanding, and Sustainability.
$10,000.00
2014

Tides Canada Initiatives

Good Food Solutions for BC

$20,000.00
2014

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation

Tofino Botanical Gardens and Aeriosa Artist in Residency

TBGF will provide ADS with the venues, resources and technical support required for creative collaboration led by choreographer Julia Taffe and arborist Stephanie Hughes. Working as artists in residence over one year, Aeriosa performers and crew will undertake professional development activities, creation of workshops and site specific public performances in the Tofino Region. The residency will include a mentorship program for advanced local dance students who will work alongside professional performers and participate in performances. The residency schedule will provide community engagement opportunities, including dance workshops for the general public and artist talkback events. The purpose of this project is to expand the creative and technical capacity of both organizations as well as individual artists and riggers from the region who will exchange, combine and master diverse skills as they develop a site specific vertical dance performance set in the big trees of the forest and other dance activities throughout the gardens.
$15,000.00
2014

TomoeArts

Weaver Woman

In 2004 TomoeArts' artistic director Colleen Lanki met scholar Miseli Jeon and heard her read her translation of Korean feminist author O Chonghui's groundbreaking short story 'Chingnyo (Weaver Woman).' The haunting imagery immediately made Colleen want to turn the piece into a performance. We now have the perfect artistic team and are creating a full-length dance-theatre performance with movement using nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance); music composed for Chinese & western instruments; spoken text from the original story in English and Korean; and scenography incorporating full-stage projections. Through this project we will develop our intercultural and interdisciplinary practice, extend the boundaries of nihon buyoh as a movement vocabulary, and introduce a fabulous piece of literature to a wider audience. 'Weaver Woman' is TomoeArts' biggest and most involved creative project to date. It combines multiple cultures and art forms and will allow the company to build on all our previous contemporary work.
$12,000.00
2014

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Intellectual Disability (Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC / Angela Clancy, Family Support Institute)

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) face unique challenges in relation to sexual health and realizing their sexual identity and expression. A lack of appropriate sexual education is evident. This lack of education increases threats of disease, abuse, and/or mental health issues, especially for those who do not conform to heterosexual norms. The FSI and the CIC are working to foster dialogue, develop resources and support leadership to address this community identified need. In this project, FSI and the CIC will partner with key stakeholders (e.g., Spectrum Society, Langley Association), centring the voices, experiences and leadership of individuals with ID (self advocates), to build understanding, awareness and capacity about sexual health, sexual expression and sexual diversity for individuals with ID, families and service providers. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self advocates and allies to identify gaps in sexual health knowledge; develop knowledge and community resources for promoting positive sexual health and sexuality; and, engage stakeholders to develop and implement knowledge translation strategies. The research questions are: 1) What are self advocates' experiences of sexual health knowledge and education? 2) What information is needed to achieve successful sexual health education and positive sexual expression? 3) What strategies do self advocates and allies identify as most effective to promote positive sexual health and sexuality?
$10,000.00
2014

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Researchers: N/A)

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Research Team: N/A)
$10,000.00
2014

Vancouver Adapted Music Society

The Strong Sessions Music Series

Following up on VAMS recent, highly successful The Strong Sessions recording project, wherein over 20 VAMS members wrote, recorded and performed some amazing music, the project will work with music venues to establish a series of concerts featuring VAMS members. The intention is to feature VAMS members at clubs, bars and other public venues, exposing a broader sector of the concert-going public to the talents of musicians with disabilities. The project will offer opportunities for experienced VAMS performers to showcase their music, as well as enable those who are new to performing to do so in a supported environment, where their accessibility needs have been arranged for. Over the course of 12 months, ten "VAMS Nights" will be staged, offering audiences a chance to appreciate music written and performed by people with significant physical disabilities. At these gigs, VAMS will offer information about inclusion and accessibility, promote the recordings of VAMS members and engage other musicians interested in collaborating on future performances and recordings.
$15,000.00
2014

Village of Queen Charlotte

Humpback Whale Sculpture

This public art project will be a life-size, copper clad sculpture of the first third of a breaching Humpback Whale, over five meters tall. It will be constructed by Lon Sharp, the local artist who also created the giant ten meter coho salmon sculpture in neighboring Sandspit. It will be constructed using a yellow and red cedar framework, along with polyethylene tubing and will be sheathed in copper. The base will be cast concrete and steel, with stainless steel structural reinforcement and support for the long pectoral fin. This fin will likely be a magnet for climbing children, so structural integrity is as important as artistic excellence and community engagement. The sculpture will be installed in the middle of the Visitor Centre's interpretive garden, which is situated in the village's downtown core, adjacent to the gathering place we call 'Spirit Square'. Queen Charlotte's recently completed one km.long waterfront sea walk starts a few meters north of the sculpture site and continues south through Spirit Square, and then west along the waterfront.
$20,000.00
2014

West Kootenay Women's Association Nelson & District Women's Centre

Gender Action Project (GAP) Theatre

The GAP project consists of 15 to 20 youth (ages 14 to 18) coming together once a week for four hours of workshop and training in Theatre of the Oppressed, a type of interactive theatre. This form of participatory education uses games, exercises, and discussions to inform youth about gender-based issues, including stereotypes, bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and relationship violence, and empowers them to respond positively when they encounter these issues in their lives. Youth and facilitators share a meal each week, and create a safe space for conversation and support. Through these workshops, the youth create interactive theatre scenes based on their collective life experiences. The youth will perform these plays in public forums, in order to facilitate dialogue and collective problem-solving in their communities. The audience is invited to intervene onstage and offer possible alternatives and solutions to the situations faced by the characters. Together, performers and audience explore different options for transforming violence and oppression in our communities.
$13,350.00
2014

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