Awarded Grants

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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

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

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

New Neighbors Project - Newcomer Youth for Real Representation

This project will invite and support newcomer youth in exploring ideas and strategies that will amplify their voices, ideas, thoughts, and lived experiences in decision-making spaces in which they are currently entirely excluded from or are underrepresented. We will convene immigrant and refugee youth, along with staff and board members of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, in co-creation style facilitated dialogues that draw out, identify, and document the most effective and sustainable strategies and structures in order to have newcomer youth's voices captured at the board, governance, and decision-making level at ANHBC's neighbourhood houses. As neighbourhood houses are an important resource to newcomer youth, it is vital that newcomer youth are involved with the neighbourhood house's decision-making on community issues, which directly affect the livelihood of newcomer youth, their peers, and their families. MPNH's Newcomer Youth Leadership Group, along with our newcomer youth groups at fellow neighbourhood houses, will meet to form a city-wide Newcomer Youth Committee to design, implement and evaluate the project from beginning to end. Newcomer youth will meet, highlight key areas of exploration, and facilitate dialogue workshops. The results will be compiled by newcomer youth and the recommendations, strategies and best practices will be presented to ANHBC staff and Board of Directors with the goal of increasing genuine representation in decision-making
$10,000.00
2018

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

Bill Reid Foundation

Indigenous Youth Governance

The project we are proposing is based on the research completed for the Develop Grant: Indigenous Communities Consultation Project (CCP). The Indigenous Youth Governance Project (YGP) is a three year long project that will seek to safely integrate Indigenous youth representation into the governance structure of the Bill Reid Gallery. We are asking the Vancouver Foundation to support Year 1 of this plan which includes the creation of an Indigenous youth board position in order to increase youth visibility at the leadership level of the organization. The Youth Candidate (YC) will be an Indigenous youth between the age of 16-24 and preference will be given to youth from the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh host Nations. The YC will receive an honorarium for their participation at Board and advisory meetings. Under regulation, Board members cannot receive remuneration, therefore we will work with the Board Chair and governance committee to determine an appropriate position title for the youth participant that will allow them to have a fulfilling governance experience and receive appropriate compensation for their expertise. The YC will undergo an orientation period with the Education Coordinator and learn about the Gallery's relationships with different organizations and artists. Near the end of the project, the YC will have the opportunity to develop youth oriented programming with the Education and Program Coordinator.
$10,000.00
2018

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

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

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Diversifying Youth-led Boards

Check Your Head is a youth organization led by young people on all levels of the organization. The board positions are open to youth and youth allies, and historically the vast majority of board members have been young people under 35. As such, our board of directors is unique in the non-profit sector, and there are lessons to be learned in the success in removing barriers to youth participation in the governance of the organization. However, this model also comes with its challenges. Structurally, young people and particularly Indigenous and racialized immigrant/refugee youth, don’t have the same level of experience, skills, networks and connections as older and more established individuals who serve on non-profit boards. For the vast majority of all our directors, serving on our board had been their first experience of this kind. This has created gaps in our capacity as the organization and has a number of implications for our work, the solutions to which we want to examine through this project. This project will: 1. Examine structural components of our success in operating for 20 years with a youth-led board so that they can be shared with the wider community and inform further work; 2. Develop solutions to address current gaps in the representation of racialized migrant/refugee and indigenous youth on our board of directors; 3. Build organizational capacity in maintaining a strong and diverse youth-led board.
$10,000.00
2018

City of Kelowna

Increasing Social Connections to Support Active, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Through public consultations & recent initiatives, the City of Kelowna has shown it values neighbourhood involvement in planning. Residents have said they are willing to shift behaviours around active transportation. To move from vision to reality, a resident-driven "made in Kelowna" model of community engagement is needed. This project will help stakeholders design a plan to develop and test a model that creates social connections, cultivates local champions and increases community resiliency. The pilot’s focus will be active transportation, but it will also increase residents' activity in: community engagement and events; recreation; and, making healthier choices (e.g. food choices).
$15,000.00
2018

City of Prince George

Raise Up Our Kids: Prince George Partners Aligning Systems to Improve Children's Health Outcomes

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School located in Prince George, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province.The collective impact work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Deeper alignment across systems (health, education, policing & social services) is critical to ensuring all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. This develop process will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.
$20,000.00
2018

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Creating a Path Forward for a Culturally-Healthy Community

What steps can we take to create a culturally-healthy community? We will invite youth, elders, healers, and community developers to participate in a series of learning circles and workshops to develop our understanding of the barriers, opportunities, and leverage points for change in order to strengthen cultural health. Our goal is to share, express, and build knowledge though a process of dialogue. Following these discussions we will create an action plan to pursue identified opportunities. By prioritizing healing and cultural health we are supporting our children. This work will be meaningful to everyone involved when they think of their children and the future generations.
$18,590.00
2018

Community Arts Council of Prince George

Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective - Youth Arts Administrator

In November 2017, the Community Arts Council of Prince George & District ("CAC") was awarded a Field of Interest Develop grant to support the steering committee of the newly formed Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective ("NIAC"), an unincorporated group, comprised of Indigenous artists, nested within the CAC. NIAC has worked hard over the past months to forge a pathway to become the first non-governmental Indigenous Arts Council in British Columbia. Some of the accomplishments of the group include having a public launch, holding workshops, creating communications platforms, creating a work / meeting space, circulating calls-to-artists for Indigenous arts initiatives, and advising the CAC on Truth and Reconciliation actions. The work of the NIAC under the auspices of the Field of Interest grant continue through the Fall of 2018. In a very short time, this new group has positioned itself as a strong voice for Indigenous Artists in Northern Interior BC. The next initiative is to hire a youth in paid employment position in a new role of "Indigenous Arts Administrator". This new role will mentor with the CAC Executive Director and the NIAC steering committee members. Activities that will occur with this new position and mentorship will include being a staff resource to local Indigenous artists seeking professional development / funding / marketing resources, helping to guide the group towards non-profit status, and helping with the coordination of a major arts event in June.
$16,300.00
2018

District of Sechelt

Visioning for Reconciliation in the shíshálh Homelands

This project seeks to address the need for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on the Sunshine Coast. It is important to heal the racism and attempted cultural genocide of the Residential School era that harmed Indigenous peoples, and cultivate new relationships based on interdependent autonomy, equality and respect. This work is meaningful because it is grounded in the deep dialogue required to build an inclusive grassroots movement. If our six steps are followed as planned they will result in a strategic vision, a report documenting what local people want to see, and a public engagement plan so the Movement can take wise action towards authentic reconciliation.
$20,000.00
2018

Eastside Culture Crawl Society

Capacity Building and Public Engagement for Visual Artists

The landscape for visual artists is changing rapidly. Traditionally visual artists had few venues to exhibit their work and were limited to private galleries, a handful of artist run centres, and a few public art galleries. The opportunities for visual artists remains stuck in the last century where artists were beholden to a gallery system that provided opportunities for only a few. Today, the demand has gown for the visual arts but the systems haven’t adapted and or changed. Partially, this issue remains largely unchanged at the government and foundation support level ; partially it is at the artists level; and partially it is the manner in which the public perceives artists.
$20,000.00
2018

Ecotrust Canada

Addressing Barriers to Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in On-Reserve Housing

Poor quality housing and limited access to affordable fuels contribute to energy poverty for indigenous communities in BC, where a typical family spends three times as much of their income on basic household energy as other Canadians. Energy efficiency retrofits can help families dramatically reduce energy costs while creating new training and employment opportunities and addressing longstanding health and social challenges. However, capacity constrains paired with limited access to funding and financing prevent these projects from going forward at scale. This project will engage indigenous community leaders in developing funding solutions, and bring their proposals directly to policymakers.
$20,000.00
2018

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - BC and Yukon Office

Ms Understood: Reversing women’s heart and brain health inequities – An Advocacy Action Plan

Systemic gender bias in the health care system is leading to women to die more than men. Every level of the system needs to be impacted to fix this, from the federal and provincial governments, to the health care system and individual health care provides, to university medical schools and academic granting agencies, to the general public and our communities. Each individual system needs intervention, but first we need to understand how best to go about this. By bringing together researchers, changemakers, people with lived experience, and other experts, we can understand where the major gaps are at every level in order to create a tangible plan for affecting change.
$20,000.00
2018

Inclusion Powell River

Valued People = Valued Work: CLS Employee Standards

Consistent, sector-wide, competencies and standards, including requisite education, could solve issues undermining the effectiveness of community living organizations, improve employee working conditions, and the quality of life for persons served. For organizations and workers improvements in recruitment and retention, increased wages, reduced time loss due to illness or injury, and increased job satisfaction could follow. For persons served, improvement in areas like social inclusion, relationship development, and employment. A unified effort by government, funders, organizations, provincial representatives, educators, and advocacy groups is required to develop a viable plan.
$19,035.00
2018

K'ómoks First Nation

Strengthening Our Family through Re-establishing a System of Traditional K'ómoks Feasts

The key issue that the Strengthening Our Family through Re-establishing a System of Traditional K’ómoks Feasts/Nuhum project is overcoming the effects of colonization on traditional K’ómoks culture. Crown policies, such as the Indian Act and the residential school system were largely successful in destroying traditional K’ómoks cultural practices. This guide to a system of traditional K’ómoks feasting (Nuhum) will identify the key chiefly seats, masks, crests, songs, dances and traditional names that are associated with each of the K’ómoks extended families/clans. Having this guide to traditional feasting will empower and enable all K’ómoks families to exercise their traditional culture.
$19,900.00
2018

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Evaluating Collective Action in the Kamloops Regional Food System

This project aims to understand how to collectively move food policies with positive health outcomes from plan to action. Much thought and engagement has been put into policies and plans in our region that provide a pathway towards a healthy and regenerative food system. However, a gap between the adoption of plans and their implementation has been identified by researchers and planners. As a result, we are first seeking to understand the role that community engagement and civic inclusion can play in supporting the implementation of policy. Secondly, we will explore how to authentically measure what matters to see what impact our efforts have.
$20,000.00
2018

Literacy Alberni Society

Clients Leading Change - Becoming The Agencies our Community Needs

We want to be who our community needs us to be. This work is not only meaningful, but critical, because we can become better through this, and we can empower our clients not only through what we provide, but giving them a voice of leadership in how our work is done, and what work needs to be done. The findings of this opportunity will guide the goals of the next stage. The professional skills of service providers, with the expertise of our clients on their lives and our community's needs, we will create the plan for the second stage of changing these flawed systems, and overall, create better services, and a stronger, healthier, empowered Alberni Valley.
$20,000.00
2018

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Food Security, Poverty, Housing and the Local food systems; closing the loop in the Comox Valley

We recognize and acknowledge that the core or underlying root causes of food security are intertwined with issues of poverty, inadequate or precarious housing and other barriers which block access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. On the other end of the food system, local growers and new entrants to sustainable food production suffer due to competition in a global food market plagued with subsidies, inequalities and extranalities. Closing the Comox Valley Food Loop, looks at ways to create an on-going market for local food by proactively providing food as medicine to those in need, while decreasing isolation in vulnerable populations thorough food literacy programs.
$10,000.00
2018

Pacific Community Church

Cloverdale Affordable Housing

Faith and community groups increasingly want to address the lack of affordability by leveraging their resources to provide homes for those who cannot afford a safe and stable home. Moving from dreams to shovels in the ground is a long and expensive process. Cloverdale Community Kitchen has explored housing options for two years and is at a point where we can successfully develop our first affordable housing project. Our efforts will consolidate the interests and capacities of many diverse faith and community groups. We intend that our initial success will be reproducible. This will serve as a venue for groups who want to be able to effectively help fight homelessness and poverty.
$20,000.00
2018

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Adaptive Change

Gateway Theatre is seeking support for the planning phase of our work with consulting company EmcArts who specialise in adaptive planning for arts and culture organisations. Gateway is the largest dedicated performing arts venue in Richmond and we aim to serve as a dynamic hub for arts and culture in the Lower Mainland. Our community has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades which has affected participation in our programs, and Gateway needs to respond. With this planning process, it is our intention to reconsider the programming that Gateway offers to our community to connect with more people and provide relevant programs and performances to a wider audience.
$12,000.00
2018

Rumble Productions Society

Developing a cultural consultation and community collaboration framework to advance representation and inclusion in the theatre sector.

We recognize that there is a lack of diverse representation in theatre, both on the creation side and the audience side. We feel this is a meaningful issue to address because we need to make space for all voices and stories to be heard. Our city is filled with people with unique life experiences. And we want to develop strategies for working collaboratively across difference. By removing barriers to participation in our art form and working with community members throughout the creation of a play, we hope that will be able to identify, record, and share our experience with this particular project and use it to create a solidarity driven framework for artistic creation.
$20,000.00
2018

Sea To Sky Thrivers Society

Connect & Eat Real to Heal

In response to the shockingly high prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes in Canada, our project aims to restore social relations by bringing community together around Real Food- highly nutritious unprocessed whole foods that are rich in tradition and meaning - to radically improve health and reverse chronic diseases. Working with our partner DreamRider Productions and a diverse array of community stakeholders, we intend to develop a plan for launching our comprehensive program combining in-school educational interventions with hands-on problem solving and community-wide actions that can eventually be scaled out and executed in communities across Canada.
$20,000.00
2018

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