Grants

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Elektra Women's Choir

Kindred Spirits: Elektra & Shelagh Rogers

This collaboration with CBC journalist Shelagh Rogers combines choral singing with Canadian stories, including those of First Nations women. The full-length concert format will intertwine music and spoken word, with Ms. Rogers sharing the stage with the choir to read letters, fiction and her thoughts. With themes of transformation and reconciliation, the show is structured on the cycle of the seasons with folk songs and original compositions, and will also likely use Canadian photographs to depict the seasons.
$10,000.00
2010

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

In the Best Interests of the Child

EFry seeks to raise the issue of homeless women and children through the lens of BC Legislation, and government responsibilities to see that homeless women and children are not disproportionately disadvantaged by their relative small numbers. The project seeks to rationalize resources to see that the most vulnerable - homeless children - are prioritized; and that homeless and at risk of homelessness women are provided equal opportunity to access supports as their male counterparts to find or remain housed. Doing so will reduce the generational legacy of homelessness in the lives of children as they grow, and provide women fairness, equality and opportunity.
$10,000.00
2017

Environmental Youth Alliance

Inner-Nature: Developing a Connected Schoolyard Greening Project

THE SOIL - We will work with at least 3 classes at each of: 2 secondary & 1 elementary schools in Vancouver to pilot innovative, experiential learning in schoolyard green spaces. Our aim will be to find ways to engage students and teachers in learning about urban wildlife and creating schoolyard gardens to house a diversity of wild creatures. These programs will combine wildlife and food garden creation with citizen science programming. Our goal in the development phase of this project is to learn with youth & educators how schools can create and USE biodiverse natural spaces on their grounds. THE SCHOOL INSTITUTION - We will meet quarterly with: youth, administrators at each school, coordinators of Community School Teams, the VSB Sustainability Department, Youth Workers in the SACY program, community partners, and local alternate schools to discuss approaches for creating regular, sustainable nature access for vulnerable students. Together we will draft a template Memorandum of Understanding that the EYA can use as a framework to guide our partnerships with VSB schools and Community Hubs in the future. OUR FRIENDS IN THE VSFN - We will continue to meet with these partners to update them on our work with the school institution, and will seek to include multiple organizations from the VSFN in our work. Together we will set common goals, learn how to effectively collaborate and develop a shared narrative that we can use to broadly communicate our work.
$10,000.00
2015

The Nectar Trail

Work by local ecologists has shown that corridors connecting habitat islands can lead to large population increases for local pollinators. To this end, we will work with the community to implement a demonstration habitat corridor that links existing pollinator-friendly parks. By supporting local residents to maintain 1000s of pollinator plants and structures along these routes, we will create habitat-rich sites in which bees, butterflies, and birds can thrive. Partnering with the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, residents, schools, and businesses, the Nectar Trail will link conservation, land use, health, and food, providing a forum for the people of Vancouver to examine urban ecological interdependencies. The project will be created along the newly established Ridgeway Greenway in the section between Vandusen Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park. Connecting the parks with several large pollinator gardens accompanied with onsite interpretive media and environmental art, our demonstration 'Nectar Trail' creates a new model of urban restoration and a unique amenity for Vancouver.
$20,000.00
2013

Equitas - International Centre

Speaking Rights - a participatory human rights education toolkit for BC Youth

Speaking Rights is a human rights education project that engages 13-17 year olds in exploring issues that are important to them as they work together to identify strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion. Through Speaking Rights youth workers and youth are trained on the Speaking Rights Toolkit which is an innovative tool which supports and develops the leadership skills of youth by strengthening their knowledge, skills, values, behavior and attitudes. Youth participate in activities and community projects from the Toolkit which open up a space for dialogue and action on issues such as participation, leadership, active citizenship; self-esteem and relationships; violence and intimidation; rights and responsibilities; gender roles; and exclusion, discrimination and racism. The current toolkit is based on a needs assessment conducted with youth and youth workers in Montreal. With the recent success of this project in Montreal, Equitas partners in BC have asked Equitas to adapt the toolkit to meet the Vancouver context and the needs of youth workers and youth in BC.
$10,000.00
2011

Evergreen

Uncover Still Creek

Through the “Uncover Still Creek” program, Evergreen will work with the City of Vancouver to rehabilitate priority municipal lands into spaces that welcome community members to spend time, provide vital habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species and mitigate high stormwater flows and poor water quality. The program aims to connect citizens with their watershed, encouraging them to take action both locally and as a community to ensure the health of Still Creek’s waters.
$15,000.00
2011

Family Support Institute (FSI)

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.
$20,000.00
2013

Family Support Institute of B.C.

Personal Information Booklet

When information needs to be shared with team members (gov, health care teams, therapists,...) the end result is often inconsistent & clinical. Parents of children with disabilities find themselves constantly repeating their child’s story. Not only does this add undue stress to the family, it also further perpetuates a non person centered approach to their loved ones' care & they often get described with jargon & labels. This frustration is most apparent during the transition period of a youth’s life when they leave high school and enter adulthood - arguably, the most difficult time in a families' life. A Personal Information Booklet will address these challenges and build cohesive teams.
$10,000.00
2017

Navigating Social and Sexual Relationships

Young adults with disabilities have systemically been excluded in accessing sexuality education tailored to diverse learning needs. Intentional community based sexuality education opportunities for youth with disabilities is necessary to address conflict among educators, service providers and parents about what and how to teach which can leave youth without any sexuality education. Developing healthy sexual expression provides an opportunity to be fully ‘seen’ and communities can address stigma related to recognizing individuals with disabilities as sexual beings. Community based education provides meaningful interaction while supporting responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.
$10,000.00
2017

Farm Folk / City Folk

Don't Pocket the Potatoes: Addressing Community Garden Theft in Richmond

While Richmond Food Security Society officially manages the community garden program, we work closely with a wide range of stakeholders. While each stakeholder has shared ideas on how to address the issue of community garden theft, we have yet to form an official project team to address this thoroughly and would like to do so. What we would like to do is form a project team who will work together to research possible solutions. This will include a detailed scan of best practices in other communities, resulting in a detailed webpage where Richmond Community gardeners can learn from. We would also like to conduct a survey of gardeners, in at least 3 languages to find out their personal experience with theft and their ideas to address it. This will provide gardeners with a necessary outlet for their concerns. We would also like to compare the thefts from 2015 to physical site characteristics to determine which physical features may deter thefts. We have only been tracking garden theft data for one year, and would like to track it again in 2016 in order to get a better understanding of the scope of this problem. While we only have data for one year, we have anecdotal and media evidence (through articles in the Richmond review dating back to 2013) that this problem is ongoing.
$10,000.00
2015

Federation of BC Youth In Care Networks

BC Child and Youth in Care Week Celebration Bursaries

The Federation has a process that engages youth in and from care as part of a selection committee for grants and bursaries. This year with the upcoming election and BC Child and Youth in Care Week, we would like to provide additional support to young leaders from care in BC and their adult allies who are looking to host community based celebrations, celebrate a BCCYICW award winner or ensure the increased visibility, celebration and engagement of young leaders in non-partisan pre-election activities. The Federation would recruit youth in and from care to sit on a selection committee, review the applications that come in from across the province and recommend grant recipients. The Federation would then process and mail out the payments required. Youth in and from care will have input in the design of the bursary criteria. Finally their involvement will also be tracked towards honorarium payments according to the Federation's policy.
$10,000.00
2017

Fight With a Stick

Station

Station is about creating a performance design for social encounter. The performance design is a container where a variety of experts and non-experts are put together to hash out pressing social issues . The intent is to use design elements to encourage encounter with difference and to open up the participants mind to a variety of ideas from the humanities. Through an exchange of ideas within the scenographic environment we hope to develop new perspectives and approaches to local issues and connections among participants. Precedents for the performance design and social encounter include our salon serires and aestheticized post-show discussions, as well as other models we have begun to research (see below). Our post-show discussions are unique. Our performances put the audience in a performance machine (examples are described below in #2). The architectural, sonic, and lighting enviroment of the performance is extended to the discussion, making it an extension of the performance, co-created with the audience. Station will take this idea and make it the entirety of the event. In order to achieve this, we will combine what we have already discovered with new reserch into existing models (noted above).We enjoy a diverse, eclectic, and hybrid following. Over the years we have developed inclusive and affordable performance events that do not create social division based on categories of marginalization defined in opposition to an abstract social norm.
$10,000.00
2015

Firehall Theatre Society

PostSecret The Show

The Firehall will produce the Canadian premiere of PostSecret The Show in January, 2015. PostSecret The Show is based on an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren,in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Select secrets have then been posted on the PostSecret website or have been turned into books and museum exhibitions. Working with Mr. Warren, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Shanti and Justin Sudds have devised an entertaining and moving interpretation of the stories of never before shared secrets. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors and a musician guide the audience through a crowd-sourced narrative using sad, funny and controversial postcards that have made Postsecret.com one of the most popular blogs in the world. The project will include the rehearsal, production and presentation of the play for twenty-three performances from January 20th-Febuary 7, 2015. The play will be directed by TJ Dawe and will feature three actors from culturally diverse backgrounds including Kahlil Ashanti and one musician.
$10,000.00
2014

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Student Citizenship through Shannens Dream

Shannen's Dream is a campaign uniting First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples to understand the education inequities on reserve and to take action to ensure all children attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams. The campaign encourages critical analysis of the historic and contemporary relationship between First Nations and others, and provides practical ideas about how to address current inequities. Our project will foster community engagement and student learning about child rights, citizenship, and democratic engagement through suggested learning activities. Awareness of Shannen's Dream will be facilitated through presentations, webinars, the Nstional Film Board documentary “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” and concrete activities like the Our Dreams Matter Too walk on June 11. This project will promote new learning and relationships between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples and help ensure that First Nations children in British Columbia have the same educational opportunities that all other children enjoy.
$18,090.00
2013

First Pacific Theatre Society

Re:Union

Re:Union dramatizes a real event, when a Quaker set himself on fire and died below the Pentagon window of US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, as a protest of the escalating Vietnam War. His one year-old daughter Emily, in his arms, miraculously escaped unharmed. His death is said to have been the catalyst that forced McNamara and the US to face the inhumanity of the war. In Re:Union, an adult Emily returns to Washington in aftermath 9/11, seeking to persuade McNamara to stopping a war that is just beginning. She ends up reuniting with her long-dead father. The company will also present a community outreach program ‘The Activist City: An Inter-Community Dialogue’ to extend the social impact of our work.
$14,000.00
2011

Food for thought Kelowna Breakfast Society

Food Preservation Project

The project is a two-fold plan. First we want to preserve as much of our summer surplus food and second, we want to create a training program for at-risk youth. First, during the spring and summer months we have access to huge amounts of produce—fruit, berries and vegetables. To ensure a steady supply of food for our breakfast program we want to can, jam and sauce the surplus. The fruit and berries will be used for fruit salad, toppings for hot oatmeal and take along snacks for nutrition break. With the help of the culinary arts program and chefs within the community we plan to preserve fruit, berries and vegetables. We will use the commercial kitchens in several local churches and halls. Secondly, we will be hiring and training at risk youth to work in kitchens and in the warehouse. The employees will receive Food Safe training, food preparation experience, warehousing skills, team building opportunities and one on one mentoring. This work experience will enable at-risk youth to be hired in kitchens and food service throughout our community.
$10,000.00
2014

Fraser Health Authority

Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Aboriginal Communities in the Fraser Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Ms. Leslie Bonshor, Director, Aboriginal Health, Fraser Health Authority, and Dr. John O'Neil, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU)

This proposal outlines activities to develop a research proposal for a community-based participatory research study to examine barriers and facilitators to accessing primary health care for Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Health region. Fraser Health communities were extensively involved in the 2011 CIHR project, which identified access to primary health care as a key issue. Further community engagement for the development of a new research proposal will be conducted and additional community members and representatives will be invited to join the research team. We propose a development project from January 2014 to December 2014. The initial phase of the project will focus on community engagement and consultation as well as building the research team and further developing partnerships. The second phase will focus on reviewing the literature, finalizing research questions and writing the grant proposal. Research Team members: Ms. Kelow Edehl and Mr. James George.
$10,000.00
2013

Fraser North - Community Volunteer Connections Society

Through Seniors Eyes - Building a Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

We will form the "Tri-Cities Seniors Network," the first seniors-led regional planning group for seniors in the Tri-Cities, involving seniors, seniors-serving organizations and businesses. The Network will explore the Tri-Cities "through seniors eyes" and develop collaborative solutions towards an Age-Friendly Tri-Cities. Our project will involve: * Developing an ongoing seniors planning network that ensures everyone's voice is heard, including developing a Terms of Reference and procedural guidelines *Organizing monthly meetings starting January 2013 on topics identified in our focus groups, to review existing service and initiatives, gaps, and develop initial action plans; topics identified include housing, social inclusion, transportation, access for socially isolated and immigrant seniors, lifelong learning, and coordinated services *Organizing seniors-led subcommittees to move forward on action plans *Conducting survey of seniors, particularly isolated seniors, and inventory of current services (depending on New Horizons funding).
$15,000.00
2012

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society

FRDC's Outdoor Interpretive Panels

IIn the 1990s, the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) created a series of 22 visually exciting and thoughtprovoking interpretive panels which were displayed along a 1.3km riverfront boardwalk. The panels heighten awareness of environmental issues related to the Fraser River watershed; stimulate river advocacy and interpretation; and encourage community participation by fostering a stronger understanding, ownership and desire to act positively to affect the river's health. This project would replace damaged panels in September 2012 with updated design and information to coincide with Artists on the River, the FRDC’s annual festival celebrating Rivers Day.
$10,000.00
2011

Fraser Riverkeeper Society

Stand Up for Pacific Salmon Animation

The project will create a visually compelling animation to educate the public about the problem of net-pen salmon fish farms and their impact on the aquatic environment, human health and wild salmon stocks. It will show consumers how to help shift global salmon farming to a more positive economic and ecological operation: closed-containment or tank system, aquaculture. The project is part of a larger campaign that educates consumers on the risks posed to wild salmon by net-pen farms, and facilitates citizen engagement with retailers.
$20,000.00
2010

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

CALM Early Learning Initiative

The CALM Early Learning Curriculum was developed in 2013 to address the 2012/13 Early Development Instrument (HELP,UBC) results, and is based on Dr. Stuart Shanker's renowned self-regulation research (Calm Alert Learning Modules and Classroom Strategies for Self Regulation), and adapted for children in the early years. The CALM Early Learning Initiative is evidence based and outcome measured,and is a 3 tiered program. CALM Early Learning Groups (Stage 1) have been piloted over the past 15 months by FVCDC, in collaboration with regional School Districts, as well as several preschools. The impact and response to the CALM program has exploded in the past six months with an overwhelming amount of early childhood learning environments signing up to have the groups in their classrooms during 2014-2015. Stage 2 is in its development stage and includes additional emotions modules which are more complex and for those classrooms who have already completed stage 1. This will be piloted January 2015. Stage 3 is in its preliminary stages of planning and will encompass a parent component.
$15,000.00
2014

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition

RESTORING WATERWAYS THROUGH HANDS ON ACTIONS, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

Our proposed project will improve both Luckacuck Creek, Stewart Creek, and off-channel habitats in the Chilliwack River watershed through enhancing and restoring riparian and aquatic habitats along these watercourses. Coupled with these “shovels-in-the-ground” tree plantings and restoration activities, we will work with the landowners and the community to raise awareness and appreciation for the importance of watershed health. This will include community participation at planting events, and the promotion for the importance of stewarding local waterways. We will provide opportunities for community members to be involved in collecting, analyzing and understanding data on stream health. It is paramount to foster a sense of place, and care for waterways, wildlife and habitat especially during changing land-uses and increasing populations.
$20,000.00
2014

Friends of Film Society of Powell River

2012 Powell River Film Festival

Our 2012 Festival will be a celebration of the local and regional arts: • Documentaries, dramas, & animation: local, BC and Canadian films with presentations by the filmmakers to provide maximum public engagement • Focus: Media Arts for Schools: two days of films to assist in developing critical thinking and appreciation of the media arts • Adventures in Film Camp: three days of screening films and learning production skills by making short films with mentors, open to youth 15-19 years • 5-Minute Film Contest (students) and 24-Hour Film Contest (adults): winning films are screened during the festival, highlighting the achievements of filmmakers • Newsletters and web presence: promotion of all community film-related events and initiatives to youth and the general public throughout the year
$10,000.00
2011

Friends of the Quesnel and District Museum Archives Society

Integrating digital content into the exhibits of the Quesnel Museum

The objectives of this project is to integrate interpretive content into the existing exhibits of the Quesnel Museum making use of QR codes, to sustain the oral history program - adding a video component, to undertake preliminary research to redevelop our forestry exhibit and to increase access by translating materials. We proposes to develop 50 QR web pages. These will provide an interpretive text and link associated images, audio or video clips to objects on display. A few pages will follow a theme through several exhibits. The purchase of a digital video camera will enable us to film oral histories and integrate segements into the exhbits via the QR codes. During the project the focus of interviews will be on the development of the forest industry in the region. The purpose of the grant is to hire a researcher/writer to conduct interviews and develope the content of the web pages. We will also hire 2 translators: 1 to translate materials into Chinese and the second to translate interviews from Dakelh to English.
$10,000.00
2013

Friends Of The Summerland Research Station Gardens

Innovative Landscaping for Water Conservation

Building on the momentum and success of our pilot project, the Friends are requesting assistance with this new phase of our water conservation program as it relates to our community outreach, water conservation survey, demonstration sites and educational programs. The single action that will have the most significant impact on increasing water conservation in the Okanagan Basin is reducing discretionary water use for landscaping. The current Friends’ board and staff are committed to making water conservation a top priority. Our demonstration sites will incorporate innovative solutions to measure and reduce water use and enchance habitat and increase biodiversity. Our outreach will involve residents, community leaders, volunteers and students in applied science activities designed to inform their environmental stewardship. The project will act as an agent of change for sustainable water conservation landscaping and is intended to increase adoption of ecologically based landscaping practices in the region through demonstration, education and strengthening community partnerships.
$10,000.00
2013

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