Awarded Grants

Search or browse below to see past awarded Field of Interest grants. You may search by recipient organization name, project name, or city. Additionally, in the sidebar you may filter the grants displayed by year, interest or grant amount.

City of Nelson

Nelson Civic Theatre Restoration

We intend to renovate the theatre to better facilitate cinematic and performing arts. We have already installed seats, purchased and installed a new digital projector and surround sound system, constructed temporary acoustic walls and set up a simple online ticketing system. This project will include: -schematic design and design development for the entire project -lobby renovation work and installation of new concession equipment -a new energy efficient mechanical air handling unit -electrical system upgrades for the theatre: replacing the current patchwork of panels,old wiring and obsolete equipment with a new dimmer panel and controls, new aisle lights for patron safety, and a rationalization of all the theatre wiring to allow for central dimming control. -new energy efficient lighting A subsequent project will involve renovation of the theatre into three separate spaces.
$10,000.00
2013

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

City of Richmond

Cultivating Wellness Connections in Richmond

Origin- In 2008 with seed funding from the Union of BC Municipalities, Minoru Seniors Society (MSS) together with City of Richmond Senior Services (CORSS) and key community stakeholders, undertook an innovative pilot program to promote social participation and inclusion among vulnerable and isolated older adults. Adapted from leisure education and participation framework Wellness Connections (WC) received a BCRPA Provincial Award of Program Excellence, and was sustained through Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) funding. Need- WC has served more than 500 English and Mandarin/Cantonese speaking older adults over 7 years. WC plays a unique role in the network of community programs older adults facing multiple barriers to social participation and access to health services. While some are being served, many are not, and the need for high-quality programs that support independence and health is growing, while programs and services are decreasing. Project- With VCH funding for WC now at an end (March 2015), our project aims to harness and expand the successful collaborative approach to serving vulnerable older adults using a community-based participatory research (CBR) process. WC has enable us to build relationships with hundreds of vulnerable older adults in Richmond, providing an unique opportunity in involve them in further breaking down the barriers to social participation and inclusion together with a rich variety of community stakeholders.
$10,000.00
2015

City of Surrey

Urban Heat Ready – learning from communities most impacted by urban heat

Urban heat disproportionately impacts marginalized communities in Surrey. Lack of access to cooling options like parks can contribute to these communities bearing the brunt of the heat burden in Surrey’s densely populated and rapidly urbanizing City Centre. As Surrey gets hotter due to climate change, there is opportunity to create lasting, equitable solutions to urban heat that work for all. By designing COVID-19 safe and inclusive engagement practices that value, uplift, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities, we can understand barriers within the existing systems that keep the issue in place and leverage opportunities to creating healthy, climate-resilient communities for all.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to develop curriculum for an upper-level, elective course entitled Sustainability Studies to be offered in our region. The aim of the course is build environmental awareness and leadership in high school students through innovative education. Sustainability Studies content will be relevant to students. Clayoquot Sound provides an ideal setting to introduce youth to a wide variety of perspectives, enabling in-depth and holistic investigations essential to understanding environmental issues. The region is also fortunate to host many local experts, from First Nations elders to scientists, who will be invited to work with the students. The course will focus on the connection between people and their environment, with units on topics such as sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement. The content will be developed through a collaborative process with input from students and teachers. As a regularly offered elective, the course will create an ongoing structure for youth engagement and hands-on learning.
$10,000.00
2011

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Our Calls to Action: Decolonizing our Network

The pressing issue that our project is trying to address is the lack of representation of Indigenous people, processes and structures in the environmental education sector in the Canadian Columbia Basin region of southeast British Columbia. By addressing these issues, our organization will be able to effectively demonstrate inclusion of Indigenous people, policies and procedures that are in alignment with the Calls to Action from the TRC as they pertain to educational programs/organizations in Canada.
$20,000.00
2019

Columbia Institute

Investors for Affordable Cities

The Investors for Affordable Cities project will focus on the role that housing financialization has played in exacerbating inequality in British Columbia. While income inequality is a key contributing factor to economic inequality, wealth inequality is even worse. And in B.C., wealth inequality is driven in large part by real estate. The Investors for Affordable Cities project will mobilize institutions in the financial system to implement responsible strategies within their real estate portfolios, developing pressure at key points in the investment chain and with policy makers to stop predatory behavior and promote housing investment that supports inclusive communities.
$19,600.00
2020

Columbia Valley Community Foundation

Columbia Valley Non-profit Capacity Building Program

Local non-profits are often best positioned to respond to communities, however, in rural settings they face a number of challenges. Small populations face common issues and challenges but have few human resources to deliver programs and projects. In order to be effective, they must be more efficient. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation wants to develop a strategy to build the capacity they need. Ongoing support may allow them to react faster and more effectively to needs; communicate, collaborate, and celebrate success together; equip passionate people within organizations with the tools they need to serve their communities, and help to fill gaps when community members move on.
$10,000.00
2017

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

Community Arts Council of Vancouver

WePress

WePress is social enterprise community makerspace that would provide access to equipment and training for DTES residents and organizations for artistic development and capacity building. This innovative space will blend older technology such as the W2 (Woodwards) Reynolds letterpress and an industrial sewing machine with the newer technology of 3D printing. 3D printing can be used to print replacement parts for machines in the makerspace as well as being used to print out type plates for the letterpress that can be used for new printing projects, including many other creative projects with shared technologies. We also have a large historic collection of both English & Chinese typefaces that were saved from the Woodwards shop and the Ho Sung Hing Print Shop. A group of stakeholders including Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV), Ho Sun Hing Project Community, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver Letterpress League and several independent artists have been collaborating to create and develop a safe, accessible, affordable makerspace in the Downtown Eastside. Our goal is to have the space become self-sustainable through grassroots participation and social enterprise. The space will welcome diverse populations, including those marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. Our collective experience working with wide demographics of oppressed and marginalized people has given us the skills needed to create this accessible space.
$10,000.00
2015

Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C.

Community Capacity Building Project for Children and Youth with Autism

Phase 1: Regional Resource Library The resource library will contain equipment, curriculum and training materials to be used in home, school and centre-based treatment programs. The library will contain training materials, curriculum materials, general information books and videos, Occupational Therapy Equipment, Behaviour Intervention Equipment and kits and Speech and Language Equipment. Phase 2: Regional Training This phase will provide community information sessions that will orient families, agencies, professionals and paraprofessionals to the resources available in the resource library and provide training to parents and paraprofessionals on the use of some of the curriculum materials available in the library.
$14,305.00
2012

Community Foundations of Canada

BC Food Systems Symposium - March 7, 2014

The purpose of this initiative is to bring together BC Food Systems Network members, community foundations and other food funders, and other key stakeholders to explore and enable working together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.
$10,000.00
2014

Community Housing Land Trust Foundation

Aging in Place Project

The Aging in Place Project will assist housing co-ops and seniors living in co-ops to plan for a future in which: seniors remain in their co-op homes as long as possible; seniors’ homes are adapted, as far as practicable, to suit their changing needs; and seniors are connected to and actively participate in their co-op communities. The project will develop and model an active program of community supports for seniors living in housing co-ops and explore a range of options for improving seniors’ quality of life in co-ops by tackling the physical, social and financial obstacles they may face. The project will address issues of concern to seniors around the physical condition of co-op buildings, their financial security and their social connections within their co-op communities. Seniors will participate in decisions around the design, delivery and evaluation of the project to ensure that it will have an enduring impact on their lives and on the lives of their fellow co-op members as they age in place.
$10,000.00
2013

Community Living Society

Remote Check-in Home Supports

Remote check-in home supports will offer improved choice and autonomy for people with intellectual disabilities regarding how they live and receive support. It will complement or replace traditional, scheduled in-person supports that are currently offered through service providers. Using a variety of technology (i.e. videophones, sensors, motion detectors, or cameras) the person can choose when and how check-ins occur. Parents have confidence that their loved one is safe and has the resources in place if needed. Meanwhile service providers, who experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, can re-deploy resources to individuals who require direct or in-home support.
$20,000.00
2020

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Social Equity in a One Planet Region

The climate emergency and the new wave of automation are landing on historic levels of inequality and precarious work that are linked to racist extremism. This convergence poses significant risk of widening inequality and the loss of momentum on climate action. It is at this nexus of local climate change and equity that this ‘develop’ project sits, asking the question: How can we better align efforts at the local level, crossing silos and jurisdictional lines to reach the full potential of climate action and equity to be self-reinforcing and mutually beneficial? What is the potential for models like One Planet Saanich and Portland’ Climate Equity Panel to tackle those systemic barriers.
$15,550.00
2019

Comox Valley Art Gallery

Youth Media Project

The Youth Media Project seeks to empower marginalized youth, through group-based media production practices, to become active citizens in affecting community change. Through this pilot project – a partnership between the Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Wachiay Friendship Centre – ten youth will receive training in digital video, animation and web design, and will engage with key community leaders in discussions surrounding justice, cultural heritage, activism and community participation. Youth will then create video, animation and/or web-based projects that express unique visions of ‘change’ within the Valley. These works will be exhibited and celebrated at a community-wide event, at which participants will be invited to speak to their creative philosophies and processes. The works will be compiled onto a DVD that will be distributed to key leaders and community groups within the Comox Valley, and exhibited online for broad dissemination. The project is designed to engage participants and the public in a change-dialogue surrounding the future of the Comox Valley.
$15,000.00
2012

Comox Valley Transition Society

'Healthy Masculinity'/'Taking Flight'

Our proposed project is two-fold. The 'Healthy Masculinity' component will include identification of best practices with boys, and focus groups in schools or community settings. The groups will be lead by experienced male leaders, and will explore masculinity and boys' unique needs and challenges. The boys will be invited to be part of an advisory committee to help develop curriculum for pilot groups in the second year of the project. A key aspect of this project is youth engagement. We will encourage the boys to take an active role to best meet their needs. The other component of our project is 'Taking Flight'. This 12 session group will serve young women who are aging out of foster care, moving out on their own, have limited healthy support networks, are at risk of relationship violence, and who are at risk for homelessness or living in poverty. The focus will be on successfully navigating the challenges of transition to adulthood such as access to affordable services, life skills (employment skills, housing, etc.), and maintaining healthy relationships and support networks.
$17,600.00
2013

BeSafe: Girls Group Year Three Enhancement

This is an educational life skills and support group for girls ages 11 to 15 that fosters empowerment and appreciation of diversity and encourages girls to make a difference. Groups are led by adult facilitators and older teen girls who have completed peer facilitation training, which is an important feature of the program. The weekly two-hour groups are interactive and include activities such as art, journaling and crafts, role playing and discussion. They want to expand, creating three more groups at high schools, including one for girls ages 15 to 17.
$12,600.00
2010

Compagnie Vision Selective Arts Society

Creation of 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem'

Noam Gagnon's creative impulse is to delve into personal experiences to create transcendent performances. This has drawn him to collaborate with Nova Bhattacharya, a highly regarded Toronto-based dance artist trained in classical Indian dance. It may seem the two artists from different cultural and dance backgrounds have little in common, but their independent work reveals a shared fascination with the autobiographical. 'DVOTE: Lust, Madness and Mayhem' is their shared investigation into themes of devotion, submission, sexuality and spirituality. Playing with the twinned notions of voyeurism and exhibitionism, DVOTE is an intimate journey that blurs the traditional lines of performance and confessional. DVOTE exposes the continuum of submission and control that begins with the socially sanctioned relationship between performer and audience, and ends somewhere between master and slave. Conflating the opposing ideas of public performance and intensely private experiences of sexuality and spirituality, the work hopes to expose personal taboos and challenge current social discourse.
$15,000.00
2012

Company Erasga Dance Society

MigARTion: Art and Migrants towards a Critical and Creative Empathy in Collaborative Art Making

This project aspires to contribute to the contemporary Philippine global diasporic artistry, activism and community through an intergenerational, interdisciplinary, intercultural, cross-aestehtics and transcultural engagement. Filipino and Filipino-Canadian artists, migrant group, independent artists and professional arts companies will collaborate to build a new practice and discourse on migration in Canada through art. Issues like family separation, cultural trauma, and settler colonialism are explored through this process. Migrant stories and perspectives are foregrounded through arts-based methodology grounded from a decolonizing creation process.
$10,000.00
2017

Shifting Geography

Shifting Geography is the dance creation of Co.ERASGA for its 2013-14 season to be presented to Vancouver audiences. This is a new creative project to be created by sharing resources and a vision to build a co-creation between two points of reference, Bonn and Vancouver. This collaboration will see Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino partner with choreographer Rafaele Giovanola, Artistic Director of Bonn, Germany's COCOONDANCE in a full length collaborative dance work. Using Vancouver and Bonn as the two homes of this dance project, Tolentino and Giovanola will reflect the geographic points of the two cities, continents and environments that influence signify and shape their visions of the body in motion. Research, creation and theatre residencies, production and final performances will take place in Vancouver and Bonn. Referencing the body, the impetus of Shifting Geography is to map, describe and write about the body through movement and dance, to free the body's inner story, marking its relation to time and the varied characteristics it presents in space and place.
$10,000.00
2013

Colonial

Colonial is a full evening work of contemporary dance based on life in a colonized society and the effects on the individual, choreographed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino, with creative partners; Dennis Gupa, Theatre Director and Dramaturge; Filipino Video Artist Ted Armitanio and two senior Filipino pioneering choreographers, Denisa Reyes and Agnes Locsin. Their expertise will help facilitate and strengthen the company's growth to incorporate and open further interpretive techniques through other media such as theatre, interviews and dialogue. The project has the support of PETA and UPLB in the Philippines, MAI in Montreal and the Roundhouse in Vancouver, the creative process will be opened up to the local dance communities and general public through a series of open rehearsals and unique workshops. The opportunity to learn more about Filipino culture and history through dance is a rare prospect and one that will have a great impact on the partners involved as well as the significant Filipino community of Canada.
$15,000.00
2012

Shadow Machine

Shadow Machine is a fusion of dance, video, audio, photography and interactive technologies that juxtaposes Vancouver’s industrial development in the early 20th century with the post-industrial modern age. Central to Shadow Machine are the workers, machinery and people who have built Vancouver’s past and present. This event will feature live performances by new-media artists Carol Sawyer, Peter Courtemanche and Ken Gregory, as well as dancer Alvin Tolentino and a dozen others performing his choreography. Partners include W2 Media Arts Centre and the Roundhouse. The premiere is planned for October 2010.
$15,000.00
2010

Connec Tra Society

Tetra Ability Opportunity TAO Project

The Tetra Ability Opportunities (TAO) project is an initiative of the ConnecTra Society, in partnership with the Tetra Society of North America, two charitable organizations that deliver support programs for people with significant physical disabilities. Tetra volunteer Brian Johnson suggested the idea that the new Tetra Workshop, created in partnership with iCord and located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, could be adapted and opportunities explored, so that people with varying levels of disability (up to and including high quadriplegia) can be trained to use the workshop's tools and equipment. Together, Tetra and ConnecTra have developed a project that will assess the viability of training people with disabilities to learn to cut, drill, sand, paint, etc. Participants will learn these skills while working to create items that have been pre-selected as needing a range of tools, skills and levels of physical ability, including jigsaw puzzles, bird feeders, flower pot holders and wooden toys.
$20,000.00
2011

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