Awarded Grants

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Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Family Drop-in: Families, Farming and Food

A safe drop-in space for families in the Downtown Eastside (M-F and Sunday from 4-7pm) This program has been developed to improve the determinants of health for families and children in our community through a program emphasis on food literacy, healthy meal preparation, culinary exploration and urban farming practices. A major component to the program is that it will be based on a peer led model. Families will be recruited as both participants, but also as volunteers who will lead the program with the support of a paid coordinator to help actualize their vision within the scope of the project.
$10,000.00
2012

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Feasibility analysis of a social financing model to fund an opioid addictions service that aims to improve the well-being of individuals in Vancouver.

The Dr. Peter Centre intends to develop a pay-for-success project plan to engage public and private stakeholders in funding a pilot project that will introduce Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for participants at the centre, increasing access to this treatment model, expanding access to treatment options, and ultimately stabilizing the number of overdose related deaths in our community. Opioid use disorder is one of the most challenging forms of substance use disorder facing the health care system in British Columbia.
$10,000.00
2019

Earthwise Society

Feed the Bees Planting Program

The Feed the Bees Planting Program addresses root causes of pollinator decline by engaging widespread community action to plant "bee friendly" gardens at homes, schools, businesses and boulevards. The gardens will be mapped on-line to show how individual plantings collectively start to create habitat corridors, reducing habitat fragmentation and assisting in the movement of pollinator populations within urban areas. The Earthwise Garden is a learning resource for the project, demonstrating how ecological plantings of diverse flowering species enhance biodiversity. These concepts will be applied on a community wide scale to replace natural vegetation lost through development. Supporting the widespread adoption of specific planting programs that provide flowers over a long season helps to meet the habitat needs of pollinators. By engaging residents living in urban areas to help address a problem that impacts farming, the project creates greater awareness of how we are all interconnected and how individual actions can impact regional biodiversity and ecological health.
$20,000.00
2012

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

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations
$10,000.00
2011

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations
$10,000.00
2011

Green and Culturally Appropriate Building for Clayoquot First Nations

To design a green housing plan for First Nations communities in Clayoquot Sound which will use local materials and labour, be well-suited to the climate and affordable to build, maintain and heat. The project will produce designs incorporating green building options and culturally appropriate building elements for each community accompanied by a financial plan to enable them to actually be built.
$20,000.00
2010

EDAM Performing Arts Society

EDAM Choreographic Series 2014-15 Season

We are requesting your assistance to support EDAM's choreographic series for 2014-15 (our season runs from Sept 1- Aug 31st). This series will involve two residencies: a fall residency from mid-Sept-Dec 2014 and a spring residency from Feb-May 2015. We wish to offer residencies to 4 guest choreographers: Serge Bennathan and Ziyian Kwan (fall '14) and Shay Kuebler and one other TBA (spring '15). During each residency, Peter Bingham and the guest choreographers will share EDAM's studio. Each participant will create a 20 minute work on dancers of their choice. At the end of the process EDAM will produce a show featuring this work-- 6 shows over 2 weeks. These residencies provide the participating artists with a fully subsidized opportunity to create in a highly supportive environment. Each guest will receive a commissioning fee, money for dancers' salaries, performance fees and free rehearsal time at EDAM. At the close of each residency, EDAM will produce the newly created dances, covering all of the production, administrative and publicity costs of with these shows.
$15,000.00
2014

Edward Milne Community School Society

Play and Learn Academic Intervention Program

Play and Learn is a free, 4-week day-camp for low-income or Aboriginal children ages 6 to 9 years old who are not meeting expectations for their grade level in reading and math. The idea originated from concerns over students arriving to secondary school, unprepared. Research shows a gap in the level of achievement between children from low-income and higher income students; this gap begins in early grades and compounds year after year, attributed to the accessibility of programs to stimulate learning over the summer. Aboriginal students face an additional problem of feeling excluded when their culture is not perceived to be valued in school. This play-based learning intervention program is taught in small groups. Students participate in literacy, numeracy, recreation and Aboriginal Culture activities during the morning and field trips, crafts and physical games in the afternoons. We offer healthy meals because hungry kids cannot learn. The camp is staffed by remedial education teachers. We will expand to offer a year-round Play and Learn after school program in Year two.
$20,000.00
2012

Ehattesaht Tribe

Ehattesaht Children's Playground

Ehattesaht would like to build a culturally appropriate playground as a safe place for their children to play. This project is being undertaken with the full support of the Ehattesaht Chief and Council and through an an Aboriginal Leadership Initiative called Ahp-cii-uk. The main Ehattesaht reserve is small, with barely enough land for the 15 buildings on the reserve. The community is on Zeballos Inlet but cut off from access to the water by a busy logging road. Children not only cross the road to get to the water but they also play on it because they have no safe alternative. The Chief and Council have approved a site for the playground in the main part of the village, adjacent to the Youth Centre that will also eventually house a Headstart program to increase children’s success in, and attachment to, school. One of the requirements of Headstart is a fenced playground. Chief and Council have also purchased some playground equipmentwhich can be used. The project will result in a safe place for Ehattesaht children to play and contribute to social development activities.
$10,000.00
2011

Electric Company Theatre Society

Developing authentic, decolonized and respectful Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Collaborative Processes in Theatre Creation.

This project addresses challenges in the accessibility, authenticity, equity and safety of cross-cultural collaborative theatre creations between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and organizations. By leveraging Indigenous community and practitioner experience, feedback and insight, we will co-develop a collaborative, cross-cultural creative process framework that is welcoming to, and supportive of Indigenous artists. This will nurture meaningful, reciprocal relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous creators, foster Indigenous self-determination and leadership within Non-indigenous organizations, and create conditions for deeper, safer, more equitable artistic explorations.
$20,000.00
2020

TRIPTYCH - Artistic Development for large-scale theatrical production

Electric Company is commissioning, developing and producing a theatrical adaptation of three recent collections by some of Vancouver's most exciting female writers (Jennica Harper, Elizabeth Bachinsky, and Marita Daschel) in an immersive fusion of theatre, poetry and visual art. Appearing in three parts across three venues as a special, featured event at the International Writers Festival as a part of their 25th anniversary, TRIPTYCH (working title) celebrates the vitality of the local literary scene as well as the creative potency and invention that has identified Vancouver's independent theatre community as national leaders in the form. In the tradition of such celebrated Canadian installation artists as Janet Cardiff and George Mueller, the viewer of TRIPTYCH is given an intensely active role in the creation of the experience. We're inspired to combine this aesthetic quality with theatre's capacity to tell a strong story within a communal or group experience wherein we break down the isolating components in our culture and encourage contact, collaboration and community.
$20,000.00
2012

Electric Company Unplugged: ALL THE WAY HOME - Artistic Development

All the Way Home is a story about the inexplicable bonds we share with those of the same blood; about celebrating love and sharing pain, and growing from both. It is simple in the best way, built with so many universal truths that there is little room for anything else. Written by Tad Mosel and directed by Kim Collier, the performance is staged so that the action occurs in and around the audience in a non-traditional venue (Heritage Hall, Mount Pleasant). The artistic objective is to pare back the technical aspects of live theatre to focus on acting.
$20,000.00
2010

Elektra Women's Choir

Norwegian Spring

Through the 'Norwegian Spring' project, Elektra's priorities are to learn, to experience cultural and musical exchange, and to share the results with the public at the highest artistic level. Norwegian conductor, Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, is one of the finest conductors of women's choirs in the world. With decades of exemplary leadership, she is an artist and a teacher and all involved will grow immeasurably from their contact with her. Primarily, the full-length concert format will combine Ms. Edmundson, Artistic Director of Elektra, and Ms. Helbekkmo's presentation of Norwegian, Canadian and other repertoire new to Elektra and to Vancouver audiences through a true artistic, cultural exchange and collaboration. The most important goal of this project will be the fostering of bonds between communities: Elektra (a week long schedule of rehearsal and mentorship), Mira (Elektra's high school mentorship program), local conductors and choristers (BCCF and Kiwanis Music Festival), and choral students from UBC, allowing for observation, robust engagement and social connection.
$10,000.00
2012

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

Elk River Watershed Alliance

Community Base Water Monitoring - Sedimentation Investigation and Awareness

The Elk River Watershed is threatened dramatic increases in private land logging. The Elk Valley is 30% privately owned, and existing legislation governing private land logging provides minimal protection for riparian zones, streams and wildlife. The impacts of sedimentation and water quality degradation on local Westslope Cutthroat Trout, a blue listed species critical to the tourism industry, is currently unknown. This project will quantify the impacts of logging, educate the public and engage landowners to improve their work practices. This project is an important step to protecting the Elk River, its wildlife and the communities that depend on it.
$13,500.00
2020

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

Place-Based Responsibility: Design for Systems of Local Resilience

Dissociation from place, that is, lack of connection to where we are, in both the ecological and sociological sense, contributes to apathy for the environmental impacts of our decisions and actions; disregard, hostility or lack of trust for those around us; loneliness, loss of community or sense of belongingness; and lack of accountability to a meaningful community. Reorienting design practices to be actively led by those with place-based knowledge and sensitivity to contextual conditions will situate emerging designers within collaborative, sustainable, mutually-supportive networks that are responsible to place.
$20,000.00
2020

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 of BC Society

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

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