Grants

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Kelowna Summer Theatre Festival Society

The Kelowna Summer Theatre Festival

The new Kelowna Summer Theatre Festival will offer a light summer fare of repertory theatre in an outdoor venue where it is hoped, it will be widely appealing for both local audiences and visitors alike. Our company members will be employed theatre school students, or recent graduates who are launching their careers in theatre. Such students will gain valuable experience having some significant roles in a repertory company, an asset for their resumes as well as a moderate income over part of the summer. Given the Okanagan's climate and surroundings, we believe that the idea of a seasonal outdoor theatre festival in Kelowna will be widely supported in the community. Running the KSTF as a repertory company, allows out-of-town patrons and residents with visitors, the opportunity to see more than one show if they are in town for a few days. We took the model of repertory theatre from other long-standing and successful companies from around the country.
$15,000.00
2012

Kesho Trust

Child and Nature Alliance

Child and Nature Alliance
$10,000.00
2010

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

The Fine Line Project

The Fine Line Project is a series of cutting edge art events in the burgeoning field of disability arts. The theme for this series is a Fine Line, referring to the hazy boundaries in disability art, the line between therapy and art that heals; the line between individual production and art with assistance; the line between acoustic musicianship and technologically assisted music. Kickstart wants to take this opportunity to examine the particular boundaries disabled artists face. Through partnership with the Art House in the Field Collective and Vancouver Adapted Music Society, we are able to present readings, music, talks and workshops in an intimate accessible venue (Slocan Hall) that is a thriving neighbourhood centre for the arts. This project emerges from our multidisciplinary festival experience, and represents a change in delivery of programming, increasing our year-round visibility while maintaining our goal to present authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience.
$13,000.00
2014

Kidd Pivot Performing Arts Society

Betroffenheit (working title)

From November 2015 to July 2015 Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre will work together to create Betroffenheit (working title), an ambitious, full-length work for six dancers and an actor that merges theatre and dance. The project was conceived through a shared desire between key creative collaborators, choreographer Crystal Pite and writer/performer Jonathon Young, to create a full-length stage work that fuses beautifully integrated design, technology, musicality, physicality, and story. The relatively large scale of the work will make it a unique creation in Vancouver's, and Canada's contemporary dance landscape. The project will be developed primarily in Vancouver throughout 2014-15. The completed piece will premiere in Toronto July 23 - 25, 2015 as part of PANAMANIA Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The work will receive its Vancouver premiere in 2016, and will tour throughout Canada, and to the UK in spring of 2016. Kidd PIvot is seeking funding support from Vancouver Foundation for the phase of the project beginning in Jan. 2015.
$20,000.00
2014

KidSafe Project Society

KidSafe Food Program

Our Summer Food Program consists of providing food for up to 300 inner-city children every day during the entire eight weeks of their summer break. KidSafe provides nutritious food for breakfasts, lunches and snacks for five inner-city school program locations and hires five Food Coordinators who prepare the menus, do food preparation, provide nutritional information and do clean up at each of the KidSafe locations. We are in need of support to help offset the costs of Food Program for this summer to ensure that this service that children and families of innercity Vancouver have come to rely upon can be provided in the manner have grown accustomed to and take great comfort in. It is a small piece of their lives that provides them with some security in knowing that the children are safe and fed.
$10,000.00
2010

Kimberley Summer Theatre Society

Kimberley Summer Theatre 2013 Season

Kimberley Summer Theatre (KST) is moving in a bold new artistic direction in 2013, presenting an adult-oriented comedy and adding a large-scale musical to our summer programme. Our upcoming season will run from July 9 through August 17 and will include 21 performances of Self-Help, a farce by acclaimed Canadian playwright Norm Foster, in the 120-seat theatre at Centre 64 and nine performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at McKim Theatre, which seats over 500. The Kimberley Summer Theatre School will once again run two month-long instructional camps, one for students aged 7 to 10 years, and one for students aged 11 to 14 years, from July 16 through August 11. The 2013 season will be overseen by experienced producer Tony James of Victoria. Local director Tanya Laing-Gahr will direct Self-Help, and Truus Verkley, artistic director at Puddle of Mud Productions, will direct The Wizard of Oz. Students in the KST School, along with members of the Kimberley Dance Academy and other local youth, will be cast in auxiliary roles in The Wizard of Oz
$10,000.00
2013

Kinesis Dance somatheatro

Ulysses Waltz

This project integrates the creation phase of a new work Ulysses Waltz which focuses on the collaboration of Choreographer/Lighting Designer and Set Designer involving all collaborators skills into the creation. In Ulysses Waltz, Paradise is equated with light and the notion of paradise is explored. Terezakis uses James Joyce's modern Ulysses as his muse; the journey to find light is one of stark contrasts. Five dancers cut through space limited by defined structures and lighting influences. The Waltz, a motion around a fixed body or axis, describes a time that existed before our existence was tainted by temptation and distraction. Situations of familiar domesticity contrast with more ethereal elements of rapture and bliss. Vital to the creation process is the early engagement of both lighting and set. The team will build and manipulate tensions, layer the physical movements with psychological significance and create emotional contrasts. The grant ensures valuable time is set aside for this key phase, and the commitment of expertise is secured to allow for such innovative work.
$13,550.00
2013

Kingfisher Environmental Interpretive Centre Society

Debris Flood Restoration

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre incurred heavy damage by a catastrophic debris flood that roared down Cooke Creek on May 2nd, 2014. The damage to the site and our salmon hatchery is devastating but not insurmountable. We are working hard at re-establishing our ability to raise salmon and educate today's youth. We have major repairs to undertake including building an appropriate protective structure (berm in Cooke Creek), certified by an engineer, in order to regain our regular occupancy. We would like to have the new berm built and the majority of repairs (including re-establishing our compromised water sources) completed before the next Spring freshet (May) so that we will be allowed to use the site for raising our beloved salmon and educating local school children. We would also like to rebuild our internationally acclaimed watershed model that was completely destroyed by the flood and replace our lost inventory. We would like to request assistance from the Vancouver Foundation to aid us in our recovery and help us rebuild and recover our lost materials.
$15,000.00
2014

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Community Energy

Our program supports member Coastal First Nations communities in achieving their clean energy goals. We do this by hosing a supportive 'community of practice' where local leaders learn from each other, have access to external resources on an as-needed basis, and record progress towards their implementation goals on an annual basis. This program is in its third year, and is working towards achieving the objectives of the Great Bear Clean Energy Action Plan (2011) and the updated Clean Energy Strategy (2014). This work is important as it supports a strong peer-to-peer program that helps local leaders be stewards of their environment while supporting their local economies, moving communities off diesel generators, and fostering community pride. The next two years of work will focus on engaging community memebres and famililes in each community on how to better use energy in their homes, saving money, reducing diesel generation, reducing local pollution, and improving personal and ecosystem health.
$20,000.00
2014

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Exploring/Creating Models in Inter & Multi Generational Child Care

We would like to use a development grant to hire a child care systems analyst to create a business plan in order to offer Inter and Multi Generational Child Care within the Kitsilano Community Centre. This will include researching and presenting required building upgrades, licensing, staffing, accreditation requirements, training, support, and methods of volunteer recognition.
$10,000.00
2015

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science

Creating Space

This project will turn a storage area into a more functional space, creating new workshop possibilities, exhibition opportunities and public programming for the people of the community it serves. This renovated space would also allow for improved exhibition preparatory work and storage.
$12,000.00
2011

Ksan House Society

Ksan Pets Program

In November 2009, Ksan House Society convened a planning group with the short term goal of developing a program that will assist pets of any victims of domestic violence in difficult times, including when staying at the shelter. Ksan House Society identified and invited some valued community members including animal rescue groups who are bringing expertise, compassion and energy to the initial planning process. This group, Ksan Pets Program, has determined there is a need for an onsite dog and cat kennel. We have worked out agreements with local organizations to provide pets with shelter as a short term solution, and are currently raising funds for the onsite kennel.
$15,000.00
2011

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Linking Community and the Regional Economy to Southwest BC's Food System Future

As part of the SW BC Bio-regional Food System Design study and in consultation with local & Indigenous stakeholders, we are designing a bio-regional food system, quantitatively/qualitatively describing its integrated social/economic/environmental stewardship, & food self-reliance potentials & developing an implementation plan including tools, policy recommendations & actions. Our model will calculate the quantity/kinds of food that can be farmed given constraints in a future where population growth, climate change & other factors impinge. We will compare alternate scenarios representing different environmental, food self-reliance & resource use choices. We will explore options for increasing regional production to satisfy regional consumption while protecting water resources & habitat, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, & lowering our ecological footprint. Delineating what this system could achieve can galvanize & focus citizen, government & private sector effort to increase local, food production & capture a significant portion of our $6.4 billion annual food expenditure.
$15,500.00
2014

Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

LaFF Around Town - Connecting Families to Services and Strengthening Belonging

The idea behind LaFF Around Town is to consistently provide LaFF programming on weekends and evenings and in locations throughout the community to provide multiple points of access to be inclusive of as many families as possible. The idea originated through consultation with families who expressed the desire to strengthen their connection to the community, and through feedback from service providers showing that some vulnerable families were not accessing services. We will create a quarterly Calendar of Events promoting all local events for children ages 0-6 and their families hosted by LaFF and other member agencies of the Ladysmith Early Years Partnership (LEYP). The Calendar will be inserted into every Leisure Guide published and distributed by the Town of Ladysmith and will be inserted into other local print media. The Calendar will also be distributed through LaFF’s electronic newsletter, posted on our website, Facebook and in other social media as appropriate to ensure maximum access to community-based programs and services by the broadest possible audience of families.
$10,000.00
2012

Building Capacity and Continuity Through Volunteerism

LaFF’s Volunteer Program is designed to strengthen and enhance our Family Resource Program and provide opportunities for growth and a sense of belonging to individuals in the community. Ladysmith is filled with people who are looking for ways to meaningfully connect and build a richer community in which to belong. With 15 years of community building history, LaFF has grown into a leader, and not only young families, but people of all ages and backgrounds are turning to LaFF for opportunities to engage and participate in our community. The Volunteer Program will allow LaFF to formalize and strengthen our existing volunteer activities, building on our relationships with senior and youth volunteers, forming connections between and within social networks and generations. The strength, vibrancy and sustainability of our work with children and their families will increase in the process, as intergenerational understanding and learning opportunities become part of our everyday operations and our pool of stakeholders and participants increases and diversifies.
$10,000.00
2011

Langara College

When the Hosts Come Home

Artists Kabberling and Kaltwasser will create situations that encourage the participation of a diverse public in the heart of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village. They use informal methods to make visible the transformation of begged, donated, salvaged and found materials into publicly used objects and spaces. Using recycled materials from the Olympic Village’s transition from dormitory to home, they will create a site-specific temporary artwork on an adjoining site. Their partner Other Sights for Artists Projects will set up project headquarters at Langara College campus, as part of the summer programming there.
$20,000.00
2010

Langley Arts Council

Music Rules in Schools Literary Project

THE MRIS Program has four parts that bring together education, live performance, physical activity and literacy. Established artists and industry professionals will facilitate each of the components through live performance, interaction, discussion and participation.Most of the artists are young to enhance interaction and the ‘star’ factor.If known recording artists are presenting the program, it is more acceptable and ‘cool’ to the youth.The MRIS program can be tailored to suit all grade levels and is offered to the schools as an afternoon program so youth realize the important links between the music, literary, academic and performance worlds. Part 2:Literacy Through Songwriting-This part focuses the craft of songwriting as a literary art of poetry to music.An established artist will present this ‘workshop’.They will interact with the students by taking keywords, stories, and ideas from the students to write a song together.This component will emphasize the importance of literacy, reading, comprehension and the importance of telling a story that is relevant to society.
$10,000.00
2011

Learning Disabilities Association of B.C Fraser South Chapter

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14

Develop and Implement a Volunteer Multi-Sensory Math Tutoring Program for Children between the ages of 7-14
$13,300.00
2013

Learning Disabilities Association of British Columbia - Vancouver Chapter

The Better Futures Project

Those with learning disabilities (LD’s) often have an above average intelligence, however because of the way their brain processes information they struggle to learn in the same way as others. As a result, the employment rate of adults with an LD is less than half the employment rate of those without. Additionally, often employers haven’t been educated in how to support someone with an LD and so this acts as a further barrier to employment. LDAV have therefore worked with partners to create a new project outline that addresses both sides of this issue. LDAV will be working to develop the content of the program further and test out the model to help more people with LD’s gain employment.
$10,000.00
2017

Learning Employment and Education Program

The Leadership Employment and Education Program (LEEP) is a leadership and employment training program for youth (14-17) with Learning Disabilities. The program's goal is twofold: 1) to broaden each young person's understanding of their individual Learning Disability diagnosis and to enhance their skills as advocates of their needs in the workplace, 2) to provide each youth with employment training, and volunteer work placements that will prepare them for the workplace. Youth with Learning Disabilities face very specific challenges. The program is designed to help them explore these issues with others who experience the same battles, to build a sense of community with others, and to deepen their understanding and appreciation for their uniqueness. Youth will graduate from the LEEP program with a new sense of awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, newfound confidence in their abilities and unique talents, and a better ability to communicate their needs.
$10,000.00
2014

Lions Gate Sinfonia

Sinfonia's World

The concert Sinfonia’s World invites the audience to be delighted by poetry and music of many cultures that are part of Canada: Persian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Romanian, First Nations, East Indian, and many more. It will also feature a very special piece: Common Harmony, created by students of Handsworth School, under the guidance of composers and mentoring musicians. The piece addresses language barriers, cultural differences, lack of cross-cultural communication and intolerance.
$10,000.00
2010

Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society

Seniors Today: Building a Better Tomorrow, Phase Three

Based on a Seniors Survey results document and consultation phase which involved a series of interactive workshops to discuss the survey results and ascertain priorities to be addressed, the project intends to: 1) Engage action orientated seniors (both survey respondents and workshop participants), community and business stakeholders and other motivated seniors in determining how North Shore communities can provide the environment, supports and services seniors need to age well in place (these might include care giving, non-medical and medical home supports, accessible transportation, supports for preventing and overcoming isolation and education about housing options as people age); 2) Using the World Health Organization's 'Age Friendly Framework', whose approach seeks to gather input on what seniors need to remain healthy, happy, independent and connected to each other and their community, create, set up and implement locally based Seniors Action Tables (SATS) coordinated by LionsView Seniors Planning Society in order to create 'Age Friendly Action' plans and initiatives.
$10,000.00
2012

Living Positive Resource Centre, Okanagan

The Bright Side Youth Project

The social innovation idea we would like to move on with Vancouver Foundation development funds is to explore in partnership with community agencies the recent social innovations in youth sexual health programming. We aim to determine the best program for reaching vulnerable Okanagan youth and how we can build and manage strategic and institutional partnerships to bring any identified program development to sustainable fruition. We want to identify a recent social innovation idea in the delivery of youth-based sexual health prevention programs that has been successful in other regions and that could be modified into an innovative program in the Okanagan. The coming together to develop programming for Okanagan youth is in and of itself an innovative step for this community.
$10,000.00
2015

Lookout Society

Downtown Residential Art Collective

Lookout proposes to create a peer-led art collective, supported by Lookout’s Life Skills workers and Tenant Support Workers. Through this art collective tenants and staff will work together to facilitate art groups, programs and workshops aiming to develop and empower artists living in the DTES through creative expression and education with the goal of hosting an Art Exhibit. This project will collaborate with a local non-profit art gallery. Group facilitation will educate residents in the DTES and surrounding communities about inclusion and reduce the stereotypes related to poverty. We will collaborate with various cultural groups to encourage artists to embrace their culture.
$10,000.00
2017

Lower Similkameen

The LSIB Riparian Stewardship Workshops

Six hands-on workshops take members of LSIB onto the land for riparian restoration. The project originated from the desire to combine much-needed restoration work with education to increase community capacity. Need is two-fold: (1) As stewards of the largest intact riparian matrix in the South Okanagan, we need to build internal capacity to fulfill our traditional role of caring for the land. (2) A significant stretch along the Similkameen River has been badly damaged by erosion and is caught in an escalating cycle that reduces water quality and destroys increasingly rare habitat upon which many species at risk depend. Members of LSIB have a strong commitment to land stewardship. Our active TEK committee includes young people as well as Elders. Workshops will also be open to local conservation organizations. Workshops will bring together ecological experts and traditional knowledge keepers to assist community members to assess the target area, develop a stabilization plan, remove invasive species, and undertake indigenous planting to restore habitat and improve bank stability.
$15,000.00
2012

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