Awarded Grants

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221A Artist Run Centre Society

Seasons End

As an organization 221A prioritizes the importance of dialogue at large and with ‘Seasons End” it challenges the static nature of Public Art in our city and beyond. As the increasing regulation of civic space limits citizens’ abilities to meaningfully participate in the public realm, we risk losing critical feedback mechanisms and responding to our demographics through a culture that is desired and representative. “Seasons End” shifts the perspective of public art away from singular sculptures, towards an ongoing artistic process that will be defined as much by the visitors and participants, as it is by its artists and host organization.

Animals in Science Policy Institute

Replacing animals in secondary education: a path to building an ethical culture of science

The practice of dissection causes harm to millions of animals and is a barrier to building an ethical culture of science that respects animal life. Our project aims to influence a systemic and cultural shift in secondary teaching so that non-animal alternatives to dissection are used more often, and become the norm. We support pre- and in-service teachers with lesson plans and materials and encourage student leadership with our outreach activities. Using alternatives in early science education will influence future scientists to more readily consider and use non-animal methods. This shift will reduce the numbers of animals used in science and subjected to the related welfare harms.

Arts in Action Society

Groundswell Grow

Currently, we are working with our alumni and community partners to plan and design Groundswell Grow. We will launch Groundswell Grow with a weekly marketplace on Granville Island in summer 2017. It will provide living inspiration for how to do business that benefits community, and give young ventures access to market, real estate, and an extended community support network. Advanced programs will include mentoring and market stand training, and support services for the early stage social venture community with the help of our community partners. As successful young entrepreneurs “graduate” out of the marketplace incubator stage they will populate the city with social businesses that work for communities and become mentors for new Groundswell Grow participants. The ecosystem will expand to include other local, young, social ventures who get access to the marketplace and a supportive network of training, mentoring and venture services. The marketplace setting will increase opportunities for public outreach and education around community based ventures and social entrepreneurship. This model will change the flow of resources through the business system: more small scale, unlikely entrepreneurs will have the knowledge and access to financial and social support to be able to create successful social ventures that provide them with meaningful employment. And, more businesses will exist that add social and environmental value to communities, not just monetary value.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

West End Community Food Centre

Over a third of people in the West End of Vancouver live on a low and inadequate income and are food insecure. Historically society has responded to hunger (food insecurity) with charity, even though we know that quick fixes do not change the circumstances for people who are living in poverty. Gordon Neighbourhood House is working with partners to shift the conversation and action towards justice and away from charity. As a community, we have the power to spark long lasting changes, whether within our community or at a policy level, that ensure everyone’s right to good food by eliminating poverty. We do this work by bringing people together through food programs, dialogues, and training.

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Capacity Building in Community Based Seniors Transportation

Access to transportation has become more difficult for frail and elderly seniors (especially those in rural BC). This project will provide hands-on training in feasibility analysis, business planning, and operations management for local agency transport services to eight senior-serving agencies per year for three years. It will also provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of accessible transportation needs in rural BC.

British Columbia Lung Association

Radon Action in BC: Building Momentum

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, emanating from the ground and accumulating in buildings. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing about 3,360 Canadians a year. While many countries, provinces and states have radon programs, there is little radon awareness and action in British Columbia. The British Columbia Lung Association has started a program on Healthy Indoor Environments with a focus on radon. We want to raise public awareness of the issue, empower people to understand the issue and take action and to build a provincial radon action plan. Together we can eliminate high radon inside BC homes and workplaces and save lives.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George Branch

Expanding Employment - Year 2 and 3

The Expanding Employment project provides increased paid work experience and on the job site training to individuals who live with mental illness and substance use issues. Employees will have the opportunity to be trained by a professional chef in a catering business or work alongside an established crew on trail/yard maintenance, snow removal, gutter cleaning and small home repair jobs. These employment opportunities are in response to clients' requests to have "real jobs" and provide supportive work experience to assist in transitioning to community based employment. All prospective employees are matched with a support worker who will provide one on one vocational assistance and all will work on a team with a supportive trainer/leader who is in recovery. CMHA expects that some individuals will graduate to part or full time community based employment and all will benefit from increased independence and financial security which would lead to greater health outcomes.

CanAssist, University of Victoria

Expansion and Diversification of the TeenWork Employment Program

TeenWork is a unique social innovation. No other employment program in BC supports young people with disabilities while they are still in high school. The program was developed in 2009, when community partners identified the need for an employment service aimed at youth with disabilities. These youth were isolated and not acquiring important life skills associated with working. TeenWork helps level the playing field so youth with disabilities are able to reap the benefits of employment like their non-disabled peers. Job coaches provide individualized support to improve opportunities for employment among youth facing barriers and to continue this support during the transition to adulthood. TeenWork graduates eligible for government disability assistance tend not to access it because they have jobs that pay well and good benefits. Participants are optimistic about the future and their ability to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities. Yet TeenWork only reaches 10% of youth in Greater Victoria who could benefit. Funding requested from the Vancouver Foundation would help expand the program in three critical ways: 1) improve program efficiencies and implement new fee-for-service opportunities to ensure ongoing sustainability; 2) diversify the participant population to include youth facing a wider range of barriers; and 3) work toward serving youth across BC by creating a training package that enables replication of the program in other regions.

Apps for Employment

CanAssist proposes a two-year project, in partnership with community agencies, to create a suite of software tools that will help people with disabilities obtain and retain meaningful employment. In the first phase, CanAssist will tailor 2 of its existing software applications (apps) and develop 1 to 2 new apps and provide them to an initial group of clients. These clients, people with developmental disabilities, acquired cognitive challenges, ASD or FASD, will be identified by agency partners and, along with their job coaches, provide feedback to aid CanAssist in refining the apps. CanAssist will train job coaches and equip them to provide ongoing assistance to their clients. In the second phase, larger numbers of clients will use the apps in work-related activities. Surveys will be conducted to assess the apps’ effectiveness. Finally, the software and supporting materials will be made widely available online, providing a lasting legacy by establishing apps as a new best practice in employment-related support for those with disabilities.

Carving on the Edge Festival Society

The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive Project

We propose to increase the number of people who participate in artistic and cultural offerings by creating a local cultural archive created by Nuu-chah-nulth people. We will gather a Working Group of community members already actively involved in Nuu-chah-nulth cultural knowledge, renewal, history, or art. This group will provide consultation to ensure we network with all of our existing resources and to ensure that the archive is accessible to the larger Nuu-chah-nulth community and is beneficial to wide range of community projects. They will guide the work of the Project Coordinator, Project Archivist and the team of Youth Archivists. Through the Carving on the Edge Festival we will feature guest speakers involved in community archival, museum or repatriation projects in order to stimulate a larger discussion in the west coast carving community. The end outcome will be a Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive with information on the Nuu-chah-nulth collections held in many worldwide museums. This may include photographs, audio recordings, documents, and displays. Some resources may be flagged as culturally sensitive and will only be available within the Nuu-chah-nulth community and will be protected according to the protocols set out by the Living Archive Working Group. A permanent installation of the components of the Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive that can be shared publicly and we will hosted yearly at the Carving on the Edge Festival.

City of Revelstoke

Pathways out of Poverty

Tackling poverty is critical to the overall health and well-being of individuals and families, as well as our community as a whole. The City of Revelstoke developed a plan to address poverty based on ten community goals. The ‘Pathways to Poverty’ project will support implementation of the plan by leading community engagement, conducting awareness-raising activities, developing related policies, deepening relationships with community partners, and supporting innovative programs delivered by partner organizations. The ultimate goal is to decrease the number of people living in poverty in Revelstoke as well as improve community assets that support poverty prevention and reduction.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Health and Safety Beyond the Margins: Scaling and Expanding the Living in Community Model

The project will apply LIC’s meta-framework to create coherent regional and provincial approaches to sex work to reduce the violence sex workers experience and create communities that are healthy and safe for everyone. We will build relationships with organizations who play key roles in supporting sex work health and safety across BC, including police, municipalities, nonprofits and health authorities. Using our successful Curriculum for Change training in addition to new multimedia tools, we will educate these stakeholders about the impacts of stigma and unpack the cultural constraints that keep barriers in place for sex workers. We will then build a provincial network of stakeholders that will identify best practices to increase sex work safety through policy level change and reduction of systemic bias against sex workers. This dialogue will lead to a 2017 provincial conference. This network will then take leadership in coordinating regional approaches and implementing best practices within their organizations and local communities. Scaling our work is critical because many of the systemic changes that are necessary do not rest at the organizational or local level but require consistent, collaborative and regional or provincial approaches. Scaling will also allow this work to ultimately be embedded in policy that is sustainable over time. Moreover, the marginalization of sex workers necessitates a cultural change where sex workers are seen as equal members of society.

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Cultural Connections: Re-Building Our Villages

We will begin by connecting with the communities that have expressed interest and develop 3 year plans with them that will begin the process of creating direction and beginning to build capacity within their own communities based on their needs, their challenges and their strengths. Our first step once we go into a community is to meet with members of the First Nations territories, ask permission, guidance and level of involvement that they would like to see and at what stages of the process they would like to be involved and/or lead From there: Community Based Workshop Series Creating a Cultural Shift: Healing our past, planning for our future Process: Large Group Workshops: Our Shared History Small Group Reflection: Rebuilding the Village; From a New Perspective What have we learned, what would we like to do, build framework for moving forward. Our Facilitation Team addressed over 200 LGLA members in Parksville. Introducing one of the exercises, Lucy Thomas told participants that, “What we are asking you to do today is going to take you out of your comfort zone. As we move forward through this process of healing and work to change the nature of our relationships, there will be many times we will feel both challenged and uncomfortable -we must remember not to let our discomfort stop us from continuing to move.”Scaling this to other regions provides opportunity for FN people to be the leaders of the reconciliation process, changing the systems from within.

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Micro-credentials for adult literacy learners

Decoda Literacy Solutions is adopting the Mozilla Open Badge concept to provide a literacy and essential skills credential system for adults who participate in community-based literacy programs. These programs are generally outside of formal education systems and do not have transcripts and certificates to identify learning. The use of a micro-credential system will assist in improving program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support as they move to further education and employment. Literacy practitioners across the province have agreed that this would be an important step forward. Together with volunteer literacy tutors and adult learners, they have provided input about how the credential system should look and work in general. Digital micro-credentials, such as open badges, are a new way to capture and communicate what an individual knows and can demonstrate. They can represent more granular specific skills or achievements than most credentials issued in formal education systems. A set of open digital badges for adult literacy program participants has been developed based on current commonly used competency benchmarks. This project will test the use of that set of badges as well as the development of further relevant badges by adult literacy learners. It will also provide a basis for introducing the badges to employers, employment agencies and other education providers to test the value of the credentials where adults will use them.

District of Fort St. James

Youth Empowerment in the Arts Community Project

The Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project unites municipal and aboriginal governance, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, professional artists, the public education system, and youth in the Fort St. James area as a broad community team. As a collective, each working from our strengths and resources, we will integrate arts and cultural learning into the education our youth receive. The six elements of this project are: 1. Youth Arts Strategy – Youth help articulate, create and lead a community youth arts strategy as part of broad community team; 2. Collective Creations Theatre Program – Youth work with a professional theatre artist to collectively create theatre and public performances; 3. Collective Creations Media Program– Youth work with a professional actor/media artist to create media art and public presentation of their ‘art work’. 4. Collective Creations Music – Youth work with emerging and professional musicians and lyricists to create music, lyrics and public performances; 5. Arts Program Sustainability - Each ‘arts’ program will incorporate mentoring into its program development. Mentoring, community strategic planning and business planning are how this ‘arts and cultural’ programming becomes self-sustaining within the education system and continue to be accessible to our young people; 6. Education – The high school will work within this project to devise a means where youth will receive credits and teacher support towards their graduation

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Youth and Community Navigator Program

Directions Youth Services, a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, provides critical supports to youth who are homeless, street involved and/or struggling with mental health and substance usage. Many of the youth that come to Directions have been involved in the foster care system. This grant will fund the expansion of our Navigator Program and would enable us to build the knowledge and skills of a youth’s community, while also supporting youth to achieve stability and successfully transition in adulthood. For the past 16 months, Navigator has provided support to 29 youth formally and 15 youth informally. Through this project, our understanding and practice in supporting youth through this critical age of development has been enhanced. Our learning has highlighted our need to further equip the community to support and accept these youth. Many of the youth we have worked with do have connections in their community who wish to take a more active role; however, these identified people often lack knowledge in the pivotal role they can play. They have indicated they would benefit from education to better support and prepare a youth to address needs such as: securing a health care team, housing, government ID and vocational/educational goals prior to their 19th birthday. This program aims to find a balance between educating the community and informing our training through continued support of youth transitioning into adulthood.

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst in Pacheedaht First Nation

Frontier College’s CLC program builds local capacity and provides innovative, year-round literacy support that is 1) responsive to local needs, and 2) integrated within existing programs and services. Frontier College hires a local community member (the CLC) to work closely with an existing Frontier College staff member, who provides training and mentorship. Together, staff conduct an initial needs assessment among community stakeholders to determine priorities and opportunities strengthened literacy skills. The CLC then works with community members to design and run a series of pilot activities that respond to local culture, heritage, and community conditions. Gradually, Frontier College shifts from on-site training and mentorship to remote support and advice, as the community takes ownership of programming. Frontier College works in collaboration with host communities – we go where we are needed, and where we are invited. The CLC program represents a new approach to a social and educational system in which Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the centre of community-driven education initiatives. Furthermore, the CLC program significantly enhances a host community’s resource capacity.

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!

For 3 years, we will focus on communities we have not reached plus return to those where we were unable to deliver the services due to lack of resources and high demand. We will offer a wider variety of cultural artistic workshops and take more artists out on tour more frequently. We will increase our marketing and outreach plus invest considerable time consulting with the communities that we visit. The workshops will be educational as well as inspirational. The artists who teach them will serve as role models. For remote communities requiring more extensive travel, we will restructure to program to suit the needs of the community. We believe growing this project will have a clear and lasting outcome for those who participate because it is intended to foster understanding of cultural differences alongside pride in their own heritage plus encourage dialogue with their friends and their families. This will have a direct effect on social issues such as cultural understanding, marginalization and prejudice. MT! will open the door to many, who for a variety of reasons, have never had the opportunity to participate in live performance and witness the incredible power it can have. By sharing our cultural art practices, protocols and traditions with as wide a populace as possible, both the artists and the participants from the community will be inspired, develop insight and deeper understanding. Knowledge is the key to understanding, tolerance and acceptance.

Gathering Voices Society

Bringing Fire Back to the Land: Re-Empowering First Nations’ Fire Management

Fire management BC requires a transformation to better deal with wildfire threat. Independent reports argue that power over fire management be decentralized and devolved to First Nations to better protect their communities. Mega fires, like that seen in 2017, can be mitigated through prescribed burns and better fuel load management. Empowering the Yunesit’in and Xeni Gwet’in Governments to bring fire back to their lands will improve safety, create jobs and potentially deliver a range of ecological, governance, social, cultural and health benefits to these communities. We aim to understand what positive outcomes come from this project, and develop tools to catalyze these programs across BC.

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture

Access to the Arts for All

While many of Vancouver’s cultural institutions have provided physical accessibility to their facilities, often that is where the accommodations ends, and little thought is given to bear on providing a full range of accessibility to the artistic expressions within, to a wider range of people who live with other disability barriers. Kickstart would like to expand and re-orient its annual public presentation events series, with the intention to work with a series of arts and or cultural institutions over the course of three years to help open the doors of these institutions to having their programming reach a larger part of society.

Kootenay Employment Services Society

Mobilizing Local Capital - Scale-Up Implementation

In BC, we can invest our savings into national and global markets, yet there are no efficient tools to invest into the communities where we live, work and play. At the same time, businesses and projects in BC have identified access to capital as a top priority to their start-up, expansion and succession plans. Community Investment Co-ops (CIC) bridge the gap between local investors and local ventures providing community impacts. This project will scale BC’s first rural CIC model into 44 new cities, towns and regional districts in Southeastern BC. Along the way, best practices and precedent templates will be documented and shared with communities across BC to establish their own CICs.

Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society

Making Resiliency Happen through Youth-Adult-Partnership for Aboriginal Youth in Care

First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health-Aboriginal, Sumas First Nation, and Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement & Respect (VYPER – managed by Impact) propose a project, based on collective impact (Turner, et al, 2012), developmental evaluation (Patton, 2011), and outcome mapping (Earl, Carden, & Smutylo, 2001), that will enhance community youth-adult partnership behaviours to improve the number, quality and sustainability of Aboriginal teaching-inspired resiliency-building opportunities available to youth-in-care in the Fraser Health region. This approach acknowledges replicated studies showing resilience is a social process (Obradovic, Burt, & Masten, 2006; Sameroff & Rosenblum, 2006; Stajduhar, Funk, Shaw, Bottorff, & Johnson, 2009; Stone, Becker, Huber, & Catalano, 2012), and is based on three core factors that support youth into thriving by mid-life (Brown, Jean-Marie & Beck, 2010): 1. opportunities to participate and contribute; 2. caring and connected relationships; and 3. developing high self-expectations. These factors align with Indigenous teachings around the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: generosity, belonging, mastery, and independence (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Van Bockern, 2002). The project will support the addition of an Aboriginal Youth-In-Care Facilitator to the VYPER project, which already engages numerous Aboriginal youth-in-care. The specific role will be to facilitate opportunities that support traditional ways between elders and youth.

Neil Squire Society

Communities Creating Accessible Technology

Our vision is to develop a new model that gets assistive technology out to communities and people that need it at a fraction of the cost. Similar to how open source software has enabled access to many computing solutions, we want to leverage the growing open source hardware movement to allow communities and people with disabilities gain affordable access to assistive technologies. We will develop a regionally based, just-in-time delivery model for assistive technology that engages local disability support, skilled volunteers, post-secondary institutions, makers and hacker communities. We feel there is an untapped potential in the maker and education space to create solutions that can positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. We will guide these groups to become leaders, volunteers and creators of change in providing low cost access technology. Assistive Technologies are often marked up 300% to cover profitability of both the manufacture and distributor. By leveraging open designs created on demand at the local level, it can eliminate costs associated with current distribution models. We have found that engineers who create custom solutions for an individual develop a strong lasting relationship that connects people across social economic boundaries and creates more caring communities. Democratization of assistive technology production is a social innovation that can transform inclusion, and increase connections within a community.

Pacific AIDS Network

SPEAKING MY TRUTH: The Canadian HIV Stigma Index CBR Project in British Columbia (Co-lead researchers Jennifer Evin Jones, Pacific Aids Network and Catherine Worthington, UVIC)

The HIV Stigma Index is a dynamic partnership born out of a community-identified need to turn the tide against persistent HIV stigma and discrimination in BC. In this, the 5th year of the global implementation of the Stigma Index, 50 countries have completed the study, with more than 1300 People living with HIV (PLHIV) trained as interviewers and 45,000 PLHIV interviewed. It is time for Canada and BC to join this international movement. With support from the VF, the BC arm of this national study will be able to move forward to build our team first, increase the reach of the project into rural areas and hard-to-reach populations, and mentor additional PLHIVs as research leaders. This CBR project will be the first ever Canadian study to document experiences of stigma and discrimination from the perspective of people living with HIV. This action-oriented project will translate community experiences into language decision-makers can effectively use; build a shared agenda to influence programs, services and policies; and positively impact individuals involved. The Stigma Index is both a process (of building partnerships & capacity) and an action-based research tool (building on a quantitative & qualitative questionnaire). Designed by and for PLHIV, and led by PLHIV, this project will inform better evidence-based responses to HIV and related issues at all levels, and will empower the community to take a leap forward in the struggle for freedom from HIV stigma and discrimination. Research team: Melanie Rusch, Island Health; Andrea Langlois, Pacific AIDS Network; Andrew Beckeman, AIDS Vancouver; Charles Osborne, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Darren Lausher, Peer Research Associate; Jonathan Postnikoff, Research Assistant UBC; Romari Undi, Intl. Community of Women living with HIV; Sergio Rueda, Population Health Research

Pathways to Education Canada

Pathways to Education Vancouver: A Graduation Strategy Partner

In the last year, several organizations from the health, education and social services sectors launched The Graduation Strategy, a plan to provide the supports and services children need to graduate from high school. The strategy arose after community reports identified that inner city children are failing to graduate from high school and make successful transitions from elementary to secondary and post-secondary school. Community organizations identified the urgent need to complement current services with a comprehensive, place-based program focused on high school students. PCRS was invited to deliver the Pathways to Education program as a critical piece of the Strategy. The population that we intend to serve is high-school aged youth living in the V6A postal code. We anticipate that approx. 80 students will be eligible for enrollment in the first Pathways cohort. After five years, 400 youth will be eligible for the program. Through community partnerships, Pathways will provide students with a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social supports to help them graduate.