Grants

Search or browse below to see past 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.

221A

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.
$150,000.00
2018

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.
$150,000.00
2018

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.
$150,000.00
2018

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.
$144,000.00
2018

PORT ALBERNI SHELTER SOCIETY

Challenges and solutions for engaging youth in agriculture

The key system that we are wanting to change is lack of engagement of young people in careers in agriculture. High youth unemployment, ageing farmers and declining crop yields under traditional farming systems mean engaging youth in agriculture should be a priority. We will identify the challenges that keep young people from working in agriculture and provide solutions for making agriculture more attractive to younger generations. The Shelter Farm will remove the barriers that youth experience when wanting to start a career in small scale farming by providing access to land, equipment and training that they will require to be successful.
$141,000.00
2018

Powell Street Festival Society

Advocacy and Outreach Through Arts-based Community Development at WePress (Years 2 and 3)

The Powell Street Festival Society is partnering with WePress on an exciting new project that harnesses the power of arts and culture to bring money, skills, and opportunities to low-income and marginalized people, while engaging professional, emerging, and self-taught artists to create new works and build community. WePress is an inclusive, accessible artspace that provides workshops, events, studio time, and access to its letterpress and equipment while hiring low-income DTES artists, thus re- directing the flow of resources to those who need them most, and helping to improve participants' mental health and quality of life.
$150,000.00
2018

University of British Columbia

Testing a Support Model to Address Gaps in Service that Contribute to Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Vulnerability in the Okanagan Valley

Migrant agricultural workers in BC face specific and complex challenges that impact their health and wellbeing. Challenges include their precarious legal status, coercive workplace conditions, substandard housing, and health care access barriers. Although these issues are well documented, we still do not know what model can best address these concerns. Our team will test a multi-year social support model based on the guidance of migrant agricultural workers and involving the coordinated efforts of community organizations and researchers with expertise in healthcare, law, and advocacy. This research will help build local capacity to support migrant agricultural workers in the region.
$146,639.20
2018

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Job Readiness Program

Pervading education and employment challenges faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians have been exasperated by government funding cuts and fragmentation towards DHH services over the last decade. By expanding the Job Readiness Program for DHH students at Vancouver Community College (the only of its kind in Canada offered at a post secondary), DHH students will have the opportunity to enrol into Red Seal trade certificate programs. The skilled training would open up new careers streams with higher earning and career development potential. Success in the program will address systemic under-education, under-employment and unemployment of thousands of Canadians with hearing loss.
$150,000.00
2018