Grants

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Standard Size

Since 1965, Vancouver's architectural direction could be defined as one 'without architects'. First, through the proliferation of the mass-produced, builder-designed 'Vancouver Special' houses in the 60s to 80s, then through the master-planned and developer-led creation of over one hundred podium-style condominium towers in Downtown Vancouver. Widely labelled 'Vancouverism' and lauded as a model for global urbanism, Vancouver is often referred to as one of the most livable cities and simultaneously one of the most unaffordable - a contradiction emerges. Ken Lum's "Standard Size" is comprised of a replica Vancouver Special scaled down in size based on the difference in property value from 1986 to present. The project reveals an ideology of globalization, where development is accepted as infinitely repeatable in any context or culture and notions of 'livability' are flattened into a global metric, in what Urbanist Andy Yan calls an 'insecurity of belonging'. Standard Size holds up a mirror to Vancouver's spatial commodification and simultaneously to a global reality.
$20,000.00
2014

Access to Media Education Society

Mentor Me at Indigenous Fashion Week (MMIFW)

Mentor Me (MM) at Indigenous Fashion Week (IFW) (MMIFW) will engage urban Aboriginal youth in care in traininga nd mentorships to empower their identities, community relationships, and employability skill development, through IFW's celebration of Indigenous pride in the creative regalia arts that story Indigenous identity in collective cultural meaning. IFW will gather 30 Indigenous-Canadian designers and artists for the first national showcase of these international clothing artists. The ongiong Mentor Me weekly group engages 15 young Indigenous women transitioning from care. MMIFW will recruit, engage, train and mentor 30 Indigenous youth-in-care in 4 urban and 2 rural training workshops, mentorships and employment. Indigenous youth, all systemically affected by the foster system will develop cultural identity, relationship, and employment skills. They be mentored with the IFW team and cultural advisory networks, and will be employed as presenters and producers at the event. Workshops after the event will gather the knowledge of these engaged youth to evaluate and design an enhanced Mentor Me program. MMIFW will create strong relationships between young people and their community members. Their experiential research into effective mentorship and skills development, focused through the creative art of IFW, will build community knowledge of how to support youth transitioning from care, activated in the MMIFW network.
$24,000.00
2016

Access Youth Outreach Services Society

Project Reach Out Expansion

Our core program Project Reach Out multi-service mobile Drop-in Centre and outreach program will expand to the Langley's (Langley city & Township of Langley), providing after-hours support and services to an area with over 12,000 youth ages 12- 18. This will effectively expand out reach from the Tri-Cities and service two regions (five cites) with a combined population of 32,000 youth. With the use of a modified community shuttle bus, and staffed by a team of 4 outreach workers, we will travel areas of the Langley’s meeting youth where they are, building relationships and a consistent presence, effectively filling a gap in after-hours services that include street outreach, crisis/early intervention, brief 1:1 support, drug and sexual health information, basic needs (health kits, cloths, food), linkages to other community services, and a safe place for youth to access. In consultation with the local RCMP, MCFD and other agencies, our collaborative approach will become an essential part of the continuum in the Langley’s, and will compliment existing youth services.
$25,000.00
2013

ACORN Institute Canada

Healthy Homes Project

Tenants in Surrey often have to live in housing that has detrimental effects on their health and well being due to poor maintenance of the rental property. This project will create dialogue between city staff and politicians, tenants and other key stakeholders, starting civic debate, and conversations that include effected low and moderate income tenants, about policy solutions that the city can enact or amend to build a livable city for everyone.
$27,000.00
2011

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Permanency Project for At Risk Youth

For the first time, AFABC would like to host a 3-day family finding bootcamp for homeless youth, and former youth in care experiencing loneliness. Every child has a family/network, and they can be found. Family Finding Boot Camps are a three day immersion for up to 50 youth and former youth in care learning the philosophy, framework and skills of Family Finding practice. Participants work in small and medium sized teams, actually practicing Family Finding for youth currently homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or are experiencing loneliness. We would invite lead practitioner Kevin Campbell to host. In his previous bootcamps across the USA participants have successfully completed the Discovery and initial Engagement steps of Family Finding. The goal for the teams by day three of the training is to have found relatives and other connections, identified family members with functional strengths, engaged two lead family members, and invited found adults to a Preparation and Planning Meeting to be held following the bootcamp. Participants leave the immersion experience having learned and practiced the skills of Family Finding, developed a sense of confidence in their use of the skills, and feel confident in their ability to develop a personal support network. Our focus at AFABC includes following up with youth to ensure they are supported as they connect. Partnership opportunities: Broadway Youth Centre, Covenant House, Aunt Leah's, Federation of BC Youth in Care.
$25,000.00
2016

Speak-Out Youth Group

In 2009 AFABC partnered with MCFD to plan and implement a project aimed at increasing the number of permanency plans for youth in government care. The Speak-Out Youth Group evolved from this pilot in recognition of the value that both individual and collective perspectives and experiences played in the successful delivery of the initiative. 15 youth participants expressed an adamant interest in remaining connected to AFABC and the project in order to continue exploring options for permanence and develop more resource materials about teen adoption. The Speak-Out Youth Group is an empowering youth led program with 25 active members and consists of youth-in-care, former youth-in-care, and adoptees aged 13-24 from BC’s Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Regions. By focusing on youth engagement, this program gives a powerful voice to those who have experiences with the foster care system. Monthly meetings also give youth an opportunity to develop transferable life skills by working with career professionals, child and youth care representatives, and clinical counselors.
$20,000.00
2013

African Stages Association of BC

ON WINGS OF STORIES (OWOS).

On the Wings of Stories (OWOS) is designed to use storytelling and proverbs promote youth-elder interaction and exchange of knowledge and skills. Our goal is to use proverbs to address the problems of youth-adult alienation, mistrust and misunderstanding. We are keenly aware that many elders in our communities live in isolation with insufficient interaction with the youths. Storytelling provides a tool to bridge this inter-generation gap. Our project seeks to use storytelling and other African performing Arts to create and maintain a healthy society and to help empower and deal with challenging issues in the community.
$20,000.00
2018

Agrarians Foundation

Accelerating gender parity in financing for small scale food processors

Food security requires that food producers are able to make a living. Food futures analysis shows increasing demand. Small scale food processors create new and innovative products while building relationships with farmers, suppliers, markets and consumers. Women are drawn to this field but as with other women in businesses, they hit barriers finding financing. The importance of their work is not understood by financers which adds to the difficulty. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, financing agencies' representatives will meet with our members. Breakthroughs in understanding will result in plans for new systems and supports thus changing the business ecosystem women ssfp's.
$20,000.00
2019

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to develop a model for Regional Agricultural Support that better influences and informs Provincial frameworks, ensuring accommodation of the unique contextual realities of various geographical regions and producer populations. A review of the ACRD’s Agricultural Plan Implementation Project will highlight areas where we’ve succeeded in influencing Provincial systems. Engagement with other communities and research into other models of Regional agricultural support will help to identify shared values and narratives. Discussions with the Province will support renewed and impactful plans for agricultural support within the ACRD and elsewhere.
$20,000.00
2019

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity "Going from here to there"

Improving Okanagan Habitat Connectivity 'How do we get from here to there' is an educational outreach initiative that will provide the tools to understand and take action on the results and recommendations from the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy project and also to help the general public to understand why connected ecosystems and wildlife habitat corridors are an essential part of maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Okanagan region. Both the SOSCP and the OCCP are working on a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan region. The strategy promotes a “big-picture” landscape view of the region and provides a framework for considering conservation options for entire ecosystems and watersheds that go beyond municipal or rural boundaries and includes all land-tenures. The project that we are presenting here forms part of the implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy.
$20,000.00
2014

AMSSA Community Education Society of BC

Unsettling Practice for the Immigration Sector - Development

The transformation of the way in which the Immigration and Settlement Sector is approaching working relationships with Indigenous Peoples will stop the re-creation of historical, systemic patterns between settlers and First Nations. The complexities of a sector that exists to facilitate settlement into territories that are officially acknowledged as 'unceded' are being simplify or ignored in order to achieve fast results, taking us away from the goal of Reconciliation. By identifying and presenting specific and effective elements of disruption to that context, this project will provide viability to a set of general ideas we believe will trigger a process of transformation.
$20,000.00
2019

Amy Ferguson Institute

KHAOS, the opera

KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global catastrophe. KHAOS asks the question, ‘What if Persephone were prevented from returning from the underworld to console her mother? Would Demeter’s continuing grief and despair end life on Earth as we know it?’ This is a request for funding of the premiere production and touring.
$30,000.00
2011

Arts in Action Society

Squamish Artist Solidarity Housing Initiative

The Solidarity Housing project aims to support the transfer of privately owned homes to permanently affordable housing for Squamish artists and cultural producers in Vancouver. The first stage of this project will engage homeowners through a survey and focus groups to explore ways that non-Indigenous people can leverage the land they own as part of the process of reconciliation: how can settlers live a good life while contributing to permanently affordable housing for Indigenous people? As well, Squamish artists will come together to discuss their needs and desires for housing: what does safe, affordable, culturally appropriate housing look like for Squamish artists and cultural producers?
$20,000.00
2019

Enterprising Youth

Through this project we will utilize a small cohort of youth to demonstrate their potential for independence and the existing capacity within youth exiting care to participate in, and eventually manage, visible mainstream spaces in Vancouver - spaces such as business, alternate and post secondary education, and community discussions of social issues affecting youth directly. This will be done by recruiting 4-6 young people between 17-24 who have experienced government care to participate in the Groundswell Business Alternatives Program. Through the program, youth will develop a project (ex. a socially-conscious small business, branded product, a non-profit or campaign) which at the end of the program will be presented as a Gala comprised of potential funders, community advocates, alumni and financial mentors. After the Gala, youth will use the mentors, alumni, and staff to carry out their project in the chosen community. The youth will be supported to find a project that will succeed, and will be supported by a wraparound community committed to their success in their chosen venture.
$30,000.00
2014

Purple Thistle Centre

The Purple Thistle has been operating for twelve years on the Eastside of Vancouver, running a 2500 sq/ft youth community centre that offers a plethora of free art and culture resources and support for 150-200 regular low-income youth participants. Our mission of youth empowerment and liberation is realized by the centre being run by a youth staff collective of 15-25 individuals who, in collaboration with the Directors, set policy, establish budgets, staff the facility and make all programming decisions. Central to our mandate of youth liberation and empowerment is providing specific leadership training in the context of real world decisions, real budgets and actual programming.
$30,000.00
2013

Youth Care Media Project (WORKING TITLE ONLY)

This digital storytelling project will work with a group of youth and youth technical mentors to create a series of digital stories. The themes of this project will centre around the participant's response to the lack of support for youth in government care as they reach adulthood. This project will mentor the youth in community engaged digital video production skills with the intention of inviting the participants to create stories that relate to the project's inquiry. This work is intended to challenge and question the current mainstream narrative on homelessness and youth. This project seeks to create venues and opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to question, respond, and provoke a greater public awareness of the issues facing youth and housing issues. Community video is created through collaboration with skilled artists and and sees production values as an inherent part of the process. The project will create these digital stories in a series of workshops. We are committed to a collaborative, respectful, and democratic working environment
$20,000.00
2013

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Frames Film Project: Increasing Community Connectedness for Youth in Care

The Frames Film Project provides training, support, and voice to multi-barriered youth ages 16-24. Each twelve week intake includes 15-20 youth participants, 3 Frame graduates/mentors, and 2 part-time staff. Youth meet one evening each week to provide peer support; receive life and employment skills training; and collaborate to conceptualize, film and edit stories for community change. Previous Frames' films addressed community issues of substance misuse, mental health, multi-culturalism, and crime prevention. Intake 9 films will focus on youth approaches to increase community connectedness for youth in care. All Frames films are shared at quarterly community screening events. Over the past two and a half years, our approach has proven to help youth with significant barriers develop a wide range of skills and take steps towards employment and community attachment. Frames is recognized by the Globe and Mail, CBC, partner organizations, and film industry professionals as a leading youth program.
$25,000.00
2014

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - Welcoming Neighbours Initiative

The Welcoming Neighbours Initiative aims to provide newcomers to Vancouver’s westside with much needed opportunities for meaningful social inclusion, language practice and increased community literacy. This is one of the only programs on the westside to facilitate access and inclusion for isolated, vulnerable newcomers and will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for newcomers and new immigrants. The project includes volunteer training in cross-cultural community literacy, inclusive approaches and language support.
$20,000.00
2010

Atira Women's Resource Society

Antiretroviral Therapy and Women: Assessing Barriers to Adherence (Ms. Janice Abbott/Dr. Cari Miller)

The project idea originated when it was observed that women living with HIV accessing emergency shelter services had gaps in antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment adherence. Adherence is essential to the maintenance of health among HIV-positive people and decreased risk of transmission to sexual and drug use partners. In BC, HIV-positive women exhibit significantly lower adherence to ART than men even when known confounders, such as injection drug use, are controlled for. This study would qualitatively explore suboptimal adherence to ART among women by using community-based participatory research involving focus groups, open-ended interviews, and innovative methods such as digital storytelling. This funding will be used to hire a peer research assistant who will be integral to the project, assisting with the development of topic guides, conducting the research with women, analyzing the data and disseminating the new knowledge. Knowledge gained will identify women’s barriers to adherence and be used to develop women-specific services to support individual and community-wide health. Research Team: Cathy Puskas, Phd Student; Elysia Bourne, Atira
$22,938.00
2012

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

CONNECTIONS: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health of First Nations Foster Youth

CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the overrepresentation of First Nations youth in care. It is no longer enough to acknowledge the land upon which we stand, but to honor it by integrating the knowledges and practices from which it stems. CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the impacts of intergenerational trauma and the inordinate number of challenges and disadvantages faced by foster youth, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry. This process remains in the beginning stages and funding received from the Vancouver Foundation Develop Grant in support of this project will, in part, go directly towards further developing strategies for lasting change.
$20,000.00
2019

Aventa New Music Society

Marilyn, Anyone can see I love you

This opera is based on aspects of the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, with libretto from BC author and poet, Marilyn Bowering. It examines Marilyn Monroe’s intellectual and emotional relationship to death and love. As the work progresses, the performance interweaves what is taking place on stage with the trajectory of Monroe’s life through relationships, fame and myth.
$30,000.00
2011

Axis Theatre Company

RIP! a collaborative creation with KC Brown

RIP! is a new play for adult/family audiences, inspired by the story of Rip van Winkle, an unlikely protagonist to any modern tale. Developed through two exploration workshops, that collaborative effort resulted in a rehearsal script penned by KC Brown. The projects groundwork was laid over several years and the Vancouver Foundations' initial support was critical to our completing the workshop phase in 2012/13. The rehearsal script is based on the material developed with four actors, two directors and the playwright, a unique process that Artistic Director Wayne Specht implements in some form to each new creation. This process has resulted in over 57 productions. In January 2014 the directors will use the script to complete the scene breakdown and map out the staging. Advance preparation is a key goal to this collaborative creation process which involves everyone with artistic input, from the actors to the designers. This world premiere production of RIP! is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Waterfront Theatre, performing 23 shows including three student matinees.
$25,000.00
2013

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women

The project, Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women, has two major aims. First, to consult with transition houses that serve Aboriginal Women on and off reserve and to consult with Aboriginal women who have either previously accessed transition house services or those who have been turned away from accessing transition house services in a minimum of two communities across BC. Second, based on the research, to develop and implement promising practices to better serve Aboriginal Women, to pilot these practices and to externally evaluate these practices to see if Aboriginal Women are able to access transition houses and if they are served in a culturally appropriate manner while accessing these services. All aspects of the project will be led by a project Advisory Committee and overseen by a Project Coordinator. The project Advisory Committee will be comprised of transition houses that serve a large number of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Women with lived experience, BC Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence for BC and other groups.
$25,000.00
2013

Ballet BC

RITE

Ballet BC is seeking support for the commissioning, development and creation of a full-length program of contemporary ballet inspired by The Rite of Spring. The ground-breaking 1913 collaboration between choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky and composer Igor Stravinsky had monumental impact on 20th century music and dance for its bold rhythmic, tonal and choreographic language that is still considered revolutionary more than 100 years after its premiere. Drawing on the spirit of innovation and risk-taking that is the legacy of The Rite of Spring, RITE, will include two innovative World Premieres to be performed in our 2014-15 Season in May 2015. The first part of the program will highlight an interdisciplinary collaboration between Ballet BC Artistic Director and choreographer Emily Molnar with Vancouver-based designer, Omer Arbel and composer Jeremy Schmidt. Part two of the program will be a newly-conceptualized, full company contemporary ballet choreographed by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, using Stravinsky's original musical score.
$25,000.00
2014

Ballet Victoria Society

Ballet Victoria's Dracula

To open Ballet Victoria's 12th season, the company will create a new full-length narrative ballet based on Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel, Dracula. Ballet Victoria will create a unique score comprised of: modern music mixed by Jason King with special effects, a pair of commissioned sections (a tango by Ruy Boff and a classical section by Robert McBride) as well as a selection of works by Gustav Mahler, Arvo Part, and Knut Nystedt. The present-day setting and plot of this production will make it unique and more widely appealing. The demanding choreography will be rooted in classical ballet vocabulary (pointe work) with a strong emphasis on contemporary movement quality. As with the recent successful production of Frankenstein, Paul Destrooper's Dracula will incorporate humour and popular culture references in his effort to recount the story of the infamous vampire as he attempts to fit in new surroundings. Ballet Victoria strives to bring the highest technical and artistic quality to all its creations, as well as appeal to as wide audience and introduce many to the art form.
$20,000.00
2014

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