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.

British Columbia Brain Injury Association

What are the rehabilitation and research priorities for improving quality of life among people with TBI?

Over 300,000 people live with traumatic brain injury (TBI). After injury, people experience many physical, cognitive, and mental health problems, which can last from months to a lifetime and significantly impact their quality of life. Additionally, family members, carers, and friends of people with TBI experience changes in their life due to the new roles and commitments caused by the person’s injury. Our goal is to bring together researchers, clinicians, people with TBI, carers, and policy makers to 1) develop key priority areas for rehabilitation and research, and 2) initiate transformative community rehabilitation to improve quality of life for individuals and carers after TBI.
$20,000.00
2020

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Social Connectivity in the time of COVID-19: A participatory needs assessment from the experience of racialized newcomers in Burnaby

We aim to understand how Burnaby can increase social connectivity, especially for recent newcomers from racialized communities. Through the collaboration of community members, service providers, and researchers, we aim to understand community members’ recent social experiences, the role of community programming, barriers to social connectivity, and opportunities for innovation. This project is urgent and important, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, because the learnings will be applied to improve existing service delivery, coordination of services, and implementation of new programs, ultimately boosting social connectivity and enhancing wellbeing in Burnaby.
$20,000.00
2020

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Evaluating Collective Action in the Kamloops Regional Food System

This project aims to understand how to collectively move food policies with positive health outcomes from plan to action. Much thought and engagement has been put into policies and plans in our region that provide a pathway towards a healthy and regenerative food system. However, a gap between the adoption of plans and their implementation has been identified by researchers and planners. As a result, we are first seeking to understand the role that community engagement and civic inclusion can play in supporting the implementation of policy. Secondly, we will explore how to authentically measure what matters to see what impact our efforts have.
$20,000.00
2018

McCreary Centre Society

A youth led investigation of BC adolescents’ substance use

The McCreary Centre Society and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are seeking to convene a group of young people who want to better understand how social determinants of health impact underage substance use among BC youth and how these can be addressed. Together the young people will develop specific research questions which can be answered with an in-depth analysis of data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey. The project aims to include those most likely to be impacted by harmful substance use in the design of a research project which can inform systems planning to reduce substance-related harms among BC youth.
$20,000.00
2019

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Engaging the power of community: Recovery, reintegration and healthy lifestyles.

By engaging Guthrie Alumni’s skills and knowledge we will explore the systemic gaps that may exist between health and social recovery. We will examine the role of social networks in alumni recovery that may or may not lead them back into systems of addiction/incarceration. The project has ramifications for health and justice systems responses to addiction. We aim to understand the activities of the informal network that maintains Alumni’s health recovery and social success. In this phase we will collaboratively refine key issues and processes to enable the autonomous participation of Alumni. This work will help us plan a future project on systemic change to post incarceration recovery.
$20,000.00
2020

Stroke Recovery Association Of British Columbia

World Cafe - Community Conversations After Stroke

Stroke is a sudden event which challenges participation in life roles. Addressing this issue is challenged within our province that has geographical, cultural, and service related diversity. Our research will help these diverse communities to understand what stroke survivors and their community need, and the approaches that they think are required to meet these needs, recognising their specific circumstances . Only then can meaningful development of support and services take place. Our collaborative approach which identifies and brings together stakeholders will start the process of partnership development. We will apply for further funding to support and implement the research findings.
$20,000.00
2019

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

The Thriving Coastal Communities Initiative

Coastal communities in BC are facing a number of pressing challenges that are affecting the health and well-being of local people. These challenges include climate change, loss of community infrastructure, competition over marine space, loss of access to fisheries and complex marine management plans. Local communities can feel the impacts of these pressures in very real ways through loss of livelihoods, declining economies, outmigration of youth, loss of food security, and health challenges. It is important that coastal communities continue to thrive and maintain an active presence on the water. This participatory action research project asks “How can coastal communities continue to thrive?”
$20,000.00
2018

University of British Columbia

Healing from Trauma and Wet'suwet'en Wellness

Our project is an investigation of how the root causes of trauma impact Wet'suwet'en wellness and how Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) supports their healing. Healing from trauma, resulting from the ongoing impacts of colonialism, is critical because of its far-reaching impacts on multiple levels of individual and community life. This research will inform the wellness strategy of the Office of the Wet'suwet'en, generate awareness and action plans to address trauma through the Wet'suwet'en membership, and foster education and dialogue regarding the Wet'suwet'en context of healing to influence systems change within the local health service provider community.
$27,090.00
2020

A participatory framework to support the social-emotional wellbeing of children in the early years: Developing a sustainable, coordinated and strength-based system

In British Columbia, we are observing a worrying trend of increasing numbers of young children with social-emotional vulnerabilities. Children who experience social-emotional vulnerabilities during the early years of life are susceptible to a number of negative health and social outcomes across the lifespan. Our project will convene a diverse participant network in three BC communities to develop a community-based participatory action research agenda to address systemic influences on children’s social-emotional vulnerability.
$20,000.00
2020

Chilliwack Overdose Response Project

Our project’s goal is to help address the overdose crisis in the Fraser East region, which has been one of the hardest-hit regions in BC. To date, most research has focused on urban settings, and more rural communities have lacked qualitative research that would lead to a deeper understanding of the systemic issues tied to the crisis and give rise to meaningful, appropriate action. Convening grant funds will be used to engage additional people affected by the crisis and to develop a participatory action research plan. Partnerships will address challenges around effective practice related to supporting individuals and families impacted by the OD crisis in Chilliwack and the Fraser East.
$20,000.00
2018

University of Northern British Columbia

Land, Health and Healing: Understanding and promoting the health and wellness benefits of Indigenous Protected Areas

Health scholars working in Indigenous health acknowledge that connection to land is an important aspect to improving health and wellbeing. Yet little research explores the health and wellbeing benefits of connections to the land, which is particularly important in light of the recent resurgence of Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. Our team is trying to understand how Indigenous Protected Areas can be understood through a lens rooted in health, healing, and wellness. This project has the potential to develop into a viable research project which examines the connections between Indigenous-led conservation initiatives and the links between land, health and wellbeing.
$20,000.00
2020

University of Victoria

Community Empowerment of African Migrant Women Across British Columbia

Sub-Saharan African migrant women and their families in Canada are disproportionately burdened by social and health inequities. British Columbia has one of the highest numbers of female African migrant women in Canada. How can we address these inequities created by intersections of social identities, policies, processes of oppression and privilege, and institutional practices both here in Canada and from their pre- migration contexts? Through a community-based provincial townhall meeting we will bring African migrant women and other stakeholders together to deliberate and decide on research questions to inform improvements to their daily lived experiences and that of their families.
$20,000.00
2020

Celebrating Resistance through Intergenerational Storytelling: Decolonial Participatory Research with Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-binary and Gender Diverse Children, Youth, Seniors and Elders

“Celebrating Resistance Through Intergenerational Storytelling” brings together Indigenous and allied settler researchers and community stakeholders to identify wise practices and ethical guidelines for decolonial intergenerational arts-based research with Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary and gender diverse communities in British Columbia. A focus group with Two-Spirit youth will inform a 2-day research planning meeting held on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Emerging from established relationships and community knowledge, this research planning project will revitalize intergenerational 2STNBGD relationships and inform an in-depth study on this issue.
$20,000.00
2019

Understanding the contraceptive health care needs of patients in British Columbia

Most Canadian women will use some form of birth control during their lives, but contraceptive failure is common. Contraceptive failure is often the result of patients being prescribed a method they are not fully informed about how to use and that does not fit their unique needs, and leads to a significant number of unintended pregnancies each year. This grant will bring together patients, researchers, educators, and healthcare providers to develop a research project that will explore what patients need and want out of contraceptive care. This information can then inform improvements to the system in BC so that everyone who wants it has access to contraception that fits their needs.
$20,000.00
2018

Vancouver Island University

Youth Language Warriors: Reclaiming Hul'qumi'num through Intergenerational Relationships and the Arts

Tsawalk Learning Centre, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and Vancouver Island University are seeking to convene a group of young people, Elders and community members who want to better understand how revisiting and reclaiming Indigenous language through the arts positively impacts wellness and healing. Together the young people will develop specific research questions which can be answered through an artistic public art form. The project aims to include those most likely to be impacted by the loss of Indigenous local languages in the design of a research project which can inform systems planning to improve Indigenous language learning throughout the province and beyond.
$20,000.00
2020

The Recreation Prescription Project

In western industrialized society, child obesity is rising, sedentary pursuits are increasing, physical activity is decreasing and there is less contact with nature. For some youth, these factors combine with other disadvantages to create a trajectory of ill health. Nanaimo’s youth are especially vulnerable in comparison to BC overall; the Composite Index ranks Nanaimo 11 out of 77 BC Local Health Areas for youth aged 15-24 (BC Stats, 2013). Through the Convene process, we will work with participants, parents and schools to assess perceived benefits and challenges and inform the design of a study examining community-based interventions for youth health and wellbeing in Grade 5.
$20,000.00
2019

Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility

Breaking Barriers: Optimizing Hearing Health Care for Adults in BC

Our project will establish a framework for research and action to address the problem of untreated hearing loss in adults and inequitable access to hearing health care across BC. With this grant, we will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for the first critical stage of a community-based process to set a research agenda based on the development of a shared understanding of the pressing issues. We will use a concept mapping approach that draws on well-established protocols from systems science. This project will lead to the identification of research priorities that are responsive to the key systemic barriers preventing adults from seeking or receiving hearing health care.
$20,000.00
2019