Grants

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Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Permanency with an Indigenous Lens – Capacity Building and Collaboration

While Indigenous children remain starkly overrepresented in BC government care and among those waiting for adoption, the world of adoption and permanency is changing to focus on family preservation, the delegation of authority to Indigenous organizations, new forms of permanency, and maintaining cultural identity. However, the need for Indigenous-centred permanency efforts and culturally-appropriate resources to champion the well-being of Indigenous children and families at every step of their journey—before and after they find permanence—is enormous. This project will explore gaps in services and identify actions and collaborations to support Indigenous communities, families, and children.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

The term is "sociological imagination", NOT "social imagination."

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$20,000.00
2020

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

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

Art Starts in Schools Society

Arts Integrated Education for Social Justice

ArtStarts will identify systemic patterns, power dynamics, relationships, and advocacy required to shift the education system towards arts integration for social justice. In BC’s current K-12 system, the arts are siloed and devalued. Yet the arts are a valuable and transformative teaching tool that equip students to think deeply and critically about social justice, to cultivate empathy and creativity, and to inspire awareness and action to build a more inclusive and just society. Using an anti-oppression lens, ArtStarts will engage artists, teachers, parents, students and key policy and decision makers to learn about how to systemically embed arts in education.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Arts Umbrella Association

Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm

Arts Umbrella recognizes that systemic oppression, colonialism, and white supremacy exist heavily within the entire theatre ecology. For the next 12 months, we are committed to having conversations and participating in consultations with our community about equity, diversity, and inclusion. “Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm” is a project that will inspire a bold transformation within arts education, as we aim to be more accessible and relatable in how we serve young people. This work is a necessary first step in our plan to advance the conversation of diversity and representation in our studios and on our stages. Our goal is to affect change for future generations of artists.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada

Shifting the Agricultural Sector to Bird-Friendly practices through certification

The project aims to address the role of agricultural intensification in the decline of birds. Our entry point into this complex issue are aerially insectivorous birds, which are protected under federal legislation, and which rely on farmlands for their survival. We will co-host stakeholder workshops with ECCC and the FPSI to understand barriers to implementing bird-friendly farming practices. Collaboratively, we will develop actions farmers can take towards bird-friendly farming certification. We will then engage the relevant stakeholders in the Fraser River Delta with experience applying third party certification process, and develop a model to ‘test-drive’ these actions on the ground.
$20,000.00
2020

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society

A community economic development plan for the West Boundary

Have you ever heard of the Boundary area of BC? We are in the centre of BC on the border in a mountainous area where ranch lands and forests abound. People are spread out in small communities. Because of a dwindling economy, community resources are very limited as are opportunities for employment. Signs of entrenched poverty and food insecurity are commonplace. A group of community leaders aim to reinvigorate the area and have begun the process by creating a non-profit Community Services Co-operative, purchasing land and planning a community hub building. The Vancouver Foundation DEVELOP grant, will allow us to engage the community in creating a community economic development plan.
$20,000.00
2019

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Transforming BC’s Police Act

BCCLA’s Transforming BC’s Police Act project delves into the provincial Police Act to explore, research, investigate, and dialogue about ways in which this Act is upholding the oppressive, racist, violent, and unaccountable structure of present-day policing in BC. The Police Act in BC regulates a wide range of policing issues such as independent oversight, transparency, governance, structure, standards, funding, and training of policing agencies and police officers. We aim to develop a greater understanding of how the Police Act contributes to the ongoing crisis in police accountability, and to propose possible systemic interventions to lawmakers and government bodies for transformation.
$20,000.00
2020

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.
$20,000.00
2018

British Columbia Museums Association

Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit

Museums have an important role to tell the stories of the diverse communities they represent, but systemic and institutional racism has meant that white leadership decides which stories are told and how to tell them. Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit is the first stage of BCMA's initiative to support museums in becoming spaces of diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCMA will survey institutions to identify key needs and barriers that will inform the development of a preliminary collection of resources on diverse governance. Survey findings and toolkit feedback will inform development of additional targeted resources for the larger arts, culture, and heritage sector.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.
$20,000.00
2019

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Incorporating Indigenous Legal Orders in Canadian Law

While organizing webinars, we will conduct interviews and research to learn more from both perspectives: the BC government and the First Nations Communities. Conducting the roundtables will enable use to dig deeper into the issues at stake to identify why the system remains as it is. This ongoing dialogue will take many forms and will help us refine our conclusions and develop more adapted education programs and training for people working in the legal system, but not exclusively. We would like to reach out to people in the health care system and education system too. How we educate students (law, police, probation, social workers, etc.) has a huge impact on how we can change the system.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Public Health Association

Building a BC Coalition for Healthy School Food

Canada is the only G7 nation without a school food program; however, demand is growing for healthy, education-based school food programs that improve the health of children and youth. This project builds on grassroots efforts in BC to organize around school food. A BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food will support national work to secure public investment in a cost-shared, universal school food program. The BC-CHSF will unite diverse stakeholders from across BC, including those from education, health and agriculture sectors, to collaborate on advocacy and develop a provincial plan for how BC would utilize funds and build on existing programs across the province.
$20,000.00
2019

Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Ecosystem Services on Metro Vancouver Farmland

Do you value biodiversity, beautiful landscapes, and access to healthy, local food? In many cases these things are brought to you farmland. However because these things are not valued by our economic system, they are vulnerable to being exploited. We at SPEC aim to change that. We are working with local farmers to sustainably manage things like soil fertility, water consumption, biodiversity and pest management. We are also trying out a project to compensate farmers for creating pollinator habitat. We are starting an information campaign to increase awareness for the value of farmland, and maybe will campaign local government to compensate farmers for environmentally friendly practices.
$30,000.00
2018

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

Building Bridges, Building Community

The Chemainus Theatre Festival, in collaboration with the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Council, will develop a plan to remove barriers to arts and build new bridges with community partners. By examining historic practices, devising new plans and taking action to address systemic challenges of access, CTF will develop insight, understanding and projects that impact patrons, theatre practitioners and the region. By examining the intersections of historic revenue models, artists need and community interactions, we hope to find and adapt robust models to improve arts and culture practices in the rural and remote region of Vancouver Island which we serve
$20,000.00
2020

City of Nelson

City of Nelson Climate Action Lab

Climate change is the most important and complex challenge of our time. While the warming is a global issue, local government and civil society are best suited to make the most impact. Determining how to develop and implement the most contextually appropriate, impactful & feasible actions for a jurisdiction to collectively pursue, however, is a huge challenge. And it is one that must be informed by a diversity of experiences and perspectives. To make this happen, we are proposing a ‘Climate Action Lab’ as a means to meaningfully involve Nelsonites in developing a collective understanding of the barriers to climate action in Nelson, and the necessary conditions for change and progress.
$20,000.00
2019

City of Prince George

Raise Up Our Kids: Prince George Partners Aligning Systems to Improve Children's Health Outcomes

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School located in Prince George, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province.The collective impact work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Deeper alignment across systems (health, education, policing & social services) is critical to ensuring all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. This develop process will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.
$20,000.00
2018

City of Surrey

Urban Heat Ready – learning from communities most impacted by urban heat

Urban heat disproportionately impacts marginalized communities in Surrey. Lack of access to cooling options like parks can contribute to these communities bearing the brunt of the heat burden in Surrey’s densely populated and rapidly urbanizing City Centre. As Surrey gets hotter due to climate change, there is opportunity to create lasting, equitable solutions to urban heat that work for all. By designing COVID-19 safe and inclusive engagement practices that value, uplift, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities, we can understand barriers within the existing systems that keep the issue in place and leverage opportunities to creating healthy, climate-resilient communities for all.
$20,000.00
2020

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Our Calls to Action: Decolonizing our Network

The pressing issue that our project is trying to address is the lack of representation of Indigenous people, processes and structures in the environmental education sector in the Canadian Columbia Basin region of southeast British Columbia. By addressing these issues, our organization will be able to effectively demonstrate inclusion of Indigenous people, policies and procedures that are in alignment with the Calls to Action from the TRC as they pertain to educational programs/organizations in Canada.
$20,000.00
2019

Community Living Society

Remote Check-in Home Supports

Remote check-in home supports will offer improved choice and autonomy for people with intellectual disabilities regarding how they live and receive support. It will complement or replace traditional, scheduled in-person supports that are currently offered through service providers. Using a variety of technology (i.e. videophones, sensors, motion detectors, or cameras) the person can choose when and how check-ins occur. Parents have confidence that their loved one is safe and has the resources in place if needed. Meanwhile service providers, who experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, can re-deploy resources to individuals who require direct or in-home support.
$20,000.00
2020

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