Grants

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses

British Columbia's Heads Together Project: Improving the Health & Well-being of People Living with Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury

Up until now, it was estimated 180,000 British Columbians have a brain injury. This number is increasing significantly from overdoses and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). There is a direct correlation between brain injury, mental health challenges, addictions, homelessness, criminality and incarceration, and domestic violence. These social issues are being looked at separately with brain injury being the most underserved, yet the root cause of the problem. Developing a plan for integrated brain injury, mental health, and addictions services which are accessible, equitable, client-centered, wellness focused, diversified and culturally safe will strengthen the health of BC communities.
$20,000.00
2019

Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre

Opening the Basket:Sharing, Revitalizing and Reconnecting the Sto:lo Sitel Curriculum

A pressing issue in the Sto;lo territy relates to instruction of Indigenous topics and Indigenous worldviews in K-12 school curricula using authentic, respectful teaching/learning approaches and carried out in partnership with Indigenous communities/organizations. Teachers who are concerned about their teaching practice, Sto;lo members who have question about Indigenous inclusion, educators with successful pedagogical experience, and a community cultural centre will inform this multi-faceted issue through discussions and workshops that result in a long-term cooperative regional plan of major stakeholders in the Sto;lo territory.
$20,000.00
2019

Green Technology Education Centre of Greater Vancouver Society

Neighbourhood Environmental Education project

The GTEC Neighbourhood Environmental Education project addresses the issue of the climate crisis via a community development model. Community development and education are essential components of a timely response because social change typically take place through the activation of networks of connected people. Neighbourhood Houses with their high degree of connectivity to local communities are ideal partners. Project development features an iterative process beginning with an initial design, engagement of community partners, widespread consultation with community constituencies, the participation of existing environmental organizations, developmental evaluation and scalability.
$20,000.00
2019

Kelowna Community Resources Society

Building a Systems Change Plan for Innovation in Breastfeeding Support

The Breastfeeding Art Expo funded in part by Vancouver Foundation created a broad awareness about breastfeeding across the Interior Health region, the importance of breastfeeding in preventing admissions of babies to hospitals, and its long-term reduction in chronic disease to mother and child. This project aims to examine systemic barriers to the adoption of breastfeeding best practices within health facilities and the community. It will explore alternative, collaborative and innovative work to improve sustained rates of breastfeeding. A Steering Committee will be established, information gathered through various broad-reaching methods and the team will create a plan for systems change.
$20,000.00
2019

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

Movement Dance Productions Society

Joshua Beamish's Giselle - Community Impact

We will address issues that align with our current production, a new Giselle as set in the present day. We will probe the disconnect between a public that pours countless hours & dollars into classical ballet training, & viewing, & the professional community’s gap in employing narrative ballet as vehicle for social change. Working with an established public interest, we harness the power of attraction to the known. We live distracted & constantly stimulated by immediate gratification & content that is digested in short form. Ballet must consider this or it will die out. Audiences can influence change in systems of popular consumption if we trust & encourage a willingness to be challenged.
$20,000.00
2019

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Siwin: Word Power

Our project contributes to the revitalization of Hul’q’umi’num, the language traditionally spoken by Snuneymuxw and Snaw-naw-as, on whose ancestral lands we live in Nanaimo. With only one fluent speaker because of the legacy of colonialism and ongoing systemic oppression, this issue is urgent. By working collaboratively to create supportive, accessible opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners to practice Hul’qumi’num and using art as a teaching tool, we will create a plan for a sustainable multi-year effort. Ultimately, this will foster new understandings about our histories and place, and create relationships that will move our communities towards reconciliation.
$20,000.00
2019

Pride in Art Society

NIKA (Not In Kansas Anymore) Network: Cyclone Stage

The NIKA (Not In Kansas Anymore) Dialogues: Cyclone Stage is a nationally-informed facilitated conversation. NIKA brings together key figures in the transdisciplinary queer arts sector to unpack the issues that isolate us and inhibit our growth as the sector. Convened by Pride in Art Society as part of the Industry Series at the PuSh International Festival for Performing Arts, the NIKA Dialogues will assess our sector’s pressing challenges, lay the foundations for new modes of communication and collaboration, and empower queer organizations to develop structures for mutual support that respond the unique needs of the queer arts and culture sector.
$20,000.00
2019

Rivershed Society of BC

Watershed Solutions in the Fraser Watershed

The Fraser Watershed is under threat from many directions; such as logging and forest fires, and warming temperatures from Climate Change. It is invaluable economically, culturally, and recreationally to the people of BC and to many species that call it home. Realities like severely reduced salmon runs let us know that there is a problem. RSBC has been working in the Fraser Watershed since 1996 and we have the connections needed to create an in depth and effective plan of action to protect the Fraser Watershed for generations to come. By bringing together expertise from across the watershed, we will develop a plan that addresses the many intertwining pieces and protect the Fraser Watershed.
$20,000.00
2019

Spirit's Mission Rescue Society

Animal Management Sustainability Project for First Nation and Underserved BC Communities

We are addressing the issue of pet overpopulation issues (strays, disease, injuries, starvation, and dangerous dog packing) in under-served First Nation and surrounding communities in British Columbia. This is meaningful work because pets are an important component to family and communities and a healthy pet population is helpful to a healthy community.
$20,000.00
2019

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

The Only Animal Theatre Society

Museum of Rain

To combat the myth of abundance, Museum of Rain is an immersive play exploring our relationship with water. Each show uses 329L of water: the amount that average Canadians use daily. The story integrates true water stories, that are gathered with partners who research the emotional dimensions of water insecurity. Our goals: 1) researching how the partnership functions so that the play informs the research, and the research informs the play 2) to establish an advocacy partner to advance meaningful local actions our audience can join 3) to create an innovative theatrical language that brings delight, catharsis and embodied experience of water to connect audiences to the preciousness of water.
$20,000.00
2019

Touchstone Theatre Society

INHERITANCE: a choose-your-adventure experience

Almost all of BC is unceded First Nations land, but the current colonial system of land "ownership” ignores that fact, continuing to disempower Indigenous peoples. Therefore, we are developing an interactive play “Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience” about Indigenous and non-Indigenous characters in a land control dispute. During the play, audiences vote to determine what the characters do, ultimately deciding how the land will be stewarded. In conjunction with this play, we will engage various collaborators to research strategies and initiatives – both at the citizenry and government level – that could bring about change to this unjust land control system we have all inherited.
$20,000.00
2019

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Determining Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s role in water quality monitoring and stormwater management in Burrard Inlet

Burrard Inlet’s water quality suffers from stormwater-based pollution and uncoordinated water quality monitoring. As the People of the Inlet and stewards of their territory, Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) takes a holistic approach to the management, protection and recovery of Burrard Inlet. TWN has led science and stewardship projects, and has worked to break down the silos between other jurisdictions charged with water quality management. Our Develop process will lead to a project plan for leadership on water quality monitoring coordination and improved stormwater management through: 1) clarifying TWN’s goals and role, and 2) convening influential institutions to envision a new approach.
$20,000.00
2019

United Way of Southern Interior BC

Roadmap to a Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy (Phase 2)

Poverty is a key social issue in the Okanagan, with 40,000 people living below the poverty line. Despite this, we lack clear local evidence to drive change. This project will build a comprehensive snapshot of poverty in each Central Okanagan community, and identify systemic regional issues. It will broaden engagement with lived experience, and build the diverse community network required to affect change. It will provide tangible evidence of the systems holding poverty in place, and recommend priorities for action. It will provide a solid foundation for the development of a Poverty Reduction Strategy, driving innovative solutions to transform the interrelated systems surrounding poverty.
$20,000.00
2019

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