Grants

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Fugue Theatre Society

LES FILLES DU ROI

Les Filles du Roi is a new, tri-lingual musical that uses the deep relationships between language, art and culture to create opportunities for cross-cultural understanding. It serves Vancouver's Aboriginal, Francophone and new immigrant communities, with a focus on women and youth. Sung in a dialect of Iroquois, French and English, Les Filles du Roi traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi in the 1600s. Young fille du roi Marie Jeanne Lespérance finds her hopes for a new life are complicated by the competing interests of the people of Ville-Marie (later Montréal), the nearby Mohawk settlement of Kahnawà:ke, and the British settlements further south. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today. Fugue Theatre has commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Aboriginal sovereignty. The project is inspired by the writers’ personal connections to their Francophone and Aboriginal heritage and by the need to grow diversity in Canadian theatre. By combining artistic creation with community outreach to Aboriginal youth, women, Francophones and new Canadians, Les Filles du Roi disrupts our ideas, beliefs and actions: building a peaceful, equitable society lies in reclaiming the voices of the past.
$25,000.00
2016

Galiano Conservancy Association

One Island, One Earth Initiative

This project aims to engage small island communities throughout the Salish Sea in documenting their 'island ecological fingerprints' and mobilizing together to address the climate crisis. Starting with Galiano Island, we will adapt ecological footprinting methodologies to a small island context by convening regional experts and stakeholoders, using the concept of 'one island, one earth' to guide the community effort to recognize and live within our ecological means. By building our 'fingerprints' from the ground up and strategically re-localizing and reducing consumption, we can show that small island communities are not passive victims of climate, but rather leaders in powering change.
$20,000.00
2020

Living Landscapes: Restoring Place, Connecting People Project

The project will implement ecological restoration treatments and conduct restoration planning on Galiano Island with a strong educational and community engagement focus. The project will take place on DL 57, a parcel that was recently acquired by the Galiano Conservancy and is recognized regionally for its high conservation value. The 76 Ha. property supports a diversity of healthy, intact ecosystems and has a history of agriculture, small scale forestry and residential use. The vision for the property includes the creation of the Galiano Learning Centre to provide a venue for multi-day experiential education programs along with long-term research and innovation focused on restoration and sustainable living. The Conservancy has assembled a team of experienced partners and professionals, students and community volunteers to initiate the restoration of a portable mill site, helping to create a thriving forest ecosystem out of hard-packed earth. Our team will also develop a property level restoration plan that is crafted to provide long-term educational and research opportunities.
$20,000.00
2013

Georgia Strait Alliance

Building Local Oil Spill Resilience

This project is central to GSA’s Energy & Shipping program’s strategic objective of improving oil spill prevention and response, an urgent issue given the projected sixfold increase in tanker traffic through Georgia Strait should the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proposal gain approval. GSA will: • Raise awareness of the impacts of an oil spill on a community • Advocate for improved local government spill prevention and response (to address the existing risk of diluted bitumen transport); • Use the absence of adequate local response capacity and plans as a strategy to raise local government concern about diluted bitumen transport (to advocate against increased transport via Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion. The 2014 municipal elections provide an opportunity to work in a non-partisan way in a few communities with the most influencing potential, ultimately converting heightened concern about the increasing threat of an oil spill and lack of municipalities’ ability to respond into action by newly elected officials to improve spill planning and response capacity.
$22,100.00
2014

Amplifying Community Voices - Stop Expansion of Tanker Traffic in Georgia Strait

The Georgia Strait region is faced with a serious threat from Kinder Morgan's proposal to build a second pipeline along the TransMountain route to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the Lower Mainland and the corresponding increase in tanker traffic transporting it to refineries in Asia and the US. The public, local governments, other conservation groups and our own members have expressed their concern over the proposed expansion and the accompanying increased risk of an oil spill. GSA is taking a leadership role in helping to coordinate the efforts of organizations working to stop the pipeline expansion and ensuring the public is informed about Kinder Morgan's plans, the associated risks, and what individual citizens can do to raise their concerns through the complicated consultation processes. GSA will also build on our existing relationships to serve as a link between governments, the shipping industry and environmentalists and ensure that the real costs of an increase in tanker traffic and decisive action to reduce the risks are considered.
$20,000.00
2012

Gitanyow Huwilp Society

Gitanyow Reconciliation Trail

The Gitanyow peoples want to work towards reconciliation with Canadians in a way that will strengthen a land based sustenance economy & our cultural capacity. The 127km Reconciliation Trail & cabin system could be a powerful exertion of the Gitanyow Constitution & worldview on the land that disrupts Canada’s enduring colonial system and its effects of economic exclusion and denial of land rights. It could be a leap forward to greater food security, knowledge & skills sharing for the Gitanyow and Canadians. The late Simogit Sindihl said, “every forest service road is our trapline. My mother watched as our cabins were destroyed and we were never allowed to return.”. It is time that we return.
$20,000.00
2020

Gitga'at First Nation

Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay

The proposed 2-year project, 'One Foot in the Past, One Foot in the Future: Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay' will be part of the Young Gitga’at Guardian Program, and will harness and build on youth interest in multimedia projects. The project will provide the skills and motivation necessary to inspire intergenerational learning and improve intercommunity relations. Between 2013-2015 we will empower youth with the skills necessary to employ modern storytelling techniques to capture age-old teachings and traditions. Using photography and film to engage Gitga’at youth with elders and knowledgeable community members presents a novel opportunity to bridge various intergenerational approaches to cultural learning. Gitga'at elders are increasingly unable to participate in cultural harvests and other activities within the territory and thus inhibited in their ability to pass on cultural knowledge and traditions. The proposed project will ensure that important Gitga'at teachings are documented for the benefit of present and future generations.
$30,000.00
2013

Global Youth Education Network Society

Ready to Lead: Organizing and Campaigning Skills for Youth

As Fostering Change sunsets from its leadership role, the baton needs to be passed to new leaders, and youth need to be at the forefront. Ready to Lead offers youth the skills to maintain the momentum created by Fostering Change, and run campaigns that create meaningful change for youth in care. It has four parts: 1)Annual 2-day tailored training. 2)Scholarship Fund to nurture skills of training alumni and train new activists. Provides ~25 spaces in full suite of Organize BC programs (see organizebc.ca). Includes $2,000/yr in trainee travel to Vancouver programs from elsewhere in BC. 3)Coaching for training alumni to support them in implementing new skills into campaigns. 4)The development of the training skills of 1-4 youth as trainers via OBC’s Train the Trainer program. We’ve discussed our proposal with staff at First Call BC, Aunt Leah’s Place, and Society for Children and Youth of BC. Each told us that they thought the training and coaching we propose would be valuable to support youth effectively engaging in advocacy. They all suggested that members of their, or other organizations’, Youth Advisory Councils would be the best candidates for training and support. One person said that many YACs seem to have trouble maintaining focus, and lack needed leadership training, while organizations struggle to find the resources and provide support. Each felt that more support and skills training for YACs would allow them to more effectively organize and advocate for change.
$25,000.00
2017

Frontrunner Young Women's Campaign School

To increase the number of women in politics we need to get more women to run. To get more women to run, we need to get them in the habit of campaigning and running for office - or at least thinking about campaigning and running for office when they are young. Frontrunner is a campaign school and support network for young women that will train and support 18-24 year olds to participate in elections at the college and university campus level. The program will bring together seasoned instructors who have previous electoral campaign experience and who have been elected to student government. Participants will leave with the necessary skills and support to confidently enter electoral races. In order to reinforce a culture where it is clear that women should be involved in political office, Frontrunner will also establish a support network for alumni that will encourage young women to engage in political circles and participate in political dialogue through events and hands-on experience.
$30,000.00
2014

GOERT

Bring Back the Bluebird Reintroduction Project: a symbol of environmental hope

We are working toward returning the Western Bluebird to the Georgia Basin area of BC. We have partnered with the Province of BC, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Ecostudies Institute, North American Bluebird Society, Victoria Natural History Society, and the American Bird Conservancy to undertake a 5 year reintroduction program. In this 2012-2013 project, we will translocate 5-10 pairs of adult Western Bluebirds from healthy source populations in Washington and release them on Vancouver Island or an adjacent Gulf Island. Community members are vital to the project's success, through participating directly or stewarding habitat. We will provide public education about the birds, as well as the ecosystems they depend upon. Project evaluation will assess the number and health of birds, as well as community engagement and conservation actions. Bringing this beautiful bird back to southwestern British Columbia is a powerful symbol of environmental hope: showing that it is possible to re-establish a part of our natural world that has disappeared.
$25,000.00
2012

Golden Community Resources Society

Community Team Development

A well-developed Community Team will align the Golden & Area A non profit community, build established and emerging leaders, creating a well-supported community team that guides community development and decision making in 2014 and beyond. Over time, as the Team changes in members and composition, training and support needs will be reviewed. With this funding, the creation of a Community Team and Coordinator role, the Community Team will be developed to improve community decision-making and resource allocation. Then, additional resources ($200,000/yr) will begin to flow to Golden & Area A through Columbia Basin Trust's Community-Directed Grant Program (not to be confused with the partnering CBT Community Development Funds). The fledgling Community Team needs support – specifically to develop their capacity to collaborate and lead. We are seeking resources from the Vancouver Foundation to do that for them, whether it be for planning, leadership, CED, grant making training, collective impact, and/or community development courses for our Team members.
$25,200.00
2014

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

Robert Davidson: Progression of Form

Robert Davidson is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist who is critically engaged in the contemporary arts and deeply rooted in Haida cultural expression. Davidson is a vital force in the Haida community and an advocate for First Nations culture, education, ceremony, politics and art and also shares cultural knowledge with broader multi-cultural communities. 'Robert Davidson: Progression of Form' is a multi-faceted project which will explore Davidson's latest artwork within the context of the current landscape of contemporary Canadian art and Davidson's cultural and artistic history. Comprised of a three-month art exhibition, an exhibition catalogue, programs, workshops & performances, the project will recognize the importance of the integration of the visual and performing arts and their intrinsic relationship with culture, ceremony, and Haida identity. The exhibition will showcase twenty of Davidson's most recent paintings, four epoxy-coated aluminum sculptures, two new masks, two totem poles and a house post to be finished specifically for the exhibition.
$20,000.00
2014

"Crossing Continents, Gu Xiong: a Journey through Water" Exhibition and Project

Crossing Continents is a project which will explore the politically-engaged artwork of Gu Xiong within the context of our current "global village" by using the significance of rivers and waterways as symbols for worldwide immigration and a metaphor for the greater ebbs and flows of life. The exhibition will explore the diversity of Canadian culture, the politics and universality of the immigration experience, Chinese-Canadian relations and many other important issues. Audiences will be taken on a journey through the gallery learning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, contemporary immigration experiences, pertinent environmental concerns for our rivers and waterways, and will be encouraged to explore different worldviews.
$20,000.00
2013

Know Your Treasures

"Know Your Treasures" 2013 Exhibition in the new Gordon Smith Gallery. The "Know Your Treasures" exhibition will introduce the community to the extensive teaching collection of Canadian art which North Vancouver School District's Artists for Kids program has acquired since 1990. This outstanding community owned resource depicts significant ideas developed by 48 of our country's leading artists. The AfK collection will also become the basis for on-going winter exhibition and education programming for the Smith Gallery in the future. Engaging the community with this new public art gallery and developing pride and ownership in this new artistic resource is the primary goal of the "Know Your Treasures" exhibition. Through broad marketing, the development of an exhibition catalogue, an artists symposium, school and community programs, weekly artist talks, interactive displays and introducing a 'Treasures' gift shop, audiences young and old will gain a greater knowledge of Canadian artists, their work and the important role visual art plays in our contemporary culture.
$20,000.00
2012

GREATER TRAIL COMMUNITY SKILLS CENTRE SOCIETY

Persistent Barriers to Women in Non-Traditional Employment

This project will identify structural and/or systemic barriers to women choosing and sustaining satisfying well-paid careers in non-traditional work in the Kootenay region. We will work with women, employers, unions, and educators to identify current and ongoing barriers. Our project objectives include research and literature review of quantitative data sources and participant forums to obtain qualitative data in order to identify actual and perceived barriers, a final report summarizing findings, and a project plan for a future pilot to continue work towards the elimination of structural and systemic barriers to progress.
$20,000.00
2020

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Society

Transforming Justice in Theatre

Existing systems (or lack thereof), power dynamics, limited resources, and the often precarious nature of work of potentially vulnerable artists and arts workers, pose barriers to the reporting of and resolution of incidents of harassment, bullying, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace. We aim to involve the theatre community in a consultation process to explore the ways that restorative and transformative justice practices and principles can be utilized to build a community-led system of accountability and justice for the sector.
$20,000.00
2020

Greater Vancouver Regional District

Metro Vancouver 2011 Homeless Count

Since 2002, the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness has conducted a triennial homeless count in metro Vancouver. The research process gathers detailed information on people who are homeless, allowing policymakers and service providers to target programs according to housing and support needs in each community. The next regional homeless count is planned for March 2011. Goals to improve count methodology include increasing the involvement and representation of typically marginalized and invisible homeless populations such as youth.
$20,000.00
2010

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY

The issue being addressed is the lack of public understanding about the social value of arts and creativity and the impact it has on our indivIdiual health and well-being. MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY seeks to discover how the a wide cross-section of the public perceives the role that creativity plays in their everyday lives. Once we understand that, we can build on strengthening their understanding of the connection between creativity, health and well-being by creating a public marketing campaign that encourages everyone to engage in regular creative activity as a means to a happier, healthy life.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Grunt Gallery

Exploring a trauma-informed approach to systems change in the visual arts

Using trauma as an intersectional lens, this project takes a radical view on systems change in the visual arts: that the existing structures of representation are fundamentally unequal, and risk perpetuating traumatic response in communities that are now being ‘invited in’ as artists and audience members. By working in community - with individuals and groups to whom we are connected and accountable - we seek to explore a set of foundational questions and define ‘pressure points’ for change. From this, we will work with like-minded consultants to bring structure, and put these findings into a greater vision - one that will lead to an expanded process and a pathway to sectoral evolution.
$20,000.00
2020

ACTIVATING THE ARCHIVE (ATA) PROJECT

Activating the Archive involves the digitization and web publishing of substantial sections of grunt gallery’s 26+ year archives, consisting of documentation of over 300 exhibitions, 200 performances, 100 conferences, festivals and special events, with over 200,000 slides and digital images, 10,000 hours of videotape, and thousands of pages of printed materials. The archive contains significant exhibitions and performances by Canadian artists and national Aboriginal artists; materials not available in any other collection.
$25,000.00
2011

Habitat Acquisition Trust

Fostering Wetland Stewardship: The Painted Turtle Conservation Circle

This project will enable four conservation organizations from different parts of southwest BC coast to join forces to protect the endangered western painted turtle, a flagship species for engaging communities in wetland conservation, and its associated habitat. The groups will share and standardize methods and stewardship materials, coordinate research, restore important habitats and create wetland management guidelines.
$30,000.00
2010

Hard Rubber New Music Society

Riot

Riot will be a live music/ video piece of the 2011 Vancouver Hockey Riot. We will use new and unique elements not used in any other show in Vancouver to our knowledge. We aim to treat the 2011 riots as a sociological phenomenon, something that was powerful, disturbing, intense and confusing. Woven into the fabric of the event will be interviews of UBC psychologists and sociologists to create context and theories about what lead to the riot, as well as reporters, bystanders and police to describe their perspectives. Brian Johnson will create visuals, John Korsrud, the music and Andrew Laurenson of Radix Theatre will design the look of the show. Possible venues are The Roundhouse, CBC Studio 40, the Vancouver Main Library Atrium and possibly the soon-to-be empty Main Post Office. The 2011 riots were a powerful BC event that gained attention around the world. But there has yet to be a documentary or an art piece made about this. We hope to convey the energy and the horror and the chaos of those few hours.
$20,000.00
2014

Health Arts Society

Beethoven, Bob and Borealis in BC

In this project the distinguished pianist Robert Silverman and British Columbia's principle string quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, will be undertaking a substantial series of concerts across British Columbia in 2013. It is the intention that the Society look for opportunities for these performers to play public concerts as well as to play two hundred 45-minute concerts in residential care environments. The performers have expressed a keen interest in undertaking these concerts. The Society has established a relationship with the homes to which these programmes will be provided and anticipates an average of forty attendees at each concert. In 200 concerts, an audience of 8,000-10,000 will be reached.
$30,000.00
2012

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - BC and Yukon Office

Ms Understood: Reversing women’s heart and brain health inequities – An Advocacy Action Plan

Systemic gender bias in the health care system is leading to women to die more than men. Every level of the system needs to be impacted to fix this, from the federal and provincial governments, to the health care system and individual health care provides, to university medical schools and academic granting agencies, to the general public and our communities. Each individual system needs intervention, but first we need to understand how best to go about this. By bringing together researchers, changemakers, people with lived experience, and other experts, we can understand where the major gaps are at every level in order to create a tangible plan for affecting change.
$20,000.00
2018

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