Awarded Grants

Search or browse below to see past awarded 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.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

From Prototypes to Deep Change: Embedding Creativity, Innovation and Experimentation in Renfrew Collingwood

Densification, gentrification and increasing unaffordability are leading to greater social isolation throughout Metro Vancouver. This project seeks to transform the social determinants of health in Renfrew Collingwood to improve social connectedness and resiliency for all residents and community organizations by embedding different practices, roles and policies that support creativity, experimentation and responsivity to emerging issues. Through a Lab, we will build core social infrastructure within & between community organizations and residents to move the dial on belonging and inclusion to meet the Healthy City target of ensuring residents in RC have 4 people in their networks to rely on.
$225,000.00
2018

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Heart-Mind in Schools Project

The Dalai Lama Center wants BC children and youth to receive the best social-emotional learning possible—that is, an education that prepares them to cope with stress, get along with others, be compassionate, and solve problems peacefully. While the BC government has revised its curriculum to include expectations for social-emotional learning, few resources exist to help teachers integrate this transformative new curriculum expectation into their classrooms. The Heart-Mind in Schools project will provide educators the practical tools to integrate social-emotional learning into their classrooms—leading to a more holistic student education and a more compassionate and peaceful world.
$225,000.00
2018

EMBERS

Testing a new model of earnings for people on social assistance at Eastside Works (formerly the Lux)

Many people on income assistance are willing and able to work but can’t within our mainstream system. Living with a disability and receiving income support limits the ability to work, yet people can and want to work on a part-time/occasional basis. Eastside Works is a social innovation project that will increase income generating opportunities for people left out of the mainstream economic system and engage policymakers to inform systemic changes that ultimately reduce poverty in BC. We will affect change on all three levels: Individuals - help them earn income to improve their current circumstances Organizations - provide interagency coordination Policy - inform systemic change.
$225,000.00
2018

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

Artists and designers face challenges including economic marginalization, disconnection from established spheres of entrepreneurial teaching, and widespread misunderstanding of their role in creating new ideas that have practical application in the world. But the impact that artists and designers could have on innovation in society is huge. Efforts to support professional development for artists and designers are often ill-suited to their specific needs. By identifying the barriers that they face in a changing social and technological environment; supporting great ideas; and applying business model development methods, a socially inclusive and economically impactful future is within reach.
$225,000.00
2018

Grunt Gallery

Blue Cabin Project

The Blue Cabin Residency Project is a pilot program around restoring and repurposing a hundred year old squatters cabin as an artists residency and heritage engagement site. Located on a floating platform in False Creek and Indian Arm, the project focuses attention to our urban histories through programming that directly addresses these histories in clear, accessible and creative means. The Blue Cabin project is dedicated to putting these marginalized histories back in the landscape. Outfitted with public digital screens, it will also be available to a wide audience through: school tours, and historical societies/organizations for lectures, tours and through artist’s activities.
$225,000.00
2018

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

KW Studios Accessibility Project

The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is challenged by issues of homelessness and housing, addiction and mental illness, the health crisis, and crime. Arts by themselves cannot address these issues directly, but they can have a beneficial effect by developing a sense of community, of improving the quality of life, and contributing to positive change in local economies, social environments, neighbourhood character, and demographics. Through providing subsidized access to Kokoro Dance's new state of the art KW Studios, this project will influence system change by building a stronger sense of a creative DTES community of engaged and productive performing artists.
$225,000.00
2018

Mothers Matter Centre

Aboriginal HIPPY East Vancouver Project

Our project will address systematic marginalization of Aboriginal women and children who live in urban centres. Through a collaborative effort, we propose to revamp the program service delivery model to diminish the challenges of sole parenting, abject poverty, and domestic violence faced by Aboriginal women and children – who bear the brunt of economic disadvantage and social isolation. Our program will leverage the resilience demonstrated by Aboriginal peoples and bring isolated mothers and their children into a position of social productivity and cultural awareness, while developing the capacity of urban Aboriginal parents to support their children’s success in school.
$225,000.00
2018

University of Victoria

B.C. Water Leaders: consolidating a strategic core and expanding the network to advance freshwater sustainability

95% of British Columbians agree that fresh water is our most precious natural resource. Yet, freshwater issues are escalating, and the status quo approach is insufficient for today’s challenges. This project will amplify an existing network of B.C. water leaders that can help advance the legal, institutional, and social changes needed to improve freshwater sustainability. From applying expert and community-based solutions, interventions on water law/policy, supporting Indigenous capacity building, and mobilizing communities around their home waters, an expanded and strategic B.C. water leaders network will generate bottom-up and top-town action for lasting water sustainability.
$225,000.00
2018

Vancity Community Foundation

Policy Shift: Getting Beyond Status Quo on Child Poverty in BC

All BC children and youth should have the same opportunities to grow up healthy and achieve their full potential, without the extra challenges created by experiencing poverty and marginalization. In order to scale up the knowledge transfer, engagement and impact of First Call’s advocacy to reduce the incidence and impacts of child poverty, this project will build on the credibility and reach of the annual BC Child Poverty Report Card. Our strategy for scaling up means drilling down to smaller geographic areas, identifying local system change leaders and engaged youth, and empowering their advocacy with tools and training that advance policy and inclusive practices in their communities.
$225,000.00
2018