Awarded Grants

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Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

Enderby Youth Outreach Worker

The small rural town of Enderby, located in the North Okanagan area of BC, has a population of 3,000 people. The Splatsin First Nation, with over 800 members, resides on reserve lands adjacent to the town. Youth in the community, regardless of ethnic background, have been underserved by social services and community groups for many years. As a result, these youth are particularly vulnerable to the risks and dangers of small town isolation—including drugs, alcohol, violence, poverty, joblessness, difficulty at school and with family relations. Youth in this community urgently need help to overcome these barriers and challenges and to acquire the skills that will lead to success in life—including positive family and community relations and secure, meaningful employment or connection to education. This project will establish a Youth Outreach Worker to bring the community together around common concerns for their youth by connecting with young people at-risk and developing long-term solutions to help them begin an uninterrupted journey to a healthy, secure and self-sufficient life.
$30,000.00
2013

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

Good Timber - Songs and Stories of the Western Logger

Good Timber is a live, musical theatre revue inspired by the logging poetry of Robert E. Swanson. The Other Guys have brought together a stellar cast of actor/musicians who have developed Swanson’s work into songs and dramatic readings. Visual artists will create a multi-media stage environment and the show will be performed against a unique and rarely seen collection of archival film and photography from the Royal BC Museum archives.
$30,000.00
2010

Pacific AIDS Network

Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative

There is an urgent need in British Columbia to address the juxtaposition of the legal precedent set by two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding HIV and disclosure, with the public health precedent set by the Ministry of Health’s adoption of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative will support informed decision-making based on current legal information for navigating safe sex protocols, treatment adherence, and disclosure issues in the face of these rulings. Because service providers are often the primary source of information about HIV and related issues including disclosure, for PLWHIV it is imperative their information, both legal and medical, is current and accurate. Through a series of activities the project will explore the challenges facing service providers who have clients living with HIV, and provide education and leadership on the complex and often incongruent medical, legal and social realities and messaging regarding what constitutes ‘safe’ sex practice on the one hand and potential criminalization on the other.
$36,000.00
2014

Pacific Community Resources Society

Learning Is First (LIFT)

This after-school program helps young people succeed in high school and beyond. Using over 60 LIFT-trained volunteer tutor-mentors, they provide integrated tutoring, mentoring and recreation to 150 youth in Grades 6 to 10. Their volunteers are university students, professionals and often aspiring or trained teachers. At least 50 per cent of their participants are at-risk based on academic, behavioral or socioeconomic criteria. Working with service providers, LIFT is able to provide a level of after-school support that schools do not have the resources to provide.
$35,000.00
2010

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Expanding Postpartum Assistance to Underserved Populations across B.C.

The Project is divided into two parts. 1.The Multicultural Training Program will address higher risks for postpartum distress in immigrant women by (a) directing 2 8-hour training sessions per year for 2 years, resulting in a total of 60 staff and volunteers based out of multicultural agencies (in any B.C. community requesting training) who would then in turn administer assistance to at least 200 immigrant mothers and families, and (b) recruiting 15 multilingual telephone volunteers with varied cultural backgrounds over 2 years to meet the needs of non-English speaking women across B.C. over our toll-free line. 2. The Remote Access Cognitive Behavioural Techniques & Skills Program will monitor 20-30 mothers in remote areas who otherwise may be unable to access medical professionals and facilitated groups. We implement 8 prescribed weekly modules with each woman over our toll-free telephone line, fostering skills to assist women with their recovery from postpartum depression/anxiety.
$30,000.00
2012

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Grandparent Led Families Connecting For Change

We have worked with grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) across the province for over 10 years . The need was identified by grandparents in our support groups, Grand Gatherings, legal seminars. and through our GRG email network. Our legal research 2007-2009 with U Vic School of Social Work confirmed the depth of poverty, inequity, barriers, discrimination, and health issues the GRG face. Our ongoing work in the province identified need and the growing number of GRG families. We will assist GRG to: learn about and protect their rights, develop problem prevention and solving skills, learn self-advocacy skills, learn about available resources and services; have a voice in improving provincial services and policies that have an impact on their families. There will be opportunities to connect with other grandparents, seniors, service providers, government representatives and the wider community. We will address issues of isolation and discrimination and connect grandparents with each other to become part of a larger network of similar families supported in community and by policy.
$35,000.00
2012

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Water and Energy: A Critical New Intersection

In the past several years, new energy developments - be they gas production practices or renewable electricity projects - are having an impact on water resources throughout British Columbia. The Pembina Foundation seeks the support of the Vancouver Foundation to increase the public understanding of threats that energy developments pose to our water resources. There are two specific opportunities in 2011 to do so. The first is the B.C. government's plan to introduce legislative changes to the 100 year old Water Act, through its Water Act Modernization process, and the second is the recent passage of the B.C. Clean Energy Act and the requirement for BC Hydro to develop an Integrated Resource Plan for renewable electricity development by the end of 2011.
$35,000.00
2010

Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society

PLFV Community Outreach and Support program

This project, combined with additional funding from the MAC AIDS Foundation, will hire a full-time support worker who can reach out to communities in the Fraser Valley to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and those co-infected with Hepatitis C are connected to all local resources, thus reducing isolation and improving overall health. The project will address critical issues like improved access to health care through transportation assistance, adequate nutrition, emotional and social support, mental health, addiction issues and prevention education and awareness information.
$35,125.00
2010

Playwrights Theatre Centre

The PTC Associates Program

This program helps practicing playwrights of exceptional ability and unique imagination develop important new work for the Canadian theatre. For three years, six selected writers will receive creative and professional support, including a writing stipend in the second year. The writers will have access to directors, dramaturges, and actors to help develop their work. The outcome will be six new plays whose writers have made significant inroads to production.
$30,000.00
2010

Potluck Cafe Society

Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project

The DTES Kitchen Tables Project is a comprehensive, collaborative strategy to reform the DTES food system. It is designed to work in concert with all relevant stakeholders, beginning with nutritionally vulnerable DTES residents and including food providers. The project seeks funding for outreach and education to implement the first two (of seven) solutions, training and wages to build a DTES community outreach/education team to facilitate events, and support for a project manager who would be responsible for implementation of the overall strategy.
$35,000.00
2010

Pride in Art Society

When the Sun Comes Out: a new opera by composer Leslie Uyeda & poet Rachel Rose

Pride in Art is applying for funding for Canada's first lesbian opera: When the Sun Comes Out, by Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose. Directed by Robert McQueen, of the Vancouver Opera's acclaimed First Nations Magic Flute, this chamber opera stars soprano Teiya Kasahara, starring as Queen of the Night in the Vancouver Opera's upcoming Magic Flute remount, mezzo-soprano Shirin Eskandani, and baritone Joel Klein. Commissioned through the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council, the opera received a first workshop at QAF 2012, receiving a sold-out house and a standing ovation. The artists have outdone themselves, and created an exceptional work that is passionate, moving, troubling and thought-provoking, aligned perfectly with both the social and the artistic facets of our mandate. We ask the Vancouver Foundation to help fund the second stage of workshopping, the fully staged premiere at QAF 2013. With the help of our partners, we are planning significant community outreach programs through public discussions and an online memory project to raise awareness about homophobia around the world.
$35,000.00
2012

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

Vancouver 125th Anniversary Suite

To commemorate Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary, the PuSh Festival plans a suite of contemporary works involving local and foreign artists, commissions and adaptations of iconic works. The project will explore questions of identity, memory, urban politics and experience. It involves six separate works: City of Dreams, PodPlays, Complaint Choir, Portraits in Motion, Bonanza (Colorado) and Iqaluit. Collectively, these works are characterized by community engagement and collaboration, and will be presented in the 2011 PuSh Festival.
$40,000.00
2010

QQS (EYES) Projects Society

BIPOC Operating Grants

In 2020, Vancouver Foundation launched a new granting initiative to offer flexible, general operating grants of up to $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in B.C., to support their work in racial equity and racial justice.
$40,000.00
2021

Building capacity for salmon stewardship - traditional fish weir in the Koeye

The weir project aims to build capacity, and increase engagement in resource stewardship in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella by resurrecting the traditional practice of building fish weirs on the Koeye River. Fish weirs were used for thousands of years by First Nations as a means of selectively harvesting salmon in large rivers; however the practice has been dormant in Central Coast communities for more than 100 years. The project stems from Qqs’ core mission of engaging youth in Heiltsuk culture and their environment, and builds upon existing youth and environment programs at Koeye, creating a unique opportunity to involve young people in a project that provides critical data for the conservation of Heiltsuk resources. The Koeye is among the most important salmon producing streams in Heiltsuk territory. Enumeration of salmon using the traditional fish weir, would greatly enhance our understanding of salmon within Koeye, and would have broad relevance for understanding salmon populations throughout the region.
$30,000.00
2012

Rainbow Refugee Society

BIPOC Operating Grants

In 2020, Vancouver Foundation launched a new granting initiative to offer flexible, general operating grants of up to $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in B.C., to support their work in racial equity and racial justice.
$35,000.00
2021

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Keeping BC's North Coast Oil Free

This project will enable Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society to participate in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency review process. They want to research and identify the risks to ecosystems associated with Enbridge’s proposal to build a pipeline from the tar sands terminal in Alberta to the BC coast and transport this oil by tanker from Kitimat to offshore markets, which presents the likelihood of oil spills in some of world’s most ecologically valuable and unique ecosystems, including the globally renowned parks and waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.
$40,000.00
2010

Realwheels Society

Act of Faith

We believe that theatre has the power and capacity to bring about social change, through the empathic understanding that results from audiences’ experience of and exposure to the ‘other’. Despite comprising approximately 14% of the Canadian population, one of the challenges of living with a disability is simply being seen. This project will challenge the stereotypical experience of people who use wheelchairs as invisible to society and culture. We propose that the Vancouver Foundation support the development and production of a new play. We have commissioned award-winning playwright Janet Munsil to write ACT OF FAITH, a play inspired by the true story of the inexplicable recovery from paraplegia by a Vancouver teacher/dancer, after 13 years of life in a wheelchair. We will contract a cast comprised of a combination of performers with disabilities and able-bodied performers. Foundation funding will support laboratory exploration of a new, hybrid art form and its realization in production. By employing mixed-ability (or ‘integrated’) wheelchair dance as a means of storytelling, we will find alternatives to the usual pattern of storytelling, a departure from habitual forms. Our process will test the capacity for integrated dance to challenge stereotypes of disability as a negative experience. This is a compelling and innovative way to push the boundaries of theatre, and has the correlated benefit of shifting audience perceptions of disability in a completely new way.
$35,000.00
2017

Richmond Family Place Society

Family Fun Cafe Project

The Family Fun Cafe project will provide free nutritious home cooked meals and healthy snacks to those families accessing the evening food banks. The project will deliver a family resource program focussing on family support, early learning and child development activities. The project will reach vulnerable and isolated families that do not typically access our universal family resource programs; in addition to this over time the project will facilitate a bridge for those families to more actively participate in mainstream family resource and early childhood development programs. By participating in this innovative project children will receive programming that is developmentally appropriate, enhance their learning, build their skills and confidence, increase their self-esteem and build strong supportive networks. Programs focus on learning through fun activities that are play based and provide opportunities for social and emotional development. The project will focus on providing parents with the necessary skills and resources to ensure their children reach their full potential.
$40,000.00
2013

Family Resource Outreach Project Phase Two

The Richmond Family Place Society delivers accessible, quality resource programs that respond to the needs of families with children ages 0 to 6 in the local community. Programs include parent and child drop-in, parent education, family support, resources and referrals. The project implements programs in neighbourhoods that lack preventive early childhood development programming. By reducing barriers of transportation and time costs, families that need the programs can receive them. Families benefit from an increased connectedness to other families and their community. Parents receive parenting support and children learn valuable skills.
$40,000.00
2010

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Gateway to the Pacific Festival

The inaugural Gateway to the Pacific Festival will be a showcase of world-class contemporary theatre from Hong Kong. Over 10-days in August 2014, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC will present 3-plays that will be performed in Cantonese with English surtitles. Concurrent with this programming will be the Gateway Pacific Conservatory, a professional development program comprising professional actors from across Canada. Future iterations of the Gateway to the Pacific Festival will see the addition of programming in Mandarin with English surtitles. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival originated as part of the Gateway 15-year plan, titled Gateway 2028. Over the next 15-years, Gateway Theatre will develop programming that is more connected to the cultural landscape of the City of Richmond. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival is an integral component to the start of our new vision for our theatre. The festival is needed in our community because as the only professional theatre company based in Richmond, we have a responsibility to celebrate our city's cultural diversity.
$35,000.00
2013

Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society Lagoon Society

A Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Sunshine Coast

The Lagoon Society will work collaboratively with other organizations to engage residents in biodiversity conservation, conduct a biodiversity assessment, and develop a regional biodiversity conservation strategy. We will bring together existing information and conduct new inventories and assessments to evaluate the current status of biodiversity, assess threats, and identify high priority areas for conservation and restoration. We will bring together scientists, land managers and stakeholders at a 3-day summit to develop a biodiversity conservation framework with common objectives, coordinated strategies and effective measures to conserve, enhance and monitor biodiversity in the region. By carrying out diverse public outreach activities, we will encourage and enable residents to assist with biodiversity conservation. In the long-term, this project will increase the capacity of our community to undertake sound stewardship of biodiversity and ensure that our region maintains a connected, biologically diverse network of habitats, healthy, resilient ecosystems and ecosystem services.
$40,000.00
2011

School District #36 - Surrey

Connecting Cultures

The Surrey School District’s Welcome Centre, with input from community partners, the City of Surrey and the RCMP, will launch Crossing Connections (CC) in Fall 2018. CC will host three focus groups of ten immigrant and refugee youth to dialogue the challenges, stereotypes and experience they face throughout their journey to Canada and once they have arrived. Each focus group will meet four times for full day sessions in Fall 2018. District Settlement Workers will additionally consult with Mosaic, DiverseCITY, Kwantlen First Nation and Katzie First Nation for their input on cultural awareness training, stereotypes and community supports available. When the sessions and consultations are complete, the Program Facilitator will use the learnings from these sessions to create a one-day workshop that will provide anti oppression, anti racism and cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff. Workshops will be provided for all school district staff beginning in January 2019 and will be led by two immigrant and refugee youth who have passed through the system in conjunction with a District Settlement Worker. These sessions will alter perceptions and give an honest account of what immigrant and refugee youth experience on their often treacherous trip to Canada, the harsh reality of resettlement in a new land and how school staff and school community can ease their transition to living in Canada.
$36,000.00
2017

School District #40 - New Westminster

Aboriginal Student Retention Project

This project targets at-risk students in Grades 4 to 7 and Aboriginal youth in Grades 10 to 12 in New Westminster. Cultural teachings, social/emotional and academic support are available during the day, but students also need after-school support. The program will run twice a week at two inner-city schools. Project facilitators will train and support mentors to model healthy behaviours while developing leadership skills and ancestral pride in at-risk children. The goal is to help students develop positive self-esteem, make healthy choices and engage with positive Aboriginal role models.
$30,000.00
2010

School District #41 - Burnaby

Cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff

The project would involve several phases: 1.Information gathering: Information will be gathered through focus groups and questionnaires to better understand students and parents' experience in schools related to school staff' knowledge of cultural awareness. Themes determined from these focus groups will be used in educational talks and video; recruitment of youth speakers; a youth steering committee will be formed to participate in project planning, delivery and evaluation. 2. Video production: Video explaining cultural awareness, anti-oppression, and anti-racism will be produced to assist in educating community. The content of the video will be guided by the information gathered. The production will involve youth voices; video will be shown at the talks at schools, placed on the School District website to be accessed by staff, other school districts, and the general public; 3.Talks at schools (Phase 1):The themes are cultural awareness, anti-oppression, anti-racism, culturally safe environments, and reducing learning barriers; list of cultural-specific topics will be presented to the school to select based on their student population and learning needs. Ten schools would be chosen as “early adapters”. The presenters-team will involve a youth (current or former student), a settlement worker, and a professional speaker. 4.Talks at schools (Phase 2): talks are presented at the majority of schools, at Provincial Pro-D Day. 5. Evaluation and planning for sustainability.
$35,500.00
2017

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

Development & implementation of a multi-year program for better outcomes & greater impact responding to needs for Teacher Recruitment/Training & a Recognition Program - providing tools to strengthen classroom teachers. SFF BC works with the volunteer Regional Science Fair (RSF) committees to increase awareness/interest in the importance of science & to address the issues facing the province in building science capacity. We support science education through supporting the classroom teacher & thus the students. SFF BC’s involvement in the Provincial Government’s successful Year of Science (YoS) project provided information & impetus for this project-identifying the following needs if student participation is to be maintained and grown: • Recruitment of teachers to replace those retiring; • Expansion of the program in underserved areas of the province; • Training for new teacher ‘champions’ to enable them to incorporate Science Fair activities into the curriculum; • Provision of a recognition/incentive program to recognize the significant volunteer contribution made by teachers.
$35,000.00
2012

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