Awarded Grants

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Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Mentorship Employment Prorgam

The Mentorship Employment Program will provide opportunities for both young adults with developmental disabilities and the local business communities to broaden their expectations of how persons with disabilities can meaningfully contribute in the workplace. The Program will help participants discover and develop their interests and skills in the pursuit of employment opportunities, and will facilitate increased accessibility and inclusion in Sea to Sky communities and labour markets. The Program will provide participants with opportunities to explore 3 employment options through supported unpaid and short term employment experience in order to find the best/most appropriate employment opportunities, where both employee and employer needs are satisfied. SSCS is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver this program using our related experience and existing collaborative networks. We have been helping adults in their career choices since 1990 and have worked effectively with partners in many of our employment and disability focused programs.
$30,000.00
2011

Shuswap Children's Association

Shuswap Early Childhood Development Committee (ECDC) Project

The Shuswap ECDC project builds on the 2012 strategic plan which focuses on community issues and priorities that have been identified from the ECD committee, EDI research, local asset mapping, and also align with the goals of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health, School District #83 and the Honorable Premier Christie Clark’s Family’s First Initiative and Healthy Families BC. The project builds on exisiting and succesful programs, initiatives and resources that the Shuswap ECDC has been developing and delivering for the past 6 years. These project proposal funds will be dedicated to assisting the costs for 2 Mother Goose outreach programs in rural Shuswap, the printing and distribution of Children's Services Directories, increasing the ECD coordination hours and co-resourcing a very much needed Family Support Worker position. Our goal is to reach families with children under the age of 6 and those who work in the field of ECD and family services. Our intention is to build strong and lasting partnerships for long term beneficial outcomes
$40,000.00
2012

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Going Wild!

The Going Wild! school program was created in partnership with Coastal First Nations community stakeholders to reconnect youth with their environment and their cultures, and to revitalize rural economic development in sustainable and culturally-appropriate ways. Now moving beyond a First Nations audience, the curriculum is being used to engages grade 4-7 students throughout BC in hands-on activities that teach about wild products , or non-timber forest products (NTFPs), of the coastal temperate rainforest. Classroom activities delivered by our Educators (or by teachers using our guidebook as a resource), help students gain knowledge of wild products, traditional First Nations values, ecosystem dynamics, stewardship of the forest, human relationships with nature, economy, consumption patterns and entrepreneurship. All lessons are directly linked to BC Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) for Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. Funding will support program delivery, teacher professional development, action projects, and program evaluation.
$30,000.00
2012

Small Change Fund

Building Grassroots Action in British Columbia

Small Change Fund is changing the funding landscape for grassroots groups across Canada. We are connecting community projects, especially those in remote and rural areas, with donors through our innovative crowd-funding platform and communications campaigns. Without Small Change Fund, grassroots groups have few, if any, sources of support and channels to communicate their messages. Over the past year, we received more applications to support vital grassroots action taking place in British Columbia than any province/territory. B.C grassroots leaders clearly see Small Change Fund as an opportunity to secure resources to contend with their specific set of struggles around resource development and Aboriginal rights. Now, more than ever, grassroots leaders in British Columbia are mobilizing around the challenges they are facing in their communities. We want to answer the call of these leaders, and be responsive by offering the support they are asking of us.
$35,000.00
2011

Smithers Community Services Association

Youth Media Literacy

Fifteen First Nations youth from the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) centres (Smithers, Hazelton, Moricetown and Houston) will create Digital Stories that will be developed from recorded interviews conducted by the youth with First Nations elders in the community. The project engages a number of community groups including the Bulkley Valley Museum, the Smithers Public Library, School District #54, First Nations groups, and CICK 93.9FM Youth Outreach Workers from the YEP centres have identified that many First Nations youth they serve suffer from a lack of cultural esteem that affects educational success and that perpetuates a cycle of marginalization. Provincial statistics demonstrate that only 51% of First Nations students are completing highschool graduation. Youth participants will have the opportunity to engage in inter-generational learning, learn about critical analysis of media, develop interview coaching skills, and create digital stories, gain critical thinking skills and will be eligible to obtain credit for Applied Skills Grade 11.
$30,000.00
2012

Snuneymuxw First Nations

Snuneymuxw First Nation's House of Learning (in the Snuneymuxw community)

In September 2006, this Vancouver Island First Nation had 56 per cent unemployment. They conducted a community literacy survey and discovered that 64 per cent of their adult members were reading at a Grade 7 level or below. They created the House of Learning to address this issue. Vancouver Island University instructors teach day (literacy up to Grade 10) and evening classes (Grades 11 and 12) to approximately 25 adult students over three semesters. This creates a bridge for higher education, and an environment that is respectful and supportive.
$40,000.00
2010

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Municipal Strategies for Implementing Child and Youth Friendly Communities

The concept of child and youth friendly communities (CYFC) is “not based on an ideal end state or a standard model. It is a framework to assist any city to become more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, environment and services*.” SCY will partner with the City of New Westminster (NW) and The City of Surrey Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) to implement this concept. Results will be unique to each community depending on their particular needs and the stage to which they have already implemented CYFC concepts. NW is interested in an overarching CYFC vision to attach its initiatives and to engage more children, youth, and families in planning the CYFC vision. They have a particular interest in guidelines around family friendly housing. CRS is interested in how the CYFC vision and their existing city Child and Youth Friendly Strategy can shape the implementation of their 0-18 Framework, including staff training and department policies and practices. *BUILDING CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES, A Framework for Action (page 2-3), UNICEF, 2004
$40,000.00
2013

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Surrey Rent Bank

Rent banks prevent homelessness among low income earners by providing loans for rental/utility arrears or damage deposits. Since March 2010, the Surrey Rent Bank has delivered 65 loans, which have kept 200 people housed. The rent bank also encourages low-income earners to mend relationships with landlords and connect with mainstream banking institutions. The goal of this project is to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability by delivering a minimum of 45 new loans while promoting asset building via access to financial literacy.
$30,000.00
2011

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Latin Seniors Outreach Project

The Latin Seniors Outreach Project will improve quality of life among Spanish-speaking seniors by supporting them to access services, build social and community connections and better integrate with Canadian society. We will reach out and engage isolated seniors from the Spanish-speaking community facing challenges such as language barriers and poverty issues due to immigration, isolation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through three main activities: (1) Volunteers will reach out to isolated Spanish-speaking seniors by identifying them and providing them with information and referrals; (2) The volunteers will provide one to one visits to isolated seniors who need social support; (3) The volunteers will give presentations in the Spanish language throughout the Lower Mainland to reach a wide audience. The information and resources given will be specific to the community in which the presentation is held. Topics will include social housing, home support, seniors abuse and pension plans.
$38,646.74
2012

South Okanagan Women's Educational Society

From Discord to Action: Cultivating Community Change around Seasonal Farm Work

This project has developed out of working with community organizations, concerned citizens and temporary seasonal farm workers in South Okanagan-Similkameen to address ongoing discrimination and health and social issues related to the large influxes of temporary workers each spring to fall. Although the issues are long standing, attempts to address them are unsuccessful. Community members would like the farm workers' specific social, economic and health needs identified and an action plan created to address those needs. This project will facilitate that process by identifying and encouraging the stakeholders (communities, farmers and farm workers) to come together at a forum to work together and create sustainable solutions. The forum process will be conducted in a way that will result in the creation of a feasible Community Action Plan that will use local resources to build community cohesion and strengthen capacities in terms of meeting farm workers’ needs. Strategies will be developed for furthering this work.
$31,680.00
2012

South Vancouver Family Place

Fraser Lands Family Resource Program

This project will add to a family resource program in the West Fraser lands community by adding a transition program for 4-year-olds entering kindergarten as well as a parent education component. Families with young children would participate in the easy to access program and we would target immigrant families who tend to have more challenges in accessing services.
$40,000.00
2011

Squamish Volunteer Centre Society

Welcome Centre to Multicultural Neighborhood House in Squamish

This project is a response to priorities that emerged from the development of the 2008-09 Sea to Sky Literacy Plan, and the experiences of immigrants, volunteers and staff. The goal is a Multicultural Neighbourhood House that can provide an in depth and long-term focus on growing issues of immigration, diversity and racism in Squamish.
$30,000.00
2010

St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

Youth Innovation Lab

The Youth Innovation lab provides youth at risk with the computer skills necessary to develop apps and games, learning leadership and team work that later can be transferred into employment. This is achieved through a program designed to teach youth how to Code, create mobile applications and sell their ideas and products to interested companies and individuals. (see web article: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mark-zucker-berg-bill-gates-teach-coding-fundamental) Currently there is only one other organization in Canada that follows a similar youth-driven model (Driven Accelerator in Toronto). Partner tech firms will provide feedback and support on content. Partner organizations will mentor a youth and youth can develop an app/game for them as part of their project. Ongoing evaluation and feedback by youth and our partners is an important outcome. Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into the core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. Businesses are seeking innovative approaches to finding the coders of the future.
$30,000.00
2014

Surrey Women's Centre Society

Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team: Women's Safety Patient Navigator

The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team is an interdisciplinary team of medical, legal and social service practitioners that provides 24-hour emergency crisis response to abused women and children. As a key member of the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team, the Women's Safety Patient Navigator addresses gaps within the health care system that limit access to critical medical care immediately after an assault. This project helps women and children navigate the health care system by: i. expediting access to specialized forensic medical services; ii. facilitating the continuity and coordination of care among health practitioners; and, iii. addressing barriers affecting compliance with follow-up treatment upon discharge from the hospital. The Women's Safety Patient Navigator plays a key role in the identification, screening, and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault during a critical window of opportunity - the time between admittance to the emergency room and discharge from the hospital.
$39,000.00
2012

Tahltan Band Council

Bringing Tahltan Language to Children through Family-oriented Immersion Settings

The Tahltan Nation is focusing on the development of language programming for all age groups, ranging from newborns to the elderly. Specific to children ages six months to four years of age, the overall objective is to create new Tahltan language speakers by creating an immersion environment that models a home setting in which young Tahltan children become fluent in their Ancestral language. Such a setting, or language nest, would involve the community, but especially fluent speakers, Elders, parents, and young children. The Tahltan Nation opened a language nest in the community of Iskut in May 2014, with plans to open a language nest in the community of Dease Lake in the fall of 2014. For this specific project, Tahltan Band Council is looking for support to start a language nest in the community of Telegraph Creek.
$30,000.00
2014

Terra Nova Schoolyard Society

East Richmond Schoolyard Program

Building on the success of programming at the Terra Nova, we would like to expand the programming to work with areas that are underserved with a higher proportion of low-income and recent immigrant youth. As well, we would like to start an intergenerational program of having seniors with gardening/farming experience mentor students. Project Goals 1. Work with 2 elementary schools in East Richmond (Mitchell and McNeely) 2. Have 250-300 students participate in programming 3. Recruit 20-30 seniors (gardeners/farmers) to work with students 4. Recruit 2-3 farmers to act as program mentors 5. To continue to grow the program within Richmond. Begin succession planning: In order to continue to offer expanded training, the Richmond Schoolyard Society will need to begin training other trainers for the program. This could involve one individual on a full time basis or a number of potential trainers on a part time basis. Regardless, the RSS will begin a process of transitioning some of the programming to these new trainers.
$35,000.00
2011

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Vancouver Mental Health and Addictions Systems - Collective Impact Project

The Vancouver MH & Addictions Collective Impact project is an initiative to strengthen the care systems for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project’s role in achieving reduced levels and frequency of crisis is not to directly deliver supports, but to better define, coordinate and integrate the work of the diverse partners providing services; from healthcare to housing, from education to law enforcement, and from government agencies to community groups. The project’s premise is that by creating a system that works in unison towards a shared set of measurable goals, future policy changes and new investments in services will have greater impact.
$36,000.00
2017

The BLT Society

Early Learning Hub & Indoor Playground Programming

The Kiwanis Early Learning Hub opened in 2011. The indoor playground is a big hit with families with birth to 6 years olds. These families have requested extended hours of operation for the indoor playground and for some specific programming to operate out of the Hub. Vancouver Foundation programming would include: - Playtime: weekday afternoon opening of the indoor playground for parent / child interactive play. - Positive Discipline: a weekly supervised playtime while parents are involved in ongoing support with behavioural management. - Daddy & Me: dads will be invited to bring their children for a weekly playtime with the focus on the unique and vital role fathers have in their child’s life. - Books & Pajamas: parents will be invited for a weekly playtime, followed by a bedtime snack, getting into pajamas and cuddling for a story time before going home to bed. - Nothing Like Home Cooking! Classes: parents will learn that cooking from scratch is fun and nutritious. Child minding will be provided for for parents in this class. - Saturday Family Fun Day!: playtime every month.
$30,000.00
2012

THE CINEMATHEQUE

Integrated Media Literacy Project

In-class professional development sessions will engage Lower Mainland teachers in integrating media literacy techniques and free, user-friendly online technologies into the classroom. Media literacy is about understanding and learning about the media, as well as how to use various types of media and technology. Moving away from the usual approaches to media programming (one-off video projects and one-time guest presentations), this project aims to create long-term, self-sustaining, custom-fit programming that will empower teachers.
$31,000.00
2010

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

BC Conservation Toolkit

The Conservation Toolkit will be targeted toward four distinct user groups: land trusts, landowners, local governments and professional advisors (realtors, accountants, lawyers). The Conservation Toolkit will be an online/print repository of documents, hosted by the LTABC, related to work of land trusts (specifically in BC, but with broader applications as well). Each section of the Toolkit will provide templates and sample documents related to the legal, financial and policy tools available for conservation in BC. The Toolkit (in particular the Landowner Toolkit) will include online videos on topics such as conservation covenants. Where possible, sample documents will be solicited from LTABC member land trusts and other partners. However, it is anticipated that additional work will be required to create or refine templates and information for different sections of the Toolkit. Where relevant, connections will be made between existing and related tools, such as the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and Greening Your Title.
$30,000.00
2013

The Virtual Stage Arts Society o/a The Virtual Stage

2014 Community Outreach Program

The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to engage youth and young people with special needs in innovative theatre and film projects alongside professional artists. The program provides participants with invaluable work experience, guidance, and life skills support within a professional artistic environment in a publicly presented play or film. The purpose of this grant application is to support The Virtual Stage’s 2014 Community Outreach Program, which will integrate program participants as writers, actors, designers and crew on the company’s next installment of its incredibly successful site-specific, interactive, smartphone-enabled, zombie-themed roving show “On Death’s Door: Curse of The Zombie Syndrome”. The project originated in 2012, alongside the inaugural production of “The Zombie Syndrome”. It was created in response to the needs of youth eager for mentorship and opportunities to develop skills in preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood and a possible future career in theatre.
$35,000.00
2014

Theatre Conspiracy

Victim Impact

Victim Impact examines the Samji Ponzi scheme involving $110 million & over 200 victims – mainly the elderly in Surrey’s South Asian community.  Over two years, the project will fuse investigative journalism, community engagement, media and inter-disciplinary theatre. With direct community engagement in the creation, the project is a catalyst for education and outreach.. Engagement consist of: Research: Ongoing process attending court trials/hearings; interviewing victims & key players including lawyers, regulators, psychologists and victim support groups; sourcing/ analyzing of documents (transcripts; judgments; media, legal & accounting reports); research into financial law and practices.   Creation: October 2017 workshop - two weeks with artists of diverse practices, staged reading with community feedback session.   Podcasts: Five 35-45 min. episodes of interviews and dramatizations: Through the Samji case examine the causes of fraud; educate & provide context to recognize fraud; destigmatize victims; facilitate support networks; encourage participation in future episodes, workshops and theatre attendance.   Performance/ Events: Workshop Production Performance (PTC, 2017) and The Cultch Premiere Performance (Spring, 2018) will include community activities such as: Open rehearsals, post-show talks, a facilitated public forum by experts on financial law; facilitating dialogues with victim services; address the social stigma & its effects on families/ communities.
$40,000.00
2017

Foreign Radical

Development and production of the play Foreign Radical, with workshop and presentation in July 2014 and a full production in March 2015. Foreign Radical is a play by Tim Carlson that takes a deep look at the value of privacy in the age of cyber-surveillance and online censorship. With elements of documentary, drama, participatory game play and online presence the work seeks to establish an intensely personal relationship with the audience, asking hard questions about privacy and security. The production plan follows on a year of development funded by BCAC Innovations, a BCAC writing grant to Tim Carlson and Canada Council multi-year project support, which included research with the Citizen Lab at the UofT, a workshop in at the UofT Drama Centre and three weeks of creation including a three-night studio showing in December 2013. In July, 2014, we will further develop the play in a residency at the Cultch and present three shows at the Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival in Richmond, and produce a nine-show run following three weeks of rehearsal in April 2015.
$30,000.00
2014

Theatre SKAM Association

Shop Talk

Shop Talk is a new play that examines sexual politics in the work place. The performance takes place in a 10,000 sq. ft. working construction shop where the audience witnesses a dozen carpenters constructing and assembling a set for an opera. The action of the play follows Sarah, the protagonist, as she navigates this male-dominated work space. As we watch, jokes and stories are told and the collegial atmosphere strays into distasteful and rude territory. A sinister plot to harm Sarah emerges. The audience viewing area is the costume loft, a room with windows that looks down from a second floor onto the shop, providing considerable protection. The audience wears headphones. The actors are wearing wireless microphones and operate the tools and machinery in the shop. The audience has a chance to witness, to experience and to question the level of acceptability of using humour to repress women in the workplace. With a goal to build awareness and understanding, this project involves diverse communities of male, female and transgendered actors, designers and technicians, providing a strong sense of inclusion, fostering camaraderie and resilience, as well as building linkages with important members of our community. A female director is in place and we have begun to engage an all-female design team. This team provides leadership to a predominantly male IATSE crew, subverting traditional paradigms.
$31,400.00
2016

Tides Canada Initiatives

Clean Energy Transition Project, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada

Our organization is working to encourage provincial leadership on climate disruption, while lowering overall energy use and diversifying the provincial economy. We are building consensus on how British Columbia might best reduce its dependence on carbon-based commodities such as oil, gas, and coal, and instead create an ecologically responsible low-carbon society that creates prosperity through clean-energy innovation. We created the project after identifying a significant gap in the climate and energy advocacy landscape; there was no NGO focused on accelerating Canada’s transition to a low-carbon society. Our scope is national, but energy is provincially regulated and we are in Vancouver, so we devote special attention to British Columbia—which has a strong base of policy leadership to build upon. We primarily work with thought leaders and policy makers to build support for policy action among a powerful and diverse array of business, government, and civil society actors, but we are also engaging with citizens to support leadership on climate change, clean energy, and efficiency.
$35,000.00
2013

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