Grants

Search or browse below to see past 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.

AutismBC

Business Professional Employment for L1 ASD Individuals [ERTA Program]

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects over 40,000 adults in BC and despite various efforts by governments, community and employment agencies there remains a 75% - 90% unemployment or under-employment rate. This project effects change in the training provided to ASD individuals seeking employment in professional careers. It prepares ASD individuals for retaining professional jobs, and prepares employers for hiring and retaining ASD individuals. ASD individuals in professional jobs have the greatest likelihood of living independently of PWD benefits. By providing support unique to this talent pool, we hope to free up funding for those require greater support.
$300,000.00
2018

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Policing Indigenous Peoples Project

This project addresses the disproportionate impact of policing on Indigenous peoples in BC and their overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. We plan to influence the systems that perpetuate this issue by testing two innovative models, and by complementing these models with broad-based public education and law reform campaigns. One model will challenge conditions of release issued by police or courts that infringe on the rights and freedoms of marginalized people. Another test model is a partnership with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to base informal resolution of complaints against the RCMP on Indigenous restorative justice processes.
$300,000.00
2018

Burnaby Community Connections Society

Bridging the Employment Gap for Burnaby’s Working Poor

Almost 10% of Burnaby residents experience working poverty and rates are rising. Meanwhile, Burnaby businesses are experiencing a labour shortage and struggling with unfilled job vacancies. Bridging the Employment Gap will test two projects to (a) build the capacity of under- or precariously workers; and (b) help businesses with living wage employment opportunities improve their human resource practices in order to attract, recruit and retain those who struggle with chronic under-employment. This projects will be supported by and will inform a Steering Committee of system representatives from business government and the employment sector to generate innovative approaches to system change.
$300,000.00
2018

C4C Canada/ Canada C4C

Disrupting digital news media in B.C. to reconnect the public in dialogue

Journalism is an essential part of the social fabric that unites communities. However, news media has been in steep decline over the past decade, as players Google and Facebook disrupted journalism. The good news about news: we believe the social and market conditions are now present to harness the digital disruption of journalism to transform the industry for positive community impact. Based on learnings from two years of successful partnering on research and prototyping at a project level, C4C Canada and Discourse Media propose to test whether our innovative community-driven journalism model can change the system that digital journalism currently operates in within British Columbia.
$300,000.00
2018

City Opera Vancouver

The research, creation, development, workshopping, community engagement, and production of a new opera: CHINATOWN

The opera CHINATOWN will be a story of two families, brought here from the same village in China in the 19th C. Its goal is to examine the cultural, economic, racist, and fearful forces that brought us to today. These two families – their conflicts and ambitions and identities – will speak to larger personal hopes and public issues that identify us now. Its development will involve deep consultation with the Chinese-Canadian community, its artists and people and historians. Its outcome will move the debate from the abstract to the personal. CHINATOWN will be a unique contribution to understanding a unique part of our city, and the enduring contribution made by its people.
$300,000.00
2018

CityStudio Vancouver Society

Scaling CityStudio in British Columbia

Students want to contribute to a better planet, and as we are seeing, they want to start while they in school. Most often they graduate with debt and few employable skills, but are limited in how much they can help create the cities we need for our future. Cities too are challenged: By climate change, energy needs, population shifts and resources, with limited capacity to distribute problems and develop solutions. By uniting cities and schools, CityStudio helps powerful institutions collaborate on urgent environmental and social challenges, while also helping students become more engaged and capable citizens. By scaling the CityStudio model, we aim to help other cities in BC do the same.
$300,000.00
2019

First Nations Fisheries Charity Fund Society

Water for Fish: Supporting BC First Nations Engagement in Fresh Water Governance and Stewardship

First Nations have practiced sustainable guardianship of lands and waters for thousands of years and have an essential role in addressing the challenges that water in BC will face in the years ahead. While a small handful of communities are leading freshwater protection initiatives in their territories, a number of long-standing barriers prevent the full engagement of First Nations as decision makers. By convening First Nations to speak with a unified voice and supporting their capacity to protect Aboriginal water rights, this indigenous-led project will ultimately change the way freshwater is managed in BC and define the future of water for all British Columbians for generations to come.
$300,000.00
2018

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Done with Diversity: Reframing the future for Indigenous and Racialized Artists

Current shifts in the arts system to address systemic racism, have included various forms of affirmative action policies, & mandated representation from “diverse” communities. However, without transforming the ways that Indigenous arts practices are valued, which includes shifting the ways that cultural practices are funded, these barriers will continue. The current system invites Indigenous artists and artists of colour to have a seat at the table, however we did not build the table the chairs, nor did we pick the room! We want to build an entirely new table & choose a space that centres Indigenous voices and values in solidarity with a plurality of cultures and communities.
$300,000.00
2019

Global Youth Education Network Society

Advancing Race Equity from the Ground Up: Hua Foundation's Race Equity Project

In a city slow to address the dire lack of diverse lived experiences at the decision-making table, hua foundation’s Race Equity Project provides the tools, strategies, and support for the next generation to drive social change and challenge the systemic racism that has too often denied them a voice and an opportunity. This project addresses a critical gap that has yet to be addressed on scale: changing systemic behaviours by holding space for productive, solutions-oriented explorations of race in Vancouver and equipping the next generation with the competencies to engage meaningfully in their communities—on their terms.
$300,000.00
2019

Living Lakes Canada Society

Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Initiative: Developing an Innovative Water Monitoring Collaborative Framework and Data Hub

This initiative will coordinate, collaborate, and communicate a systemic framework for addressing water monitoring data collection and open source data storage needs in the Columbia Basin. With cross-sector participation, including Indigenous and non-indigenous governments, this initiative will build upon the backbone of government water monitoring. It will address identified water data gaps and help to prioritize the expansion of water monitoring, including support for community-based monitoring. The outcome is for more informed, collective water resource decision-making towards increased ecosystem and community resiliency in the face of a changing climate.
$300,000.00
2019

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

A new vision for public safety through connection, inclusion and valuing the contributions of all

Public safety is the pressing issue the project is addressing. The current criminal justice model reflects the inherent biases in society & the political views of whatever party is in power. Offenders, victim/survivors & the wider community are kept separated from each other & the correctional system. For the most part, they are unable to contribute to public safety in any meaningful way. Changing the existing paradigm to one that stresses accountability & utilizes a transformative approach will build relationships that ultimately keep society safer. By scaling up the Emma's Acres project, more offenders will be able to give back to victims & society.
$300,000.00
2019

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

SRO Habitability and Tenant Well-Being Hub

Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are almost a century old, in notoriously bad shape and renting to very low-income tenants at risk of rent increases and homelessness if they or their advocates push hard for repairs. NICCSS (Rent Bank, Better at Home) and the SRO Collaborative will demonstrate how introducing building committees, repair advocacy workshops, a light housekeeping service and more, will improve SRO habitability and tenant well-being, plus help us build an SRO Sector that can advocate for substantial SRO rehabilitation agreements that embed long term affordability and tenant centred supports into all SROs, reducing the community impact and costs of deep poverty and homelessness.
$300,000.00
2019

Our Place Society

Therapeutic Recovery Community

Homeless people suffering with addictions are currently being criminalized, and not receiving the treatment and support they need to heal, and to live healthy lives free from addiction. This Therapeutic Recovery Community project will be a showcase for a fundamentally different model for treating severe addictions. This project aims to influence addictions treatment policy by showing that this evidence based model works in our context. Our objective is to make this approach to treatment a more widespread and accessible option in the province and across the country.
$300,000.00
2018

Pain BC Society

Addressing inequities in the management of chronic pain: From self-management to systemic change

Chronic pain is widespread, complex and requires a multi-faceted approach to treatment, including self-management. While efforts are underway to include affordable and effective treatment options within the healthcare system for people in pain, substantial work is required to address the needs of those facing structural barriers to accessing care. Working with community partners, Pain BC will adapt, implement, and evaluate an easy to access self-management class series for people living in marginalized conditions in BC. Participants will learn non-pharmacological pain management strategies and will be part of a collective effort to remove structural barriers to accessing equitable care.
$300,000.00
2018

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC

Each year, over 170 organizations try to save thousands of abandoned and mistreated pets in BC, saving every pet they can with no time to prevent harm in the first place. The Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC was created to build capacity in this sector to partner, pool resources, share effective practices and create sustainable solutions that fundamentally reduce animal neglect, abandonment and cruelty. Together, we will ensure high standards are practiced by rescue groups, address the massive challenges in remote communities due to severely limited services, prevent harm and abandonment through a province network of foster families, and raise our professional practices.
$300,000.00
2019

Pender Charitable Foundation

Indigenous Poverty Reduction Project

The pressing issue we are trying to address is Poverty and the economic marginalization of Indigenous Peoples in BC. Indigenous People have been affected negatively by colonization and this project is designed to reverse that damage and build a bright future. The timing of this project is perfect. We are in an era of Reconciliation and this is a meaningful approach to achieve that vision. The status quo of poverty for Indigenous People is unacceptable. We will change systemic behaviours by empowering Indigenous social entrepreneurs, by building small and large networks that form an Indigenous economy, and by reducing racism through the strength and success of Indigenous Peoples.
$300,000.00
2018

Positive Living Fraser Valley Society

PARC/Community Hub Project

Over 275 individuals and many others unknown to us in Abbotsford are experiencing multiple risks and multiple health and support care needs ranging from basic to complex. The meaningful engagement with this vulnerable population inclusive of involvement in the Hub development will result in improved uptake to treatment plans, acceptance of social and medical care and involvement in mutually agreed upon care plans to stabilize health and social well being. Not only will this
$300,000.00
2018

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment (RISE) Youth Leadership Initiative

RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategies for Empowerment) involves a collaboration of several partners working together with the Vancouver Parks Board in a committed effort to ‘open the door’ for Indigenous youth to employment possibilities and as a way to create meaningful systems change. It does so by providing focused skill acquisition and experiences that are desired by employers and RISE leaders. RISE works to increase the skills, confidence, and ability of Indigenous youth to identify the gaps and barriers to reconciliation that may exist in mainstream community programming, and to propose and implement innovative solutions to make Community Centres more reflective and inclusive.
$300,000.00
2019

Simon Fraser University

A participatory systems change approach to modernizing BC's response to drugs

Prohibition, Canada's current approach to drugs, is a key driver of the toxic, deadly, illegal drug market and is causing record numbers of overdose deaths in BC. These policies criminalize, stigmatize and marginalize people who use drugs and create barriers to health care, belonging, housing and other services. They fuel a drug market controlled by organized criminals and unregulated dealers. Decades of reports have recommended change. This project engages communities across BC to generate local dialogues and other strategies that explore alternative public health oriented models of regulating drugs and decriminalization and facilitate the development of strategies to achieve change.
$300,000.00
2019

Refugee Livelihood Lab

The Refugee Livelihood Lab is a time-bound 3-year, social innovation lab working to help advance understanding and innovative responses to refugee economic livelihood outcomes. Through social venture design and incubation, building capacity in the settlement sector, weaving new networks and connections, and knowledge mobilization efforts our work at multiple levels helps shift routines, beliefs and resources over time to enable a more adaptive and responsive sector and improved outcomes for refugee and newcomer populations.
$300,000.00
2018

Spirit North

Spirit North B.C. Program Delivery expansion scale

The purpose of this proposal is to increase capacity and expand our ability to confront the physical and mental health crisis facing Indigenous children and youth in B.C. We intend to do this through expansion of our capacity to deliver a sport and activity based outreach program, alongside community capacity building, bridging supports and forging partnerships with communities and schools. Programs are designed to be active, inclusive and participation-focused as they build and develop skills that can be transferred back in to the classroom and the community, while successfully addressing a full spectrum of physical, educational, and mental health outcomes.
$300,000.00
2018

The Good Samaritan Society

Raising the Curtain (RTC) - Phase 2

What impacts do creative collaborations between arts, education and health care organizations have on individuals with the lived experience of dementia, their caregivers and the health care system as a whole? The health care system struggles to integrate projects that enlist individuals living with the experience of dementia as active contributors. A system that views people through a biomedical lens sees them only as a health issue to solve; a system that views people in their full humanity sees their capacity to participate in shaping the world around them. Individuals with the lived experience are demanding system change. This research will support organizations responding to this need.
$300,000.00
2019

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

BC Worker Action Centre

Workers outside of traditionally unionized sectors are finding new ways to organize in the face of precarious work. In BC, the Workers’ Action Centre is at the forefront of change — grassroots organizing that connects low-wage workers with their communities to fight for economic and social justice. We believe the time is right to implement a Workers’ Action Centre in BC. Focusing on education and empowerment, our plan will provide precarious workers from diverse backgrounds with the tools to organize for stronger workplace standards and proactive enforcement of labour laws. By building solidarity and defending workers’ rights, we will transform the gig economy and create economic inclusion.
$300,000.00
2019

University of British Columbia

Building an AnimalKind community

Any company can call itself “humane”, but how can the public be sure? AnimalKind accreditation sets the gold standard for animal-related businesses by incentivizing ethical and humane practices. AnimalKind businesses must meet science-based animal welfare standards set out in the strict program requirements and pass audits to receive the BC SPCA stamp of approval. For wildlife and rodent control, AnimalKind helps to raise public awareness that even pests deserve humane treatment. Expanding to all regions of BC could affect millions of wild animals. Scaling accreditation to pet services will positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals and their guardians in BC.
$300,000.00
2018

Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge

Indigenous peoples play a keystone role to conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage of humanity. The Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge will chart a pathway of consciousness for a more just and sustainable tribal economies based on Indigenous food sovereignty and holistic health, and will provide an alternative to the large scale resource based extraction projects that impose contradicting cultural and socio-economic values, and place Indigenous women, children, and families at increased risk. The project will set the context for increasing social capacity and advancing policy driven by a community of regenerative practice.
$300,000.00
2018

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