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.

3H Craftworks Society

Opening More Doors: Achieving Diversability in the Sewing Manufacturing System

People with barriers, such as those with disabilities or refugees and newcomers, are often marginalized because of the perception that they are a drain on resources. As a result, they are excluded from work opportunities and community participation. Our project aims to change these attitudes by testing a new model that focuses on participants who want to acquire and apply sewing skills in the local industry or our in-house production program. In collaboration with the industry, community partners and participants, our project will open more doors by changing the perception of our participants as people with disabilities and barriers to valuable contributors with ‘diversabilities’.
$300,000.00
2019

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

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.
$300,000.00
2020

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

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

A Safer Province for Everyone: Toward a Culture of Dignity, Well-being, and Respect for All Sex Workers

This project addresses the culture of gender-based violence that harms sex workers. Since 2004 Living in Community has targeted policies and structures that create systemic vulnerability for sex workers in the Vancouver area with much success. There is now a pressing need to address attitudes and behaviors that stigmatize sex workers across BC. We will scale our successes to date by deepening our education and awareness-raising to change the culture that normalizes violence against sex workers, expanding our movement-building and networking among organizations particularly in resource-rich communities, and increasing the accessibility of our training to reach rural and northern communities.
$300,000.00
2020

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Indigenous Social Innovation Legacies

What would happen if our response to the COVID19 crisis were lead by Indigenous values and ways of knowing? This project will address the impacts of colonial Canadian history on Indigenous people and reduce systemic racism. The project features a legacy stage production of Cowichan Elders sharing personal stories and cultural teachings of Natsamaht Shqualwin, One Mind, One Heart to reach broader and targeted audiences in our community. An Indigenous Reconciliation Council will lead, advise, guide, and catalyse change in institutions across multiple sectors. A Legacy Fund will test innovative funding mechanisms for Indigenous initiatives, post COVID visioning and reconciliation efforts.
$300,000.00
2020

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

Groundswell Education Society

Radical Access to Entrepreneurship (hereafter RAE)

Groundswell has two radical beliefs: that everyone can be an entrepreneur, and that the next big thing is a lot of small things. Small businesses and self-employed people make up the bulk of our economy. But right now, entrepreneurship and business education is wrapped up in an unjust socio-economic system that prioritizes economic growth above all else. Groundswell prioritizes justice and equity. We want more diverse people across BC to express their values by creating small businesses and self-directed careers. Radical Access to Entrepreneurship will untap diversity and creativity at the individual level, to unleash more vibrant, resilient communities, from the ground up.
$300,000.00
2020

Lillooet Friendship Centre Society

Engaging Community for Positive Change

Over the past three years the Empowering Women for Stronger Community worked hard to address the issue of changing systemic behaviours connected to violence against women in the Lillooet area. This program has laid the ground work and created a strong foundation for the newly formed Engaging Community for Positive Change (ECPC) program to work from. It is expected that ECPC will be far reaching and encompass a broader audience. All of community will be invited to be a stakeholder and participate in bringing about positive change making our communities a safer place to live. Focus will be put on all levels of governance in hopes of stopping the violence within the Lillooet area.
$300,000.00
2020

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

Massey Theatre Society

Indigenous Cultural Investment

Indigenous cultural activity, gathering space and visibility in key public places should be present in all Canadian communities. The planned renewal of the Massey Theatre facility is a time sensitive opportunity to make this possible for the long term in New Westminster. With resources to facilitate the consultation, planning, program direction and architectural design; Indigenous artists and community members can shape a more positive future for their children at this important gathering place.
$300,000.00
2020

Museum of Vancouver

Reconciliation, Repatriation and Place

The Reconciliation, Repatriation, and Place initiative is a 3year local Indigenous program of community engagement and outreach. The initiative elements include: a new exhibition- “That Which Sustains Us”, hiring an Indigenous Program and Community Engagement Coordinator, increasing the organization’s investment in its repatriation of belongings program, and implementing a series of MST community engagement events. Building on the Museum’s current indigenous capacity, its staff & Board representation, collection, and exhibition track record, the RRP initiative is designed to scale, extend, and deepen the institutions relationships with the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh partners.
$300,000.00
2020

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

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