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

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to test a regional model for food system and agricultural support. Strong regional structures will influence Provincial frameworks and ensure accommodation of the unique contextual realities of BC’s various geographical regions and producer populations. By bridging and supporting local organizations, building a BC-wide network of other regionally-driven organizations, and engaging in targeted education and resource development, we will support change in the way producers, Indigenous stakeholders, and communities are supported within Province-wide agricultural frameworks, ensuring efficacy, long-term sectoral growth, and diverse cultural relevancy.
$300,000.00
2021

Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Refugee Talent Hub

Underemployment reduces refugees’ financial security, limits their ability to integrate and contribute to their communities, and costs the economy billions annually. Through our employment program, Refugee Talent Hub, we aim to eliminate barriers to the meaningful employment of refugees by enacting systemic change in the corporate sector. We aim to (1) have refugees recognized as a disadvantaged group targeted by diversity hiring (2) have employers adopt recruitment channels targeted to refugees. To address underemployment, we cannot simply help refugees to overcome barriers individually, we must engage employers to remove employment barriers altogether.
$300,000.00
2021

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Emergency Food Access - A New Approach

Insufficient food accessibility, availability and adequacy is a growing problem in Metro Vancouver. For example, Gordon House has documented a 150% growth in food bank usage over the past five years in Vancouver's Downtown-West End. Charitable organizations are being stretched to accommodate this growing need, often relying on outdated food distribution programs that have not been updated to reflect the changing nature- and causes- of food insecurity. Gordon House and partners will seek to better define the context of food insecurity in our area, demonstrate appropriate interventions that can be efficiently led by local charities, and articulate policy changes to cover the balance of need.
$300,000.00
2021

Reframing South Vancouver

South Vancouver has a population of approximately 100K is comprised of 80% racialized persons, 56% newcomers, and a high density of non-English speakers. It is also a region with limited social infrastructure and unmet community needs. This project will explore why the neighbourhoods of Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, and Sunset have comparatively less infrastructure and investment than other Vancouver neighbourhoods with more English-speakers and less racialized persons, and shift this reality through inclusive, culturally competent community engagement at a grassroots level that will lead to systems change. The Reframing South Vancouver project is to create equity and meaningful inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Bard on the Beach – Building Sustainable Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The communion of theatre actors and audiences can lead to deeper understanding and respect for the human condition in all its colours. To fulfill that potential, theatre-making processes must embed a full range of voices and lived experiences. To serve that end, Bard’s project will challenge and create change in its artistic and education programming and practices. It will create new collaborative partnerships with underserved individuals and communities. The core goal is to build the values and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of the organization. Results will be measured and assessed, learning applied to ongoing work, and results shared with the community.
$300,000.00
2021

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Seniors on the Move

The transportation system does not support all people in accessing services or meeting their day-to-day needs independently. Older adults, people with disabilities, and others without a driving license and/or access a car are “transportation disadvantaged”. A lack of transportation sharply constricts the world they live in. The Seniors on the Move project encourages individuals and communities to plan for age-related changes in transportation and make resources available for alternatives to driving. Working with key system actors, our goal is to develop a transportation system that is responsive to climate change, social equity and inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George Branch

Connecting a Community Through Food - Quesnel

Quesnel is a community in transition, with significant economic downturn and increasing poverty, corresponding with high food insecurity risk and community division. We aim to increase access to nutritious food to all residents while encouraging community connection and collaboration by creating a centre for food redistribution and programming. We will encourage the sharing of resources and knowledge amongst community members and organizations. All programming will be focused on empowering choice, reinstating dignity, engaging the population and minimizing shame and stigma. It is our goal to encourage community engagement and collaboration while coming together around food.
$300,000.00
2021

Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna Society

Interdisciplinary Response Development (“IRD”) project

The CAC of Kelowna will disrupt a broken system that requires victims and families to experience multiple segregated entry points with siloed responses to child abuse and neglect, resulting in a breakdown in service delivery and the inefficient flow of resources. We have examined the prevalence of child abuse in our community and how the current disjointed system is failing victims and their families by creating additional stress and system-induced trauma. We have now laid the groundwork for a centralized interdisciplinary response, we are now ready to test our impact on the system and redefine who we respond to and investigate child abuse in our community.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Transportation ACES (Access, Climate and Economic Security)

Transportation is key to the participation of people in poverty in a fair recovery. It is also the region’s biggest climate polluter. How we design our transportation can either harm or benefit individuals, communities, and the planet. Harming a person already in poverty with a badly designed climate action is no longer an option. We are testing a tool to help local governments ensure when they change transportation for climate reasons, they maximize the benefits to people in poverty and the vulnerable are not left out. People in low income are already champions of low carbon transportation, we need ensure that those options are safe, affordable, and accessible.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Disability Alliance BC

Ending Poverty for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

Our goal is to end poverty for persons with disabilities. Poverty is associated with higher incidences of illness & death , hospitalizations, mental illness, adverse childhood development, poor school achievement, and family violence. Children face higher incidences of health-related problems. Having a disability is a predictor of poverty. We will mobilize a national citizen-led movement of people with disabilities, their allies & supporters (1) to assist the federal government to develop & install a Canadian Disability Benefit & (2) the BC government to play a lead role in supporting a CDB & developing complementary policies & legislation that can be replicated elsewhere in Canada.
$300,000.00
2021

Douglas College

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

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Scaling Up the $10aDay Child Care Plan in BC

Childcare in BC has never been affordable, broadly available or of consistently high quality - with well-qualified, fairly paid educators - because it has relied on a market-based approach rather than on a publicly-funded system. The community-developed $10aDay Plan has built public and political support for change, leading to measurable progress over the last three years. With a new level of governmental commitment to expansion, this project will advance movement towards a public childcare system that centres and integrates reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of implementation. Only then will we realize the full social and economic potential of the $10aDay Plan.
$300,000.00
2021

Eastside Culture Crawl Society

Shifting Paradigm - A poverty alleviation initiative for artists.

The research, planning and implementation of an Eastside Arts District will transform an under-ground, grass roots district into a dynamic district with legislated protections, provide unique funding/organizational opportunities and changes in zoning/taxation, ensuring secure studio spaces. A review of arts/culture districts studies reveal that formally recognized and designated districts provide a variety of economic and social benefits for a diverse range of stakeholders; strengthening the whole arts/cultural ecology. The ECCS is strategically positioned to strengthen capacity for artists; and, provide opportunities that advance changing public and institutionalized perception of the arts.
$300,000.00
2021

Farm Folk City Folk Society

Local Seed for BC Food Security

BC agriculture relies on imported seeds for food production, making our food security vulnerable to disruptions and risks beyond our control. A local seed system, wherein farmers and growers work together on seed production, would safeguard our food security by shortening supply chains and mitigating climate change impacts. Through education, training, collaboration, and outreach on seed security issues, FarmFolk CityFolk’s Local Seed for BC Food Security project works with BC farmers, seed growers, and the public to help expand and improve local seed production in ways that support agricultural economic viability, expand seed biodiversity, and increase the resiliency of our food system.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst Project – Vancouver Island

Frontier College’s Community Literacy Catalyst Project supports Indigenous communities in meeting their own literacy and learning needs. The program pairs a member of an Indigenous community (the CLC) with a Frontier College mentor. Supported by the mentor, the CLC identifies the community’s literacy needs and priorities, then plans and implements customized, accessible, and culturally relevant programming to fill those needs, over a minimum three-year period. The CLC Project is an evidence-based, community-driven education initiative for children, youth, and adults, which puts Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the heart of program design and delivery.
$300,000.00
2021

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