Grants

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A Rocha Canada

Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards

In partnership with the Surrey School District (SSD), Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards will initiate three schoolyard farms in inner city secondary and/or elementary schools, and facilitate food literacy learning in five elementary schools over the next three years. Cultivating Holistic Education In Surrey Schoolyards will: 1) address root causes of social, economic and ecological inequity, by promoting food sovereignty, including access to and control over ones food sources, 2) offer hands-on sustainable agriculture education (the schoolyard farms will be tools for teachers to teach English, Math, Health and Science to all students, as well as to facilitate learning specifically for Aboriginal and Special Education programs), and 3) provide spaces for community celebration, cross-cultural connection and relationship building. Alongside A Rocha staff and SSD teachers, SSD children will grow food, learn new skills, be empowered to take ownership of the food they grow and become passionate about what they eat, as well as to celebrate the fruits of their labour.
$45,000.00
2014

Abbotsford Community Services

Community Connections

In place of service delivery to youth who have aged out of care, we will increase readiness in the community to support these youth. A part-time staff will focus on: • Youth friendly landlord engagement • Youth friendly employer engagement • Community connections for youth We will build on existing landlord relationships by: • Establishing a youth friendly landlords group • Hosting regular landlord events • Promoting a tenant readiness program to landlords (i.e. ready to rent, existing Autumn House curriculum) We will partner with previously identified youth friendly employers to develop: • Employer & youth developed workshops, delivered at companies employing a high number of young people on: expectations for employees and a “how to communicate with young people” • Education & awareness for employers of challenges/barriers faced by young people • Completion of curriculum and workshops, with employer participation, for youth, to increase employment readiness We will support youth in building natural supports in the community through: • Creating a regular opportunity for young people & those who want to support them to spend time together • Developing a sponsor network: Former youth in care who are doing well, are interested in being “sponsors” for struggling youth. We will recruit more “sponsors” through our relationships with youth and the MCFD Youth Team • Using settings that youth are already comfortable with i.e. Abbotsford Youth Health Centre
$49,437.00
2015

Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Proactive Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Program for Middle Schools

We recognize that there is no shortage of approaches and data on responding to bullying issues in schools. However, there is a shortage of people implementing practical programs based on their local contexts. What makes this project different is that we seek to understand our local context using school based surveys and THEN to use existing tools and empirically supported resources to address our needs and realities. After analyzing these surveys we will work together with BC Centre for Safe Schools (BCSSC) to compile a manual of best practices in dealing with bullying in Abbotsford middle schools. We are not reinventing the wheel; we are simply using existing research to create a tailor-made approach for Abbotsford. This program will address bullying behaviour by creating an inclusive, empathic, and responsive school culture, develop a program of classroom circles to promote healthy relationships, develop emotionally honest and open communication, training of staff, supervisors, and parents to recognize and help address bullying behaviour,and mediating bullying incidents.
$40,000.00
2012

Access Pro Bono Society Access Pro Bono

Rural and Disabled Access to Pro Bono Legal Services Project

The project would extend pro bono legal advice services to people in unserviced rural and remote communities, and to people with mobility issues. Using Skype-based televideo clinics, local clients could connect to a pro bono lawyer in a distant location. For individuals who cannot attend a clinic, and/or whose qualifying legal issues are urgent, the project would offer a hotline for limited civil legal matters. The project would fund the design and modification of systems for the hotline, intake staffing, and the purchase of televideo and hotline equipment.
$40,000.00
2010

Access to Media Education Society

YouthMADE: Take 2 (YMT2) - "Climate Matters"

YouthMADE Take 2 (YMT2): Climate Matters is an intergenerational media production, facilitation training and educational outreach program. It will see 24 diverse youth from 8 (primarily rural and under-resourced) Indigenous communities gathering to work with accomplished Indigenous filmmakers, activists, elders and allies to create and disseminate a series of digital stories. These works will focus on the impacts that resource extraction and environmental destruction have had on the communities / territories noted in Question 14 and also explore potential solutions for change. This project is a direct response to the need (expressed by previous participants and community partners) to: - nourish the skills base of the next generation of land stewards and community leaders—especially Indigenous youth who tend to be disproportionately impacted by large-scale resource extraction projects. - develop educational resources and workshops that are created and facilitated by young people whose experience of the current climate challenges are grounded in local knowledge and experience.
$50,000.00
2012

ACORN Institute Canada

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.
$50,000.00
2013

Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

SENIORS HEALTH INFORMATION PROJECT (SHIP)/ TRAINING THE TRAINER

This project will adapt and deliver four educational workshops for seniors in three key rural/suburban areas on Vancouver Island. Planned and delivered in collaboration with local project partners, the workshops will aid participants in developing skills and strategies to effectively navigate the Home and Community Care System, as they engage with health professionals and support one another in accessing care. Participants will receive a session binder containing information specific to their region and information on provincial services and associations for seniors.
$40,000.00
2011

Arion Therapeutic Riding Association

Arion Occupational Development

During our two years serving individuals and their families with Special Needs in the Kelowna community, we have noted a gap in pre-vocational services for young adults. We have had numerous differently-abled individuals come to the farm to volunteer, but often they lack the skills and appropriate behaviours to work independently and follow through on assigned tasks. These are essential skills required for sustainable employment. These young adults need a structured program with individualized behaviour intervention to become successful candidates for work placement in our community. Our project, the Arion Occupational Development project, will focus on helping the young adult and youth living with disabilities who do not have access to funding to gain valuable employability skills, thereby increasing their employment opportunities. Our objective is to teach employability skills, appropriate workplace ethics and accepted employment behaviors to young adults with global developmental delay through work experience on the farm. Our goal is to successfully place each participant in an employment opportunity recognizing their individual needs and challenges.
$50,000.00
2011

Arts in Action Society

We Are Everywhere

We Are Everywhere is a community engaged art project led by artists Corin Browne and Patti Fraser, advocate and project coordinator Violet Rose Pharoah and communication professionals to mentor a small group of youth with lived foster care experience to collaboratively create a high-quality book, featuring interviews, stories and photographs of community members from across the lower mainland who are former youth in care, exploring their daily lives and sharing what has helped them survive and thrive. The project will include a post-project evaluation process with research and planing for longterm distribution of the book, including the potential social enterprise development with youth participants The mainstream narrative associated with foster care is a negative, recycled story that speaks about the issue without the actual voice of those with lived experience. The foster care population carries the social stigma of “failure” and even those closest to them usually have very little expectations for their futures. While crucial to acknowledge the realities that individuals from foster care face, many are carving out lives defined by their own personal definition of success; quietly creating new narratives that defy the preconceived notions about life after foster care. These stories deserve the opportunity to be shared and have the potential to inspire youth aging out of the system, as well as shift the current perpetuated narrative.
$50,000.00
2016

The Housing Matters Media Project - The Renovation working title

The Arts in Action Society in partnership with the Housing Matters Media Project is seeking funds in order to further our ongoing work in building and sustaining informed networks of youth and concerned adults who are involved in seeking solutions to issues relating to affordable housing for youth, particularly for former youth in care. This community engaged media art project will increase the community's ability to voice its own ideas and seek its own solutions in ways in which the public parent can support youth to successfully transition out of care into the community. This project will continue to educate members of the community on the particular issues youth in care face as they transition to adulthood. This project will create opportunities for mentorship, learning, and employment for participating youth. And it intends to create new knowledge to aid in ways in which adults can involve themselves in the role of the public parent.
$50,000.00
2014

Ashoka Canada

Changemakers Competition on First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education

Changemakers is a community of action where individuals around the world collaborate on solutions to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Our online platform brings together 130,000 contributors from around the globe. Participants submit ideas, collectively identify the best social solutions, and then collaborate to refine, enrich, and implement those solutions. With the McConnell Foundation, we identified a Changemakers competition as a way to find innovations in the field of education, as well as to make meaningful connections between grassroots innovators and the philanthropic sector in Canada. Ashoka Canada is launching reRooting Education: Inspired Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. We are looking to find, map and generate innovative ideas and strategies to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit students’ engagement and success in education. Top entries will be recognized with prizes, which will be awarded at a closing summit. Additional prizes will acknowledge outstanding entries from specific geographic regions or thematic topics.
$50,000.00
2011

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House- Intergenerational Resiliency Project

This 3-year intergenerational project focuses on supporting protective factors for impoverished, culturally diverse immigrant participants aged 10-18 years, their family members, and marginalized seniors living in the Hastings-Sunrise area. It offers attractive and innovative skill-building workshops, including hands-on culinary skills and intergenerational family support.
$50,000.00
2011

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

The Friendly Landlord Network

The Friendly Network will create and systematrize a private sector network of resources specific to youth transitioning from care to adulthood. In addition this project will create a communication tool to enhance the increased inter-organizational coordination desired through the Fostering Change project.
$41,322.00
2014

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Toward a Learning Centre

This project seeks to develop an online knowledge resource where programs can share best practices and policies in helping women and children fleeing violence. It will identify and provide access to online training tailored to meet workers’ needs. It will transform existing training modules into an accessible on-line format to enable the training of workers to meet their clients needs.
$50,000.00
2010

Battered Women's Support Services

Youth Engagement in Violence Prevention Pilot Project

$50,000.00
2010

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

Transitions for Urban Indigenous Children and Families: Documentation and Partnership Development

This project responds to parent and early childhood educator concerns about transitions to formal schooling for urban Indigenous children, and the difficult conversations that are necessary—especially concerning cultural safety—among urban Indigenous early childhood education and schools. It is important to document challenges and gather invested partners to create changes to systems to properly support urban Indigenous children and families’ transitions on their terms, and those of UNDRIP. The project also explores the challenges of supporting requisite Indigenous leadership and related partnership development in an era of reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
$44,000.00
2017

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society

The Let's Play Program

Young children with disabilities far too often face needless exclusion from physical activity. The Let’s Play program helps give kids the ability to confidently participate in play, sport, and physical education with their peers. It provides kids with specially designed wheelchairs, training for facilitators, and maintains a comprehensive website with resources for building knowledge, skills, and abilities. The sport wheelchairs allow kids with and without disabilities the freedom to enjoy fun activities together and raise the bar for awareness and inclusion for them as well as their parents, teachers, and other facilitators. The program has been operating for approximately two years and is now in need of expansion in order to include many more kids in the province than we have been able to help so far. To help the kids most effectively, it is essential to be able to provide the necessary education to their adult facilitators on an individual basis. The grant we request will provide the needed physical activity resources to young children with disabilities and their facilitators.
$45,000.00
2012

Beauty Night Society

Life-Makeover Program

This program brings health care professionals and beauticians together to provide services to marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside. Makeovers are a method of reintroducing touch to women who experience violence, and make a huge difference to their outlook. In nine years, this program has given 11,000 makeovers and engaged 1,000 volunteers. They seek funding for a program coordinator to make this volunteer-based program sustainable and provide more support for the women and mentees.
$45,000.00
2010

Belfry Theatre Society

Island of Hope

We are seeking support for the commissioning of a large-scale musical by the local award-winning team of playwright Jacob Richmond and composer Brooke Maxwell (Ride the Cyclone). Titled Island of Hope, this is a unique project based on a true 'stranger than fiction' story that addresses the dire consequences of environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources.
$40,000.00
2014

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

BEST Living Streets Youth and Citizen Engagement

The project educates and trains community members to conduct Community Street Audits in Surrey, which will help develop safe streets and better mobility for non-car travel. The concept has worked well in the UK. The project will engage at-risk youth, immigrants and others to create input for city planners. Volunteers will share the results at meetings attended by Surrey municipal planners, providing solution-oriented local input on low-cost changes to improve neighbourhood safety for non-car travel.
$40,000.00
2010

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Quesnel

Organizational Development

We are a very efficient and successful agency. In 2009, with only 1.7 FTE staff, the organization served over 120 children/youth in the community. The Executive Director is responsible for fund development, marketing, strategic planning, community involvement, organizational development, board related tasks and overall operations. She is also responsible for all mentoring programs (casework duties - recruiting/screening/training volunteer; screening children/youth matching and monitoring. The Administrative/Marketing Assistant' s duties include: office manager, bookkeeping,financial duties, and local fundraising events coordinator). An In-School /Teen Mentor Coordinator position would help to sustain the integrity of the school program and the continued need for mentors. The Executive Director would then be better able to address other pertinent areas such as fund development, building more community partnerships and financial sustainability. To continue to maintain our high standard of servicce, we need to augment our staff.
$40,000.00
2010

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Pre-Teen Nights

This project addresses the need for evening programming for pre-teens and helps them deal with issues they face as they become teens. It will provide support and social and recreational skill building to pre-teens in a safe, supportive space at six sites in Metro Vancouver. They integrate social and recreational activities with discussions and themes in order to provide a comfortable environment for individuals to raise issues they face moving into the teen years.
$45,000.00
2010

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

A Right to Food? Food Security for BC's Poorest Kids

The project will study the potential legal and constitutional rights implications of childhood malnutrition in BC. Working with other not-for-profit groups and social science experts, we will interview families on social assistance across BC focusing on the experiences of children living with food insecurity. We will compile a report with these narratives and analyze the issue of childhood malnutrition from a uniquely legal rights-based perspective that considers whether children can fully realize their constitutionally protected rights and freedoms while in a state of malnourishment. In documenting the impact of food insecurity on the enjoyment of constitutional rights, this project will provide a platform on which community groups can build their education initiatives to include a legal rights-based analysis. This research may enable further advocacy by affected communities and education of government and judicial decision-makers to ensure that food insecurity does not compromise children's rights.
$40,000.00
2013

BCCLA Rural Education & Outreach Project

To develop and implement a model for low-overhead, membership-driven, community-based civil liberties and human rights advocacy and education groups that provide aboriginal and rural community members with legal information and peer casework advocacy support. This model would also offers opportunities for civil libertiesrelated education and interactive workshops by local and long-distance lawyers, advocates and experts, and build relationships between rural communities and urban service providers, lawyers and advocates on civil liberties and human rights issues.
$40,000.00
2010

British Columbia Council for Families

Celebrating All Families: Building LGBTQ Inclusive Programs

The BC Council for Families, with an advisory committee of parents, community representatives and service providers, and working collaboratively LGBTQ organizations, will develop specialized educational resources for parent educators and others who work with parents, on the needs of same-sex parents and their children. Resources will focus on raising awareness of the potential for heterosexual bias in programming, and on approaches to make programs more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ-led families and children. Because of the need to reach practitioners in smaller centres around BC, the Council will investigate several dissemination models – creating a video and accompanying workbook that agencies can use to hold their own in-service discussions and trainings, and/or train the trainer workshops at conferences or by webinar. Project activities will include developing and disseminating tip sheets for family service practitioners, a podcast series of interviews with experts and parents exploring issues relevant to LGBTQ families as well as a training video and workbook.
$43,000.00
2012

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