Awarded Grants

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Canadian Music Centre

CMC-BC Composer Mentorship Program

Canadian Music Centre’s BC Associate Composers will take part in mentorship outreach program serving both schools and emerging composers across BC. This project encourages music students and faculty to collaborate with the creative writing, drama, dance and math departments. CMC senior composers will also work closely with emerging composers to support their creative endeavors.
$60,000.00
2011

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Changing the face of conservation

Conservation is based on a colonial model that has a long history of contributing to systemic oppression, devaluing non-white worldviews, and Indigenous erasure. Governments would move people off land, violate their title and rights, and designate the area a park or protected area. Not surprisingly then, land and ocean conservation movements, and the people that work in conservation, are predominantly white and middle class. Meanwhile, marginalized communities are often the most affected by changes in climate or the environment, and today’s youth will bear the long-term burden of our current choices. As part of our ongoing work to both decolonize our organization – and influence decolonization in the movement – and to create more spaces for marginalized voices in decision making processes, we would like to more proactively challenge the status quo. While we do more decolonization, anti-oppression and diversity, equity and inclusion work with our staff and board, we would also like to create two new roles on our staff team for young Indigenous youth and folks of colour. The goal would be to have them work directly within our program teams and be fully engaged in decision making, policy development (both at an organizational level and a government level), and all aspects of programming. They will be mentored by staff at the organization to develop strong skills, while having space to shape conservation plans with their own knowledge and experience.
$50,000.00
2018

CanAssist, University of Victoria

Addendum to "Apps for Employment" (DSF12-0037)

CanAssist had initially proposed developing apps on the Apple platform in our 2012 request, targeting release on the Apple App Store at the conclusion of the project so that they are available to people with disabilities on a wider scale. This decision was made as support apps for the disability community traditionally have been overwhelmingly written for Apple devices. Through consultation with the Employment Apps Advisory Committee (clients, their job coaches and service providers), we have learned that device use among the target population accessing supported employment services is now more in line with the general population, with Android representing the majority of users. In fact, due to the lower cost of Android-based devices, these devices are now common for individuals with disabilities that may be living on a fixed or lower income. In order to maximize the accessibility of the apps created from this initiative, CanAssist would like to develop them on both Android and Apple platforms (and by extension, easing future versions for Blackberry or Windows Phone devices).
$50,000.00
2014

TeenWork and TechWork

TeenWork and TechWork - To provide and promote meaningful and integrated employment and training opportunities, and/or related technological supports, for those with special needs.
$55,000.00
2010

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping & Holistic Land Use Planning

Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is a Tlingit self-governing First Nation that began the process of Holistic Land Planning in 2012. An Environmental Scan began in December of 2012 with the goal of synthesizing all current, historical and relevant data. Nearing completion, the final steps include; sensitive ecosystem mapping, community engagement, implementation planning and finalization of the land use plan. Work will be conducted exclusively in the BC portion of the Traditional Territory (TT) addressing the habitat needs of identified species at risk through the development of a land use plan for the conservation and preservation of these valuable areas. The benefits of this project will extend beyond the Southern Lakes area; facilitating proactive ecosystem based planning and management, meeting the priorities of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the priorities and recommendations of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, planning and research priorities of Species at Risk Management Plans and will assist in the conservation and protection of critical habitat.
$50,000.00
2014

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Youth in Action

CDCSS seeks to offer service to youth between 12 -29 by providing the financial support to youth for community engagement in the West Kootenay region. The youth worker will work with Schools and Youth oriented organizations to identify youth These youth will be provided the financial means, and travel when available to participate. Youth Worker will also work with youth to educate the community, parents, youth and others on the benefits to community engagement, and the positive effect it will have on self-esteem, confidence, relationships, and leadership. This program will benefit the area as a whole. Working with youth on leadership and development, program development and opportunity (youth led events, workshops etc). Youth worker will work with the youth to develop projects ideas to ensure program is youth led: Assisting youth in skill building, self esteem, and confidence, as well as engagement in a community. Project will work with youth to create long lasting programming for the youth, and creative planning for the future. Project will focus of the needs of the youth.
$51,000.00
2013

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Growing Check, Growing Change

Young people are increasingly demanding programs, opportunities, and organizations that understand, respect, and respond to their unique needs and experiences as a diverse group transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Growing Check, Growing Change emerged from this finding and harnesses young people’s passion for social and environmental issues, turning it into community-based and youth-led education and action. Growing Check, Growing Change has complementary short-term and long-term objectives and activities. In the short-term, the project will recruit and train a diverse group of youth as peer educators, providing them with popular education tools, skills, and resources to lead dialogues. Equipped in this way, this group will engage, educate, activate, and inspire thousands of B.C. youth with social and environmental justice workshops. In the long-term, through systematic monitoring and evaluation, the project will pilot the next step in Check Your Head’s growth as an organization as staff focus on recruiting, training, and supporting a strong team of volunteer peer educators.
$55,000.00
2013

CIVIX

CIVIX Education: Project B.C.

The project will foster a systemic commitment to Student Vote and civic engagement within the education system, and improve the instructional capacity of educators in lead up to the 2017 provincial election. CIVIX will strengthen relationships with education stakeholders and administrators through in-person meetings and strategic communications to increase the scope and impact of the program, and facilitate expanded outreach strategies and support networks of institutional entrepreneurs. CIVIX will coordinate Democracy Bootcamp(s) to train teachers to become ambassadors of democracy in their school community. This will result in more positive and widespread outcomes among students in the key areas associated with future voting, such as increasing political knowledge and interest, and fostering a sense of civic duty. Working towards improved teacher capacity and commitment not only generates better Student Vote results, but creates systemic change by instilling the importance of democratic engagement and contributing to greater civic education outcomes for years to come. Student Vote also has an impact beyond the classroom. A 2011 independent evaluation reported that the program fostered political dialogue at home and 20% of parents agreed that their child’s participation in Student Vote positively affected their decision to vote. Scaling Student Vote deep and out is expected to grow this broad outcome and increase political participation among older Canadians as well
$60,000.00
2016

Building Students Into Citizens

Building Students into Citizens is a two-part project designed to strengthen communities and inspire the future of our democracy. CIVIX will equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship among youth. British Columbia schools and students have only ever participated in Student Vote federal and provincial elections. With the average voter turnout at municipal elections well below 50%, it is crucial that youth develop a greater understanding of local government and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This fall, CIVIX will recruit and support teachers in the delivery of the first ever Student Vote local election in BC. More than 25,000 students under the voting age will learn about the electoral process and local issues, and participate in an authentic vote on the official candidates in their municipality. Following the local elections, CIVIX will bring together teachers for a professional development conference to share best practices, improve instructional capacity and inspire a desire to build students into citizens.
$60,000.00
2014

College of the Rockies

Food Sustainability

This pilot project taught eight families how to grow, harvest and prepare vegetables. Now over 50 families want to participate. A group of senior citizens have agreed to share their knowledge about growing and preserving foods. The program aims to improve mental and physical health in marginalized groups while connecting the community to agriculture. Participants will learn soil preparation, seeding, nurturing, harvesting, preservation and preparation skills while interacting with other citizens in a caring, safe environment.
$60,000.00
2010

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Living In Community: Public education and sensitization training about sex work & sexual exploitation

This project will develop and deliver public education and training about sex work, sexual exploitation, increasing sex workers’ health and safety, and ways to address neighbourhood impact. It will also develop and offer training to service providers who interact with sex workers, including paramedics, police and mental health workers. Public education dialogues will raise awareness of sex work and prevent sexual exploitation. As Aboriginal, immigrant and ethnic minority women are over-represented in sex work, cultural competence will also be addressed. This project aims to increase the sense of belonging and inclusion for all community members.
$60,000.00
2011

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Youth Employment Development for the Capital Region

This is a Youth Employment Development Initiative to prototype and test best practices and models we have identified in other places in Canada to create effective labour market pathways for young people who are disadvantaged. We have conducted research for the Enterprising Non Profit Program and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence on models in other jurisdictions of employment development systems inclusive of "employment social enterprises" to create pathways for young people to sustainable livelihoods. We discovered that there are best practices in engaging and promoting employer partnerships with community training agencies that are market based and entrepreneurial We are proposing to adapt and test these models in our own region which currently lacks infrastructure for youth employment development. We also intend to engage a larger group of stakeholders in BC in a learning community on our experiences and lessons learned to inform practices in other regions, through our partnerships with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence. We will have a strong evaluation component to test impacts on income, skills and educational attainment, and employment to share with policy and program stakeholders to embrace more innovative and effective public policy. We will test this model in growth sectors of the economy that also have sustainability impacts, like the resource recycling and renewable energy sectors.
$50,000.00
2015

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.
$50,000.00
2014

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

BMFH Artist-in-Residence: Artists Collaborating in Community

CAG uses the BMFH as a studio to incubate socially-engaged participatory projects in Vancouver, programs strategically identified as missing in the cultural provision of the city. From this site we develop multi-year community-focused residency initiatives. Hosting up to twelve Canadian/international artists in collaboration with and as mentors to local groups, organizations and communities over a three year period, this hub connects with diverse audiences such as youth, families and the under-privileged. Each artist is invited to undertake research and outreach toward new production in consideration of resonant urban issues and local histories, often self-identified by community participants, generating platforms where art is a catalyst for local exchange and dialogue among a range of voices and perspectives. BMFH enables us to work with communities and artists sitting outside of conventional gallery contexts, representing, and encompassing a differing set of concerns, scale, timeframe and approach than typical exhibition making. Furthermore it challenges notions of the artist as auteur, instead considering community-based participation and social activism as a methodology for production, thus allowing artists to set a structure but audience determines content. This format of urban residency is unique to and innovative in Canada, institutionally not happening elsewhere. CAG proposes to develop this program through implementing a series of public projects through to mid-2019.
$60,000.00
2016

Cultivate Canada Society

Cultivate Canada Society – Urban Orchard

Sole Food Farm will develop an Urban Orchard on one of our established urban farm sites. We will continue to employ residents of the DTES and provide hands-on skills training in grafting, planting, pruning, maintaining and harvesting fruit trees in an urban environment. This project will directly increase the amount and diversity of local food made available in our community while reducing food miles, increasing urban tree canopy, and diversifying native pollinator food sources.
$50,000.00
2012

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Promoting Resiliency in Families Project

The Promoting Resiliency in Families Project grew out of the Dalai Lama Center's Heart-Mind Index pilot project. The Heart-Mind Index (HMI) is a population level measure of social/emotional development of children helping communities develop strategies to improve measures in high risk populations such as immigrant, low-income and single parent families. HMI was piloted in 6 communities in 2013. The Promoting Resiliency Project was developed to meet a clear gap in resources, training and supports identified during stakeholder dialogues. The Project will engage approximately 100 families and 60 staff from our partner agencies and family support groups. Together, we will develop and test resources, strategies, professional training and parental supports that promote and teach social and emotional development in children. The learning resources and training created during the project will be compiled in a freely accessible best practices Resource Manual that will act as blueprint for wider integration of social/emotional learning, and be a key resource in our scaling up HMI across BC
$50,000.00
2014

Delta Community Living Society

Solutions Job Developer

Solutions Job Developer - This project will increase employment among Perrsons With Disabilities by working n a one-to-one basis with employers in the DCLS service region and job seekers to create the best match between a job seeker's skills/abilities and the employer's needs.
$60,000.00
2010

Deltassist Family and Community Services

New Voices, New Dialogues

We are developing a network of partners to increase social connectedness in Delta. Evidence suggests that individual organizations are struggling to be wholly inclusive. Many have indicated a desire to connect with other organizations and stakeholders with little capacity to do this effectively. We will bring together non-traditional partners to create unique collaborative practices. Diversity will create a synergy that informs, communicates, advocates, and engages members in sustainable community solutions. According to Wightman (Spring 2012) local engagement strategies are weak and communities must find ways to engage citizens (p. 7). We will accomplish this through action based research and community engagement. The first stage of the project is to engage local organizations and businesses in dialogue to help identify assets and gaps that impact social isolation. The second stage will be to create a community plan with broad community input. Forums will occur in each of Delta's three communities to leverage social capital and implement the recommendations locally.
$60,000.00
2012

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Southlands Elementary International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

This three-year evaluation research process will illuminate the impact of a new International Baccalaureate (IB) program on the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students who attend Southlands Elementary, a public Vancouver school in which a significant proportion of the student population is Aboriginal. The school is implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) of IB and including Musqueam culture in its program, which is a new aspect of IB programming. This study will discover the degree to which the efforts to transform the public elementary school succeed and whether the local Musqueam First Nation community finds the new school programming an effective model of schooling for their children. In addition, the IB, Southlands School and VSD are highly interested the results of this innovative program. Two additional outcomes include (1) the plausibility of extending the IB PYP/Aboriginal approach to other public schools in the Vancouver School District and British Columbia; and (2) applying the evaluation model and tools developed for this project to other school sites.
$50,000.00
2011

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

In Solidarity- A Newcomer & Indigenous Youth Leadership Project

$50,000.00
2019

Child and Youth Empowerment Camps (CYEC)

The CYEC provides a safe, supportive environment where children who have experienced/ witnessed abuse, have a mental health diagnosis or are isolated (i.e belong to marginalized communities) can share experiences, identify and talk about feelings, improve self-esteem, and enhance communication and conflict resolution skills. The CYE camps are free full-day camps, held one week at a time in schools, divided up based on age and run during school breaks (spring, summer). Nearly 200 participants attended the last spring and summer camps. The camp's innovation comes from the delivery model utilized: it uses a team approach, using staff from several different counselling and outreach programs, all of whom have different expertise they share in individual, small-group work and workshops. There is also significant time devoted to indoor and outdoor play activities and opportunities to connect with community resources. Partners in the camps include police, fire, school districts, and city recreational services. The camps have been so popular that several cities have requested them
$60,000.00
2012

Ecojustice Canada Society

A Tale of Two Pipelines: Securing Legal Protections for British Columbia

Ecojustice represented Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Living Oceans Society and ForestEthics Advocacy at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines. We submitted expert evidence on environmental threats and argued the project was not in the public interest. In July, the federal government approved the project, and we have now brought three legal actions: one alleging the review panel’s recommendation was based on a flawed environmental assessment and two challenging government approval and NEB certificates to authorize the project. Ecojustice is also representing Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society in the regulatory review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We will focus on environmental risks while raising awareness of barriers to a transparent and participatory process. As a result of 2012 amendments to the National Energy Board Act, the review is compressed and will not include cross examinations or community hearings. We have been preparing for Kinder Morgan’s formal project application since 2011.
$60,000.00
2014

Species and Ecosystem Protection Act for BC, Years 2 and 3

To conduct research and policy analysis to provide technical support to the BC Species at Risk Working Group. Legal activities will also leverage media as part of a public outreach campaign to secure a Species and Ecosystem Protection Act in BC. Ecojustice’s interdisciplinary approach and leadership will demonstrate the need for additional legislative protection for BC species and habitat.
$50,000.00
2010

EMBERS

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support
$50,000.00
2010

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

Urban Access to Aboriginal Art

Urban Access is planned as a two part project. It begins as a 4-week intensive and inter-generational art and design program that blends studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field-trips. Held from July 2 – 26, 2013, the program will bring together participants to learn five traditional forms of art: carving, drum making, cedar basketry, beadwork, and moose hair tufting. The hands-on modules will be led by elders and senior artists, and will be complemented with field trips, guest artist talks and cultural studies instruction that will bring context and broader knowledge to the studio form itself. Part two involves the video recording of the studio instruction, and the creation of an online open access portal to share the lessons. Recruitment for the program will focus on two principles: engaging urban Aboriginals and ensuring inter-generational knowledge and transfer sharing. To meet these principles, Urban Access will have participants, comprised equally of three groups: high school students; adults 18-35; and adults over 35.
$59,225.00
2013

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