Grants

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Arts in Action Society

Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives

Our proposal comes in two parts: first a training institute where young people (up to age 35) can come together for a year's intensive program to imagine, design and build new enterprises including cooperatives, collectives, non-profits, arts and artisanal enterprises, self-employment scenarios and other grassroots configurations: all explicitly contributing to a community economic fabric of reciprocity. Each program will run for ten months: 4 months of intensive work, a month of strategizing and proposal planning, then 5 months of supported project development. Participants will develop the comprehensive skills - individually and collectively needed to run their own enterprises. The second piece is that we will link graduates and their new initiatives into a network of mutual aid and support. Each graduating participant and enterprise will be a member of the Groundswell Co-op relying on and supporting one another, and being supported by the collective institutional, organizational and financial resources. Ongoing reciprocity and interconnectedness is the key to our proposal.
$70,000.00
2012

Arts Umbrella Association

Arts Umbrella Surrey Outreach

In the past year, Arts Umbrella has focused on preparing for the launch of two facilities in Surrey; one in the South (primarily tuition based) and one in Surrey Centre (primarily free-of-charge). In Fall 2012, we will begin the delivery of our free-of-charge Surrey Outreach programs from our Surrey Centre facility, firmly establishing Arts Umbrella as a permanent presence and stable support organization for at-risk children in the Surrey Centre area. Arts Umbrella will provide arts workshops that are sensitive to the needs of Surrey’s diverse child population, with a particular focus on supporting children facing unique settlement challenges in their new Canadian home. Arts outreach programs will run both after school and over spring break. With the activation of this free-of-charge programming through a new permanent Surrey Centre facility, we will be able to forge new connections and establish meaningful relationships with Surrey families, schools and other community organizations, and thereby further increase access to supportive services for vulnerable Surrey children.
$60,000.00
2012

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House: Seniors for Seniors Project: Building a One-Stop Place for Westside Seniors

The Seniors for Seniors Project is a senior-led initiative that will address the Health and Wellness & Belonging and Inclusion of seniors living on the Westside. The project will engage local seniors and community partners to help design, develop and implement a new one-stop Seniors Resource Centre for vulnerable seniors and individuals with physical disabilities to access info and referral services, navigate systems of care and support, and participate in programs that promote healthy living and social connection. The Kits House Seniors Resource Centre is centrally located on 8th & Vine Street, close to public transit and is wheelchair accessible. The Westside has one of the highest concentrations of seniors in Vancouver, and many are living alone with a low income, lacking support systems, feeling isolated and facing many health challenges. The Seniors for Seniors Project will address community-identified needs by providing advocacy, information and peer support services, health and social programs, and opportunities for seniors to volunteer and contribute in meaningful ways.
$60,000.00
2012

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Thresholds Program: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycle of Foster Care

Thresholds Program provides supported housing for pregnant and parenting moms who, due to homelessness, are at risk of losing child custody. Moms live in a warm, home-like and supported environment during their stay, moving to supported independent housing when ready. Priority is given to moms who have a history of being in foster care. Youth from care are at heightened risk of early pregnancy and loss of child custody to the child welfare system. In BC, no collated record is kept on the number of youth-in-care who experience pregnancy. The best data on this issue comes from McCreary's work, ‘Fostering Potential’ (2008). The "report is based on the responses of almost 1,000 young people in Grades 7 through 12 who had been in care" and finds "among [foster] youth who ever had sex, 19% reported having been pregnant or caused a pregnancy, with a further 6% not sure if they had". Aunt Leah's 28-year history of working with young people transitioning from foster care corroborates this data; for example, of the 164 former foster youth that Aunt Leah’s worked with last year, 28 (17%) have dependents of their own – representing an additional 39 babies and children that receive Aunt Leah’s support. Thresholds works preventatively at the ‘entry’ point of the foster care system by giving pregnant & parenting young women from care the skills and resources they need in order to become successful parents, thus barring a new generation of children from entry into foster care.
$67,500.00
2016

B.C. Association of Family Resource Programs

Path to Learning Pre-Course

The purpose of this project is to develop a specialized pre-course to engage potential learners who are continually left behind. In 2009 FRP-BC completed the development of the FRP Certificate and partnered with the Justice Institute of BC in the delivery. Over 150 applications were submitted for the 2009-2010 offerings. 52% of applicants did not meet the basic eligibility requirements. It was decided that a specialized pre-course was required. The Path to Learning Pre-course (PLP) is unique from other "Adult Boost Camps" as it will be developed through an Aboriginal self-reflective lens while bridging other cultures. The training will include a mentoring component to build capacity & self-esteem. The PLP is a 2 day on site offering with 10 hours of post mentoring. The PLP will incorporate 4 components to enable learners to: 1. Recognize & adjust to the rigors of post-secondary education 2. Build confidence & dispel the fears of school 3. Understand why post-secondary learning is vital to their work with families 4. Understand the foundations of family support theory & practice
$60,000.00
2011

Boca del Lupo

Expedition

Expedition is a suite of performance works and installations set in 2167 that explore how climate change might affect our future and how our future selves might look back upon the present. Placing the audience as complicit participants in this collective future, the key creators include scientists, journalists and academics working together with artists to disrupt the inertia of now, drive away despair and engender hope. If one imagines back to 1867 and considers how people lived their lives, the place of women in society, notions of race and ethnicity, the treatment of the LGBTQ community, it quickly becomes clear that there has been progress. In the study of ethics there is a theory, supported by research, that tells us when two cultures intersect and are not ethically aligned, it is the more progressive ethical position that most often prevails. This is not a linear path, of course, but whether it be the subjugation of women or slavery or colonization, ethicists tell us that liberty, emancipation and independence eventually take the day. It is in this notion of progressive ethics that we found hope for the future and inspiration for this project. As an iterative and participatory live performance movement, the ongoing nature of presenting a suite of works that share a common frame serves to deepen impact, expand reach and points of access, lengthen engagement and increase the chances of authentic transformation with participants.
$60,000.00
2017

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

Preteen Nights

Preteen Nights addresses the need for evening programming for preteens and the transitional issues preteens face as they move into adolescence. The program will provide 14 evening drop-in programs at a minimum of 7 Club locations across the Lower Mainland. The Preteen Nights program integrates social recreational activities with discussions related to participants’ specific needs. In this way, participants shape the program by determining both the social activities and the discussion topics, ensuring that the program remains relevant to them. The groups may be mixed or gender-specific, depending on the needs at each participating Club. Trained staff provide the mentorship and support necessary to make the environment safe and comfortable for participants to raise issues that are affecting their lives. The program has seen great success since it was launched three years ago, and the program model continues to be adapted to address the unique challenges this age group faces. BGC is committed to further expanding the program to meet the needs of more of our preteen Club members.
$60,000.00
2013

British Columbia Self Advocacy Foundation

Community Action Employment Plan - Self Advocacy Project

One of the objectives of the Community Action Employment Plan is that self advocates play a leadership role in changing public attitudes by: 1) Leading and delivering a presentation of why employment is important to them to a range of stakeholders, including government, unions, businesses, employers and families 2) Establishing a pool of self advocates in each region to act as consultants/resources to the Plan and related work. Provincial self advocate leaders convened in May 2013 to discuss options for collaborating with partners in the Community Action Employment Plan. They also discussed how self advocates could advance an employment agenda in BC. This proposal is a result of that meeting. The project is roughly divided into two phases. The first is to develop a presentation and toolbox to assist self advocates in promoting employment. The second phase is to begin building community partnership to support the planning of the local events in the three pilot regions and a workshop at the Inclusion BC Conference.
$68,000.00
2013

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Building Climate Justice Education in British Columbia

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), through its Climate Justice Project (CJP), will develop an education strategy to share current research findings about climate change and inequality with schools and the broader public. Since 2009, the CJP has generated a body of research that explores such areas as transportation policy, food security, resource and forestry policy, employment and green jobs, energy policy and carbon pricing strategies in the BC context and through an equity lens. This research serves as building blocks of an integrated and equitable climate strategy, and a bold vision of how BC can move forward in a zero-emissions future. This project is an engagement and education strategy that will translate the CJP's findings and research into educational materials that can be used by teachers and schools, along with community groups and other popular education efforts, with a focus on curriculum resources and professional development for teachers. This project will enhance young peoples' understanding of salient issues around climate change and climate action.
$70,000.00
2012

Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver-Fraser Branch

Spiritual communities collaborate to engage mental health recovery

Spiritual communities offer support, meaningful values and practices to help with everyday life. Individuals with mental illness may, before anything else, seek help from their spiritual community. But their cry for help is not always met with understanding. Focus groups alerted Sanctuary that individuals with mental illness may be excluded from their spiritual communities' support network. While education on mental health is welcomed, the difficult task lies in leading communities through a process of action toward attitudinal change. In this project we aim to address barriers for inclusion and build support for individuals with mental illness in spiritual communities. We will coach action groups (peers, careers and leaders) within spiritual communities to bring issues into the open and garner support for individuals with mental illness. In order to engage a wider range of spiritual communities, we will partner with an interfaith network. Individuals from diverse spiritual backgrounds will be trained to work within their communities to build support for mental health recovery.
$64,000.00
2013

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

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

Clay Tree Society for People with Development Disabilities

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop
$64,450.00
2010

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

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Customized self-employment:Micro Social Enterprise for persons with a disability

The project will create a comprehensive approach to provide dynamic business supports to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities to build up viable businesses until they have established themselves firmly in the community. This approach will support entrepreneurs from beginning to end of the business establishment process. Steps include: Orientation - complete an asset assessment which looks at individual's suitability, needs, interests,abilities and community supports. Viability - provides preliminary research of various market conditions to select the most suitable business opportunity that match person's abilities. Business planning - builds on viability research to create a detailed strategy to launch a successful business. Start-Up - implementation of the business plan; may include registering the business, enroll in WorkBC Customized Self Employment Program, developing marketing materials, acquiring financing, materials, equipment inventory, training, etc. On-going Support and Fade-out - Development of community natural support network, enabling paid supports to fade out.
$66,000.00
2013

Community-Based Research Centre Society

Life Course and Gay Men's Health: Implications for Policy and Programs (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Terry Trussler, Research Director, Community Based reearch centre Society, and Ms. Jody Jollimore, Program Manager, Health Initiatives for Men).

How is health affected by social inequities experienced over the life span of gay and bisexual men? We will undertake a mixed methods study of Gay Generations - the impact of intergenerational experiences with prejudice, discrimination and social change - also the theme of a large sample survey in 2014. This will be a life course study: examining how historical events and geographic locations shape varied experiences among gay age cohorts that result in varied health issues and needs. The survey will be programmed for longitudinal research to track participant health outcomes in future years. The idea has emerged through CBRC and HIM's engagement with gay youth and HIV prevention. Prior research noted that young men of today experience greater social acceptance but also greater homophobic violence than previous generations (Ferlatte et al. 2013). The study will examine this paradox to learn how health outcomes may be affected. The project will engage organizations province wide in the BC Gay Men's Health Summit and Knowledge Exchange activities coordinated through CBRC and HIM's websites. Knowledge about intergenerational differences will contribute to greater understanding of how to work with various age groups of gay and bisexual men – anticipating their value differences and needs. A young investigator team, composed of young people between ages 18-26, will be trained and integrated into all phases of the research. Results to be delivered in presentations at community events, conferences and popular reports. Research Team members: Dr. Rick Marchand, Co-researcher, Mr. Travis Salway Hottes, Co-researcher, Mr. David Le, Co-researcher, and Mr. Olivier Ferlatte, Co-researcher.
$63,149.00
2013

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

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

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Sports and Me Program

Sport and Me program is a partnership project between DIVERSEcity and the City of Surrey to provide outreach, family support, and sports readiness services to multi-barriered and Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) children. The project reaches out to children with the goal to provide a safe environment where they often have their first exposure to a recreation center and rec services, and the opportunity to learn sport etiquette, language and skill. Through this route, children can feel comfortable participating in school and community sports/recreation as they understand expectations around participation. The project also provides nutritional support through teaching of healthy children’s development, nutritional snacks/meals, and link to physical health opportunities – with the goal to engage children in active living for life. The funding request to the Vancouver Foundation will allow us to expand the current program and increase participation with other multi-barriered newcomer and at-risk children.
$70,000.00
2012

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

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for PWUD (Co-lead researchers: Rosalind Baltzer Turje, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Dr. Eugene McCann, SFU)

This research will explore the role that food provision plays in mitigating risks that people who use drugs experience (PWUD). Using a risk environment framework operationalized through research with organizations who offer harm reduction services, we have identified a number of factors that contribute to, or are a result of food insecurity among drug users: 1) Physical effects including poor nutrition, disordered eating, increased risk of dietary related disease, poorer mental health, and increased exposure to pathogens; 2) Social effects from accessing food in socially inappropriate ways, stigma and loss of dignity; and 3) Economic effects, including the inability to afford enough healthy food, trade-offs between housing and food, and reliance on free meal programs. Utilizing a community-based research framework, this project will explore the ways in which food provision can mitigate the physical, social and psychological harms associated with drug use. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to develop, implement, interpret, and disseminate the research. We will develop an understanding of the role that food plays in the lives of PWUD, the barriers they experience in accessing food and the potential role that food programs can play in reducing drug-related harms. By connecting with stakeholders, including PWUD, service providers and policy makers, we will develop peer education, a toolkit for social service providers and a strategy for informing policy-makers. (Research Team: Alison McIntosh, SFU; Cristina Tenemos, SFU; Dr. Christiana Miewald, UVIC; Rani Wangsawidjaya, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Patrick McGougall, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)
$69,048.00
2014

Ecojustice Canada Society

Protecting Marine Habitat and Orcas in the Salish Sea

In June 2016, Ecojustice launched a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) report and recommendation to approve Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. As participants in the two year review, we filed uncontroverted evidence of harm to at-risk southern resident killer whales. For one, Kinder Morgan concedes it cannot mitigate noise impacts on the whales from a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, as is required under SARA. Also, Raincoast (our client) filed a study showing that if the project is approved, there is a greater than 50 percent probability that the whale population will drop below 30 in the next 100 years, tantamount to extinction. We aim to set a clear precedent that regulators cannot avoid their legal responsibility to protect endangered species. T2 will add a second container terminal in deep-water by Delta—directly within southern resident killer whale critical habitat. By 2030, the expansion will increase container ship transits through Vancouver’s port and shipping channels by 500 vessels per year. Ecojustice is representing four clients as participants in the environmental assessment for T2. A review panel was recently appointed to conduct a hearing and submit a report and recommendation to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, likely by the end of 2017. We will work with our clients and their experts to submit evidence on how increases to vessel traffic will affect southern resident killer whales and other marine species.
$70,000.00
2016

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