Grants

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Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Strengthening Youth and Community Engagement in Poverty Reduction

The proposed project is an innovative and sustainable 3-year plan to reconnect with communities across the province through expanding our outreach and community engagement activities, and strengthening our youth engagement and youth leadership initiatives. Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming provincial election, we will need to re-establish the call for a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan and we aim to do this through meaningful community engagement in order to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones. This will revitalize the poverty reduction plan as a community-driven call to action. We will continue to provide support for youth in low-income families and their allies to be a driving force in this call. We will provide mentorship and resources to high-school youth to be involved in the Coalition's outreach strategy and community engagement so that youth ideas and perspectives are always at the heart of what we do, and support them in taking leadership roles in organizing in their schools and communities to raise awareness about the issues of poverty.
$90,000.00
2013

Water, the Environment and Economy and BC's Liquefied Natural Gas Plans

The provincial government says that big increases in natural gas production will boost employment and GDP, and can eliminate the provincial debt and channel billions of dollars more into healthcare programs. But how realistic are the government's economic projections? What would such an upswing mean for critical resources such as water? What does this strategy mean for BC’s GHG emission targets? And what might the alternatives to a strategy based on massive increases in gas-drilling and gas exports be? This project would bring much-needed focus to these questions by: conducting a full “cradle-to-grave” analysis of an expanded natural gas industry's impacts on freshwater resources; analysing and critiquing the economic assumptions underlying current export plans; proposing an alternative, made-in-BC gas plan that strategically uses our natural gas endowment to transition to a clean energy future; and providing a template for meaningful pre-development planning of gas projects so that the needs of First Nations and rural communities directly affected by gas developments are met.
$90,000.00
2013

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch

Meals Matter

Meals Matter - to provide low income individuals with the means to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Also supports low-intensity part-time staffing positions to people living with mental illness.
$90,000.00
2010

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Transition Peer Support Group for Young Adults in BC with Vision Loss

There is a lack of skills training and support for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and the result is that 65 percent of working age adults with vision loss are unemployed and 50 percent earn less than $20,000 per year. CNIB's innovative Transition Peer Support Group for Young Adults in BC with Vision Loss will support young adults at this critical stage in their lives and prepare them with the skills and confidence they need to earn a living and maintain a job. Through interaction with others experiencing the same struggles and situations this pilot project will building acceptance of vision loss through the discovery of adaptive methods, accessibility options, independent living skills and practical skills such as interview techniques and resume writing. These groups will empower young adults with vision loss by arming them with essential tools and skills. Together, participants will explore and discuss topics related to education, transitioning into the working world, assistive technology to achieve independence, social interaction, family life and more.
$90,000.00
2014

Coast Mental Health Foundation

Low Barrier Employment for People with Mental Illness

For the past 30 years, Coast Mental Health has operated supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness. We have observed the difficulty people with severe mental illness have in returning to work due to the symptoms of their illness, their medication and their lack of confidence. Coast has seen that opportunities to work need to have structured expectations but offer the client flexibility, time to practice good work skills and to become accustomed to working. In 2009,Coast had the opportunity to develop a new low barrier employment program, the” Street Cleaning Crew” with funding from the City of Vancouver. The project hires and trains people with mental illness in skills required to clean community sidewalks, gutters and alleys of refuse and debris. The workers are supported by Peer Support Workers and supervised on the job by project staff until they regain their independent work skills. Once they reach that point the clients are encourage to find other paid employment if that is appropriate for their health.
$90,000.00
2012

College of New Caledonia

Vanderhoof Youth Centre

The Youth Centre is an unexpected outcome of the Vanderhoof Diversity Project’s Neighbourhood Space (NS). Youth started frequenting the space and in 2011, as requested by members of the community, CNC pursued funding to formalize the Youth Centre. Several of the youth who frequent the centre have extremely high needs and little to no formal support. There are equal amounts of First Nations and non First Nations that use the NS. It is a very diverse atmosphere - youth at risk form a large part of the cross section. Our funding request is to hire a part time Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) to assist the existing Youth Support Worker (YSW) and to assist with covering other admin costs (see budget). The YSW, also a part time position, provides a social or holistic support role for youth as well as being responsible for various administrative functions leaving little time to expand youth programming. In order to fill the gap of much needed program development and coordination, the new YDC’s role will be to work with the youth to develop programs, training, and activities for youth.
$90,000.00
2012

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Renfrew -Collingwood: Intercultural Circles of Connection and Engagement

To work with outreach connectors in the neighbourhood (which has been a successful approach in first engaging marginalized groups)to expand their capacity to work interculturally and bridge relations between peer-based groups, resulting in a more unified, interconnected, engaged neighbourhood. The project structure includes four intersecting circles that will ripple out to achieve collective connections, engagement and inter-relational impacts. Connectors Circle: Peer-based connectors will be linked to share and broaden intercultural practice and expand their relations outside their peer groups.Community Partners Circle: Interconnected neighbourhood partners will learn, adjust policy and practice to encourage intercultural connections. Communications Circle: Diverse citizens and neighbourhood workers will develop communication tools and share stories and strategies to support the intercultural connections. Knowledge Exchange Circle: conducts evaluations, shares theory and practices, delivers capacity building activities to help evolve diverse interactions and engagement.
$90,000.00
2014

SAFE (Sex work Awareness for Everyone) in Collingwood and Beyond

Our project will further address the health and safety needs of sex trade workers (STWs) working along the Kingsway stroll and will build on the success of the SAFE in Collingwood Outreach Program. We will expand outreach to include the Kingsway stroll between Boundary and Fraser Street where a need has been identified. We will develop and pilot a telephone counselling support service as there are currently no support services for STWs in Vancouver outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We will also work with the East Van. youth clinic to pilot this service as most of the women working along Kingsway are youth. We will explore with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control the provision of accessible street-level health services. We will work with and support another neighbourhood in addressing the health and safety of STWs, businesses and residents in their neighbourhood. SAFE developed tools, resources and a successful community development approach. The SAFE Steering Committee members are committed to sharing their experience and learnings.
$90,000.00
2013

First Nations Schools Association

Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended “provincial and territorial departments of education work in concert with the Commission to develop age-appropriate educational materials about residential schools for use in public schools.” Too few Canadians are aware of this aspect of our collective history. According to the 2010 Urban Aboriginal Peoples survey, less than half of non-Aboriginal people have heard of residential schools. Knowledge about residential school history has relevance for all Canadians. We aim to support teachers who wish to teach about the history of residential schools and reconciliation by producing high quality, age appropriate, classroom ready and BC focused instructional and professional development materials. These materials seek to fill a gap as there is currently a lack of BC focused materials at all levels as well as a lack of age appropriate materials for teaching about residential schools at the elementary level.
$90,000.00
2014

Home Is Where We Live Lifecycles Project Society

LifeCycles' Fruit Tree Project: Harvesting Abundance in the Urban Orchard

Working with key members of our network we will reflexively asses, develop, design, implement and evaluate communication materials and food literacy programs that can be delivered in public spaces with support from social service agencies. These programs will provide skills and knowledge to help people engage as co-producers in the local food system. Program will be open to all, but targeted at those who are marginalized and living with food insecurity. Communications and programs will aim to promote a cultural shift from consumption to co-production, aiming to deepen participant's desire to participate as active agents in a healthy, sustainable food system. Collectively our choices can bring great change to how food is cultivated and produced. Much is made about the price of food, and cost is often cited as a primary barrier for healthier options. Our project challenges people to think deeper about food, to see beyond a consumer product to a local resource that requires collective stewardship and care to keep healthy. By shifting this attitude, we support more local food production and create the conditions for an equitable local food economy to thrive. Together we will begin to explore what a healthier, tastier and more responsible diet means in our region. With more aware and informed consumers - or rather co-producers - our food system is more motivated to work using techniques that safeguard food diversity, the environment and quality.
$90,000.00
2016

Il Centro

East Van Green

Over the past year Il Centro has developed several new "food system initiatives", specifically an Italian Market (Farmers' Market), a new Community Garden and an active food security education program in partnership with Fresh Roots Urban Farm and Slow Food Vancouver. The East Van Green initiative will build upon, and connect our existing food system activities through a "zero waste" project that will utilize a state of art food "composter" and turn our organic waste into compost which in turn will be used for our community garden and Fresh Root's urban farm located at Vancouver Technical High School-across the street from il Centro. In partnership with a local recycling company (Recycling Alternative) we will establish a closed loop demonstration project that will take organic waste from our garden, catering facilities, restaurant, and the urban farm, (located at Vancouver Technical High School), and turn it into compost for local usage. By linking our community garden, catering/food services, farmers' market, and our partner's local urban farm we hope to create a food system demonstration hub that will engage, educate and promote urban sustainability, local food production, access to local food, and organic waste management. The zero waste project will, we believe, create a micro-community demonstration model that can be replicated and utilized across the city.
$90,000.00
2015

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

MY Circle Transitions: Enhanced Newcomer Leadership Training

This project will develop and deliver 8-10 training modules for immigrant and refugee youth leaders in areas youth have identified including conflict resolution skills, LGBTQ/migrant identities, migration, multiculturalism and indigenous perspectives. Curriculum will be developed in the first year and delivered, evaluated and fine tuned in the second and third years, with a target of training 40 newcomer youth.
$90,000.00
2011

Indian Summer Arts Society

Taike: South Asian & Indigenous Artistic Collaborations

Indian Summer Festival's ‘Taike’ project is intended to bring together South Asian and Indigenous artists in meaningful collaborations and conversations. With our mission to create an inclusive, diverse and culturally-rich society, our curatorial practice is to center and amplify South Asian voices in conversation with other artistic communities. The addition of the Taike programming is to support solidarity between South Asian and Indigenous communities through the arts. Please visit www.indiansummerfest.ca for more background on the project and the word 'Taike'.
$90,000.00
2018

Kindale Developmental Association

Employment Readiness for Youth and Young Adults

Kindale's project will assist youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to gain the skills, habits, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become employed in real jobs in their local community. The program is individualized based on the development of a personal employment plan for each of the 20 participants, focused on their abilities, needs, and goals. It includes employment skills assessment, training, coaching, on-the-job support, and reinforcement of the learned skills and habits at home. The project also works with local businesses to provide job-specific training and employment opportunities for the participants. Program staff work with employers and their employees to allay fears, raise awareness, and foster relationship building. On-the-job support is provided as needed by the program participant, employer, or their employees. This direct linking of personal employment planning, employment readiness training, job specific skills coaching, and employer development makes this project different from, and closes gaps in, services for this population.
$90,000.00
2014

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Vancouver Rent Bank

NICCSS is proposing a Vancouver Rent Bank Loan Fund with an initial 3-year mandate. This fund will build on the existing supports available in neighbourhoods in Vancouver with a high proportion of renters, and complement the City of Vancouver's Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012- 2021) and the work of the StreetoHome Foundation. The fund will gain from the experience of existing Rent Banks in British Columbia, including NICCSS existing iRENT Bank program that is already being offered to families in the DTES, Strathcona and Hastings Corridor area of Vancouver. The Vancouver Rent Bank will allow low-income residents across the City, who are in temporary financial crisis and about to lose their housing, to access interest free emergency loans to address rent shortfalls and utilities arrears and deposits thus preventing their eviction. The Vancouver Rent Bank will provide financial literacy education (with VanCity Foundation) and connections to a network of neighbourhood agency partners that can support loan recipients based on their current needs and ensure continuity of support.
$90,000.00
2012

Penticton & District Community Resources Society

Community Hubs Expansion

PDCRS would like to expand the Hubs in the South Okanagan. These “one-stop shop” Hubs are for families struggling with literacy, emotional, physical or other barriers to promote increased awareness and accessibility to services that support healthy early childhood development for all families regardless of vulnerability. Rather than having to guess who to call or where to go, they can meet face to face with a facilitator to get information and help with accessing the right services. We will meet with families where they live and work to find the best times to connect and the best ways to ensure that families feel comfortable starting the conversation. The hub will also be available in the evenings for parenting programs. In 2008, the United Way of Canada commissioned an environmental scan of early childhood development initiatives and concluded that there is “widespread consensus in Canada that hub models are an optimum approach for the provision of ECD services.” And hubs located in schools are the “single most effective intervention geared to children, youth & their families.”
$90,000.00
2013

PHS Community Services Society

PHS Youth Research Iniative

Through the PHS Youth Housing First Project we became aware of the fact that the majority of youth in the DTES were exited prematurely from the foster care system and that the correlation between their drug use, homelessness, transition to IV drug use and the connection to a premature exit from care needed to be explored more extensively. For this new project we would like to assign a researcher and a youth research assistant to gather pertinent info using primary sites such as Insite, New Fountain Shelter, PHS housing sites for youth and our Overdose Prevention Sites to gather data, and disseminate the findings. The tools we would use are, surveys, qualitative interviews, internal age based confidential statistics from Insite, and other referral sites. The specific information we will be trying to extract is: which young people (who we come into contact with at these sites between 16-30) had involvement with the child welfare system, at which age they entered that system, what was the age and point of exit from the child welfare system, when the youth started using drugs, the correlation between drug use and insecure housing, and what the housing trajectory has been since.
$90,000.00
2017

UBC - Office of Research Services

Generation Squeeze Public Engagement Strategy

The social and economic inequalities facing children, youth and families today are grounded in a generational inequity. As younger Canadians finish school, begin careers and start homes and families, they are squeezed by lower wages, higher costs, less time and a deteriorating environment, even though our economy produces more wealth than ever before. While governments use this economic wealth to adapt policy for others, including our aging population, they continue down a path that leaves less and less for younger generations. To address this inequity we need a collective voice with the political clout required to reduce the squeeze. That's why we plan to build an organization like CARP (formerly Canadian Association of Retired Persons) that is driven by and speaks up for younger Canada, and is self-sustaining. While we are generating interest across the country, this grant will specifically facilitate Engagement Organizing in BC, reflecting our commitment to including younger generations in creating A Canada That Works for All Generations.
$90,000.00
2014

UVIC - POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Achieving Water Sustainability: BC Water Law and Policy Reform

This project seeks to enable a comprehensive approach to water law and watershed governance in BC. Public policy and law reform on water resources and management is on the verge of a major leap forward. There is an opportunity to affect laws, policy and governance resulting in lasting impacts on the ground through organizing a range of actors and communicating leading practices from around the world.
$90,000.00
2011

Vancity Community Foundation

Keeping BC's Children and Youth on the Public Agenda

Working closely with our coalition partner organizations, First Call will work to strengthen and support the collective voice for the rights and well-being of BC's children & youth.Some of the key issues the project will address are BC's continued high rates of child & family poverty & growing inequality, the urgent need to increase investments in early childhood & support for young families, improvements to BC's child labour standards, better supports for vulnerable youth and reducing children's exposures to environmental toxins. The project will identify issues/challenges and propose solutions using 3 strategies: public education(including conducting research and disseminating/popularizing others' research), mobilizing communities & individuals through workshops/presentations, media work, social media/web resources, election toolkits, e-alerts, etc., and direct public policy advocacy (briefs, letters, reports, candidate surveys, convening/facilitating discussions among advocates and with decision-makers & policy-influencers, e.g. public officials, business & community reps.).
$90,000.00
2014

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

Ian Wallace Exhibition and Publication

Vancouver Art Gallery will present the first major Canadian retrospective of internationally renowned Vancouver artist Ian Wallace, celebrating his pioneering use of large-format images juxtaposed with monochrome painting, which has had a lasting impact on raising the status of photography nationally and internationally. Wallace mentored Vancouver artists including Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Ken Lum, Rodney Graham and Jeff Wall. The exhibition catalogue will be the first publication to fully assess Wallace’s career by combining interpretive essays, images of the artist’s work and selections from his extensive theoretical writings.
$90,000.00
2011

Watari Research Association

Eastside Integrated Youth Outreach Team

The Eastside Integrated Youth Team(EIYT) will provide outreach to youth in the Downtown Eastside six days weekly with the addition of two new members.The focus will be early intervention with youth under 19 who come into the community.The roles of these positions will include engagement, assessment, referral and follow-up with youth and the team of service providers/family that support them.Using the existing Hard Target Table as a point of entry, youth workers with EIYT will leverage their relationships with adult outreach teams, hotel staff and community members to identify new youth and intentionally engage with them to develop exit strategies.Existing connections with the youth serving system including MCFD, youth addictions, mental health, police and primary health care will allow youth workers to design and implement individualized case management response to each youth. The intention of these positions is to work effectively with a smaller number of youth as opposed to provide the broader outreach of general street outreach. One worker will have a psych nursing background.
$90,000.00
2013