Grants

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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

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

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

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

EMBERS

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support

EMBERS Staffing Solutions - Employment Support
$50,000.00
2010

Inclusion BC

Phase 2 Opening Doors to Work 2

Phase 2 Opening Doors to Work 2
$50,000.00
2010

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise Year 3

The Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise project is a catering business that specializes in Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine. This service offers high quality food while training and employing adults with special needs. Participants learn all the elements of how to work and operate a catering business. These include meal preparations, food safety, and customer service. Participants are paid an hourly rate for their service. This is led by Bagel Club Catering trained staff, assisted by outside professionals such as chefs, nutritionists, and business people. Participants are trained and employed with Bagel Club Catering with the goal of part time employment. This project meets the growing need of training and employment opportunities for able special needs adults. Our persons served want to contribute to their community and society. It heightens their self worth and allows them to increase their income and lessen reliance on government funds. In addition, we see that in the past year there is a great need for this business in the community.
$50,000.00
2012

Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise

The Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise project is a catering business that specializes in Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine. This service offers high quality food while training and employing adults with special needs. Participants learn all the elements of how to work and operate a catering business. These include meal preparations, food safety, and customer service. Participants are paid an hourly rate for their service. This is led by Bagel Club Catering trained staff, assisted by outside professionals such as chefs, nutritionists, and business people. Participants are trained and employed with Bagel Club Catering with the goal of part time employment. This project meets the growing need of training and employment opportunities for able special needs adults. Our persons served want to contribute to their community and society. It heightens their self worth and allows them to increase their income and lessen reliance on government funds. In addition, we see that in the past year there is a great need for this business in the community.
$50,000.00
2011

JustWork Economic Initiative

Social Enterprise Support Years 2 & 3

Our mission is to foster employment for individuals facing major barriers to work, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities. We do this through the social enterprises we support which provide (a) sustained, dignified, and meaningful employment for our participants and (b) a way for consumers to support social values through their purchases. Social enterprises have gained recognition as excellent tools for providing employment to individuals facing barriers to work, including those with disabilities. Through our own social enterprise work since 2006, we too have had success: 30 individuals facing major barriers had employment in 2010, 28 of these faced a disability, 17 of those 28 have been employed for more than one year, and 11 have been employed for more than two years.
$55,000.00
2012

Social Enterprise Development and Support

Our mission is to foster employment for individuals facing major barriers to work, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities. We do this through the social enterprises we support which provide (a) sustained, dignified, and meaningful employment for our participants and (b) a way for consumers to support social values through their purchases. Social enterprises have gained recognition as excellent toold for providing employment to individuals facing barriers to work, including those with disabilities. Through our own social enterprise work since 2006, we too have had success: 30 individuals facing major barriers had employment in 2010, 28 of these faced a disability, 17 of those 28 have been employed for more than one year, and 11 have been employed for more than two years.
$50,000.00
2011

Nanaimo Association for Community Living

COCO's Catering Project

The purpose of COCO's Catering Project is to help fulfill the cafe's mission. Catering will allow us to provide increased employment hours and expand the diversity of work experience for our staff with developmental disabilities. Catering has been identified as critical to helping the cafe achieve financial sustainability. It is anticipated that catering would also bring additional marketing and advertising benefits to the cafe, which would be incredibly beneficial for our small social enterprise. The project involves renovating the kitchen area, to offer more space that is suitably designed and equipped for preparing catering orders. This would greatly benefit our staff with developmental disabilities who can find working in confined spaces difficult and who also frequently suffer with back issues along with other mobility challenges. This renovation would allow us to undertake catering and at the same time better accommodate our staff with developmental disabilities by providing a bigger and more effectively designed workspace.
$50,000.00
2013

NACLWorks! "Employment First" Bridging Project

Nanaimo Association for Community Living supports and advocates for citizens with developmental disabilities and the people who care for them by promoting inclusion through various residential and community opportunities, activities, and services. NACL would like to continue its development by expanding its successful employment service, and requires financial assistance in bridging the gap between now and when our next day program employee is due to retire. This assistance will allow us to meet the employment needs of an additional five to seven job seekers without negatively impacting our staff or participants in our day program. Our intention is to continue our gradual transition to a more diversified model of service delivery. This transition time is an opportunity for people who want to work to have the means to access support, in order to reach their employment goals.
$60,000.00
2011

Neil Squire Society

Employ-Ability in West Kelowna

The Neil Squire Society will partner with First College in West Kelowna, to deliver our Employ-Ability program. It is a twelve week program for people with physical disabilities, and will be delivered online and supported with a local facilitator. The core modules of Employ-Ability are Career Development, and Wellness for Work. Graduates of the Employ-Ability program have an action plan for better health, a plan to enter the labour market, and a clear career goal. The financial support of the Vancouver Foundation will support the staffing costs and the rent for the classroom space to deliver the program. Over two years, this project will: - Launch the Employ-Ability program at First College; - Market the program to local service providers, agencies, people with disabilities and other local stakeholders; - Serve 40 people with disabilities over two years; - Assist at least 20 people to move onto employment or further education; - Establish a local Disability Services Committee to sustain programming based on community needs.
$56,000.00
2014

North Island College Foundation Trust Fund

Employment Transition Construction Labourer Program

The Construction Labourer Employment Transition (CL-ET) program is a unique and innovative program designed by North Island College to provide skills-based Post Secondary Education to learners who experience barriers to education and employment due the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and brain injuries. The program offers a unique, hands-on, active-learning approach, combining employment skills, workplace essential skills, and carpentry skills. The program also offers valuable life supports through community mentors who provide one-on-one guidance and training to the students in a number of areas where the impact of their disability causes barriers or challenges e.g. budgeting, transportation, and food preparation. On completion of the program, persons with disabilities will acquire employment skills to help them maintain work and acquire entry level construction skills leading to employment opportunities as construction labourers or carpenter assistants. North Island College's Construction Labourer - Employment Transition program is the only program of its kind in BC.
$50,455.00
2014

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Mentorship Employment Program (MEP) - Years 2 & 3

The Mentorship Employment Program will provide opportunities for both young adults with developmental disabilities and the local business communities to broaden their expectations of how persons with disabilities can meaningfully contribute in the workplace. The Program will help participants discover and develop their interests and skills in the pursuit of employment opportunities, and will facilitate increased accessibility and inclusion in Sea to Sky communities and labour markets. The Program will provide participants with opportunities to explore 3 employment options through supported unpaid and short term employment experience in order to find the best/most appropriate employment opportunities, where both employee and employer needs are satisfied. SSCS is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver this program using our related experience and existing collaborative networks. We have been helping adults in their career choices since 1990 and have worked effectively with partners in many of our employment and disability focused programs.
$60,000.00
2012

South Okanagan/ Similkameen Brain Injury Society

Employment Outreach Program

Employment Outreach Program
$52,250.00
2011

Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living

Garden to Table Food Hub

SCACL is embarking on a three year initiative to develop their commercial store front into a sustainable social enterprise that offers community inclusion and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. The concept is to operate a "Garden to Table Food Hub". The store front would offer sales of local produce and value added food products, resources, training in food production and catering, sustainable gardening workshops, community kitchens and a shared commercial kitchen. The "Food Hub" would offer exciting sustainable employment opportunities in agriculture and food production and expand social and community inclusion opportunities to persons who are marginalized by traditional work hours and places. The idea for the project came from meeting other successful social enterprises such as SOLE Foods in Vancouver and the growing of our own food over the past two years. SCACL has been meeting for over a year with community groups about the concept of the "Food Hub" and has several partnerships and consultants in place to assist in the development and success of the project.
$60,000.00
2012

The Cridge Centre for the Family

Feeding the Future

Feeding the Future is a social enterprise developing as a natural (pun intended) extension of The Cridge Brain Injury Services' successful community garden and community cooking programs. What began in 2010 as a community cooking program that balanced education and application has grown in response to client feedback to include an on-property community garden. Clients who complete the community cooking program have continued to meet and share their resources and knowledge in community kitchens. Feeding the Future will use produce grown by Cridge Brain Injury Service clients, create value-added nutritional foods with the skills learned in the community cooking program, and sell the resulting goods weekly at neighbourhood farmers markets. Clients will be encouraged to explore their own areas of interest in the social enterprise, building meaningful employment skills in business planning and development, marketing, and customer service as well as the gardening and cooking they are already becoming expert in.
$51,418.00
2014