Grants

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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

Nelson CARES Society

Earth Matters ECO Store Year 3

Earth Matters ECO Store Year 3
$49,650.00
2010

Neworld Theatre Society

King Arthur and His Knights

King Arthur and His Knights is a three-year collaborative partnership with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) in Burnaby. It has four components: 1) The creation/production of a full-length show co-written by Niall McNeil, an artist with Down Syndrome (DS), and featuring an equally integrated cast (4 actors with DS, 5 without). It will be presented at two of Canada’s best-known arts festivals, Luminato in Toronto and the PuSh Festival in Vancouver (tbc); 2) Three years of workshops and creative development at the Down Syndrome Research foundation, working with a broad range of the DSRF’s clientele; 3) A pilot residency for an artist with Down Syndrome at Neworld; 4) Outreach/methodology-sharing with local disability arts organizations, Kickstart & Stagedoor/PosAbilities This collaboration is built on the success of a pilot, our 2011 PuSh Festival co-production, Peter Panties, which DSRF Executive Director Dawn McKenna described as, “the most profound example of creative inclusion I have ever experienced.” This show is commissioned by the Luminato Festival in Toronto (Canada's largest performing arts festival), with support from the National Arts Centre and the Banff Playwrights Colony. We believe the scale of this experiment with creative inclusion and collaboration between people of differing abilities offers enormous opportunities for our partners, our own learning, and tangible potential impact on the performance sector across the country.
$115,500.00
2015

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

North Shore Disability Resource Centre Association (NSDRC)

InclusionWorks North Shore

Using the award-winning InclusionWorks model from Victoria BC as an example of how to support youth exiting secondary school and in their first five years of their transition into adulthood, a group of 8 families from North and West Vancouver would like to work with community partners such as Capilano Continuing Education, the District of West Vancouver and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, and other agencies, on a pilot project. The project involves collaborating to provide age-appropriate community-based programming that focuses on educational, recreational, social and volunteer opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities. This pilot project involves developing a model where families pool their financial resources and in working with community partners, design and coordinate weekly activities for their young people that help them maintain the active and stimulating lifestyle that they led while in the public school system. Using the InclusionWorks (IW) model, families who have opted for Individualized Funding from Community Living BC (CLBC) pool their funds and work with a group of community-based partners to create programming with the goal of building experience, independence, inclusion, and life-long learning for young people with developmental disabilities in their first five years after graduating from the public school system.
$10,000.00
2015

Pathways Abilities Society

Foundation for Employment Year 3

The time of transition from the secondary school system into the workforce can be difficult for young adults who have developmental disabilities. While some of them may have had unpaid work experience as part of their secondary curriculum, this appears to be insufficient to prepare them for pursuing a livelihood after leaving the school system. This project over two years has provided supports to sixteen individuals (eight per year) with developmental disabilities that are still involved in the secondary school system, and will provide supports to a further eight youth in the coming year. Supports are provided to assist these youth in securing and maintaining part-time employment in evenings or on weekends. Job development literature makes clear that personal connections are the best way to secure employment. This project will assist youth to begin to build a foundation network of employment contacts, through paid work experience, establishing employment contacts, and networking in the business community. This is not a job "readiness" program. The project is based on the premise that most of the workforce began to work for money in their teens, and that people learn about work through working. Follow up monitoring is conducted after the students leave the secondary school system to determine what impact having employment and developing employment contacts has on their transition into the adult workforce.
$21,424.82
2013

Foundations for Employment

Foundations for Employment
$20,603.00
2011

Foundation for Employment

Foundation for Employment
$20,313.00
2010

Port Alberni Association for Community Living

Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP)

Our agency would like to pilot a Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) for youth with special needs in the summer of 2015. This request is in response to the various provincial initiatives focusing on employment for persons with developmental disabilities and the need for transitional planning for youth with special needs. With relevance to this funding application, our agency currently offers an Employment Program that is extremely successful. However, we are only able to offer this service to our adult population at this point in time. One of the primary goals of this proposed project is to build that relationship with the youth and to support a seamless transition once they enter into adult services and programs; building familiarity with our staff and program would enhance their chances of gaining successful employment as an adult. The objectives of the SWEP would be to provide a positive and successful work experience for the youth through support, encouragement and on-the-job assistance so they will have the confidence to pursue employment as an adult..
$9,220.00
2014

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Don't Sweat It: Promoting System Sustainability and Employment (Formerly titled Lady Bug Art Gardens) Year 2

$46,280.00
2011

Potluck Cafe Society

Recipes for Success

Recipes for Success (RFS) grew from more than a decade of experience working with employees from the community and the frustration of frequently failed attempts to transition those same employees into more permanent positions elsewhere. Most often this failure resulted from a lack of opportunities or a lack of human relations capacity to ensure that the job remained meaningful and supportive. For the past 2 years RFS has been working with value driven employers to promote Social Impact Employment. During those 2 years we’ve worked with 27 “traditional” employers and 6 social enterprises – each has told us the same thing: the HR best practices shared by RFS and the additional capacity provided by our Employment Support Workers help employees with identified barriers stay in the workplace. In other words, RFS is creating value for both employers and employees, and contributing to the long-term sustainability of meaningful work opportunities. With this next iteration of our work we are proposing to test an on-demand system of competency-based training supported by a digital badging campaign. At the core of this social innovation is a desire to realign the basic routines, resource flows and beliefs that are preventing the widespread adoption of Social Impact Employment; our goal is to recognize and champion the strengths and abilities of our program participants, and in the process to support the creation of a more inclusive, accessible and resilient local economy.
$75,000.00
2015

Powell River Brain Injury Society

Work for LIfe

K-Lumet is the product that will be produced through the Work for Life program. It is a unique program that will employ persons with disabilities and create new innovative partnerships in our community. It will afford persons in Powell River who are living with an acquired brain injury to gain skills and work in an environment which allows them to work at their own pace and capacity. K-Lumet is a product that uses waste wood and recycled products to produce a fire starter which we expect will soon become a household name in British Columbia, starting with Powell River. Our innovative idea is to train mangers in the production method of this product, which is an assembly line. We will then assess each of our brain injury population clients, of which we have over 200, to see where best their skill set is to fit in to the production line. We will train them in safety and first aid and will pay them hourly with a livable wage. Each brain injury is unique and each worker will be supported as they learn new skills and increase their self worth though becoming productive members of a collective that is all working together toward the same goal. That goal is for them to have a wage, usually which will supplement a disability pension, and to help create self-sufficiency of the Society that that supports them. It is a reciprocal win win for all involved. It is expected that this program will eventually create partnerships with other disability service providers in our area.
$10,000.00
2015

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Employability Skills Workshops

Our clients have numerous challenges in their attempts to find employment ranging from the pure physical disabilities that create limitations to psychological issues that create further barriers. In order to assist these individuals in overcoming these barriers there are a number of basic skills in which they require training, which we define as Employability Skills. The program we offer provides ongoing workshops covering a number of topics including Career Exploration and Job Search, Memory and Attention Skills, Basic Internet Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Resume Writing, Job Interview role plays, Job Retention, Personal Presentation (hygiene), Time Management and Conflict Resolution. We have determined that all of these skill sets are extremely important when trying to place our clients into employment and have a direct impact on their ability to not only obtain a job but also to retain their job.
$25,870.00
2011

Prince George Brain Injury Group Society

Working for a Living Year 4

Working for a Living Year 4
$25,000.00
2010

Realwheels Society

Breaking Barriers in Business Through Inspirational Speaking

In 2010-11, Realwheels founding artistic director and award-winning producer James Sanders successfully inspired audiences of small-business employers to the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Over the course of 12 months, we will polish the presentation structure and associated materials, solidify partnerships, identify new audiences, and build a marketing plan for the continuation of the project as a social enterprise, thus providing an alternative revenue stream to Realwheels. Combining entertainment and advocacy, our multimedia presentations spark the interests of employers in exploring how their organizations may become more inclusive of people with disabilities. Partnerships with disability resource organizations ensure that employers’ inspiration can be effectively translated into action. Our objective is more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and broader understanding of the benefits of hiring employees with disabilities across the corporate, small business and non-profit sectors.
$15,000.00
2011

Motivational Speaking

Motivational Speaking
$10,000.00
2010

Richmond Society for Community Living

Youth Employment Program

Youth Employment Program
$85,925.00
2011

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living

Rotary at Work BC

Participating Rotary Clubs take on the role of educating their members and businesses about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and the importance of creating stronger and more vibrant communities.Once a business considers filling vacancies with people who have a disability, Rotary at Work will connect employers to local employment agencies.The Rotary Liaison will create and manage a database of Supported employment agencies that are equipped to match job seekers to postions. The www.employmentforall.ca website is designed to educate and provide a seamless way for employers to request supported employment services in their area.Once the employer registers their services request the Rotary Liaison will match a Supported Employment service which will collaborate to;locate potential candidates who have a disability,pre-screening these candidates,provide on-the-job training,assist with workplace accommodations and provide on-going support.Rotary Clubs recognize the benefits of people who have a disability. Tapping into this labour pool is good business.
$62,100.00
2014

Salt Spring Island Community Services

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a vocational development program for adults with employment barriers. It provides individual and group-based training and support, work experience placements, and supported work search. The target group is marginalized and vulnerable people including those with disabilities, mental health issues, addictions, social isolation, poverty, and limited life skills. A second program priority is finding or developing positive, flexible and accommodating work placements for experience and entry level paid employment. The program has been overwhelmed with both the numbers and complexity of need of participants. Half of the people applying or referred to the program have chronic mental health, disabilities/autism complicated by many other challenges such as inadequate housing and poverty. On the other hand there is a rapidly increasing food security movement in the community which brings many entry level work opportunities. It is our intention to develop a farm/garden skills component to the program designed specifically for the participants with the highest needs.
$75,000.00
2013

School District #36 - Surrey

Warehousing Employment Project

Warehousing Employment Project
$20,000.00
2010

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

Mentorship Employment Prorgam

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.
$30,000.00
2011

South Okanagan Similkameen Mental Wellness Society

Connections and Supports in Employment for Mental Health Consumers - Year 2

Connections and Supports in Employment for Mental Health Consumers - Year 2
$49,000.00
2010

South Okanagan/ Similkameen Brain Injury Society

Employment Outreach Program

Employment Outreach Program
$52,250.00
2011

Employment Outreach Program (EOP)

Employment Outreach Program (EOP)
$48,460.00
2010

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