Search or browse below to see past Field of Interest grants. You may search by recipient organization name, project name, or city. Additionally, in the sidebar you may filter the grants displayed by year, interest or grant amount.

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

A Sound Move -Tele-intervention Project for Deaf Babies

This innovative project uses new technologies to provide direct service delivery to deaf/hard of hearing babies and children in rural, remote and underserviced BC communities. It counters geographic and financial challenges for persons whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. Sophisticated assistive-hearing technologies such as cochlear implants provide children who are deaf an opportunity to participate fully in a hearing world. Early intervention therapy is essential to ensure that an infant/child develops listening and speech skills to his or her maximum potential.

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

Chilliwack Community Services (CCS)delivers two dynamic adult upgrading programs in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). While parents pursue grade 9, 10 & 11 math and English upgrading courses their infant/toddler and preschool children receive free childcare in a high quality, literacy rich environment. Participant demographics include marginalized families, families living in poverty and “at risk” situations, First Nations, and immigrants. CCS has over 20 years experience in operating these family literacy programs. The agency’s Strategic Plan includes a goal of expanding both family literacy programs to operate 10 months a year, and a new and very exciting initiative to extend the program to include workplace essential skills. This expansion addresses the root causes of social and economic inequality by providing practical work place, pre-employment skills as well as one on one employment counseling. Participants may now register for 10 months wrap-around programming offering free upgrading with a UFV instructor, parenting instruction, workplace.


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

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.

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to develop curriculum for an upper-level, elective course entitled Sustainability Studies to be offered in our region. The aim of the course is build environmental awareness and leadership in high school students through innovative education. Sustainability Studies content will be relevant to students. Clayoquot Sound provides an ideal setting to introduce youth to a wide variety of perspectives, enabling in-depth and holistic investigations essential to understanding environmental issues. The region is also fortunate to host many local experts, from First Nations elders to scientists, who will be invited to work with the students. The course will focus on the connection between people and their environment, with units on topics such as sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement. The content will be developed through a collaborative process with input from students and teachers. As a regularly offered elective, the course will create an ongoing structure for youth engagement and hands-on learning.

Coast Foundation Society (1974)

Let's Get Cooking

Coast Mental Health has approached Inner City Youth and Vancouver Community College to form a partnership which would develop and present an educational cooking program for street and at risk of homelessness youth with mental illness. Vancouver Community College will design a cooking program especially for this population and their learning needs. Beginning in January 2013, Let’s Get Cooking will develop the youths’ food preparation and technical cooking skills and enhance their confidence and social skills. It will be a low barrier program so that the youth with mental illness can participate when they are able. Inner City Youth and Coast Mental Health social workers and psychiatrists will work with the youth to encourage their participation, support them in their recovery and in developing acceptable work behaviors. The youth with mental illness will be supported by the Coast Coordinator and Peers (people with lived experience of mental illness) to succeed in the college course, to seek employment, and to move from the street or transitional housing to permanent housing.

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

In 2013, CBEEN partnered with the National Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) to develop a National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic. This partnership engaged EECOM’s expertise in facilitation and developed CBEEN’s capacity to host future Leadership Clinics. Late in 2013, CBEEN and EECOM attended a Leadership Clinic hosted by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) which is seen as the leader in facilitating this type of regional event in Canada. The response to the National Leadership Clinic was extremely high, 88 educators vying for 32 spots. As a result, CBEEN has highlighted this opportunity in its most recent strategic plan, and would like to host a series of three annual regional Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinics from 2015-2017. In order to make this happen, we have partnered with local organizations such as the six school districts in our region, Parks Canada and Wildsight. Each Clinic would engage 8 teams of 4 educators from across the region.

Communica: Dialogue and Resolution Services Society


To redevelop our existing school-based programs into one program for developing conflict management & communication skills for elementary schools with an emphasis on cultural inclusion and competency for the whole school community. This program is based on extensive targeted, thematic research in anti-bullying, conflict management education, and programming for newcomer children. It will include expansion of existing curriculum to include grades K-5 (currently aimed at grades 3 & 4), development of materials for families and school staff, development and inclusion of formative and summative evaluations and training for facilitators. We will work in partnership with at least one pilot school and will maintain our strong relationship with School District 61 leadership. We will move away from a 'pull out' model for working with newcomers and towards a more diversity-inclusive group model. There will be a strong emphasis on the links between thinking and behaviour.


Snewaylh-Aboriginal Teachings

Snewaylh is the Squamish word for "teachings". CRES, in conjunction with Vancouver Co-op Radio, is working on a project to help re-vitalize the teachings of the Aboriginal language by bringing Aboriginal youth and elders together and by using new technologies to pass on traditional teachings. We are using the aural medium of radio to support the vital need to preserve the oral teachings of Aboriginal languages and cultures. The Snewaylh radio program uses the airwaves to teach both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities about the languages and traditions of the original peoples. This project engages two Aboriginal youth to produce a radio show as an important way of developing pride and understanding of their culture while gaining concrete, transferable skills. The project comes full circle when the youth become mentors themselves, training a new generation of volunteers to produce the show and thereby ensuring the sustainability for the radio show while gaining another important component of experiential learning themselves.

Decoda Literacy Foundation

Micro-credentials for adult literacy learners

Decoda Literacy Solutions is adopting the Mozilla Open Badge concept to provide a literacy and essential skills credential system for adults who participate in community-based literacy programs. These programs are generally outside of formal education systems and do not have transcripts and certificates to identify learning. The use of a micro-credential system will assist in improving program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support as they move to further education and employment. Literacy practitioners across the province have agreed that this would be an important step forward. Together with volunteer literacy tutors and adult learners, they have provided input about how the credential system should look and work in general. Digital micro-credentials, such as open badges, are a new way to capture and communicate what an individual knows and can demonstrate. They can represent more granular specific skills or achievements than most credentials issued in formal education systems. A set of open digital badges for adult literacy program participants has been developed based on current commonly used competency benchmarks. This project will test the use of that set of badges as well as the development of further relevant badges by adult literacy learners. It will also provide a basis for introducing the badges to employers, employment agencies and other education providers to test the value of the credentials where adults will use them.

Adult Literacy and Essential Skills Learner Credential

Decoda Literacy Solutions is adopting the Mozilla Open Badge concept to develop an Adult Literacy and Essential Skills credential system for adult learners who participate in community literacy programs. These programs are outside of formal education systems and therefore do not have courses, transcripts and certificates to identify learning. A credential system has been identified as a key aspect of assisting people to move into employment. The Decoda credential system concept will be developed by the late summer of 2014. This request to the Vancouver Foundation is to help provide training, consultation and feedback sessions on the credential for community adult literacy providers in 9 regions in the fall of 2014. We believe that the use of the Decoda Open Badge learner credential by community-based adult literacy providers offers an innovative approach to improving educational access and program completion rates for adult learners, as well as increased support for adults as they move to further education and employment.

Decoda Literacy Conference

Decoda Literacy Conference

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.

Ecotrust Canada

North Coast Innovation Lab

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative which will generate, implement, and scale innovative community designed and driven ideas for a vibrant and inclusive local economy in Prince Rupert. This project will complement the City’s vision for Prince Rupert and test how an intentionally designed innovation lab will bring capacity, resources, creativity, and solutions to bear on the serious problems facing the community. Because this is about systems change at a community level, there is potential for social innovation across a number of fronts. I.e. new partnerships between entrepreneurs, the business community, and academic institutions can change resource flows in terms of capital, human resources, and authority; and collaboration between indigenous and municipal governments can change policy and create active partnerships. The NCIL will build on learnings from the Local Economic Development (LED) Lab, an Ecotrust Canada collaboration with RADIUS SFU, place- based in Vancouver’s inner city, which was supported by the Vancouver Foundation in 2015. The theory, process and design of the NCIL is modeled on LEDLab but will scale beyond a neighbourhood level and test applicability in a municipal and northern context. As a holding place for creative collaborations, co-generating solutions, and adapting and prototyping new approaches, the Lab will play a key role in activating and actioning ideas coming forward through community engagement and visioning.

Local Economic Development Lab.

The Urban Economic Innovation Lab (the Lab) is a place-based initiative which will generate, implement, and scale innovative community-designed and driven ideas for a vibrant and inclusive local economy in Vancouver’s inner city, with relevance, we hope, for other urban contexts. A deep collaboration between Ecotrust Canada, RADIUS SFU, and a growing number of inner city partners, the Lab is designed to support community organizations, local governments, entrepreneurs and civil society in working together to activate the recently passed Downtown Eastside (DTES) Local Area Plan (LAP), catalyzing opportunities for inner city residents and organizations to increase their economic independence. The Lab will work closely with community stakeholders over three years to identify current challenges, and test potential solutions using rapid prototyping/assessment and business model development methodologies. The Lab will also provide 30 living wage, full-time internship opportunities for graduate students able to advance this work in strategic ways, which helps address a labour market and talent gap in Canada’s social economy through training and development opportunities, while adding rigour to our analysis of what works, and what can be shared.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

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.

Family Support Institute (FSI)

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.

Family Support Institute of B.C.

Navigating Social and Sexual Relationships

Young adults with disabilities have systemically been excluded in accessing sexuality education tailored to diverse learning needs. Intentional community based sexuality education opportunities for youth with disabilities is necessary to address conflict among educators, service providers and parents about what and how to teach which can leave youth without any sexuality education. Developing healthy sexual expression provides an opportunity to be fully ‘seen’ and communities can address stigma related to recognizing individuals with disabilities as sexual beings. Community based education provides meaningful interaction while supporting responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Student Citizenship through Shannens Dream

Shannen's Dream is a campaign uniting First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples to understand the education inequities on reserve and to take action to ensure all children attend good schools and receive a proper education that prepares them to achieve their dreams. The campaign encourages critical analysis of the historic and contemporary relationship between First Nations and others, and provides practical ideas about how to address current inequities. Our project will foster community engagement and student learning about child rights, citizenship, and democratic engagement through suggested learning activities. Awareness of Shannen's Dream will be facilitated through presentations, webinars, the Nstional Film Board documentary “Hi-Ho Mistahey!” and concrete activities like the Our Dreams Matter Too walk on June 11. This project will promote new learning and relationships between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples and help ensure that First Nations children in British Columbia have the same educational opportunities that all other children enjoy.

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.

Fresh Air Learning

Spreading Our Branches: Investigating Opportunities for Forest School Expansion in Metro Vancouver

Our project will create stronger connections between those who are part of the Metro Vancouver forest school movement. We will bring together existing catalysts in this movement interact with an eye to building an integrated plan to address the needs of children in our region. Anticipated participants include elementary school, early childhood, and outdoor educators, parents, staff from teacher education programs, and others who are part of the support system for this work, such as land managers and parent community developers. During a series of facilitated meetings, we will do the following: Identify key players who are currently part of or connected to the forest school movement Invite these individuals to a gathering in the late fall or winter of 2016 In the spring of 2017, hold small group meetings focused on areas such as teacher education, early childhood program development, elementary program development, and out of school care. The goals of the meetings will be as follows: Share resources and develop opportunities to learn from one another Understand how broader institutions such as child care licensing or teacher education can support this work Examine the needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop programs in different areas or for different groups of people Work with catalysts to determine what support they need to advance their projects. This process will develop a more cohesive plan for outdoor learning in Metro Vancouver.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Community Capacity Development for Promoting Social Inclusion for Young Children

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now occurs in about 1 in 110 children in BC and is the fastest growing developmental disability. The ability for social play, interaction, and communication is one of the primary deficits of children with ASD. They are at risk of being rejected, alienated, and bullied within their community environment. Schools and families are searching for new and unique ways to support children with ASD and their peers. This project will provide much needed capacity within BC communities to improve the well being of children with ASD and have a long term impact on their development. We will work in partnership with community implementation teams made up of of local professionals and parents to provide the materials and the necessary skills for them to support the implementation of a new, innovative program called, "Can I Play Too?", in their schools and other community settings. The project will support and improve the quality of life for young children aged 3 to 12 with autism, their families and their typically developing peers both individually and as a whole.

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst in Pacheedaht First Nation

Frontier College’s CLC program builds local capacity and provides innovative, year-round literacy support that is 1) responsive to local needs, and 2) integrated within existing programs and services. Frontier College hires a local community member (the CLC) to work closely with an existing Frontier College staff member, who provides training and mentorship. Together, staff conduct an initial needs assessment among community stakeholders to determine priorities and opportunities strengthened literacy skills. The CLC then works with community members to design and run a series of pilot activities that respond to local culture, heritage, and community conditions. Gradually, Frontier College shifts from on-site training and mentorship to remote support and advice, as the community takes ownership of programming. Frontier College works in collaboration with host communities – we go where we are needed, and where we are invited. The CLC program represents a new approach to a social and educational system in which Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the centre of community-driven education initiatives. Furthermore, the CLC program significantly enhances a host community’s resource capacity.

Green Bricks Education Society

Green Collar Choices:

Career Workshop for Secondary Students to explore Emerging Sustainability Careers Proposed Date: 02/14 Yr 1, 02/15 Yr 2, 02/16 Yr 3 This interactive career workshop will be offered (free) to 125 grade 10 students & will allow participants the opportunity to: - Meet & interact with amazing & successful people who will share their sustainability career paths in 4-5 breakout, roundtable sessions. 20-30 career mentors will share their career journeys, detailing education requirements, job prospects & salary expectations - Learn about emerging sustainability career opportunities in BC - Find out what it takes to reach their goals - Practice networking skills. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide young people with the opportunity to interact with career mentors from various sustainability related professions who have excelled in their green careers and willing to share their journey. The workshop will begin with an inspirational keynote address. During lunch the participants will have a chance to engage in a group activity on networking & conclude with a wrap-up session.

Heiltsuk Tribal Council

Bridge to Learning

The Bridge to Learning Program will support adult learners who have not been in the education system for 15 years or more. It will provide the following activities: 1. Adult Learning Educational preparation and Learning Plans - Assessment testing, Learning plans, Program placement 2. Lifeskills Program - Time management, Organizational skills, Essential Skills Program - are needed for work, learning and life; are the foundation for learning all other skills; help people evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. 5. Heiltsuk Cultural Traditional Learning 6. Art and Cultural Program - Students will participate in a traditional art class where they will make a drum and will also participate in traditional food gathering depending on season. 7. Bridging the gap - reconnection to the community elders - Elders will be invited into the classroom to support the adult learners.