Grants

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Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Tapping Into New Ideas - Promoting Sound Water Management in BC

This project will address key tools needed to better manage provincial water resources and to ensure their conservation. Two water policy briefs will be produced: one outlining a new framework for water use reporting (British Columbians do not have access to anything approaching a usable, publicly accessible database on water allocations and usage) and the other outlining a framework for ensuring that large industrial users of water pay adequately for the water they use, thus ensuring conservation and industry innovation.
$7,500.00
2011

Ecotrust Canada

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations
$10,000.00
2011

Evergreen

Uncover Still Creek

Through the “Uncover Still Creek” program, Evergreen will work with the City of Vancouver to rehabilitate priority municipal lands into spaces that welcome community members to spend time, provide vital habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species and mitigate high stormwater flows and poor water quality. The program aims to connect citizens with their watershed, encouraging them to take action both locally and as a community to ensure the health of Still Creek’s waters.
$15,000.00
2011

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society

FRDC's Outdoor Interpretive Panels

IIn the 1990s, the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) created a series of 22 visually exciting and thoughtprovoking interpretive panels which were displayed along a 1.3km riverfront boardwalk. The panels heighten awareness of environmental issues related to the Fraser River watershed; stimulate river advocacy and interpretation; and encourage community participation by fostering a stronger understanding, ownership and desire to act positively to affect the river's health. This project would replace damaged panels in September 2012 with updated design and information to coincide with Artists on the River, the FRDC’s annual festival celebrating Rivers Day.
$10,000.00
2011

Haisla Nation

Nanakila Guardian Watchmen

Nanakila was incorporated as a non-profit society on June 28, 2011. Part of the mission to, 'Conserve and restore all resources in Haisla and surrounding territory' is achieved through our Guardian Watchman program. Nanakila is a Haisla word meaning 'to stand guard over', Nanakila watchmen patrol the region stretching from the Kitamaat Valley in the north to the Kitlope Valley in the south - a total area of 13000 square kilometers. Haisla Territory includes pristine watersheds - Kiltope, Kowesas and Gilttoyees as well as some of the most heavily altered watersheds in British Columbia. In 1994 The Kitlope Heritage Conservancy with Provincial Park status was created and through an agreement with Kitamaat Village Council and BC Parks, Nanakila created the Watchman Program to manage the Conservancy. The agreement with BC Parks now encompasses patrols within the Haisla Territory including: Kitimat River Park, Wedeene Park, Coste Rocks, Kildala, Gilttoyees, Jesse Falls, Eagle Bay, Crab river, Shearwater, Klekane, Bishop Bay, Brim river, Sue Channel, and Kitlope Heritage Conservancy
$10,000.00
2011

LEPS

Bertrand Watershed Education Team (B-WET) Project

The B-WET project will foster private land stewardship on properties adjacent to Bertrand Creek, raise citizen awareness of watershed issues, and enhance and protect critical habitat for native and endangered species. To achieve this, Langley Environmental Partners Society will deliver stewardship information packages; work with property owners to provide practical stream stewardship advice; and work with landowners who are willing to enhance their streamside riparian area (the bank along the creek). The team will also offer watershed walking tours and Streamkeeper training (a watershed education program); watershed information presentations; school workshops; stream clean up, invasive species removal, streamside treeplanting and stormdrain marking events.
$25,000.00
2011

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities

Healthy Forests - Healthy Communities is an initiative to engage a wide range of stakeholders from across the Province in a conversation about the long-term health and vitality of the forest sector. The series will include professional foresters, conservationists, environmentalists, First Nations, business, academic and community members.
$10,000.00
2011

Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society

Restoring Wetlands in the Quamichan Watershed

The water quality of Quamichan Lake is negatively impacted by surface runoff. This project will involve watershed residents in the restoration of wetlands that will trap pollution, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and offer a meaningful opportunity for the community to be involved in a local stewardship initiative.
$15,000.00
2011

Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society Lagoon Society

A Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Sunshine Coast

The Lagoon Society will work collaboratively with other organizations to engage residents in biodiversity conservation, conduct a biodiversity assessment, and develop a regional biodiversity conservation strategy. We will bring together existing information and conduct new inventories and assessments to evaluate the current status of biodiversity, assess threats, and identify high priority areas for conservation and restoration. We will bring together scientists, land managers and stakeholders at a 3-day summit to develop a biodiversity conservation framework with common objectives, coordinated strategies and effective measures to conserve, enhance and monitor biodiversity in the region. By carrying out diverse public outreach activities, we will encourage and enable residents to assist with biodiversity conservation. In the long-term, this project will increase the capacity of our community to undertake sound stewardship of biodiversity and ensure that our region maintains a connected, biologically diverse network of habitats, healthy, resilient ecosystems and ecosystem services.
$40,000.00
2011

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

Nearshore and Shoreland Ecosystem Stewardship

Shoreline aquatic habitats, and the wildlife that depend on them, face increasing threats due to increasing coastal settlements, lack of education and poor shoreline planning. This initiative will work with waterfront property owners locally, regionally and up to the San Juan Islands in Washington State to address erosion challenges while conserving and enhancing wild ecosystems as part of the Islands Trust Green Shores for Homes Program. Activities will include mapping, monitoring and conducting educational workshops for the public and local governments.
$7,270.00
2011

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Our Water BC: Growing Support for a Modern Water Act in British Columbia

Support and participation from engaged citizens is critical to develop a robust water law in British Columbia. Sierra Club of BC will grow and nurture a provincial water movement that is ready and able to engage in the current Water Act policy process. They will use public events, social media and community organizing tools to build a large pool of engaged citizens eager to learn more about the issue and ultimately be willing to make their desires known to government for an equitable water future for BC.
$20,000.00
2011

Small Change Fund

Building Grassroots Action in British Columbia

Small Change Fund is changing the funding landscape for grassroots groups across Canada. We are connecting community projects, especially those in remote and rural areas, with donors through our innovative crowd-funding platform and communications campaigns. Without Small Change Fund, grassroots groups have few, if any, sources of support and channels to communicate their messages. Over the past year, we received more applications to support vital grassroots action taking place in British Columbia than any province/territory. B.C grassroots leaders clearly see Small Change Fund as an opportunity to secure resources to contend with their specific set of struggles around resource development and Aboriginal rights. Now, more than ever, grassroots leaders in British Columbia are mobilizing around the challenges they are facing in their communities. We want to answer the call of these leaders, and be responsive by offering the support they are asking of us.
$35,000.00
2011

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Protecting Fish Habitat and Freshwater in the Upper Fraser Basin

This project will further the work between the First Nations of the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) and Dr. Jack Stanford, a Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana specializing in river and freshwater ecology. It will combine Dr. Stanford’s impact assessment of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline on the Sutherland, Stuart, and Salmon Rivers within the YDA traditional territories with the traditional ecological knowledge holders of the YDA First Nations. The final results will inform the YDA traditional decision-making process.
$40,000.00
2011

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

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP) Transition Phase

In 2008, VIRCS became the first immigrant service agency in Canada to incorporate environmental education into its operations by creating the Multicultural Environmental Education Program (MEEP). MEEP functions by linking newcomers to community environmental programs and services which both engage newcomers in environmentalism and add cultural diversity to the work of environmental agencies. The ultimate objective is to promote a more inclusive and multicultural environmental movement. The initial funding structure of MEEP provided an adequate budget for the program development over a two-year period. The two-year period resulted in a well-developed program with a great public profile; however, funding for a full-time coordinator is no longer sustainable and we will no longer be able to retain a coordinator come late-March. To overcome these challenges we propose to create a sustainable program by interweaving environmentalism into the entire operations of VIRCS rather than continuing to run MEEP as an autonomous program.
$5,000.00
2011

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Enabling a Greener BC Economy: Law Reform for Forest Ecosystems & Climate Change

Policies are urgently needed in British Columbia to protect the environment and sustain BC communities in an era of climate change. This multi-year project will assess the existing laws governing BC forests (approximately 80% of BC's land base) and advocate for corresponding law and policy reform.
$40,000.00
2011

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

Lifelines - Protecting BC's Wild Species and Spaces

LIFELINES will educate British Columbians about endangered species, with a special focus on connecting children and youth to ten flagship species at risk in BC. British Columbia is one of only two Canadian provinces without an endangered species law, yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other. This project will mobilize the public, youth, and children to act, using video, photography, educational reports, outdoor slide shows, story-telling, social media, mainstream media, and student-generated art exhibits, to bring endangered species back into the minds, hearts and homes of British Columbians.
$35,000.00
2011

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Elk River Alliance Community-based Water Monitoring

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) encourages citizens to understand water quality, quantity and the water decisionmaking process as a necessary bridge to ensure long-term sustainability of water quality and flows. The project will integrate holistic watershed planning within the watershed and engage grassroots community participation. Through this project, the ERA aims to demostrate that community-based water monitoring can build relationships of accountability, transparency, respect and trust between citizens, government and private landowners.
$25,000.00
2011

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Keeping the Peace Fully Wild

The Peace River Break is the only connection between the abundant wildlife of northern BC and the Rocky Mountain Parks. This key ecosystem is currently threatened by poorly-planned road networks, coal mines, hydroelectric projects and other renewable energy developments which are outpacing the understanding of the area’s value to wildlife and traditional land uses. This project will raise awareness among decision makers of the region’s ecological importance and build the capacity of local organizations to advance policies and practices that protect and restore the vitality of the Peace River Break.
$60,000.00
2011

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

YNC Nature Mentors Initiative

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC (YNC) gets children aged 5-14 outside discovering nearby nature and experiencing hands-on learning about the natural sciences through: volunteer-led Nature Clubs in communities across BC, field trips with inspirational local experts, Citizen Science Projects and an Action Awards program. This grant will support the development of a nature mentors program by developing a database linking passionate biologists, naturalists and environmental educators with BC youth, creating a legacy of environmental awareness and action.
$10,000.00
2011