Grants

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ACORN Institute Canada

Healthy Homes Project

Tenants in Surrey often have to live in housing that has detrimental effects on their health and well being due to poor maintenance of the rental property. This project will create dialogue between city staff and politicians, tenants and other key stakeholders, starting civic debate, and conversations that include effected low and moderate income tenants, about policy solutions that the city can enact or amend to build a livable city for everyone.
$27,000.00
2011

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House - Welcoming Neighbours Initiative

The Welcoming Neighbours Initiative aims to provide newcomers to Vancouver’s westside with much needed opportunities for meaningful social inclusion, language practice and increased community literacy. This is one of the only programs on the westside to facilitate access and inclusion for isolated, vulnerable newcomers and will provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for newcomers and new immigrants. The project includes volunteer training in cross-cultural community literacy, inclusive approaches and language support.
$20,000.00
2010

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women

The project, Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women, has two major aims. First, to consult with transition houses that serve Aboriginal Women on and off reserve and to consult with Aboriginal women who have either previously accessed transition house services or those who have been turned away from accessing transition house services in a minimum of two communities across BC. Second, based on the research, to develop and implement promising practices to better serve Aboriginal Women, to pilot these practices and to externally evaluate these practices to see if Aboriginal Women are able to access transition houses and if they are served in a culturally appropriate manner while accessing these services. All aspects of the project will be led by a project Advisory Committee and overseen by a Project Coordinator. The project Advisory Committee will be comprised of transition houses that serve a large number of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Women with lived experience, BC Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence for BC and other groups.
$25,000.00
2013

Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Central Vancouver Island

Building the Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections

Lake Trail is a low-income neighbourhood in Courtenay, BC. It has the highest crime rate in the Comox Valley. This project will coordinate a Lake Trail inter-agency committee to support project activities and meet neighbourhood needs; facilitate partnership development between Lake Trail School, service agencies and residents; and establish community-building activities at Lake Trail School (such as after-school and weekend programs for youth, families, and seniors; community meetings to address issues, social activities and a school/community garden).
$30,000.00
2010

BrainTrust Canada

Improving Social Connections for Persons with Brain Injury

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 44. People with acquired brain injury are often marginalized and do not have many social connections that are unpaid. BrainTrust Canada is often their only support system, primarily operating during daytime, weekday hours. However, much of active and healthy community life occurs outside of agency hours. Persons with brain injury experience many barriers to accessing their community after business hours when most social contact occurs for people. Cognitive impairments such as memory difficulties, issues with initiating, organizing and/or planning a task or activity, and challenges navigating their community and public transportation often lead to isolation and loneliness. In addition, transportation options are limited in the Central Okanagan on evenings and weekends for people with a disability. This program would allow greater mobility and community access during these times of day to help build natural connections and increase their overall level of independence and quality of life.
$21,630.00
2013

Burnaby Community Connections Society Burnaby Community Services

Homes for All: Building Communities, Building Homes

This project will mobilize community support for a continuum of housing and associated services, bringing together groups including the City of Burnaby, the provincial and federal governments and the Burnaby Board of Trade to collaborate on addressing affordable housing and homelessness. A full-time coordinator will build community support and the relationships needed to achieve a common vision and commitment to address this urgent social issue.
$21,000.00
2011

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss

Canada is a prosperous and technologically advanced society yet many Canadians with vision loss are excluded from social and economic opportunities. The lack of skills training and support results in 65% unemployment of working age adults with vision loss and 50% earning less than $20,000 annually. The harsh reality is only 45% of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school compared to 90% of sighted kids. To tackle these challenges, CNIB Specialists train those with vision loss to access information using assistive devices. These devices coupled with the skills taught by CNIB Specialists increases self-reliance, personal capacity and the ability to be productive, contributing community members. Our project, Ensuring Accessibility for British Columbians with Vision Loss, ensures no one in our province with vision loss is denied the fundamental right to access information. With your support we will expand our stock of assistive devices to eliminate our wait list and meet the increasing demand for vision rehabilitation services and equipment in British Columbia.
$20,000.00
2014

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Hub

While NFNs successfully work at the neighbourhood level, there is an identified need for NFNs to scale up their efforts for higher levels of influence. Networks now formally collaborate through a city-wide working group — the foundation for the hub —where they continue to expand on best practices, mentor new NFNs, and undertake joint projects. The recent 'Sustainability on the Table' (attached) report presents recommendations for Vancouver’s NFNs to build Network capacity and sustainability in order to move NFNs forward in their intent to create city-wide food systems change and increasing levels of food security among marginalized populations. We are therefore seeking resources to help NFNs follow through on several of the report’s recommendations in the following priority areas over a three year period. 1. Increase supports to participate in various policy tables, committees and engagement processes 2. Develop city-wide NFNs communications 3. Build a business case for NFN development and funding 4. Support workshops and professional development opportunities
$30,000.00
2012

Renfrew-Collingwood Intercultural Neighbourhood Development:Connecting Diversity

The project is designed to increase intercultural capacity of workers and organizations in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood and elsewhere. This need was identified by planning processes in the neighbourhood and similar interests expressed through the Vancouver Foundation, and BC Government Non Profit Initiative (GNPI). Steered by a diverse intercultural team of citizens and sectors from Renfrew-Collingwood and informed by related initiatives, a team of volunteers will be trained, coached and mentored to disseminate the unique Renfrew -Collingwood intercultural developmental case study(captured in written books, papers, film, and digital stories) using social media, dialogues, presentations and workshops. This capacity building approach will benefit the local neighbourhood and places in BC. It allows deeper reflection, assists in creating an approach for neighbourhood strategy and infastructure development, increases intercultural connectors and resource people, mobilizes intercultural actions through citizen engagement and creates vital signs to monitor advancements.
$25,200.00
2012

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Food Shift: Building a Sustainable Food System for BC's Capital Region

This project will develop an implementation strategy for the regional food security plan, and initiate two major demonstration projects in municipally-supported agriculture. It will provide both an enabling policy environment for a sustainable food and agriculture system in the Capital Region, and support two practical initiatives in rural and urban-rural interface settings. The project is supported by municipalities that will create new supports, infrastructure, learning, land leases, marketing and community garden opportunities. It will also share learning and models with others working on similar issues and promote an integrated, multi-stakeholder hub for future work.
$30,000.00
2011

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Welcoming Spaces Project

The development of our Community Council in 2013 initiated a process of more active involvement in the programming and running of the NH. Residents clearly identified that one of the things that set the NH apart within the many services offered in the DTES, was the fact that the NH embraced and welcomed them in a variety of capacities: member, visitor, contributor, programmer. Because of this exciting feedback we are mindful that our success lies in the critical dimension of allowing those involved to shape and control their lives in meaningful ways. Our projects engage a “many hearths theory” or a multiple small groups approach to build community capacity. We also recognize that healing is a necessary part of development in our community. Our project involves piloting program development through 6 key projects: 1. Support group for Fathers 2. Healing and wellness days 3. Support group on Death and Loss 4. Social Nights--outreach– Music/arts groups 5. Re-connection with Nature: Field Trips, Walking Groups 6. Social justice Indian Residential Schools Survivors’ Support Group
$20,000.00
2014

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

Community Boards in Action

Board Voice convened 20 inter-board forums in 14 different communities in the past 18 months. Community Boards in Action will target 5 communities each year and through providing focused supports, build on previous successes. Actions and outcomes will fall into several categories: 1) improved inter-agency collaborations in service delivery, management or governance; 2) improved governance; 3) enhanced community networking or 4) enhanced understanding of the importance of community services in the community. The project will stimulate collective action through the provision of seed money for supports that could include: facilitation, logistical and evaluation support, facilitation training for volunteers, and training resources. Financial assistance of up to $4000 per year will be directed towards each inter-board initiative to undertake activities to enhance the evolution of social services in their community. Each community will submit a plan of action for their project. Board Voice will coordinate the project provincially and support local efforts.
$25,000.00
2012

First Nations Friendship Centre Society

Community Dental Access Centre (CDAC)

The Centre will provide a full spectrum of dental services to low-income, marginalized populations. Located in downtown Vernon and servicing many North Okanagan communities, this innovative clinic model will be sustained through diverse funding sources: client fees based on income; government dental plans; grants and fundraising; volunteer services (a partnership with UBC to use dental students and volunteers to assist clients with paperwork); and the strong community support of over 30 local community agencies and government bodies.
$30,000.00
2010

Golden Community Resources Society

Community Team Development

A well-developed Community Team will align the Golden & Area A non profit community, build established and emerging leaders, creating a well-supported community team that guides community development and decision making in 2014 and beyond. Over time, as the Team changes in members and composition, training and support needs will be reviewed. With this funding, the creation of a Community Team and Coordinator role, the Community Team will be developed to improve community decision-making and resource allocation. Then, additional resources ($200,000/yr) will begin to flow to Golden & Area A through Columbia Basin Trust's Community-Directed Grant Program (not to be confused with the partnering CBT Community Development Funds). The fledgling Community Team needs support – specifically to develop their capacity to collaborate and lead. We are seeking resources from the Vancouver Foundation to do that for them, whether it be for planning, leadership, CED, grant making training, collective impact, and/or community development courses for our Team members.
$25,200.00
2014

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Afghan Women's Support Project

Afghan Women's Sewing and Craft Cooperative (Malalay) supports the socio-economic development of Afghan women in BC. This project will: develop increased knowledge and skills for co-operative and society members; refine business and marketing plans; revise the co-operative by-laws; and increase engagement of members as stakeholders.
$30,000.00
2011

Langley Senior Resources Society

Seniors Transportation Assistance Program (TAP)

Volunteer drivers, using their own cars, provide supportive, escorted transportation for seniors who are frail, elderly, isolated, and who require assistance during outings to their doctor, bank, shopping or social appointments. This program will help seniors maintain their independence and remain active in their community. Due to the volume of rides given (1800 + last year) and the complexity of matching volunteers with clients, a consistent staff dispatcher is needed. Transportation options also allow seniors to continue to participate in their community as consumers, citizens and volunteers.
$30,000.00
2010

Lu'ma Native Housing Society

Community Voice Mail

Community Voice Mail is a simple solution to a complex problem – how to help people in crisis stay connected. This project provides a reliable telephone number to hundreds of Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens. Some have used their phone number to obtain healthcare and social services; others to secure housing and employment. Many include connecting with family/children as a goal when signing-up. Some clients have used their number to provide stability while fleeing domestic abuse. Most clients are either homeless or in transitional housing. Now hundreds of our city's most vulnerable citizens are connected. Some have used their number to obtain healthcare and social services, others to secure housing and employment. Many include, connecting with family/children; as a goal when signing-up; can you even imagine the value of this? 13% have used their number to provide stability while fleeing domestic abuse. 85% are either homeless, in transitional housing or a shelter. 6% are at risk of homelessness. Averge monthly income for ALL is $676 while 9% report no financial resources whatsoever.
$25,000.00
2010

Newton Advocacy Group Society

The Surrey Rent Bank (SRB)

A Rent Bank is a homelessness prevention program that provides low-interest loans (max $1,600) to low-income earners and their families, living in affordable housing. These loans address rent and/or utility arrears. This project will ease the effects of poverty by encouraging financial literacy. Borrowers are supported with financial literacy workshops, referrals, a resource manual and follow-up. Loan repayments are re-invested into new loans.
$30,000.00
2010

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Iki Iki (Japanese for Lively Enthusiasm for life)

Independence, respect, dignity, privacy, and choice are five cornerstones of adulthood that should be preserved in later stages of life. Iki Iki is a project that aims to innovate how we approach community-based care for older adults by making the seniors “the star” in a community care model that engages community organizations and volunteers as active partners and supporters. This project builds on the current capabilities of organizations that provide programs for seniors, and develops their capacity to cater to those with dementia in early to moderate stages through the following: 1. Development and delivery of training for community organization staff and volunteers to understand dementia and to become confident in interacting with older adults with dementia; 2. Open existing seniors’ activities to include participants with dementia to increase their social engagement; and 3. Documentation, analysis, and sharing of the process and outcomes of the project to inform future dementia-friendly community development.
$30,000.00
2013

North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program

Making Quesnel Age-Friendly

The idea for this project originated during the annual planning process of the Adult Services Team, a group of community adult services providers and interested seniors that collaborates to identify and meet service issues/gaps of the target client group (seniors & vulnerable adults), and the project has been developed with the participation of this group. We also researched several reports and recommendations on age-friendly communities to develop this project. Several key issues facing seniors were determined to be related to a lack of overall community capacity to meet needs specific to seniors and other vulnerable adults. Our project will serve seniors and other vulnerable adults, including Aboriginal Elders, in our region, paying particular attention to isolated seniors. The project will increase the age friendliness of our community through a variety of prioritized initiatives. These initiatives will increase the community's awareness of and adaptation to seniors' needs and will increase seniors' access to services and activities that contribute to their health and well-being.
$21,300.00
2012

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Table Matters Network: Food Security and Citizen Engagement on the North Shore

Good public policy around food allows for greater food security and sustainability, creating the space for food initiatives creates new opportunities for interaction and a deepened sense of belonging. Gardens (whether community gardens, orchards projects or urban farms) are highly social spaces that provide an entry point for interactions and cultural understanding that might not otherwise happen. This project will enable us to: (1) Engage community stakeholders in the development of a North Shore Food Charter to be presented to north shore municipalities for adoption, (2) Work with the Table Matters Reference Group to identify an organizational structure and draft terms of reference for a tri-municipal food policy advisory body, and (3) Implement an on-the-ground gardening project that further supports the integration of diverse populations into the food movement. We will design and install a “Multicultural Kitchen Garden” featuring culinary herbs and common ingredients found in world cuisine, and use this as a site for gathering, education and bringing people together around food.
$25,000.00
2013

PHC

Inter-Island Network for Innovative Community Mental Wellness

The health service system upon which we are often dependent is primarily structured to serve large population groups in cities and is inadequate or absent in our small island communities of Gabriola, Quadra, Denman and Hornby Islands. We want to transform the way we think about and respond to mental health and substance use issues at the community level and in turn transform how we interact with the broader systems we are a part of. Our project is designed to have two focuses: the first is to replicate Denman and Hornby Island's successful local health network on the other two islands and establish an Inter-Island Network. The second is to initiate a local program in each community that will address a social inclusion issue identified as a local priority and that will act as a test for the effectiveness of the Inter-Island Network. The Inter-Island Network will begin to act as an innovation hub, linking the community networks as a way to share ideas and resources and to work collaboratively with our other partners; the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Islands Trust and Island Health. The network will provide a means for our communities to collaborate with large organizations and to seek new and alternate sources of funding. As a result, we will have established and/or strengthened our local health services and community organizations, increasing our capacity to address mental health and substance use issues and the broader social determinants of health
$25,000.00
2015

Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project

The Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project aims to improve the health & well-being of seniors on Gabriola through supporting & encouraging their participation & inclusion. The first stage--an asset-mapping process--will identify 1. The skills, resources & wisdom that local seniors have to offer & 2. The resources & assets of the community at large, as they relate to seniors. Data collected will directly inform all new programming for seniors. It will enable us to provide seniors with the specialized supports they need (transportation, communication, health care, etc.) & to create meaningful opportunities for them to act as mentors & resource people within the community. The project is informed & powered by a league of volunteers, many of them seniors, who will direct each stage of the project's development from design to implementation. A series of educational workshops will be developed & launched for--and often by--seniors that will cover such topics as healthy eating on a fixed-income; how to stay connected with family using email & Skype; end-of-life planning; etc.
$25,000.00
2013

Gabriola Guardian Project: Everyone Deserves a Home

This is a multi-faceted project that includes research on homelessness for Gabriola, building a registry of affordable accommodation, working directly with sympathetic landlords, developing a resource base of donated household goods, and building an emergency fund to help purchase firewood, pay utility set-up for those without credit, assist with damage deposits and other costs. Assistance with life skills such as housekeeping, cooking, financial literacy, and mental health and addiction counselling will make participants more popular tenants. An outreach worker will work directly with clients and landlords.
$20,000.00
2010

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Defining Diversity: Creating Community

The project Defining Diversity: Creating Community will increase community capacity, resilience, and sustainability by engaging 80 citizens who represent Powell River’s diversity in a two day program crafted to advance Asset Based Community Development within a safe and supportive space for reflection and dialogue. The program was developed by skilled educators in consultation with community groups and utilizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It promotes citizen engagement and cultivates inclusion and belonging. The impact of participation in the program on individual and community social and economic well-being will be evaluated using an action research framework including a survey, focus group, and learning circle. The inquiry details will be informed by inter-agency collaboration, expert consultation, and a review of the existing measures of social capital. Ancillary opportunities include leadership development through facilitator mentorship and in-service about community engaged research for interested participants, co-leads and community supporters.
$29,900.00
2012

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