Grants

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Access Pro Bono Society Access Pro Bono

Rural and Disabled Access to Pro Bono Legal Services Project

The project would extend pro bono legal advice services to people in unserviced rural and remote communities, and to people with mobility issues. Using Skype-based televideo clinics, local clients could connect to a pro bono lawyer in a distant location. For individuals who cannot attend a clinic, and/or whose qualifying legal issues are urgent, the project would offer a hotline for limited civil legal matters. The project would fund the design and modification of systems for the hotline, intake staffing, and the purchase of televideo and hotline equipment.
$40,000.00
2010

Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

SENIORS HEALTH INFORMATION PROJECT (SHIP)/ TRAINING THE TRAINER

This project will adapt and deliver four educational workshops for seniors in three key rural/suburban areas on Vancouver Island. Planned and delivered in collaboration with local project partners, the workshops will aid participants in developing skills and strategies to effectively navigate the Home and Community Care System, as they engage with health professionals and support one another in accessing care. Participants will receive a session binder containing information specific to their region and information on provincial services and associations for seniors.
$40,000.00
2011

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support

Elder Abuse Prevention Workshops

BCCEAS has an excellent education took kit that it has used to train staff and volunteers of senior serving agencies in British Columbia, with great success. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, we can extend the program to train many more senior volunteers within the Metro Vancouver area. The project involves training five older adult volunteers and staff at ten agencies, who would then facilitate 50 workshops about preventing elder abuse. BCCEAS will provide ongoing support even after the project term is over, so that the initiative is sustained.
$36,500.00
2013

BC Multicultural Health Services Society

Umbrella Mobile Health Clinic

Approximately 4,000 temporary foreign agricultural workers (TFWs) come from Mexico to the Lower Mainland each year. Although they have mandatory, self-paid, private health insurance many of these workers face language, cultural and logistical barriers to accessing health services. The Umbrella Mobile Clinic provides culturally-appropriate health services via a van that has been converted into a medical clinic. This mobile clinic is staffed by a site coordinator, a BC-licensed physician, a cross cultural health broker and volunteers. This year, the project will also incorporate health promotion workshops (as requested by the patients), and expand ongoing relationships with farm owners and extend outreach to local pharmacies, laboratories and hospitals.
$36,140.00
2011

Umbrella Mobile Clinic Pilot Project

About 4,000 temporary farm workers come to BC each year. Despite having mandatory, self-paid, private health insurance, these workers are rarely able to access health services. This project will pilot a mobile clinic, specially targeted to the needs of farm workers. The clinic will consist of a recreational vehicle, converted into a medical clinic, capable of seeing patients at the farms where they work, and offering primary, preventative health care. The clinic will be staffed by a physician, office assistant and cross-cultural health worker.
$37,475.00
2010

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

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

BCCLA Rural Education & Outreach Project

To develop and implement a model for low-overhead, membership-driven, community-based civil liberties and human rights advocacy and education groups that provide aboriginal and rural community members with legal information and peer casework advocacy support. This model would also offers opportunities for civil libertiesrelated education and interactive workshops by local and long-distance lawyers, advocates and experts, and build relationships between rural communities and urban service providers, lawyers and advocates on civil liberties and human rights issues.
$40,000.00
2010

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

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

Building Community Cohesion in BC's Capital Region

This demonstration project will support social innovation across a range of community groups concerned with poverty and social inclusion in neighbourhoods facing socio-economic challenges across the Capital Region. A learning community of active citizens and practitioners will share results, document lessons learned, and influence policy to enable asset based community development. Using concrete initiatives in community development, community groups on the West Shore will address the impacts of rapid population growth and development on their neighbourhoods convened by the Community Council and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce thru a Health Communities Council. Neighbourhood groups in Esquimalt and Victoria will also be convened to implement their own initiatives in community revitalization to address poverty and social inclusion. The project will culminate in a learning event for community activists, practitioners, government, private sector and other stakeholders, to create an ongoing agenda for community-based poverty reduction and social inclusion.
$35,000.00
2011

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

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

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 Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Sustaining Food Security in North Kootenay Lake

This project builds a sense of community around food availability and sustainability, dietary education, and emergency food supply. This grant will fund efforts to share the program’s successes and challenges in a tangible way and growth towards the next phase of food self-sufficiency. It will also fund “A Food Security Handbook for Small Neighbourhoods”, investigate the accessibility of crown land for farming, and research the use of heat generated by the Kaslo Arena to heat a community greenhouse that provides seedlings for urban gardens as an education tool.
$34,000.00
2011

Pacific AIDS Network

Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative

There is an urgent need in British Columbia to address the juxtaposition of the legal precedent set by two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding HIV and disclosure, with the public health precedent set by the Ministry of Health’s adoption of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative will support informed decision-making based on current legal information for navigating safe sex protocols, treatment adherence, and disclosure issues in the face of these rulings. Because service providers are often the primary source of information about HIV and related issues including disclosure, for PLWHIV it is imperative their information, both legal and medical, is current and accurate. Through a series of activities the project will explore the challenges facing service providers who have clients living with HIV, and provide education and leadership on the complex and often incongruent medical, legal and social realities and messaging regarding what constitutes ‘safe’ sex practice on the one hand and potential criminalization on the other.
$36,000.00
2014

Positive Living Fraser Valley Society

PLFV Community Outreach and Support program

This project, combined with additional funding from the MAC AIDS Foundation, will hire a full-time support worker who can reach out to communities in the Fraser Valley to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS and those co-infected with Hepatitis C are connected to all local resources, thus reducing isolation and improving overall health. The project will address critical issues like improved access to health care through transportation assistance, adequate nutrition, emotional and social support, mental health, addiction issues and prevention education and awareness information.
$35,125.00
2010

Potluck Cafe Society

Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables Project

The DTES Kitchen Tables Project is a comprehensive, collaborative strategy to reform the DTES food system. It is designed to work in concert with all relevant stakeholders, beginning with nutritionally vulnerable DTES residents and including food providers. The project seeks funding for outreach and education to implement the first two (of seven) solutions, training and wages to build a DTES community outreach/education team to facilitate events, and support for a project manager who would be responsible for implementation of the overall strategy.
$35,000.00
2010

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Surrey Rent Bank

Rent banks prevent homelessness among low income earners by providing loans for rental/utility arrears or damage deposits. Since March 2010, the Surrey Rent Bank has delivered 65 loans, which have kept 200 people housed. The rent bank also encourages low-income earners to mend relationships with landlords and connect with mainstream banking institutions. The goal of this project is to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability by delivering a minimum of 45 new loans while promoting asset building via access to financial literacy.
$30,000.00
2011

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Latin Seniors Outreach Project

The Latin Seniors Outreach Project will improve quality of life among Spanish-speaking seniors by supporting them to access services, build social and community connections and better integrate with Canadian society. We will reach out and engage isolated seniors from the Spanish-speaking community facing challenges such as language barriers and poverty issues due to immigration, isolation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through three main activities: (1) Volunteers will reach out to isolated Spanish-speaking seniors by identifying them and providing them with information and referrals; (2) The volunteers will provide one to one visits to isolated seniors who need social support; (3) The volunteers will give presentations in the Spanish language throughout the Lower Mainland to reach a wide audience. The information and resources given will be specific to the community in which the presentation is held. Topics will include social housing, home support, seniors abuse and pension plans.
$38,646.74
2012

South Okanagan Women's Educational Society

From Discord to Action: Cultivating Community Change around Seasonal Farm Work

This project has developed out of working with community organizations, concerned citizens and temporary seasonal farm workers in South Okanagan-Similkameen to address ongoing discrimination and health and social issues related to the large influxes of temporary workers each spring to fall. Although the issues are long standing, attempts to address them are unsuccessful. Community members would like the farm workers' specific social, economic and health needs identified and an action plan created to address those needs. This project will facilitate that process by identifying and encouraging the stakeholders (communities, farmers and farm workers) to come together at a forum to work together and create sustainable solutions. The forum process will be conducted in a way that will result in the creation of a feasible Community Action Plan that will use local resources to build community cohesion and strengthen capacities in terms of meeting farm workers’ needs. Strategies will be developed for furthering this work.
$31,680.00
2012

Squamish Volunteer Centre Society

Welcome Centre to Multicultural Neighborhood House in Squamish

This project is a response to priorities that emerged from the development of the 2008-09 Sea to Sky Literacy Plan, and the experiences of immigrants, volunteers and staff. The goal is a Multicultural Neighbourhood House that can provide an in depth and long-term focus on growing issues of immigration, diversity and racism in Squamish.
$30,000.00
2010

Surrey Women's Centre Society

Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team: Women's Safety Patient Navigator

The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team is an interdisciplinary team of medical, legal and social service practitioners that provides 24-hour emergency crisis response to abused women and children. As a key member of the Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team, the Women's Safety Patient Navigator addresses gaps within the health care system that limit access to critical medical care immediately after an assault. This project helps women and children navigate the health care system by: i. expediting access to specialized forensic medical services; ii. facilitating the continuity and coordination of care among health practitioners; and, iii. addressing barriers affecting compliance with follow-up treatment upon discharge from the hospital. The Women's Safety Patient Navigator plays a key role in the identification, screening, and treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault during a critical window of opportunity - the time between admittance to the emergency room and discharge from the hospital.
$39,000.00
2012

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Vancouver Mental Health and Addictions Systems - Collective Impact Project

The Vancouver MH & Addictions Collective Impact project is an initiative to strengthen the care systems for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project’s role in achieving reduced levels and frequency of crisis is not to directly deliver supports, but to better define, coordinate and integrate the work of the diverse partners providing services; from healthcare to housing, from education to law enforcement, and from government agencies to community groups. The project’s premise is that by creating a system that works in unison towards a shared set of measurable goals, future policy changes and new investments in services will have greater impact.
$36,000.00
2017

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