Grants

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ACORN Institute Canada

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.
$50,000.00
2013

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House: Seniors for Seniors Project: Building a One-Stop Place for Westside Seniors

The Seniors for Seniors Project is a senior-led initiative that will address the Health and Wellness & Belonging and Inclusion of seniors living on the Westside. The project will engage local seniors and community partners to help design, develop and implement a new one-stop Seniors Resource Centre for vulnerable seniors and individuals with physical disabilities to access info and referral services, navigate systems of care and support, and participate in programs that promote healthy living and social connection. The Kits House Seniors Resource Centre is centrally located on 8th & Vine Street, close to public transit and is wheelchair accessible. The Westside has one of the highest concentrations of seniors in Vancouver, and many are living alone with a low income, lacking support systems, feeling isolated and facing many health challenges. The Seniors for Seniors Project will address community-identified needs by providing advocacy, information and peer support services, health and social programs, and opportunities for seniors to volunteer and contribute in meaningful ways.
$60,000.00
2012

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Bootstrap Project: Employing Youth from Care

Very rarely do young people get their first jobs and employment experiences due to ‘merit’. Instead, social connections and mentoring are the actual bridging mechanisms for entering young people into first jobs, thus giving them the opportunity to learn essential employment skills (e.g. interpersonal skills, time management, work ethic, etc.). Foster youth necessarily, and through no fault of their own, come from upbringings of poverty, abuse and neglect and are removed from their family. They do not have the necessary strong social and familial networks in order to get these first job experiences. This project will find empathetic employers who will provide this mentoring role.
$58,905.00
2017

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Toward a Learning Centre

This project seeks to develop an online knowledge resource where programs can share best practices and policies in helping women and children fleeing violence. It will identify and provide access to online training tailored to meet workers’ needs. It will transform existing training modules into an accessible on-line format to enable the training of workers to meet their clients needs.
$50,000.00
2010

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Living In Community: Public education and sensitization training about sex work & sexual exploitation

This project will develop and deliver public education and training about sex work, sexual exploitation, increasing sex workers’ health and safety, and ways to address neighbourhood impact. It will also develop and offer training to service providers who interact with sex workers, including paramedics, police and mental health workers. Public education dialogues will raise awareness of sex work and prevent sexual exploitation. As Aboriginal, immigrant and ethnic minority women are over-represented in sex work, cultural competence will also be addressed. This project aims to increase the sense of belonging and inclusion for all community members.
$60,000.00
2011

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.
$50,000.00
2014

Deltassist Family and Community Services

New Voices, New Dialogues

We are developing a network of partners to increase social connectedness in Delta. Evidence suggests that individual organizations are struggling to be wholly inclusive. Many have indicated a desire to connect with other organizations and stakeholders with little capacity to do this effectively. We will bring together non-traditional partners to create unique collaborative practices. Diversity will create a synergy that informs, communicates, advocates, and engages members in sustainable community solutions. According to Wightman (Spring 2012) local engagement strategies are weak and communities must find ways to engage citizens (p. 7). We will accomplish this through action based research and community engagement. The first stage of the project is to engage local organizations and businesses in dialogue to help identify assets and gaps that impact social isolation. The second stage will be to create a community plan with broad community input. Forums will occur in each of Delta's three communities to leverage social capital and implement the recommendations locally.
$60,000.00
2012

Farm Folk / City Folk

New City Market Phase III: PEOPLE, PLACE, PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Vancouver Farmers Markets is a leading partner in the development of a local food hub for the City of Vancouver. With construction anticipated to start in 2014-15, the New City Market (NCM) will provide a significant public asset for generations of Vancouverites and BC farmers, featuring a year-round farmers market, supply aggregation & distribution support and commercial micro-processing kitchen. NCM will increase long-term capacity and revenues for local small and medium scale rural and urban growers and value-added micro-processors, and will increase access to these local products by Vancouver food buyers such as institutions, community groups, chefs, small retailers and the general public. As a result, NCM will provide environmental benefits, local economic development, increased training, skills development and employment opportunities, and increased public awareness about locally-produced foods and BC agriculture for generations to come. A site has been identified and a final governance model and business plan is anticipated for fall, 2012. Project details: newcitymarket.org.
$55,000.00
2012

John Howard Society of Victoria

Feeding Ourselves and Others Therapeutic Community Garden Project

After being approached by members of the community last year, our society began a new type of project – a therapeutic community garden designed with and for some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens. They included people suffering from mental illnesses, addiction issues and others with a history of homelessness, many of whom were heavy users of police and emergency services and/or were offenders at risk of re-offending. Our organization was chosen because of its extensive experience working with many of these people. With support from VIHA’s innovative ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) and VIC Outreach Teams, together with members of the Victoria Integrated Court (VIC) subcommittee, we piloted a very successful community garden at Seven Oaks Care Facility. It involved 16 participants together with community volunteers and VIHA support staff. Having proven that this model works, we now are working to establish a larger, permanent and sustainable therapeutic and income generating community garden that will serve as a model for others to learn from and emulate.
$51,700.00
2013

Kinsight Community Society

Kudoz: From Prototype to Scale

One's possibilities are limited to one's experiences, and for persons with intellectual disabilities (PWD), there is often a significant a poverty of experiences. Too many are repeating the same daily routines, and recycling the same conversations with the same people. They are not flourishing in our professional systems nor in our communities. Kudoz is an experience catalogue that bridges PWD with community members around shared passions--from song-writing to animation. The platform is based on evidence-based theory and design-thinking, and is built to address the determinants that lead to outcomes around quality of life, social connection, employment, and the reduction of social stigma.
$50,000.00
2017

Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities

Can You Dig It: Immigrants and Refugees Engagement Project

Can You Dig It helps immigrants and refugees break down isolation by building a community garden on East 8th Avenue at Commercial Drive. The project will facilitate connections between immigrants and local community people, with the goal of social and economic integration. Over two years, this project will sponsor gardening training sessions; recruit newcomer volunteers to meet with neighbours and invite them to participate; and invite 240 newcomer families to establish and maintain a produce garden at their homes.
$50,000.00
2010

Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society

Creating Systemic Change for Physically Disabled Youth in Need of Mental Health Services

Navigation programs are an important short term strategy to help families make their way through a complex & often segregated array of mental health services. They are also a path to direct action to resolve barriers to care, achieving systemic reform. Having recently received a grant & some Board funding to test such a program, the NCDC will assess the extent to which it can influence the latter. At a systems level, by liaising with families with lived experience, mental health support groups & clinicians, adjunct care agencies & funding bodies, the navigator will “map the system” resulting in the identification of the common challenges & service gaps facing families & highlight promising practices & potential opportunities for systemic change. At a clinical level, clients are initially triaged by a NCDC Zone Team. If a Team cannot manage a client's needs, the navigator will enlist support from the broader community, promoting agency collaboration & integration of mental health services. At an individual level, families engaged in program development will, with peer support, begin to advocate for change. Work at all levels will, we believe, change the way we interact with clients, provider groups & funders; identify pressure points & force a reallocation of resources internally & externally; inform public policy. It expects us to be innovative, to rethink the current landscape & acknowledge that systemic change requires patience, persistence, & commitment.
$50,000.00
2016

Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of B.C.

Building Consensus Towards a Better Outcomes Strategy for Aboriginal Children

The newly-formed Aboriginal Justice Council, a collaborative partnership between three major First Nations change agents in BC, aims to facilitate social inclusion for Aboriginal children who are impacted by ongoing exclusion, stigmatization, and trauma as a result of their involvement in the child protection and justice systems. The Aboriginal Justice Council will work with government agencies as equals to identify issues in existing mechanisms, policies, procedures, and processes and develop consensus on a better justice outcomes strategy to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal children removed from families and communities and placed into foster care and jails, and to increase their belonging and inclusion. This project will disrupt the existing system by creating a new highly credible and trusted key player that cannot be ignored or merely accommodated but whose recommendations must be adhered to. This requires frank dialogue on years of disinvestment and disempowerment resulting from colonial governance and practice and the profound lack of interest, sense of accountability, and empathy concerning the legacy of adverse results for Aboriginal people. The council will focus its attention, as mandated by the people, on creating meaningful change in existing systems that will facilitate social inclusion for all Aboriginal children in BC who are part of the overrepresentation in or vulnerable to becoming part of the justice and child protection systems, and their families.
$59,830.00
2016

Positive Women's Network Society

Leading the Way: A Province Wide Peer Support Network for Women living with HIV

Leading the Way will establish a Province-wide peer support network that will provide gender-specific support and interventions for women living with HIV. Peer Mentor candidates will be chosen from a pool of women who have graduated from Leadership Training through the Pacific AIDS Network Leadership Institute, our current volunteer pool and from our long-standing members who have served as national and regional delegates. Participants will represent the mosaic of women living with HIV in BC. The network will be established in all health regions of British Columbia (two representatives from the Interior) and will work in partnership with local service providers to ensure women are receiving optimum care and support, and address the issues and community priorities identified in LEAD that are specific to women living with HIV.
$60,000.00
2012

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

Aging Out: Belonging in Health Care for LGTB Seniors

Aging Out is a three-year public education and policy development project aiming to increase inclusion and belonging for lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGTB) seniors in BC's health care system. Workshops will increase awareness among health care providers of the health-related needs specific to LGTB seniors. Public dialogues will help create community-driven policy on health care for LGTB seniors. Work within health/community care facilities will decrease barriers LGTB seniors face in accessing health care. With the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a community-driven document of policies and practices to improve health care for LGTB seniors will be developed and delivered to the BC Ombudsperson's office.
$60,000.00
2011

The Mustard Seed

The Capital Regional District Food Rescue

The CRD Food Rescue is about rescuing good, edible and healthy fresh food from heading to the landfill or laying on the farmer's field. Food Banks for the past 30 years have been alleviating food insecurity, but have not addressed the root causes of poverty causing individuals to access social supports. Moreover, non-perishables, which have been the staple of food banks, have created long-term health issues for vulnerable communities as they are high in sugar and sodium. Our project is about reclaiming fresh foods, diverting it from the landfill, gleaning it, then re-distributing it to local non-profit agencies not only to increase the health outcomes of their clients, but also to cut agency food budgets so as to increase spending on supportive or poverty elimination programs, specifically housing supports. Most importantly however, with such high expected volumes of food, we will create a social enterprise where low-income earners who do not access food banks, but are food insecure due to economic barriers, may access this project through extremely subsidized cost. This would not be the sale of the food so as not to cut into the market share of retailers, but for the service of distribution including online component and operations costs. This piece would be linked to income levels to ensure a different customer base than our retail partners. We project generating 30% of our operations cost in the form of revenue within the first 3 years and 50% within 5 years.
$50,000.00
2015

UBC - Learning Exchange

Contributing through Computers Pilot Project

The goal of this project is to raise the overall digital literacy in Vancouver’s DTES and surrounding neighbourhoods, while building confidence and a range of skills in facilitators. The Learning Exchange will train and support 80 local residents to take a leadership role in the community by delivering free computer classes to people with little or no computer skills. By creating opportunities for facilitators to lead workshops, the project will ensure people have the IT skills increasingly needed to function in our technology-dependent world.
$50,000.00
2010

UBC - Okanagan

Palliative Care without Borders: Trail/Castlegar Augmented Response (TCARE) Project

Dying, when complicated by uncontrolled symptoms and without the benefit of specialized palliative resources, is traumatic for all involved and leaves a collective community memory. Local community members and care providers in the regions of Trail and Castlegar have identified a critical need for a community-based team approach to respond to the significant challenges that exist in providing high quality, cohesive rural palliative care. UBC Okanagan School of Nursing faculty member, and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Barb Pesut, along with community health nurse, bereavement counselor, and Trail Hospice Society board member Brenda Hooper, are currently engaged in building connections with local health and palliative care professionals and volunteers so as to provide an integrating link for patients and families to community resources. This multi-sector team will work to create a sustainable model of care that will provide coordinated and accessible end-of-life support, impacting the quality of care, and ultimately the quality of life, for dying individuals and their families.
$50,000.00
2012

Vancity Community Foundation

Home Front: Making homelessness in Metro Vancouver rare, brief and one-time

Homelessness is a regional issue. Decisions made by one Metro Vancouver municipality can have an impact on its neighbours. A collaborative systemic approach to ending homelessness that engages government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, community groups and citizens will make the best use of limited resources in order to make homelessness in Metro Vancouver rare, brief and one-time, and enable specific targeted strategies for vulnerable populations. Leveraging the skills and resources of many players to successfully achieve impact, Home Front will enhance the effectiveness of policies and strategies used in each municipality and engage the entire community in common cause.
$60,000.00
2017