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

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

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House - Seniors Hub: Working with Seniors Using the Neighbourhood House Approach

Three neighbourhood houses (NH) documented their model for working with and building the capacity of seniors in a report titled Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House model, 2009. A Union of BC Municipalities Grant in partnership with the City of Vancouver and United Way supported this project. Resulting from this report a collaborative relationship was formed between the NH and the Seniors Funders table- including Vancouver Coastal Health SMART Fund, City of Vancouver Social Planning, United Way, New Horizons, and Vancouver Foundation. The hub vision includes a place where seniors: gather and make connections across generations; find neighbourhood- based activities that support aging in place; are valued for their skills and abilities; and engaged in active roles in the community. To implement this model a coordinator is required along with resources to support seniors capacity building. An evaluation framework will allow us to monitor our progress and share our learnings
$120,000.00
2010

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

BC Multicultural Health Services Society

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

Campbell River Beacon Club

Computer Training

The project for which the Campbell River Beacon Club is asking funding is to offer weekly computer classes in house to the membership at no cost to the participants. Members will learn how to access the Internet and the services it offers, including on line mental health peer communities and mental health related websites (e.g. Mood Disorders Association of BC, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Schizophrenia Society), job search sites and educational opportunities. Weekly sessions will include training for Windows and related Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher). They will learn how to use email, from setting up an account, to attaching documents to using proper etiquette. As more businesses are using social media to promote themselves, the project will also include sessions about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They will also learn how to safely navigate the Web, being made aware of predators and scams.
$6,500.00
2010

Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia

Boards Together in Community

Board Voice Society of B.C. is a new organization in B.C. One of its goals is to promote cross agency collaboration and innovation at the community level. In particular, we believe that engaged citizens who govern different agencies can leverage their capacity by engaging with each other across the boundaries of their particular agencies to consider the broader issues facing the people in their communities. A second goal relates to improving governance. Through this initiative, local board groups will have access to resources to bring in trainers from universities or community colleges to assist in local training events as well as online resources. This project aims at realizing these goals. Pulling people together, especially in the rural areas of the province, often has costs attached. Room rental, amenities and travel costs may figure into the mix. As well, there will be costs associated with hiring local trainers. To facilitate these meetings, we wish to amplify a small fund we have already set up to support regional board sessions.
$5,000.00
2010

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

Houston Link To Learning Society

Houston Community Garden/Market project

The community garden is an existing program that reaches out to the most marginalized in the Houston area. This project will continue the growth of the garden, as well as enhance the connection with the local farmer’s market, and the possible development of a second community garden on District property by the Leisure Centre. It will extend the safe learning environment and facilitate skills development. The learners can then help with fundraising at the market or develop their own skill, craft or talent for economic development.
$18,595.00
2010

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

Lookout Society

Cycleback

To establish a bike repair/refurbishment shop that would would provide a range of educational certificates. Student trainees would include formerly homeless people who currently reside in transitional housing, mental health housing and shelters. Students would learn the skills necessary to work as a bicycle assembler or bicycle mechanic. A bicycle repair shop would be added to the classroom to provide experience in bicycle maintenance and repair and introduce students to the basics of business management and customer service.
$49,000.00
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

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

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

PHC

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

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

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Food Secure Vancouver Study Phase 2

In 2008 the VFPC launched the Food Secure Vancouver Study to answer the question "How food secure is Vancouver in a changing world?" in terms of access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, the structure and capacity of the food system, and the cultural, economic, social, and environmental needs of individuals and communities.The Food Secure Vancouver Study establishes an integrated and ongoing review, analysis, and reporting process that: Monitors the status of Vancouver's food security against our baseline definition; Informs citizens and decision-makers about the status of Vancouver's food security; Identifies priority actions for improving and maintaining the sustainability and security of all aspects of Vancouver's food system.In this project, we survey food security groups in Vancouver's neighbourhoods and inventory their activities and resources, and develop an information management system to gather and manage data, disseminate information about local food security initiatives and resources, and facilitate neighbourhood networking and collaboration.
$10,000.00
2010

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

UBC - Department of Family Practice

Safe and Sound?: A documentary film on refugee health and access to primary care in Metro Vancouver

In 2007, more than twenty thousand refugees came to Canada. In Vancouver, Bridge Medical Clinic addresses their short-term health needs; however, refugees have difficulty accessing regular primary care providers in the community. “Safe and Sound?” is a documentary film featuring stories of Vancouver refugees at various stages of transition to life in Canada. Targeting an audience of medical trainees and healthcare providers, it will investigate barriers to medical care, exposing the challenges and strengths of refugees pertaining to primary care access.
$3,700.00
2010

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

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Northern Rockies Social Planning Council (NRSPC)

This project will pay for a coordinator to facilitate and sustain the activities needed to achieve its mission and vision, and to examine the social impact from present and future growth resulting from the Horn River Basin and Cordova shale gas discoveries. The project will facilitate strategic planning and establish a model to identify critical and emerging issues; facilitate inception of the Fort Nelson branch of the Northeast Community Foundation; research funding opportunities and facilitate meetings and disseminate information to the public.
$40,000.00
2010

Valley Community Services

Back to the Basics for Young and Old

We are proposing to have seniors and young families work together to grow and harvest food, prepare meals and host communal food events. Seniors will share gardening and cooking skills, and parenting stories. Younger persons will provide the energy and labour to get the jobs done. Participants will see improved nutrition, social activity will reduce isolation, communication and parenting skills will improve and connections with supportive community partners and services will grow.
$30,000.00
2010

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