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Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

Co-operative Elder Care Initiative

One of the most critical social issues facing Canadians is the nation's rapidly aging demographic and the absence of affordable care for seniors. This project addresses the lack of high quality, affordable and responsive elder care to seniors and their families. Community-based co-operatives are proven to provide care that is more responsive and affordable because they are controlled by users and their families. By utilizing the tools and knowledge developed in this project, care givers and community groups will greatly increase their capacity to provide alternative forms of elder care by replicating community-based, user controlled models piloted in this project. The project also addresses the serious problem of isolation and loneliness faced by a growing number of seniors as well as the lack of support to their caregivers. The project will strengthen social capital in local communities and lessen the isolation of seniors by helping communities to develop co-operative models for the provision of care and the development of social networks for the support of the elderly.

Arts in Action Society

Groundswell: Grassroots Economic Alternatives

Our proposal comes in two parts: first a training institute where young people (up to age 35) can come together for a year's intensive program to imagine, design and build new enterprises including cooperatives, collectives, non-profits, arts and artisanal enterprises, self-employment scenarios and other grassroots configurations: all explicitly contributing to a community economic fabric of reciprocity. Each program will run for ten months: 4 months of intensive work, a month of strategizing and proposal planning, then 5 months of supported project development. Participants will develop the comprehensive skills - individually and collectively needed to run their own enterprises. The second piece is that we will link graduates and their new initiatives into a network of mutual aid and support. Each graduating participant and enterprise will be a member of the Groundswell Co-op relying on and supporting one another, and being supported by the collective institutional, organizational and financial resources. Ongoing reciprocity and interconnectedness is the key to our proposal.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Pathways Out of Poverty

Pathways Out of Poverty pilots a strength-based collaborative project to build capacity among immigrant women & their families to: -Understand possible pathways out of poverty & for achieving a living wage. -Navigate training/employment services & related community supports -Develop problem solving, networking & assertiveness skills needed to address personal & systemic barriers. -Develop leadership & speaking skills to facilitate participation in public dialogue to address systemic barriers & key employment issues. The need for programming to support local immigrant women to move into paid employment was identified in 2006 and 2009-10 through the Frog Hollow Community Connections Project. In 2009, Jennifer Chun, Department of Sociology at UBC, broadened this exploration by facilitating 4 city wide neighbourhood cafes to identify the issues prevent women obtaining a "living wage" or work in their field of expertise. Pathways Out of Poverty is a collaboration between organizational stakeholders & immigrant women to positively address issues of personal & systemic exclusion.

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Houses: A Sturdier Neighbourhood Fabric: Weaving Policy, People and Place Together

The project will connect diverse residents of Mount Pleasant more deeply to their local area, while enlarging their capacity to positively influence the way in which Mount Pleasant develops. The need was identified through participation in the local area planning process (2007-10); consultation (2011-12) with City staff and simultaneously with grassroots groups (focused on public realm, food security, community development and the arts), local business and service agencies; plus research from external bodies. The project (over 3 years) will develop and implement collaborative skills modules for policy-focused Working Groups; coordinate and support efforts of local area stakeholders through policy implementation regarding the built environment, public realm and social and economic development; facilitate effective partnership with municipal staff and academic teams in implementing the Mount Pleasant Community Plan; develop effective protocol for early engagement of local stakeholders by property developers; and create a toolkit to benefit multiple neighbourhoods and municipalities.

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.

Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society


The ManTalk project aims to reduce social isolation and expand a faltering support network for the most vulnerable of the oldest-old population in our community, men who are not able to independently change their own situations. Facilitated group activities which include education, discussion and emotional support will be established in community and residential venues designed to foster new social connections and encourage meaningful activity.

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

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.

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.

Farm Folk / City Folk


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:

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.

Fraser North - Community Volunteer Connections Society

Through Seniors Eyes - Building a Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

We will form the "Tri-Cities Seniors Network," the first seniors-led regional planning group for seniors in the Tri-Cities, involving seniors, seniors-serving organizations and businesses. The Network will explore the Tri-Cities "through seniors eyes" and develop collaborative solutions towards an Age-Friendly Tri-Cities. Our project will involve: * Developing an ongoing seniors planning network that ensures everyone's voice is heard, including developing a Terms of Reference and procedural guidelines *Organizing monthly meetings starting January 2013 on topics identified in our focus groups, to review existing service and initiatives, gaps, and develop initial action plans; topics identified include housing, social inclusion, transportation, access for socially isolated and immigrant seniors, lifelong learning, and coordinated services *Organizing seniors-led subcommittees to move forward on action plans *Conducting survey of seniors, particularly isolated seniors, and inventory of current services (depending on New Horizons funding).

Gabriola Commons Foundation

Gabriola Commons Community Kitchen

A 26 acre parcel in the ALR, the Gabriola Commons contains large well-built structures dating from its former existence as a thriving goat farm. These include a 1200 sq.ft. cheese factory now in the process of being transformed into a community kitchen to be recognized by Provincial Health authorities as achieving commercial standards. Several stages have been completed in this transformation, including the donation of the elements of an entire commercial kitchen (from the renovation of a local children's camp), replacement of the roof, and upgrading of the infrastructure to meet current codes and to serve the plan for a future kitchen able to permit several teams of chefs to function concurrently, as well as a refrigerated room, dry storage room and means for dehydrating island produce. A grant will lead into the final stages of the renovation, transforming the donated kitchen into fully functioning elements fitting within a facility able to satisfy a broad spectrum of community needs as detailed in Section 15 : Goals and Objectives.

Galiano Club

The Galiano Club Community Food Program - The Way to Sustainability

Since 2008, the Galiano Club Community Food Program has provided skill building workshops, growing opportunities, coordinated community kitchens, pot lucks and the making and distribution of soup to vulnerable residents. The Club plans to examine the potential for the Food Program to become completely self-sustaining (including paying part-time coordinators) within the next three years by: • Identifying appropriate individuals for a “social enterprise” steering committee. (3 Board Members, as well as one of the coordinators, are attending the “Enterprising Non-Profit” workshops. The Food Program Steering Committee, plus additional community members, have been brainstorming potential ideas.) • Determining which other organisations are interested in collaboration in joint ventures that might be explored and piloted • Undertaking research into what other isolated island communities have developed and the outcome of their ventures • Determining what goods and/or services could be offered and how and where • Developing a business plan, implementation time line and marketing strategy

Hope in Shadows Inc.

Developing the Hope in Shadows and Megaphone Vendor Program

This project will substantially develop the Hope in Shadows and Megaphone vendor program by expanding its reach while filling gaps in the support and training that vendors receive. The project's objectives - to increase vendors' sales and the number of active Megaphone vendors, to help vendors build their skills and to provide them with meaningful social connections - were developed after consulting with vendors and staff from successful North American street newspapers. This project will achieve its objectives through hiring a full-time vendor coordinator who will organize training workshops, team-building events and meetings for vendors. In addition to these group activities the coordinator will support and encourage vendors through field visits and individual check-ins. The co-ordinator will also do outreach to make vendor opportunities accessible to homeless and low-income people while building support for vendors among residential and business communities. This project will allow for the continuation of a Vendor Advisory Board, which had a successful three month trail in 2011.

Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society

Seniors Today: Building a Better Tomorrow, Phase Three

Based on a Seniors Survey results document and consultation phase which involved a series of interactive workshops to discuss the survey results and ascertain priorities to be addressed, the project intends to: 1) Engage action orientated seniors (both survey respondents and workshop participants), community and business stakeholders and other motivated seniors in determining how North Shore communities can provide the environment, supports and services seniors need to age well in place (these might include care giving, non-medical and medical home supports, accessible transportation, supports for preventing and overcoming isolation and education about housing options as people age); 2) Using the World Health Organization's 'Age Friendly Framework', whose approach seeks to gather input on what seniors need to remain healthy, happy, independent and connected to each other and their community, create, set up and implement locally based Seniors Action Tables (SATS) coordinated by LionsView Seniors Planning Society in order to create 'Age Friendly Action' plans and initiatives.

Museum of Vancouver

Sex Talk in the City

Sex Talk in the City is a multifaceted health promotion and prevention project that explores sexuality currently and in Vancouver's past. It engages the public with topics of sexual health, sexual diversity and sex education. The project demonstrates that human sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political, and that it is widely connected to issues of human rights, individual choice and societal health. This multi-partner project includes a 6 month public exhibition, a health promotions campaign, a queer youth component, and collaborative research. It will create a safe and engaging place for the public to learn what it means, for individuals and society, to live a sex positive and informed lifestyle. The Museum of Vancouver, as a public institution, will de-stigmatize conversations about sexuality through public engagement and experiential learning. The project aims to empower participants with the language and knowledge to make informed choices about their identity and sexuality, influencing their readiness for change.

Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of B.C.

Strengthening Aboriginal Women's Project

Strengthening Aboriginal Women’s Project hopes to facilitate an end to the "revolving door" of domestic abuse by securing a Case Worker who will offer specialized, culturally appropriate assistance that promotes independent living for 30 Aboriginal women annually. The Case Worker will advocate on her clients' behalf for systemic change within the community. Utilizing a Case Management Model with corresponding principles and ethics, and presented within an Aboriginal cultural context, this project will fill a gap in community services in Prince George by helping Aboriginal women navigate available systems of care in a manner that is mindful of historical and institutional barriers that often lead to trauma and instil a fear in these women that impact their ability to engage in those same systems of care. In order to effectively address the root causes of that fear, an emphasis will be placed on increasing the administrative and self-management tools required to have a successful outcome as well as on working with community stakeholders to address existing barriers to accessing care.

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Vancouver Rent Bank

NICCSS is proposing a Vancouver Rent Bank Loan Fund with an initial 3-year mandate. This fund will build on the existing supports available in neighbourhoods in Vancouver with a high proportion of renters, and complement the City of Vancouver's Housing and Homelessness Strategy (2012- 2021) and the work of the StreetoHome Foundation. The fund will gain from the experience of existing Rent Banks in British Columbia, including NICCSS existing iRENT Bank program that is already being offered to families in the DTES, Strathcona and Hastings Corridor area of Vancouver. The Vancouver Rent Bank will allow low-income residents across the City, who are in temporary financial crisis and about to lose their housing, to access interest free emergency loans to address rent shortfalls and utilities arrears and deposits thus preventing their eviction. The Vancouver Rent Bank will provide financial literacy education (with VanCity Foundation) and connections to a network of neighbourhood agency partners that can support loan recipients based on their current needs and ensure continuity of support.

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.

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

Network for Belonging

The Network for Belonging Initiative aims to extend PLAN's Personal Support Network Model in the broader community, in particular we will work with partners from the Brain Injury, Drug and Alcohol addictions, and mental health communities. The common theme of isolation is deeply felt in these communities and through initial explorations our partners believe that the Personal Support Network model, when tailored to address their unique needs will be an important strategy to increase belonging and decrease the devastation of living life in isolation. The Initiative is not just about sharing the concept of personal support networks; it is about developing financially sustainable models to support their application. Building sustainable PSN models across our partner organizations will yield rich learning which we will capture and share. This learning will both guide future PSN model replication as well as inform the public policy aspects of the Network for Belonging Initiative.

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.

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.

SCD - Society for Community Development

Survival Guide for Families, Survival Guide for Seniors

The guides will be modeled on our well received “Street Survival Guide”, produced in collaboration with the Tri Cities Homelessness Task Group (view at: The Survival Guide for Families and the Survival Guide for Seniors will grow from community-wide collaborations and consultations. We will build on the information already gathered by the community centres, seniors groups, Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters tables, but these guides will focus on the needs of families and seniors living with very limited funds and/or in poverty. We will interview individuals, agencies, service providers, and businesses to determine the information most needed by these residents of the Tri Cities. End product: each guide will be a two-sided one page collection of information to assist those living with low incomes/poverty to meet their basic needs. The guides will be distributed in paper form (libraries, recreation centers, food banks, churches, schools, clinics, etc) and electronically, allowing our community partners to print copies as needed.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Feasibility study for growing food on school board lands

Given the environmental and health reasons for purchasing locally and the challenges faced in doing so the VBE decided that further information about options for purchasing local food is needed. This project’s goal is to conduct a feasibility study that will investigate the possibility of hiring a farmer(s) to grow food locally for use in VBE school cafeterias and programs. Currently, produce for many of the VBE cafeterias, breakfast and lunch programs are procured through one main distributor, with limited ability to source locally. This project would hire a contractor with experience in procurement and local food sourcing to consider a number of models for procuring local produce: 1) Loaning VBE land to a farmer(s) to grow food for the VBE, either on salary or through a for-purchase model 2) Purchasing produce directly from an off-site farmer(s) 3) Some combination of the first two options The analysis provided by the contractor would help guide discussions about how to proceed.