Grants

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Carnegie Community Centre Association

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.
$110,005.00
2011

CCEDNet

Social Finance for Community Health and Well Being in British Columbia

Firstly we will compile a summary of existing research on impacts and models of place-based social finance in Canada and BC, and use that evidence to invite participation in and inform a "Learning Community" of practitioner and policy stakeholders in BC that will be convened over the lifetime of the project. Secondly we will support the implementation of two investment vehicles by the Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative that are currently in development. One is a Community Loan Fund in partnership with an Island based Credit Union that will invite contributions to a dedicated GIC the deposits in which will serve as collateral for loans to affordable rental housing, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, First Nations economic development, and other local owned ethical enterprises that create social benefits and community impacts. The other vehicle is a securities regulated investment fund that is RRSP eligible that will be implemented in partnership with a Securities Registered Investment Management Company to support the same types of community benefits. Thirdly we will evaluate both the social and economic impact of the funds and use that information to inform stakeholders and the Learning Community and assist with dialogue with the BC Government, the media, the finance sector, the Securities Commission, and municipalities on enabling public policy needed to help a place-based retail social financing to grow to scale in BC.
$225,000.00
2016

Christ Church Cathedral

The Maundy Cafe

This project aims to initiate a cultural shift in faith-based food programs from one that favors arms-length charity to a justice-based approach that combines a focus on food and social inclusion. This project will share learnings gained in the Cathedral’s transformation from emergency food provider to facilitator of food security committed to honoring the agency, creativity, dignity, intellect, and worth of all participants. Since faith communities play a significant role in the city’s food system, this project will have direct effects in progressing towards a more just, inclusive, and participatory food system.
$225,000.00
2017

Social Innovation Cohort: Transforming Food Outreach Programs

A grant to participate in a development process ito explore the connection between and amongst volunteers, participants, and outside supports, with the goal of re-designing our programs to increase connectivity and reduce social isolation. This will be achieved by: • Reviewing the Cathedral’s existing food outreach and its suitability for the homeless population in the downtown business district through - Consulting with existing participants to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with existing volunteers to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with other downtown churches and service providers to assess current services in the immediate area • Prototyping, workshopping and designing opportunities – with the assistance of volunteers and participants – new or re-envisioned program offerings that respond to the most clearly articulated needs - Surveying the Cathedral’s volunteer database to determine availability and willingness to serve in these ways - Developing and/or strengthening partnerships with other service providers and voluntary organizations in downtown Vancouver that will help respond to these needs - Identifying trained professionals who can assist with new initiatives as identified in project plan
$7,500.00
2016

The Maundy Cafe

Systemic change beyond the Cathedral relies on vulnerably sharing the lessons learned through our year-long program transformation process with faith-based organizations seeking a way to deepen community engagement. This project will catalyze systemic change by building on faith leaders’ recognition of social isolation as a major issue facing their communities and neighbourhood networks. By sharing our experiences we will encourage other organizations to take similar risks to address the bigger issues of loss of community and economic bifurcation. The project will create toolkits, training programs, and workshops that will help other faith-based organizations to transform the entire process of food preparing, serving, composting, and cleaning into the vehicle by which inclusion, participation and community resiliency can be strengthened. We will also influence systemic change through the provision of focused opportunities for study and practical hands-on learning. In collaboration with our partners including other non-profits and local businesses, we will host public keynote events focused on how others can address social isolation, as well as workshops and voluntary opportunities for enterprises looking to channel their corporate social responsibility.
$10,000.00
2016

City of New Westminster

New Westminster Food Summit and Food Security Action Plan & Sustainability Framework - DEVELOP GRANT

A key social issue that the project is trying to address is the lack of equitable access to healthy, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food in New Westminster. A key focus of the food security summit is to identify gaps, needs and opportunities; enhance access and expand availability and choice of food; and, facilitate capacity, collaboration and relationship-building among food providers, as well as to share information about new models and delivery systems. The final product will be a food security action plan and sustainability framework, which will guide the City and its community partners into the future, and assist in implementing the City's Community Poverty Reduction Strategy.
$4,810.00
2017

City of Revelstoke

Pathways out of Poverty

Tackling poverty is critical to the overall health and well-being of individuals and families, as well as our community as a whole. The City of Revelstoke developed a plan to address poverty based on ten community goals. The ‘Pathways to Poverty’ project will support implementation of the plan by leading community engagement, conducting awareness-raising activities, developing related policies, deepening relationships with community partners, and supporting innovative programs delivered by partner organizations. The ultimate goal is to decrease the number of people living in poverty in Revelstoke as well as improve community assets that support poverty prevention and reduction.
$146,700.00
2017

City of Surrey

All Our Relations: Indigenous Children and Families Thriving in Surrey

45% of Indigenous children in Surrey live in poverty. We are compelled to act. Multiple systems interact in complex ways to create Indigenous child poverty. Band-aid solutions will never get at the deep systemic change required. We are proposing a Social Innovation Lab process, bringing all parts of the system together to gain insight into the roots of Indigenous child poverty in Surrey and identify a range of opportunities with the potential for high impact and uptake. We will test solutions, designing, implementing and evaluating together. We envision a ripple effect of change throughout the system, ultimately creating a city where all Indigenous children and families thrive.
$225,000.00
2017

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Alberni Clayoquot Food Security Action

Food security exists when everyone has physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious and culturally-appropriate food. In the Alberni Clayoquot region, food security is a significant concern, with high rates of poverty and one of the highest rates of child poverty in BC. We have many rural and remote communities, high food prices, transporation barriers and a high cost of living. Our goal is to create a collaborative action plan including our communities, First Nations, organizations, schools, and businesses to find innovative but practical action for policy and social change to meet the food security needs identified in poverty reduction planning with our local leaders.
$6,444.00
2017

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Health and Safety Beyond the Margins: Scaling and Expanding the Living in Community Model

The project will apply LIC’s meta-framework to create coherent regional and provincial approaches to sex work to reduce the violence sex workers experience and create communities that are healthy and safe for everyone. We will build relationships with organizations who play key roles in supporting sex work health and safety across BC, including police, municipalities, nonprofits and health authorities. Using our successful Curriculum for Change training in addition to new multimedia tools, we will educate these stakeholders about the impacts of stigma and unpack the cultural constraints that keep barriers in place for sex workers. We will then build a provincial network of stakeholders that will identify best practices to increase sex work safety through policy level change and reduction of systemic bias against sex workers. This dialogue will lead to a 2017 provincial conference. This network will then take leadership in coordinating regional approaches and implementing best practices within their organizations and local communities. Scaling our work is critical because many of the systemic changes that are necessary do not rest at the organizational or local level but require consistent, collaborative and regional or provincial approaches. Scaling will also allow this work to ultimately be embedded in policy that is sustainable over time. Moreover, the marginalization of sex workers necessitates a cultural change where sex workers are seen as equal members of society.
$150,000.00
2016

Expanding Curriculum for Change to Lower Mainland Municipalities

In 2011-2013, Living in Community (LIC) developed and delivered a Vancouver Foundation funded sex work sensitivity curriculum that addressed the gap in awareness, knowledge and skills for front-line service providers in Vancouver - service providers who do not always know how to effectively respond to the unique needs of sex workers nor address the impacts of sex work and sexual exploitation on neighborhoods. In this project, LIC will build on the successful public education initiative we have created. We will expand the training to key stakeholders in neighboring municipalities that are ready for action and education. Training will be provided to municipal government, law enforcement, business, health and social service providers and residents. We hope that education on sex work and sexual exploitation issues will also encourage neighbouring municipalities to adopt Living in Community’s model of community development strategies in regard to issues related to sex work and sexual exploitation as recommended by the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry Report.
$75,000.00
2014

Renfrew -Collingwood: Intercultural Circles of Connection and Engagement

To work with outreach connectors in the neighbourhood (which has been a successful approach in first engaging marginalized groups)to expand their capacity to work interculturally and bridge relations between peer-based groups, resulting in a more unified, interconnected, engaged neighbourhood. The project structure includes four intersecting circles that will ripple out to achieve collective connections, engagement and inter-relational impacts. Connectors Circle: Peer-based connectors will be linked to share and broaden intercultural practice and expand their relations outside their peer groups.Community Partners Circle: Interconnected neighbourhood partners will learn, adjust policy and practice to encourage intercultural connections. Communications Circle: Diverse citizens and neighbourhood workers will develop communication tools and share stories and strategies to support the intercultural connections. Knowledge Exchange Circle: conducts evaluations, shares theory and practices, delivers capacity building activities to help evolve diverse interactions and engagement.
$90,000.00
2014

SAFE (Sex work Awareness for Everyone) in Collingwood and Beyond

Our project will further address the health and safety needs of sex trade workers (STWs) working along the Kingsway stroll and will build on the success of the SAFE in Collingwood Outreach Program. We will expand outreach to include the Kingsway stroll between Boundary and Fraser Street where a need has been identified. We will develop and pilot a telephone counselling support service as there are currently no support services for STWs in Vancouver outside of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We will also work with the East Van. youth clinic to pilot this service as most of the women working along Kingsway are youth. We will explore with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the BC Centre for Disease Control the provision of accessible street-level health services. We will work with and support another neighbourhood in addressing the health and safety of STWs, businesses and residents in their neighbourhood. SAFE developed tools, resources and a successful community development approach. The SAFE Steering Committee members are committed to sharing their experience and learnings.
$90,000.00
2013

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

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

Columbia Valley Community Foundation

Columbia Valley Non-profit Capacity Building Program

Local non-profits are often best positioned to respond to communities, however, in rural settings they face a number of challenges. Small populations face common issues and challenges but have few human resources to deliver programs and projects. In order to be effective, they must be more efficient. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation wants to develop a strategy to build the capacity they need. Ongoing support may allow them to react faster and more effectively to needs; communicate, collaborate, and celebrate success together; equip passionate people within organizations with the tools they need to serve their communities, and help to fill gaps when community members move on.
$10,000.00
2017

Community Foundations of Canada

BC Food Systems Symposium - March 7, 2014

The purpose of this initiative is to bring together BC Food Systems Network members, community foundations and other food funders, and other key stakeholders to explore and enable working together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.
$10,000.00
2014

BC Food Systems Symposium - March 7, 2014

The purpose of this initiative is to bring together BC Food Systems Network members, community foundations and other food funders, and other key stakeholders to explore and enable working together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.
$1,511.60
2014

Community Housing Land Trust Foundation

Aging in Place Project

The Aging in Place Project will assist housing co-ops and seniors living in co-ops to plan for a future in which: seniors remain in their co-op homes as long as possible; seniors’ homes are adapted, as far as practicable, to suit their changing needs; and seniors are connected to and actively participate in their co-op communities. The project will develop and model an active program of community supports for seniors living in housing co-ops and explore a range of options for improving seniors’ quality of life in co-ops by tackling the physical, social and financial obstacles they may face. The project will address issues of concern to seniors around the physical condition of co-op buildings, their financial security and their social connections within their co-op communities. Seniors will participate in decisions around the design, delivery and evaluation of the project to ensure that it will have an enduring impact on their lives and on the lives of their fellow co-op members as they age in place.
$10,000.00
2013

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

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods

In 2012,we fostered neighbourhood resilience and action on social, economic and environmental sustainability in the CRD with Transition Victoria, supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Smart Planning for Communities. More than 200 residents from neighbourhood, business, and local government organizations participated in a series of training sessions to develop skills, resources and strategies to strengthen community resilience. Our recent webinar for local gvnts was oversubscribed within hours, demonstrating strong appetite for this project. Evaluation by participants was overwhelmingly positive and has resulted in the design of a 2nd phase of the initiative. The Resilient Neighbourhoods project works with neighbours and citizens to strengthen characteristics of resilience in ways that support neighbourhood connection today and strengthen capacity to respond to challenges in the future. It supports action by working with community groups, businesses, citizens, community organizations and institutions to develop community action on local resilience, community cohesion and wellbeing
$108,425.00
2013

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

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Cultural Connections: Re-Building Our Villages

We will begin by connecting with the communities that have expressed interest and develop 3 year plans with them that will begin the process of creating direction and beginning to build capacity within their own communities based on their needs, their challenges and their strengths. Our first step once we go into a community is to meet with members of the First Nations territories, ask permission, guidance and level of involvement that they would like to see and at what stages of the process they would like to be involved and/or lead From there: Community Based Workshop Series Creating a Cultural Shift: Healing our past, planning for our future Process: Large Group Workshops: Our Shared History Small Group Reflection: Rebuilding the Village; From a New Perspective What have we learned, what would we like to do, build framework for moving forward. Our Facilitation Team addressed over 200 LGLA members in Parksville. Introducing one of the exercises, Lucy Thomas told participants that, “What we are asking you to do today is going to take you out of your comfort zone. As we move forward through this process of healing and work to change the nature of our relationships, there will be many times we will feel both challenged and uncomfortable -we must remember not to let our discomfort stop us from continuing to move.”Scaling this to other regions provides opportunity for FN people to be the leaders of the reconciliation process, changing the systems from within.
$150,000.00
2016

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