Grants

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3H Craftworks Society

Opening More Doors: Achieving Diversability in the Sewing Manufacturing System

People with barriers, such as those with disabilities or refugees and newcomers, are often marginalized because of the perception that they are a drain on resources. As a result, they are excluded from work opportunities and community participation. Our project aims to change these attitudes by testing a new model that focuses on participants who want to acquire and apply sewing skills in the local industry or our in-house production program. In collaboration with the industry, community partners and participants, our project will open more doors by changing the perception of our participants as people with disabilities and barriers to valuable contributors with ‘diversabilities’.
$300,000.00
2019

Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Project Safe Relationships for Youth

Youth relational and dating violence is a problem in Abbotsford and many communities. Abbotsford Restorative Justice in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley and School District 34 will scale the Restorative Action program currently facilitated in all Abbotsford middle schools into the secondary school level and will scale deeper in developing circle discussion content to address issues surrounding this problem as well as skill development to aid in prevention for our youth. Emphasis will also focus on influencing school district policies and procedures which will assist in making Abbotsford communities safer and more restorative for students to learn and grow
$130,000.00
2018

ACORN Institute Canada

Stand Up for Surrey Housing

The displacement of low- to moderate-income renters and the destruction, or gentrification, of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Surrey. ACORN's Stand up for Surrey Housing project directly challenges the status quo by inserting much needed low to moderate-income tenant participation and policy ideas into the City of Surrey’s housing policy decision making process. By identifying, training, and activating new tenants leaders, ACORN will be disrupting the decision making process in Surrey, and forcing public debates on affordable housing by ensuring that tenants have a seat at the decision making table.
$100,000.00
2021

Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform

The displacement of low-to-moderate income renters and the destruction or gentrification of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. ACORN's Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform will enable BC ACORN and low-to-moderate income tenant communities to create real policy change at the municipal level. The research and development of both high level policy proposals and tenant action plans will give BC ACORN the missing pieces needed to form a viable project plan aimed at ending tenant displacement and preserving affordable rental housing at the municipal level.
$10,600.00
2019

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Permanency with an Indigenous Lens – Capacity Building and Collaboration

While Indigenous children remain starkly overrepresented in BC government care and among those waiting for adoption, the world of adoption and permanency is changing to focus on family preservation, the delegation of authority to Indigenous organizations, new forms of permanency, and maintaining cultural identity. However, the need for Indigenous-centred permanency efforts and culturally-appropriate resources to champion the well-being of Indigenous children and families at every step of their journey—before and after they find permanence—is enormous. This project will explore gaps in services and identify actions and collaborations to support Indigenous communities, families, and children.
$20,000.00
2020

African Stages Association of BC

ON WINGS OF STORIES (OWOS).

On the Wings of Stories (OWOS) is designed to use storytelling and proverbs promote youth-elder interaction and exchange of knowledge and skills. Our goal is to use proverbs to address the problems of youth-adult alienation, mistrust and misunderstanding. We are keenly aware that many elders in our communities live in isolation with insufficient interaction with the youths. Storytelling provides a tool to bridge this inter-generation gap. Our project seeks to use storytelling and other African performing Arts to create and maintain a healthy society and to help empower and deal with challenging issues in the community.
$20,000.00
2018

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

The term is "sociological imagination", NOT "social imagination."

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$20,000.00
2020

Building Social Peace of Mind in Personal Crisis in Black Communities in BC’s Lower Mainland

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$10,000.00
2018

Agrarians Foundation

Accelerating gender parity in financing for small scale food processors

Food security requires that food producers are able to make a living. Food futures analysis shows increasing demand. Small scale food processors create new and innovative products while building relationships with farmers, suppliers, markets and consumers. Women are drawn to this field but as with other women in businesses, they hit barriers finding financing. The importance of their work is not understood by financers which adds to the difficulty. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, financing agencies' representatives will meet with our members. Breakthroughs in understanding will result in plans for new systems and supports thus changing the business ecosystem women ssfp's.
$20,000.00
2019

Ahousaht First Nation

Improving Community Safety & Health by Changing Longstanding Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Dog Care.

Ahousaht is improving public health & safety by innovating animal care & controls. We are developing unique programs to reduce dog bites, dog fights, & other troubling situations that challenge & harm our children, elders & other members. Our project is designed to change the social systems at the root of these safety challenges. We started by establishing an animal bylaw. Step two is an augmented enforcement plan for the bylaw that will shift behaviours & mindsets. This includes new training & education programs, infrastructure including fenced areas, & an Indigenous Culture Trust. Our findings will be shared with communities across BC to improve public safety and the wellbeing of animals.
$298,915.00
2021

Community Safety & Health Compromised by Systemic Dog Overpopulation - Ahousaht

Dogs are dying, our children’s physical and mental wellbeing is at risk, and disease outbreak is threatening the safety of local wildlife. We need to develop a new way to address the systemic issue of dog overpopulation in our remote community to keep residents and visitors safe and healthy, whether they are two legged or four. We live in the village of Maaqtusiis, home to the Ahousaht People, on Flores Island, just 40-minutes by boat from Tofino. Ahousaht First Nation has partnered with CARE Network, a regional non profit animal rescue, to develop and test a new way to humanely manage our largely free-roaming dog population. We look forward to sharing our experience with other communities.
$9,450.00
2019

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to test a regional model for food system and agricultural support. Strong regional structures will influence Provincial frameworks and ensure accommodation of the unique contextual realities of BC’s various geographical regions and producer populations. By bridging and supporting local organizations, building a BC-wide network of other regionally-driven organizations, and engaging in targeted education and resource development, we will support change in the way producers, Indigenous stakeholders, and communities are supported within Province-wide agricultural frameworks, ensuring efficacy, long-term sectoral growth, and diverse cultural relevancy.
$300,000.00
2021

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to develop a model for Regional Agricultural Support that better influences and informs Provincial frameworks, ensuring accommodation of the unique contextual realities of various geographical regions and producer populations. A review of the ACRD’s Agricultural Plan Implementation Project will highlight areas where we’ve succeeded in influencing Provincial systems. Engagement with other communities and research into other models of Regional agricultural support will help to identify shared values and narratives. Discussions with the Province will support renewed and impactful plans for agricultural support within the ACRD and elsewhere.
$20,000.00
2019

AMSSA Community Education Society of BC

Unsettling Practice for the Immigration Sector - Development

The transformation of the way in which the Immigration and Settlement Sector is approaching working relationships with Indigenous Peoples will stop the re-creation of historical, systemic patterns between settlers and First Nations. The complexities of a sector that exists to facilitate settlement into territories that are officially acknowledged as 'unceded' are being simplify or ignored in order to achieve fast results, taking us away from the goal of Reconciliation. By identifying and presenting specific and effective elements of disruption to that context, this project will provide viability to a set of general ideas we believe will trigger a process of transformation.
$20,000.00
2019

Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Refugee Talent Hub

Underemployment reduces refugees’ financial security, limits their ability to integrate and contribute to their communities, and costs the economy billions annually. Through our employment program, Refugee Talent Hub, we aim to eliminate barriers to the meaningful employment of refugees by enacting systemic change in the corporate sector. We aim to (1) have refugees recognized as a disadvantaged group targeted by diversity hiring (2) have employers adopt recruitment channels targeted to refugees. To address underemployment, we cannot simply help refugees to overcome barriers individually, we must engage employers to remove employment barriers altogether.
$300,000.00
2021

Art Starts in Schools Society

Arts Integrated Education for Social Justice

ArtStarts will identify systemic patterns, power dynamics, relationships, and advocacy required to shift the education system towards arts integration for social justice. In BC’s current K-12 system, the arts are siloed and devalued. Yet the arts are a valuable and transformative teaching tool that equip students to think deeply and critically about social justice, to cultivate empathy and creativity, and to inspire awareness and action to build a more inclusive and just society. Using an anti-oppression lens, ArtStarts will engage artists, teachers, parents, students and key policy and decision makers to learn about how to systemically embed arts in education.
$20,000.00
2020

Arts BC

The #Next40: New Voices and Fresh Thinking. Redesigning Arts BC’s Role in Addressing Systemic Barriers to Change in BC's Community Arts and Culture Landscape

To support a full creative life for all, Arts BC commits to addressing barriers to change in our sector and championing practices of culture equity that empower just, inclusive, and equitable communities and learning environments for sector development. We strongly believe that through accessible professional development, knowledge-sharing and peer exchange our next generation of arts and cultural leaders will emerge in our province that will effect change in culture-led community development across BC. Our VF funded Develop Grant will explore ways to overcome deeply rooted issues in the sector through peer-based cultural equity practices and dialogue.
$10,000.00
2019

Arts in Action Society

Squamish Artist Solidarity Housing Initiative

The Solidarity Housing project aims to support the transfer of privately owned homes to permanently affordable housing for Squamish artists and cultural producers in Vancouver. The first stage of this project will engage homeowners through a survey and focus groups to explore ways that non-Indigenous people can leverage the land they own as part of the process of reconciliation: how can settlers live a good life while contributing to permanently affordable housing for Indigenous people? As well, Squamish artists will come together to discuss their needs and desires for housing: what does safe, affordable, culturally appropriate housing look like for Squamish artists and cultural producers?
$20,000.00
2019

Arts Umbrella Association

Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm

Arts Umbrella recognizes that systemic oppression, colonialism, and white supremacy exist heavily within the entire theatre ecology. For the next 12 months, we are committed to having conversations and participating in consultations with our community about equity, diversity, and inclusion. “Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm” is a project that will inspire a bold transformation within arts education, as we aim to be more accessible and relatable in how we serve young people. This work is a necessary first step in our plan to advance the conversation of diversity and representation in our studios and on our stages. Our goal is to affect change for future generations of artists.
$20,000.00
2020

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Emergency Food Access - A New Approach

Insufficient food accessibility, availability and adequacy is a growing problem in Metro Vancouver. For example, Gordon House has documented a 150% growth in food bank usage over the past five years in Vancouver's Downtown-West End. Charitable organizations are being stretched to accommodate this growing need, often relying on outdated food distribution programs that have not been updated to reflect the changing nature- and causes- of food insecurity. Gordon House and partners will seek to better define the context of food insecurity in our area, demonstrate appropriate interventions that can be efficiently led by local charities, and articulate policy changes to cover the balance of need.
$300,000.00
2021

Reframing South Vancouver

South Vancouver has a population of approximately 100K is comprised of 80% racialized persons, 56% newcomers, and a high density of non-English speakers. It is also a region with limited social infrastructure and unmet community needs. This project will explore why the neighbourhoods of Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, and Sunset have comparatively less infrastructure and investment than other Vancouver neighbourhoods with more English-speakers and less racialized persons, and shift this reality through inclusive, culturally competent community engagement at a grassroots level that will lead to systems change. The Reframing South Vancouver project is to create equity and meaningful inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

Resurfacing History: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant

Resurfacing History addresses the barriers that keep urban Indigenous families from practicing land based cultural practices in the city. The project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems and to build capacity for Indigenous people to be part of a mechanism that preserves culture, explores cultural knowledge and integrates actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for urban Indigenous people. Our vision is that we will strengthen connections & leverage partnerships to ensure Indigenous people lead land based work & that they will be called upon to provide the expertise to community organizations.
$180,000.00
2018

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

CONNECTIONS: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health of First Nations Foster Youth

CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the overrepresentation of First Nations youth in care. It is no longer enough to acknowledge the land upon which we stand, but to honor it by integrating the knowledges and practices from which it stems. CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the impacts of intergenerational trauma and the inordinate number of challenges and disadvantages faced by foster youth, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry. This process remains in the beginning stages and funding received from the Vancouver Foundation Develop Grant in support of this project will, in part, go directly towards further developing strategies for lasting change.
$20,000.00
2019

AutismBC

Business Professional Employment for L1 ASD Individuals [ERTA Program]

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects over 40,000 adults in BC and despite various efforts by governments, community and employment agencies there remains a 75% - 90% unemployment or under-employment rate. This project effects change in the training provided to ASD individuals seeking employment in professional careers. It prepares ASD individuals for retaining professional jobs, and prepares employers for hiring and retaining ASD individuals. ASD individuals in professional jobs have the greatest likelihood of living independently of PWD benefits. By providing support unique to this talent pool, we hope to free up funding for those require greater support.
$300,000.00
2018

Axis Theatre Company

INHERITANCE: a pick-the-path experience

The majority of BC is unceded First Nations land, and Reconciliation cannot occur without rectifying the colonial system of “ownership” that ignores that fact. Therefore, in our Develop phase we staged the play “Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience”, which interactively involves audiences in a struggle over unceded property, ultimately inviting them to decide how the land will be stewarded. We now propose a remount and tours of this stage play; interactive film and audio versions; and a community reading version. These activities will test whether – from citizenry to government levels - we can inspire system change and reconcili-Action in regards to this occupied land we all depend on.
$275,000.00
2021

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