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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

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

BC Living Arts

Angel's Bone: Helping to end Human Trafficking one performance at a time.

Human trafficking represents the darkest effects of a patriarchal society and requires all people to look more closely at what allows it to exist. This project brings together social workers, survivors, lawyers, human rights activists and opera artists to collaborate on producing, Angel’s Bone, a contemporary opera depicting human trafficking. The opera serves as an artistic lens and collaborative tool to bring visibility to this issue and shed light on how and why it is able to exist in our communities. In producing it in this way, we aim to empower all society to collaborate on addressing this deeply rooted issue and the social values holding it in place.
$150,000.00
2019

Angel’s Bone: Addressing human exploitation in our communities through operatic performance

Angel’s Bone is the pulitzer-prize winning opera by Chinese-American composer, Du Yun and Canadian librettist, Royce Vavrek. The opera explores the dark motivations and effects of modern day slavery and human trafficking through the story of two angels who journey to our world to experience the delights of earth. When the angels arrive, they encounter Mr. and Mrs. Xe who lure them into an exploitative situation. In producing this opera and developing a series of community outreach events, this project takes a creative approach to raising awareness of the human exploitation that occurs in our community and the extensive resources available to the public to aid in combating human trafficking.
$10,000.00
2018

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society

A community economic development plan for the West Boundary

Have you ever heard of the Boundary area of BC? We are in the centre of BC on the border in a mountainous area where ranch lands and forests abound. People are spread out in small communities. Because of a dwindling economy, community resources are very limited as are opportunities for employment. Signs of entrenched poverty and food insecurity are commonplace. A group of community leaders aim to reinvigorate the area and have begun the process by creating a non-profit Community Services Co-operative, purchasing land and planning a community hub building. The Vancouver Foundation DEVELOP grant, will allow us to engage the community in creating a community economic development plan.
$20,000.00
2019

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Policing Indigenous Peoples Project

This project addresses the disproportionate impact of policing on Indigenous peoples in BC and their overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. We plan to influence the systems that perpetuate this issue by testing two innovative models, and by complementing these models with broad-based public education and law reform campaigns. One model will challenge conditions of release issued by police or courts that infringe on the rights and freedoms of marginalized people. Another test model is a partnership with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to base informal resolution of complaints against the RCMP on Indigenous restorative justice processes.
$300,000.00
2018

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.
$300,000.00
2020

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often violated. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Hospitals and long-term care homes can be busy, noisy places where staff lack the time to explain options and support people to understand information and make decisions. The goal of this project is to: 1)work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2)develop a multi-year project to create resources for teaching staff how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in decisions that impact their lives.
$19,780.00
2019

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.
$20,000.00
2018

British Columbia Lung Association

Radon Action in BC: Building Momentum

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, emanating from the ground and accumulating in buildings. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing about 3,360 Canadians a year. While many countries, provinces and states have radon programs, there is little radon awareness and action in British Columbia. The British Columbia Lung Association has started a program on Healthy Indoor Environments with a focus on radon. We want to raise public awareness of the issue, empower people to understand the issue and take action and to build a provincial radon action plan. Together we can eliminate high radon inside BC homes and workplaces and save lives.
$147,052.00
2020

Burnaby Community Connections Society

Bridging the Employment Gap for Burnaby’s Working Poor

Almost 10% of Burnaby residents experience working poverty and rates are rising. Meanwhile, Burnaby businesses are experiencing a labour shortage and struggling with unfilled job vacancies. Bridging the Employment Gap will test two projects to (a) build the capacity of under- or precariously workers; and (b) help businesses with living wage employment opportunities improve their human resource practices in order to attract, recruit and retain those who struggle with chronic under-employment. This projects will be supported by and will inform a Steering Committee of system representatives from business government and the employment sector to generate innovative approaches to system change.
$300,000.00
2018

C4C Canada/ Canada C4C

Disrupting digital news media in B.C. to reconnect the public in dialogue

Journalism is an essential part of the social fabric that unites communities. However, news media has been in steep decline over the past decade, as players Google and Facebook disrupted journalism. The good news about news: we believe the social and market conditions are now present to harness the digital disruption of journalism to transform the industry for positive community impact. Based on learnings from two years of successful partnering on research and prototyping at a project level, C4C Canada and Discourse Media propose to test whether our innovative community-driven journalism model can change the system that digital journalism currently operates in within British Columbia.
$300,000.00
2018

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.
$20,000.00
2019

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