Grants

Search or browse below to see past Field of Interest grants. You may search by recipient organization name, project name, or city. Additionally, in the sidebar you may filter the grants displayed by year, interest or grant amount.

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

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

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

BC Living Arts

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

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers' Society

Women of Colour & Indigenous Women in Film – Community Research

Women of colour and Indigenous women are not being represented in leadership positions (directing, writing and producing roles) in Vancouver’s film sector. This is a pressing issue considering BC is the leading province for Film and Television across Canada, specifically regions of Metro Vancouver which are populated by up to 67% visible majority, with 51% of the population identified as women. This community research project will address this issue for the intersections of women of colour and Indigenous women in the film sector.
$10,000.00
2019

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Feasibility analysis of a social financing model to fund an opioid addictions service that aims to improve the well-being of individuals in Vancouver.

The Dr. Peter Centre intends to develop a pay-for-success project plan to engage public and private stakeholders in funding a pilot project that will introduce Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment for participants at the centre, increasing access to this treatment model, expanding access to treatment options, and ultimately stabilizing the number of overdose related deaths in our community. Opioid use disorder is one of the most challenging forms of substance use disorder facing the health care system in British Columbia.
$10,000.00
2019

Global Youth Education Network Society

Unpacking White Privilege in the Food Movement

Food movements across BC are making huge progress in recognizing the dominant food system’s injustices and oppressions. Topics such as Indigenous food sovereignty and Reconciliation, migrant and racialized food labour, parallel Chinese farming systems, and the racial dimensions of food insecurity are gaining prominence in the discourse and work of mainstream food actors across non-profit, public, and private sectors. Our project will bring key stakeholders together to develop a plan on how to unpack these institutionalized structures that often reinforce oppression and how to move forward as a truly inclusive and reconciliatory food movement.
$8,800.00
2018

Japanese Community Volunteers Association

Exploring challenges in finding and coordinating support for community-dwelling older adults

Community-dwelling older adults have a difficult time navigating and coordinating various support services and programs that help them to continue living independently at home, affecting their safety and quality of life. This project explores the disconnect between older adults in need of support and available services and programs, and to envision possible solutions that help individuals find and receive the support they need to maintain their wellbeing.
$10,000.00
2020

Little Shuswap Lake

LSLIB Community Energy Independence Project

The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band relies heavily on propane to operate our reserve. This represents an economic and environmental concern through it's unsustainable nature and potential for extreme damage to our area. The band is currently engaged in a process of developing in-house capacity to provide for our people a future of financial, cultural, and energy independence. Our plan is a holistic approach to energy needs. We believe in acting only after all resources have been explored and assessed. To create our plan, we need to understand the unique benefits and drawbacks of all our on reserve resources.
$8,000.00
2018

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Food Security, Poverty, Housing and the Local food systems; closing the loop in the Comox Valley

We recognize and acknowledge that the core or underlying root causes of food security are intertwined with issues of poverty, inadequate or precarious housing and other barriers which block access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. On the other end of the food system, local growers and new entrants to sustainable food production suffer due to competition in a global food market plagued with subsidies, inequalities and extranalities. Closing the Comox Valley Food Loop, looks at ways to create an on-going market for local food by proactively providing food as medicine to those in need, while decreasing isolation in vulnerable populations thorough food literacy programs.
$10,000.00
2018

Nanaimo Region John Howard Society

Gladue Approach to Transformative Justice Interventions

Indigenous populations are the most marginalized, disadvantaged group in BC. Poverty, homelessness and the intergenerational (traumatic) effects of Indian Residential School, continue to manifest in a cycle of criminality. The goal of this project is to identify equitable transformative outcomes in the justice system to focus more directly on the root causes of offence cycles. By addressing the root issues of power imbalance and cultural erasure, this project sets the stage for authentic reconciliation and systems transformation, to promote community safety. Due to it's extensive network of relationships, the Gladue Writers Society is perfectly positioned to lead this intervention.
$10,000.00
2019

Or Gallery

Schooling the Institution

This initiative addresses a well-documented lack of access to artistic leadership and management roles for racialized members of the arts community. This issue needs to be addressed to enable BC's non-profit arts and cultural sector to reflect real inclusivity for a broader share of its residents. Schooling the Institution enables local non-profit arts and youth communities to benefit from the research and expertise of the workshop leaders in a manner that is transparent, collaborative and intensive, to inform a training document for arts organizations co-designed by the very community members this project is developed to support.
$5,000.00
2020

Pacific Foundation for Understanding Nature Society

Connecting Classrooms and Communities: Transforming Education in B.C.

With a new K-12 curriculum in B.C., teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring into real world issues and taking action to connect people, place and planet. There is now a critical need to transform teaching and learning in our education system by connecting classrooms and communities, with place as a guiding focus. Our emerging network of educational partners is actively working to support this transformation. A collective plan of action, supported by a Develop Grant, will enable us to more deeply and widely grow networks of collaboration, expand support for educational leadership and mentorship, and ultimately transform education in our schools and communities.
$10,000.00
2020

Story Studio

Finding the Hidden Learner: Connecting with literacy learners

As Canada faces rapidly growing wealth inequality, literacy becomes even more important in ensuring that all citizens have access to employment and educational opportunities. Low literacy rates are tied tightly to issues of poverty and inequality. The current pandemic crisis is exacerbating this situation, and literacy-focused organizations are struggling to identify and support the populations that need their help the most. This project brings together organizations and individuals from across Victoria to gather information and insights into how literacy organizations can best meet the needs of the community.
$8,680.00
2020

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Addressing Accessibility at the Arts Club

The Arts Club’s mission is to inspire and nurture audiences through diverse cultural experiences. Should a theatre-goer be turned away simply because of a mobility issue or mental disability, then this opportunity is lost. The Arts Club Theatre Company aims to put accessibility at the forefront of our artistic practice and outreach initiatives. With this project, we plan to identify prevalent barriers to attending a live performance for our disabled community and begin to develop new policies in collaboration and consultation with community leaders, service providers, and disability advocates.
$10,000.00
2018

University of Northern British Columbia

Policy Lab for Agricultural Land Use Planning in BC

Although agricultural land issues are well known, old problems are taking on new forms that threaten farmland. At the same time, greater concern for food security and increasing demand for access to farmland for new farmers reflect public priorities that emphasize the social value of preserving farmland. These circumstances require a unique response. Our idea is to develop a “policy lab” that brings AgLUP experts together to focus on solutions to protect BC’s farmland. A policy lab is a neutral, expert-centred space for analyzing issues and designing solutions that address intractable policy problems and advance systemic change.
$2,500.00
2018

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees Association

Developing a plan to effect lasting positive change to government mental health funding for refugees and immigrants.

This project plan will release funding for mental health support for immigrants and refugees throughout BC. Currently it is being blocked from flowing to where it is most needed by bureaucratic complications that mean that the organizations that support these individuals are not able to access these funds. Refugees and immigrants are a high-risk group for mental health problems and it vital for their long-term sense of belonging and purpose that they get the counselling that they need. This project will ensure that the funds reach the organizations who are delivering the services to this marginalized and often underserved community rather than getting stuck in the system.
$9,500.00
2019

Wild Ocean Whale Society

Project Disentangle

Whales face a gauntlet of potential threats including those from entanglement of an undocumented number of prawn and crab fishing trap gear. To instigate policy and procedural changes, Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) is addressing the basic systemic issue by documenting and mapping the hazards to these animals, as well as boaters, for the enactment of policy change. Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) efforts towards open educational access to research data and awareness will, with our documented data obtained through this project, continue to educate those fishing in our waters as well as the general public which will lead to policy and procedures changes to benefit the community at large.
$9,990.00
2018