Grants

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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

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

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

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

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

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

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

BCSTH Transportation Project - Embedding a Gender-Based Approach into Northern and Rural Transportation Systems

There is a systemic lack of consideration of the transportation needs of women and girls in rural and northern BC. Failures in our transportation systems deny women and girls safe participation in their communities. Without access to essential services, they are increasingly at risk of homelessness and violence. Systems change will mean that a gender-based approach is understood and practiced by community-level transportation providers. To spark this change, the community-based Transportation Project builds partnerships between the transportation and violence-against-women sectors. Together, we will test collaborative strategies to create a safer, more inclusive transportation system in BC.
$99,646.00
2021

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Bard on the Beach – Building Sustainable Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The communion of theatre actors and audiences can lead to deeper understanding and respect for the human condition in all its colours. To fulfill that potential, theatre-making processes must embed a full range of voices and lived experiences. To serve that end, Bard’s project will challenge and create change in its artistic and education programming and practices. It will create new collaborative partnerships with underserved individuals and communities. The core goal is to build the values and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of the organization. Results will be measured and assessed, learning applied to ongoing work, and results shared with the community.
$300,000.00
2021

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Seniors on the Move

The transportation system does not support all people in accessing services or meeting their day-to-day needs independently. Older adults, people with disabilities, and others without a driving license and/or access a car are “transportation disadvantaged”. A lack of transportation sharply constricts the world they live in. The Seniors on the Move project encourages individuals and communities to plan for age-related changes in transportation and make resources available for alternatives to driving. Working with key system actors, our goal is to develop a transportation system that is responsive to climate change, social equity and inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Violence Link – Protecting pets so domestic violence survivors can leave their abuser

Our project addresses the significant barrier that is created due to minimal pet friendly housing and resources for women fleeing domestic violence (DV). In many cases, women who cannot find safe housing for their pets will delay leaving an abusive home. In creating the Domestic Violence Foster Program, this will allow survivors of DV to have one less component to worry about and one less barrier to prevent them from leaving.
$282,784.82
2021

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

Contributing to British Columbia’s Largest Social Policy Shift in Generations: Centre for Excellence: Inclusive Early Childhood Education

The Centre for Excellence addresses the need for accessible, affordable high quality child care and addresses fragmentation within multiple systems. Our goal is to create a positive life trajectory for all children in their early years. We believe there are few more meaningful endeavours than this. We have the will and collaborative relationships to create a Centre for Excellence that offers inclusive child care grounded in social, emotional and behavioural competence. We are committed to excellence and innovation. We aim to demonstrate how inclusive, universal practices can be a reality for all children and families in BC, and influence systems change by demonstrating research in practice.
$200,000.00
2021

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George Branch

Connecting a Community Through Food - Quesnel

Quesnel is a community in transition, with significant economic downturn and increasing poverty, corresponding with high food insecurity risk and community division. We aim to increase access to nutritious food to all residents while encouraging community connection and collaboration by creating a centre for food redistribution and programming. We will encourage the sharing of resources and knowledge amongst community members and organizations. All programming will be focused on empowering choice, reinstating dignity, engaging the population and minimizing shame and stigma. It is our goal to encourage community engagement and collaboration while coming together around food.
$300,000.00
2021

Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna Society

Interdisciplinary Response Development (“IRD”) project

The CAC of Kelowna will disrupt a broken system that requires victims and families to experience multiple segregated entry points with siloed responses to child abuse and neglect, resulting in a breakdown in service delivery and the inefficient flow of resources. We have examined the prevalence of child abuse in our community and how the current disjointed system is failing victims and their families by creating additional stress and system-induced trauma. We have now laid the groundwork for a centralized interdisciplinary response, we are now ready to test our impact on the system and redefine who we respond to and investigate child abuse in our community.
$300,000.00
2021

City of Penticton

Testing multiple pathways to substance use care amid an overdose crisis in the South Okanagan

People who use substances in the South Okanagan have limited access to the whole system of care within their region. It is common for people to have to leave their community to access the life saving supports they need. Gaps and breakdowns in the system have contributed to the ongoing number of overdose deaths in the region. This project will examine the substance use care pathway, learn from diverse perspectives and lived/living experiences what parts of the system require change to improve access to services and save lives. The City alongside the Penticton Community Action will then seek to create new pathways to accessing substance use care throughout the South Okanagan - saving lives.
$288,500.00
2021

City of Prince George

Raise Up Our Kids: Nusdeh Yoh House of the Future

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Indigenous Choice School, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province. The Raise Up Our Kids work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Implementation of a community hub will create deeper alignment across systems (health, education & social services) and will ensure all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. The Community Hub will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.
$299,991.00
2021

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Transportation ACES (Access, Climate and Economic Security)

Transportation is key to the participation of people in poverty in a fair recovery. It is also the region’s biggest climate polluter. How we design our transportation can either harm or benefit individuals, communities, and the planet. Harming a person already in poverty with a badly designed climate action is no longer an option. We are testing a tool to help local governments ensure when they change transportation for climate reasons, they maximize the benefits to people in poverty and the vulnerable are not left out. People in low income are already champions of low carbon transportation, we need ensure that those options are safe, affordable, and accessible.
$300,000.00
2021

DanStabat Performance Society o/a Tara Cheyenne Performance

The River: Creating and Capturing Process in Film

By testing and sharing a collaborative settler/Indigenous artistic process that respects Indigenous sovereignty over unceded territory (territory where there is no treaty between settlers and Indigenous peoples), this project hopes to affect incremental change toward respectful practices in intercultural performance. We address the violence of colonized creation practices, inviting relationships and embodied land-based experiences in a local community. The media used in this project will be live performance (on the WedzinKwah River), and two short films: a distributable artistic summary, and a short documentary with a focus on sharing our collaborative creative approach.
$282,000.00
2021

Disability Alliance BC

Ending Poverty for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

Our goal is to end poverty for persons with disabilities. Poverty is associated with higher incidences of illness & death , hospitalizations, mental illness, adverse childhood development, poor school achievement, and family violence. Children face higher incidences of health-related problems. Having a disability is a predictor of poverty. We will mobilize a national citizen-led movement of people with disabilities, their allies & supporters (1) to assist the federal government to develop & install a Canadian Disability Benefit & (2) the BC government to play a lead role in supporting a CDB & developing complementary policies & legislation that can be replicated elsewhere in Canada.
$300,000.00
2021

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Scaling Up the $10aDay Child Care Plan in BC

Childcare in BC has never been affordable, broadly available or of consistently high quality - with well-qualified, fairly paid educators - because it has relied on a market-based approach rather than on a publicly-funded system. The community-developed $10aDay Plan has built public and political support for change, leading to measurable progress over the last three years. With a new level of governmental commitment to expansion, this project will advance movement towards a public childcare system that centres and integrates reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of implementation. Only then will we realize the full social and economic potential of the $10aDay Plan.
$300,000.00
2021

Eastside Culture Crawl Society

Shifting Paradigm - A poverty alleviation initiative for artists.

The research, planning and implementation of an Eastside Arts District will transform an under-ground, grass roots district into a dynamic district with legislated protections, provide unique funding/organizational opportunities and changes in zoning/taxation, ensuring secure studio spaces. A review of arts/culture districts studies reveal that formally recognized and designated districts provide a variety of economic and social benefits for a diverse range of stakeholders; strengthening the whole arts/cultural ecology. The ECCS is strategically positioned to strengthen capacity for artists; and, provide opportunities that advance changing public and institutionalized perception of the arts.
$300,000.00
2021

Ecotrust Canada

Advancing Solutions to Energy Poverty in BC's Rural and Indigenous Communities

Energy poverty, a lack of affordable access to heating, lighting and cooking, is an urgent issue impacting over 270,000 households in BC. Rural and Indigenous communities in particular face high energy costs and inadequate housing, contributing to poor health outcomes. This project will unlock new pathways to healthy, low-carbon and energy efficient housing by taking action on all three systemic drivers of energy poverty: low household income, high energy prices, and poor energy efficiency in homes. We will directly advance home energy retrofits in impacted communities while undertaking research and policy engagement to create new programs that help make energy costs manageable for everyone.
$299,400.00
2021

Farm Folk City Folk Society

Local Seed for BC Food Security

BC agriculture relies on imported seeds for food production, making our food security vulnerable to disruptions and risks beyond our control. A local seed system, wherein farmers and growers work together on seed production, would safeguard our food security by shortening supply chains and mitigating climate change impacts. Through education, training, collaboration, and outreach on seed security issues, FarmFolk CityFolk’s Local Seed for BC Food Security project works with BC farmers, seed growers, and the public to help expand and improve local seed production in ways that support agricultural economic viability, expand seed biodiversity, and increase the resiliency of our food system.
$300,000.00
2021

First Nations Educational Foundation

Digital Indigenous Language Revitalization Programs

Indigenous languages in British Columbia are critically endangered, a direct result of historical and contemporary colonization. Language loss has significant ramifications for First Nations communities, given that these languages carry a community’s history, cultural traditions, and spiritual beliefs within them. In this project, we aim to challenge valuations of Indigenous languages as ‘less than’, emphasize community ownership, and shift away from colonial Eurocentric approaches to language collection. Specifically, we will collaborate with three First Nations to create community-driven, interactive digital language platforms that reposition Indigenous languages as a source of pride.
$248,984.00
2021

Foundation for Social Change

Scaling cash transfers for poverty reduction

To date Canada’s primary response to a homelessness crisis has been to manage through the provision of income assistance, and emergency services, such as shelters, day programs and meal programs. This response costs, on average $55,000 per person per year. Our emerging evidence base shows that direct cash transfers help people achieve successful outcomes with dignity, while reducing demands on the shelter system and saving money. To scale, we will disburse more cash transfers, grow our evidence base, and use this data to influence the provincial government to rethink welfare rates, income distribution and the systems through which we support people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
$200,000.00
2021

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