Grants

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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

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

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

Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada

Shifting the Agricultural Sector to Bird-Friendly practices through certification

The project aims to address the role of agricultural intensification in the decline of birds. Our entry point into this complex issue are aerially insectivorous birds, which are protected under federal legislation, and which rely on farmlands for their survival. We will co-host stakeholder workshops with ECCC and the FPSI to understand barriers to implementing bird-friendly farming practices. Collaboratively, we will develop actions farmers can take towards bird-friendly farming certification. We will then engage the relevant stakeholders in the Fraser River Delta with experience applying third party certification process, and develop a model to ‘test-drive’ these actions on the ground.
$20,000.00
2020

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

Transforming BC’s Police Act

BCCLA’s Transforming BC’s Police Act project delves into the provincial Police Act to explore, research, investigate, and dialogue about ways in which this Act is upholding the oppressive, racist, violent, and unaccountable structure of present-day policing in BC. The Police Act in BC regulates a wide range of policing issues such as independent oversight, transparency, governance, structure, standards, funding, and training of policing agencies and police officers. We aim to develop a greater understanding of how the Police Act contributes to the ongoing crisis in police accountability, and to propose possible systemic interventions to lawmakers and government bodies for transformation.
$20,000.00
2020

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

British Columbia Museums Association

Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit

Museums have an important role to tell the stories of the diverse communities they represent, but systemic and institutional racism has meant that white leadership decides which stories are told and how to tell them. Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit is the first stage of BCMA's initiative to support museums in becoming spaces of diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCMA will survey institutions to identify key needs and barriers that will inform the development of a preliminary collection of resources on diverse governance. Survey findings and toolkit feedback will inform development of additional targeted resources for the larger arts, culture, and heritage sector.
$20,000.00
2020

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

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

Building Equity: Creating New Affordable Housing in Metro Vancouver through Progressive Property Taxation

Metro Vancouver needs a “big bang” plan to build and finance new dedicated affordable housing, with a focus on the rental market. Recent efforts at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are welcome but have not been sufficient to address the affordability crisis. In this project we (1) evaluate recent government housing affordability initiatives, and (2) consider how new affordable housing can be financed out of the windfall gains to homeowners from rising housing prices. This is central to Vancouver’s economic vitality, to building a more inclusive city, and to ensuring greater equity and opportunities for people who live and work in the region.
$257,049.62
2018

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Incorporating Indigenous Legal Orders in Canadian Law

While organizing webinars, we will conduct interviews and research to learn more from both perspectives: the BC government and the First Nations Communities. Conducting the roundtables will enable use to dig deeper into the issues at stake to identify why the system remains as it is. This ongoing dialogue will take many forms and will help us refine our conclusions and develop more adapted education programs and training for people working in the legal system, but not exclusively. We would like to reach out to people in the health care system and education system too. How we educate students (law, police, probation, social workers, etc.) has a huge impact on how we can change the system.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Mapping and equalizing power: moving towards co-production in BC’s mental health and substance use services

Best practice in mental health and substance use services is person-centred, provides cultural safety, fosters trust, and supports empowerment. By mapping the power of peer workers in BC’s services, and by identifying and advocating for peer employment structures that support a shift in systemic power, this project aims to change deeply entrenched beliefs about the capability and the value provided by people with lived experience of mental health or substance use-related health issues. In intends to move BC towards a co-production model that blurs lines between service “provider” and “recipient”, a shift that has the potential to radically change BC’s mental health and substance use system.
$65,300.00
2018

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch

Recovery College Development Project

Today, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health problem or illness each year, diminishing quality of life and driving up costs in healthcare and lost productivity. The system is focused downstream on acute care and crisis response. We must broaden our mental health plan to simultaneously seek to promote flourishing mental health while preventing and treating mental illness. The Develop process will move Recovery College from idea to blueprint while creating readiness in partners and community to move upstream to help individuals realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make a contribution to their community.
$17,450.00
2018

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

Canadian Mental Health Association - Vernon & District Branch

Suicide Prevention Strategy

Suicide is the leading cause of injury-related death among children and youth in BC, with the Interior having the highest rate of suicide in the province. Reducing and preventing youth suicide by systems change will empower youth, parents, caregivers, teachers, community leaders to take purposeful action with an evidence-based approach to ensure a safe, supportive community for our youth. The inclusion of rural and Indigenous youth, LGBTQ+ youth, parents, community arts and recreational youth leaders to join with our existing partners will help ensure an inclusive, culturally informed development process.
$16,506.00
2020

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