Grants

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Society for Affordable Housing Education, Awareness and Development

Surviving not Thriving: The Systemic Barriers to Housing for Women Leaving Violence

The Shedding Light on the Barriers to Housing for Women Fleeing Violence Photovoice project (Shedding Light) was previously funded by the BC Medical Services Foundation and was successfully completed as of March 2010. This community-based, feminist participatory action research project was conducted in four communities across BC and engaged forty-five diverse women in photo-taking, interviews and focus groups in order to share their experiences of seeking housing after leaving violence. The purpose of the current proposed project is to professionally produce an advocacy report that maximizes the impact of photo- and text-based data generated by participants to effectively translate the knowledge generated from the Shedding Light project. The provincial and community-based organizations who partnered to facilitate Shedding Light will use this report in their advocacy and awareness-building efforts with the ultimate goal of addressing barriers to housing and improving access to housing for women who have left violent relationships.
$10,000.00
2010

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Food Secure Vancouver Study Phase 2

In 2008 the VFPC launched the Food Secure Vancouver Study to answer the question "How food secure is Vancouver in a changing world?" in terms of access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, the structure and capacity of the food system, and the cultural, economic, social, and environmental needs of individuals and communities.The Food Secure Vancouver Study establishes an integrated and ongoing review, analysis, and reporting process that: Monitors the status of Vancouver's food security against our baseline definition; Informs citizens and decision-makers about the status of Vancouver's food security; Identifies priority actions for improving and maintaining the sustainability and security of all aspects of Vancouver's food system.In this project, we survey food security groups in Vancouver's neighbourhoods and inventory their activities and resources, and develop an information management system to gather and manage data, disseminate information about local food security initiatives and resources, and facilitate neighbourhood networking and collaboration.
$10,000.00
2010

Solo Collective Theatre Society

New Play, Playwright, and Intern Development

This project offers two programs for developing writers: 1) the Emerging Playwrights’ Competition in which writers submit work and five are selected for development and 2) the Public Staged Reading in conjunction with the dramaturge intern program to foster script development for future production. These are the only programs of their kind in BC. The final element of the project is the professional production of work by local playwrights with a focus on issues that are important to Vancouverites. This season presents two one-act plays under the umbrella title: Love and Death: Bridging the Gap.
$10,000.00
2010

South Okanagan Similkameen Mental Wellness Society

Connections and Supports in Employment for Mental Health Consumers - Year 2

Connections and Supports in Employment for Mental Health Consumers - Year 2
$49,000.00
2010

South Okanagan/ Similkameen Brain Injury Society

Employment Outreach Program (EOP)

Employment Outreach Program (EOP)
$48,460.00
2010

Spo7ez Cultural Centre and Community Society

Aboriginal Youth Ambassador - 2010 Curriculum Formalization Project

Aboriginal youth ages 17 to 30 will have the opportunity to receive industry-recognized training, exposure to the post-secondary education environment, and meaningful work experience at high-traffic tourism venues. This proven model is designed to create opportunities for high-risk Aboriginal youth, who primarily live on reservations and face poverty and low literacy. It strengthens cultural connections by working with elders and indigenous cultural experts from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations and assists in developing successful work and education patterns. This highly successful model, designed to create opportunities for high risk aboriginal youth, who primarily live on reservations and face multiple barriers (e.g. poverty, low literacy levels), strengthens cultural connections by working with elders and other indigenous cultural experts from a range of Squamish and Lil'wat Nation aboriginal communities and assists in developing successful work and education patterns. Funding provided by the Vancouver Foundation for this project will enable the formalization of the program and provide for 3.0 credit. This credit will create a bridge to further education and increase opportunities for participants.
$50,000.00
2010

Squamish Volunteer Centre Society

Welcome Centre to Multicultural Neighborhood House in Squamish

This project is a response to priorities that emerged from the development of the 2008-09 Sea to Sky Literacy Plan, and the experiences of immigrants, volunteers and staff. The goal is a Multicultural Neighbourhood House that can provide an in depth and long-term focus on growing issues of immigration, diversity and racism in Squamish.
$30,000.00
2010

Sunshine Coast Conservation Association

Habitat Area Nomination Project 2011-2012

This project will address the need for marbled murrelet nesting habitat protection – old-growth dependent seabirds that are the highest profile at-risk species in the region. It will also nominate the 12 largest salmon spawning rivers of the region for Fisheries Sensitive Watershed designation and develop a compelling digital mapping presentation to support public education efforts about the project and liaison with stakeholders and agencies.
$16,000.00
2010

Sustainable Cities Foundation

Vancouver Participatory Youth Asset Mapping Project

This project addresses the need, identified by Vancouver youth, parents and adults who work with youth, for an accessible & more comprehensive directory of youth services and resources. The project will cover the entire city, working in five geographic communities (the West End, Mid Town, South Vancouver, North-East Vancouver and the West Side) and one social community (new comer youth). The project will train approximately 24 youth facilitators within partner community organizations to work with an estimated 600 of their peers to identify youth-serving, youth-friendly and youth-useful places, services and resources in their communities. In this way, youth will lead the effort to create a youth-generated resource for youth, by youth. Their information will be consolidated and uploaded to an online map, hosted on the City of Vancouver's Youth Outreach Team website (www.vancouveryouth.ca), for free public use. To cap the project off, a peer exchange will be hosted to allow youth and youth workers to share their lessons learned with each other and additional municipalities in BC.
$10,000.00
2010

The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon

Development and pilot testing of a culturally relevant and family-based self-management program for First Nations people with arthritis (Dr. Allen Lehman)

The project we propose will: 1) Develop a culturally-sensitive and family-based program for First Nations (FN) people and family members across BC to improve self-management of arthritis. 2) Evaluate the program in FN communities to find out if it improves social support from family, coping skills, and self-efficacy at managing arthritis symptoms after six months; and, 3) Improve the capacity for care and research by FN people for FN people.
$160,000.00
2010

THE CINEMATHEQUE

Integrated Media Literacy Project

In-class professional development sessions will engage Lower Mainland teachers in integrating media literacy techniques and free, user-friendly online technologies into the classroom. Media literacy is about understanding and learning about the media, as well as how to use various types of media and technology. Moving away from the usual approaches to media programming (one-off video projects and one-time guest presentations), this project aims to create long-term, self-sustaining, custom-fit programming that will empower teachers.
$31,000.00
2010

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

Capacity Building in BC

This project will develop a leadership program to support the funding needs of the organization and its members. It will implement a user-friendly communications and public awareness program that will assist land trusts with more effective fundraising, new ways to attract potential volunteers and board members and increase public understanding of land trusts. It will also develop a capacity building program to increase volunteers and their skills, assist Board members to become more effective and work with staff to ensure human resources and skill sets are met.
$25,000.00
2010

Theatre Conspiracy

Development and production of the play Macbeth: nach Shakespeare

Theatre Conspiracy co-commissioned a translation of German playwright Heiner Müller's Macbeth: nach Shakespeare with emerging Vancouver company, GasHeart Theatre. In September 2010 we will hold a one-week workshop to develop the production concept, including design elements. In April and May 2011 we will rehearse for three weeks and produce a two-week run at Performance Works on Granville Island. This work follows on a one-week script workshop to refine the second draft. A free public presentation, attended by 150 people, was held at Celebration Hall, Mountain View Cemetery on Aug. 6, 2009. • The project extends our mandate to explore drama in translation; • it is the core project in GasHeart's residency at Conspiracy in 2009/'10 and '10-'11 — Quinn Harris will direct and James Foy will serve as associate producer and technical director; • it offers outstanding opportunities for 12 emerging and established actors and five designers; • gives the companies, the artists and the public to engage with renowned translator, director and Heiner Müller scholar, Carl Weber.
$20,000.00
2010

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Assessing First Nations Language Proficiency in an Immersion Setting

Based in the Chief Atahm Immersion School, this project aims to develop and test Secwepemctsin language speaking proficiency for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. This will involve the development of specific testing protocols, and appropriate graphics depicting typical scenes to elicit descriptive responses. The process will be followed by a series of trials to determine the effectiveness of this method of assessing fluency in Secwepemctsin. This project will add a significant assessment component to the existing immersion curriculum.
$25,000.00
2010

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Climate & Conservation in BC: Baseline Mapping and Communications Development

Since our founding in 2000, ForestEthics has helped secure agreements to protect more than 26 million hectares around the world. We are currently working to build awareness in government and communities across British Columbia (BC) about the importance of conserving forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems to mitigate the ecological and economic impacts of climate change. Through targeted public outreach, we are helping BC protect its unique natural resources today to create a buffer that will help future generations stave off challenges related to human-caused shifts in the environment. With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, we will undertake two important steps toward this effort; we will: 1) develop a geographic information system (GIS)-based map detailing the total land area in British Columbia currently managed by various conservation designations (parks, wildlife reserves, etc.); and 2) produce analysis and sample communications materials for future focus-group testing to help us better inform and engage communities in the province.
$5,000.00
2010

Organizing for Change

This project's goal is to build the political and public prominence of environmental issues and strengthen the ability of organizations to effect change in BC. Their focus is on environmental issues that are the greatest priority in BC. Their organization has emerged as the only forum where a significant part of the BC environmental community can coordinate and collaborate on various issues, and develop strategies to enhance collective power.
$15,000.00
2010

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project

Volunteer Disability Advocacy Project
$20,000.00
2010

Touchstone Theatre Society

Flying Start

Flying Start takes a promising script by a playwright who has not yet been professionally produced from draft form to the stage over a two-year cycle. The first year focuses on script development, dramaturgy and workshops with professional actors. The second culminates in a theatrical production. They seek funding for three years to increase the effectiveness, public profile and sustainability of this program. Year 1 funds will strengthen production values for the premiere of Sally Stubbs’ haunting morality play Herr Beckmann’s People, which has already garnered national attention and awards.
$26,000.00
2010

Treaty 8 Tribal Association

First Nations Site C Leadership Summit

The Treaty 8 First Nations (Doig River, West Moberly, Prophet River, and Halfway River) are proposing to host a gathering on Sep. 16-17 at the Fort St. John Curling Club that places emphasis on BC, AB, and NWT First Nation leaders within the Peace River watershed, Peace-Athabasca and Mackenzie Deltas. Environmental groups and non-government organizations will also be invited. The purpose of this 1.5 day Summit is to further support and acknowledge participants common relationships and unique dependence on the water flows of the Peace River. The cumulative impacts associated with the past and future hydroelectric developments on the Peace River are the core issues that will summon everyone to share stories, network and foster relationships, mount common strategies and messaging, and build a strong alliance. Activities will include an inventory of the human capital within the participants’ organizations, their assets, and inputs into future action and education plans. Keynote speakers on energy policies/climate change and a field trip to the proposed Site C dam location.
$7,500.00
2010

TTS Theatre Terrific Society

Mrs. Miller's Diary

Mrs. Miller's Diary - a full scale professional production that will employ 9 diversely abled actors each paid at union scale, along with technically experienced theatre professional for a series of developmental workshops and a two week performance run in a professional Vancouver Theatre.
$30,000.00
2010

Turning Point Ensemble

Ahakista-Air India Flight 182

Turning Point Ensemble is a co-producer of Ahakista – Air India Flight 182, a new opera commissioned by the Banff Centre for the Arts, Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. As the story of Air India Flight 182 begins in Vancouver, stops in Toronto, and tragically explodes over Ireland, this opera weaves together local, national and global threads to tell a human story of our time.
$50,000.00
2010

UBC - Department of Family Practice

Safe and Sound?: A documentary film on refugee health and access to primary care in Metro Vancouver

In 2007, more than twenty thousand refugees came to Canada. In Vancouver, Bridge Medical Clinic addresses their short-term health needs; however, refugees have difficulty accessing regular primary care providers in the community. “Safe and Sound?” is a documentary film featuring stories of Vancouver refugees at various stages of transition to life in Canada. Targeting an audience of medical trainees and healthcare providers, it will investigate barriers to medical care, exposing the challenges and strengths of refugees pertaining to primary care access.
$3,700.00
2010

Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series

The Reproductive Health Pregnancy Series is part of an ongoing project initiated in 2006 by Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS), with the goal of improving the health of pregnant street youth. Young expectant mothers living in the Downtown East Side are recruited to participate in 4 interactive workshops to learn about pregnancy related health issues. The first workshop covers pre-pregnancy health, including health care options, proper nutrition, and the risks of substance use. The second workshop focuses on what to expect during labour and delivery. The third workshop focuses on health issues after a pregnancy, including breastfeeding, post-partum depression, and how to obtain proper long-term health care. The last workshop covers contraception, and will finish off with a relaxed arts and crafts activity. After completing the workshops, participants will receive a Superstore gift card and a baby starter kit. Through this project, we hope to influence pregnant youth to seek proper health care, and initiate a healthy start for their babies.
$2,900.00
2010

UBC - Learning Exchange

Contributing through Computers Pilot Project

The goal of this project is to raise the overall digital literacy in Vancouver’s DTES and surrounding neighbourhoods, while building confidence and a range of skills in facilitators. The Learning Exchange will train and support 80 local residents to take a leadership role in the community by delivering free computer classes to people with little or no computer skills. By creating opportunities for facilitators to lead workshops, the project will ensure people have the IT skills increasingly needed to function in our technology-dependent world.
$50,000.00
2010

UBC - Office of Research Services

The Youth Injection Prevention YIP Project (Dr. Jane Buxton)

This project will disseminate the results of ten focus groups (FGs) and fifteen interviews with 60 street-involved youth aged 15-24 years in Metro Vancouver region, Nov 2009-March 2010. The FGs/interviews explored resiliency factors from the youth’s perspective, services available to reduce harms from drug use and perceived barriers to accessing these services. A team of 6 youth participated as co-researchers providing input into script design, co-facilitating FGs, performing data analysis and presenting at National conferences and local partnership meetings. These youth will continue to be involved in this project 1) Conduct 5 interactive community workshops (one in each health authority) to present the findings of the previous study to the local youth. These workshops will be led by one member of the YIP youth team, a research coordinator and a local youth from the respective health authority. 2) Feedback from youth participants at the workshops will be used to compare/contrast issues and experiences of local youth in their communities with those identified by Metro-Vancouver youth. 3) Create a DVD showing the process of youth engagement and empowerment. 4) Create a website, on-line forum and face book. 5) Produce a community friendly summary report and fact sheet re findings in Metro Vancouver and similarities and differences in other regions. The report will also be individualized for each community we visit so they can obtain some information specific to their needs.
$42,820.00
2010

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