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.

ACORN Institute Canada

Healthy Homes Project

Tenants in Surrey often have to live in housing that has detrimental effects on their health and well being due to poor maintenance of the rental property. This project will create dialogue between city staff and politicians, tenants and other key stakeholders, starting civic debate, and conversations that include effected low and moderate income tenants, about policy solutions that the city can enact or amend to build a livable city for everyone.
$27,000.00
2011

Amy Ferguson Institute

KHAOS, the opera

KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global catastrophe. KHAOS asks the question, ‘What if Persephone were prevented from returning from the underworld to console her mother? Would Demeter’s continuing grief and despair end life on Earth as we know it?’ This is a request for funding of the premiere production and touring.
$30,000.00
2011

Aventa New Music Society

Marilyn, Anyone can see I love you

This opera is based on aspects of the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, with libretto from BC author and poet, Marilyn Bowering. It examines Marilyn Monroe’s intellectual and emotional relationship to death and love. As the work progresses, the performance interweaves what is taking place on stage with the trajectory of Monroe’s life through relationships, fame and myth.
$30,000.00
2011

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Speaking Rights: A participatory community building project for BC youth

Speaking Rights is a participatory education project that engages youth (12-18 yrs) in identifying strategies to address discrimination, bullying and exclusion and creating a space for dialogue and action on these issues. Over 25 organizations in BC would benefit from training, coaching, education resources, support in developing youth-led community projects, follow-up & sharing lessons learned.
$25,000.00
2011

British Columbia Library Association

BC Books Online: Delivery of an eBook Collection to BC Libraries

The BC Books Online consortium aims to deliver a collection of BC published books in e-book format to every public, academic and school library in the province. In partnership with the Association of Book Publishers of BC, BC Books will hire staff to create marketing and information packages for the libraries, work with publishers and writers to develop terms of trade, and develop a program to sustain the project over time, ensuring access to the BC Books Online collection across the province and creating a significant literary legacy.
$30,000.00
2011

Burnaby Art Gallery Association (City of Burnaby)

Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe

The Tanabe exhibition, publication and online resource will be a lasting contribution to the art historical record, especially in the context of an important Canadian artist continuing to produce work in Canada. Tanabe’s unusual dexterity in a variety of media will make the touring show of some 75 drawings, watercolours and collages reflect key themes and conceptual shifts the artist has been engaged with during his career.
$20,000.00
2011

Burnaby Community Connections Society Burnaby Community Services

Homes for All: Building Communities, Building Homes

This project will mobilize community support for a continuum of housing and associated services, bringing together groups including the City of Burnaby, the provincial and federal governments and the Burnaby Board of Trade to collaborate on addressing affordable housing and homelessness. A full-time coordinator will build community support and the relationships needed to achieve a common vision and commitment to address this urgent social issue.
$21,000.00
2011

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Engaging Families, Children, and Youth for Poverty Reduction in BC

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition aims to create a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines. To do this, a community organizer will engage BC families, children, and youth affected by poverty. The Coalition will also launch a social media campaign, and engage with municipal decision makers about the need for a provincial strategy to reduce poverty. The Coalition will maintain a Secretariat (housed at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) that will coordinate its work and support the Poverty Reduction Campaign.
$22,000.00
2011

Caravan Farm Theatre

The Trail's End: Caravan Farm Theatre's 2011-12 Commissioning Project

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called The Trail’s End, taking place in 1933 small-town BC during the Great Depression. A poor young man and woman fall in love and share dreams of escaping their small-town existence. They begin to commit petty crimes and rise to fame as notorious bank robbers, offering the audience two thematic questions: to what lengths would you go to achieve your dreams? And, in the face of adversity, what is the price of freedom?
$20,000.00
2011

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Food Shift: Building a Sustainable Food System for BC's Capital Region

This project will develop an implementation strategy for the regional food security plan, and initiate two major demonstration projects in municipally-supported agriculture. It will provide both an enabling policy environment for a sustainable food and agriculture system in the Capital Region, and support two practical initiatives in rural and urban-rural interface settings. The project is supported by municipalities that will create new supports, infrastructure, learning, land leases, marketing and community garden opportunities. It will also share learning and models with others working on similar issues and promote an integrated, multi-stakeholder hub for future work.
$30,000.00
2011

Connec Tra Society

Tetra Ability Opportunity TAO Project

The Tetra Ability Opportunities (TAO) project is an initiative of the ConnecTra Society, in partnership with the Tetra Society of North America, two charitable organizations that deliver support programs for people with significant physical disabilities. Tetra volunteer Brian Johnson suggested the idea that the new Tetra Workshop, created in partnership with iCord and located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, could be adapted and opportunities explored, so that people with varying levels of disability (up to and including high quadriplegia) can be trained to use the workshop's tools and equipment. Together, Tetra and ConnecTra have developed a project that will assess the viability of training people with disabilities to learn to cut, drill, sand, paint, etc. Participants will learn these skills while working to create items that have been pre-selected as needing a range of tools, skills and levels of physical ability, including jigsaw puzzles, bird feeders, flower pot holders and wooden toys.
$20,000.00
2011

Environmental Youth Alliance

Sustain

‘Sustain’ is a project that uses new media as a platform to engage marginalized youth in environmental and social justice issues and empowers them to become active participants in systemic change through sharing their visions with their community. Ten youth will receive intensive training in diversity, media, communications, and then work on new media endeavours that build awareness.
$25,000.00
2011

Grunt Gallery

ACTIVATING THE ARCHIVE (ATA) PROJECT

Activating the Archive involves the digitization and web publishing of substantial sections of grunt gallery’s 26+ year archives, consisting of documentation of over 300 exhibitions, 200 performances, 100 conferences, festivals and special events, with over 200,000 slides and digital images, 10,000 hours of videotape, and thousands of pages of printed materials. The archive contains significant exhibitions and performances by Canadian artists and national Aboriginal artists; materials not available in any other collection.
$25,000.00
2011

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia

Afghan Women's Support Project

Afghan Women's Sewing and Craft Cooperative (Malalay) supports the socio-economic development of Afghan women in BC. This project will: develop increased knowledge and skills for co-operative and society members; refine business and marketing plans; revise the co-operative by-laws; and increase engagement of members as stakeholders.
$30,000.00
2011

LEPS

Bertrand Watershed Education Team (B-WET) Project

The B-WET project will foster private land stewardship on properties adjacent to Bertrand Creek, raise citizen awareness of watershed issues, and enhance and protect critical habitat for native and endangered species. To achieve this, Langley Environmental Partners Society will deliver stewardship information packages; work with property owners to provide practical stream stewardship advice; and work with landowners who are willing to enhance their streamside riparian area (the bank along the creek). The team will also offer watershed walking tours and Streamkeeper training (a watershed education program); watershed information presentations; school workshops; stream clean up, invasive species removal, streamside treeplanting and stormdrain marking events.
$25,000.00
2011

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Burnaby Youth Services Hub Support Project

The Burnaby Youth Hub provides educational, health and therapeutic services to vulnerable youth with complex needs who are not connected to the community through school or work. Services include an educational program, a youth clinic, and a youth centre. The Hub also offers counselling services, job readiness and skills training. This project will assist with staffing costs to provide oversight of the network of agencies that work at the Hub and promote the Hub to the community.
$30,000.00
2011

Multifaith Action Society of B.C. (MAS)

Be The Change Student Initiative - BTC

Gladly, high school "Green Clubs"; have community organizations help with group projects like school gardens and elective courses are now being offered by concerned teachers. Taking this further into the mainstream, BTC positions Sustainability & Leadership as an appealing curriculum module within Planning 10 - a course that all highschool students need to graduate. Learning by doing, students make "sustainable lifestyle choices" in this innovative 16 week module that features: 1) inspiring, educational, video-enriched school presentations; 2) a "Student Action Guide" filled with important actions to choose from; 3) a Facebook application that makes tracking actions fun & easy; 4) a dialogue process in "Action Circles" where students report on actions and dialogue on personal experiences; and 5) a teacher training course/manual to make it easy for any teacher to deliver. Although targeting Planning 10 in B.C., this module may be used in courses such as Leadership, Social Justice, Critical Thinking, and Civics in provinces across Canada. This is the global mind-shift in action!
$30,000.00
2011

Musqueam Indian Band

The Musqueam Labour Market Development Program

Conditions stemming from Residential School Syndrome (recognized as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) often go undiagnosed, resulting in multiple barriers to employment for a disproportionate number of people of Aboriginal ancestry. Musqueam's pilot project will provide diagnostic testing, treatment, and skills training to improve employment possibilities for multiple-barrier clients.
$22,200.00
2011

New Works

The 605 Collective: Inheritor Album Project

The Inheritor Album is a new, full length presentation of multiple short works derived from contrasting notions of “inheritance”. Much like songs in a recording artist’s album, each piece will be distinct on its own, but combined, will become a cohesive album that pulls apart the roles of inheritor and predecessor, capturing brief snapshots of these ideas from the perspective of this group of emerging artists, in this generational place in time.
$20,000.00
2011

Pathways Abilities Society

Foundations for Employment

Foundations for Employment
$20,603.00
2011

Peace It Together Conflict Transformation Society

Building Bridges through Film and Dialogue

This project will empower ten Canadian university students (alongside 10 israeli and 10 Palestinian students) to use dialogue and filmmaking to inspire thousands of Canadians to build bridges between Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities within Canada (and throughout the world). These students will participate in a 4-week dialogue and filmmaking program with visiting Palestinian and Israeli students. They will gain a deep understanding of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in a professionally facilitated environment of dialogue and creative exploration, and then in mixed cultural groups they will co-create short films about the conflict, from conception to final editing. Their films will premiere at a screening of over 600 people at the end of the summer program. In the year following the summer program, these ten Canadian students will become Project Leaders and screen their films on university campuses and via the internet in order to inspire fellow students to create intercultural understanding among Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities on their campuses.
$25,000.00
2011

Pi Theatre

Livepod - Visions of Vancouver

Four Vancouver-based playwrights will each write a short play expressing their personal visions of Vancouver as part of the Vancouver 125 celebration. Each playwright will partner with three community representatives, selected from outside the arts community, who will offer factual experiences or emotional responses to the work as it develops. The plays will be performed by an inter-cultural repertory company of five professional actors, digitally recorded live and made available as a audio Podcasts, creating both a live performance event and a way to explore Vancouver through an innovative use of technology, content and form.
$25,000.00
2011

Pound of Flesh Theatre Society

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot places Judas on trial for betraying Christ, calling individuals such as Satan, Mother Teresa, Saint Peter, Pontius Pilate and Sigmund Freud as witnesses. Using fresh, urban dialogue and current references, the play casts contemporary light on classical events. The play will be produced in association with Pacific Theatre and Neworld Theatre and appear in the VECC’s season and headline Rumble’s Tremors Festival.
$20,000.00
2011

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Employability Skills Workshops

Our clients have numerous challenges in their attempts to find employment ranging from the pure physical disabilities that create limitations to psychological issues that create further barriers. In order to assist these individuals in overcoming these barriers there are a number of basic skills in which they require training, which we define as Employability Skills. The program we offer provides ongoing workshops covering a number of topics including Career Exploration and Job Search, Memory and Attention Skills, Basic Internet Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Resume Writing, Job Interview role plays, Job Retention, Personal Presentation (hygiene), Time Management and Conflict Resolution. We have determined that all of these skill sets are extremely important when trying to place our clients into employment and have a direct impact on their ability to not only obtain a job but also to retain their job.
$25,870.00
2011

Power To Be

The Power To Be Wilderness School

The Power To Be Wilderness School is a five-year program for youth that fosters positive social development and life skills through outdoor adventure activities. Using nature as a classroom, the program offers weekend trips once-a-month and extended summer expeditions for youth in need of extra support. School officials nominate kids who are not thriving in traditional school environments.
$20,000.00
2011

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