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

Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society

SENIORS HEALTH INFORMATION PROJECT (SHIP)/ TRAINING THE TRAINER

This project will adapt and deliver four educational workshops for seniors in three key rural/suburban areas on Vancouver Island. Planned and delivered in collaboration with local project partners, the workshops will aid participants in developing skills and strategies to effectively navigate the Home and Community Care System, as they engage with health professionals and support one another in accessing care. Participants will receive a session binder containing information specific to their region and information on provincial services and associations for seniors.
$40,000.00
2011

BC Association of Community Response Networks

Forming Community Response Networks to address adult abuse and neglect

As our population ages, there is more abuse, neglect and self-neglect among vulnerable adults. Financial abuse is the most common form of senior abuse. Community Response Networks (CRNs) are a proven vehicle for service providers and community members to develop a coordinated response in the detectection, intervention and prevention of abuse. Currently, there are no CRNs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (except on the North Shore). This project is designed to work with local communities within the city and surrounding municipalities over a three-year period to form up to 10 CRNs.
$15,000.00
2011

BC Multicultural Health Services Society

Umbrella Mobile Health Clinic

Approximately 4,000 temporary foreign agricultural workers (TFWs) come from Mexico to the Lower Mainland each year. Although they have mandatory, self-paid, private health insurance many of these workers face language, cultural and logistical barriers to accessing health services. The Umbrella Mobile Clinic provides culturally-appropriate health services via a van that has been converted into a medical clinic. This mobile clinic is staffed by a site coordinator, a BC-licensed physician, a cross cultural health broker and volunteers. This year, the project will also incorporate health promotion workshops (as requested by the patients), and expand ongoing relationships with farm owners and extend outreach to local pharmacies, laboratories and hospitals.
$36,140.00
2011

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Capacity Building in Community Based Seniors Transportation

Access to transportation has become more difficult for frail and elderly seniors (especially those in rural BC). This project will provide hands-on training in feasibility analysis, business planning, and operations management for local agency transport services to eight senior-serving agencies per year for three years. It will also provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of accessible transportation needs in rural BC.
$145,000.00
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

Carnegie Community Centre Association

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.
$110,005.00
2011

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Living In Community: Public education and sensitization training about sex work & sexual exploitation

This project will develop and deliver public education and training about sex work, sexual exploitation, increasing sex workers’ health and safety, and ways to address neighbourhood impact. It will also develop and offer training to service providers who interact with sex workers, including paramedics, police and mental health workers. Public education dialogues will raise awareness of sex work and prevent sexual exploitation. As Aboriginal, immigrant and ethnic minority women are over-represented in sex work, cultural competence will also be addressed. This project aims to increase the sense of belonging and inclusion for all community members.
$60,000.00
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

Building Community Cohesion in BC's Capital Region

This demonstration project will support social innovation across a range of community groups concerned with poverty and social inclusion in neighbourhoods facing socio-economic challenges across the Capital Region. A learning community of active citizens and practitioners will share results, document lessons learned, and influence policy to enable asset based community development. Using concrete initiatives in community development, community groups on the West Shore will address the impacts of rapid population growth and development on their neighbourhoods convened by the Community Council and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce thru a Health Communities Council. Neighbourhood groups in Esquimalt and Victoria will also be convened to implement their own initiatives in community revitalization to address poverty and social inclusion. The project will culminate in a learning event for community activists, practitioners, government, private sector and other stakeholders, to create an ongoing agenda for community-based poverty reduction and social inclusion.
$35,000.00
2011

Ecotrust Canada

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations

Green Building with Clayoquot Sound First Nations
$10,000.00
2011

EVA BC

Building Safety Through Community: Safety for Aboriginal Women and Children

This 18-month project aims to increase the safety of on- and off-reserve Aboriginal women and their children in the Smithers region. It will expand the hours and mandate of two well-respected Aboriginal anti-violence workers to build relationships, share knowledge and develop community safety protocols with Aboriginal leaders and other Aboriginal social and health service providers. By building on existing safety networks and creating critical new ones the project will address sexual and domestic violence, and will help create a legacy of safety through the tools, coordination agreements and knowledge that will be generated and go beyond the life of the project.
$65,000.00
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

John Howard Society Fraser Valley

The Prisoners' Health Care Project

This project will provide prisoners in BC with legal assistance on health care issues. It will employ a Prisoners’ Health Care Legal Advocate, working under the supervision of a lawyer, who will conduct intake interviews with prisoners and assess each case. The Advocate may then provide summary legal advice, act on behalf of prisoners with staff at the prisons, write submissions to prison officials or tribunals, or represent prisoners at hearings where health care is an issue.
$65,000.00
2011

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Sustaining Food Security in North Kootenay Lake

This project builds a sense of community around food availability and sustainability, dietary education, and emergency food supply. This grant will fund efforts to share the program’s successes and challenges in a tangible way and growth towards the next phase of food self-sufficiency. It will also fund “A Food Security Handbook for Small Neighbourhoods”, investigate the accessibility of crown land for farming, and research the use of heat generated by the Kaslo Arena to heat a community greenhouse that provides seedlings for urban gardens as an education tool.
$34,000.00
2011

North Shore Neighbourhood House

North Shore Food Policy Advisory Body

The annual “Table Matters” community discussion around food security and urban agriculture has engaged hundreds of policy makers, local businesses, heath professionals, teachers and other community members. It has helped develop priority areas around food security and urban agriculture and a community reference group. This grant would support participants by helping them connect with municipal staff, formalizing the food policy council while making the group more effective and increasing capacity for real systematic change.
$18,000.00
2011

Potluck Cafe Society

DTES Kitchen Tables Project PHASE 3

Many vulnerable Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents don’t have access to quality food. The Kitchen Tables project is working with multiple stakeholders to create systemic change in the DTES food system. It aims to replace an unsustainable, charity-based system with a holistic community economic development system by building a sustainable food procurement, processing and distribution system that reflects the community’s identified values and priorities of food security for DTES residents.
$110,000.00
2011

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

Aging Out: Belonging in Health Care for LGTB Seniors

Aging Out is a three-year public education and policy development project aiming to increase inclusion and belonging for lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGTB) seniors in BC's health care system. Workshops will increase awareness among health care providers of the health-related needs specific to LGTB seniors. Public dialogues will help create community-driven policy on health care for LGTB seniors. Work within health/community care facilities will decrease barriers LGTB seniors face in accessing health care. With the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a community-driven document of policies and practices to improve health care for LGTB seniors will be developed and delivered to the BC Ombudsperson's office.
$60,000.00
2011

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

ALIVE'S Place Based Urban Aboriginal Strategy: Where Change Happens

This project supports Aboriginal people in becoming engaged in developing programs and services that serve Aboriginal and mainstream community through Aboriginal sharing circles. It will promote Aboriginal people as active citizens, providing training and leadership development that support Aboriginal ways of learning to increase confidence to move into mainstream institutions.
$15,000.00
2011

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Surrey Rent Bank

Rent banks prevent homelessness among low income earners by providing loans for rental/utility arrears or damage deposits. Since March 2010, the Surrey Rent Bank has delivered 65 loans, which have kept 200 people housed. The rent bank also encourages low-income earners to mend relationships with landlords and connect with mainstream banking institutions. The goal of this project is to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability by delivering a minimum of 45 new loans while promoting asset building via access to financial literacy.
$30,000.00
2011

Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way

Kamloops Life Skills Assessment Coordinator

Life skills training is a key step to ending homelessness. Life skills such as critical thinking, emotional control and stress management overlap in complex ways with skills such as hygiene, budgeting, and home maintenance. This project will hire a trained evaluator who will design and facilitate workshops and interviews to evaluate current Life Skills Training, then provide the information to assist agencies in their development of Life Skills Programs related to homelessness.
$6,000.00
2011

United Way of Northern British Columbia

Financial Literacy

This project will enable rent banks throughout BC to meet annually to exchange information and jointly review their products and processes, produce annual housing stability reports, and seek stable funding from the provincial government.
$35,000.00
2011