Grants

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Island Mountain Arts Society

ArtsWells Pre-Festival Workshops and Performances

This project will provide more in-depth opportunities for artists and young people as part of the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art. Two adult-level workshops will assist professional and emerging artists to develop their skills. The youth workshop will engage young people in songwriting and spoken word poetry and help build confidence and self esteem through performance and audio recording (each participant will take home a recording of the songs they have written).
$12,000.00
2011

ITSAZOO Productions Society

"Debt" AKA "And One by One"

ITSAZOO Productions requests the financial assistance of the The Vancouver Foundation for the production of And One By One by Mackenzie Gordon. And One By One is a contemporary horror show inspired by the classic stories and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. The script will be performed as a promenade play at The Roedde House Museum, located in Vancouver's West End. The show will take place in and around the house and is suited to an audience capacity of 15 patrons to maximize the intimacy of the piece and ensure the museum is maintained. And One By One will be a tight one-hour production that will run in the weeks leading up to Halloween 2011: October 19-22 and 25-31 with two shows per evening, at 7pm and 9pm, to maximize exposure. And One By One is ITSAZOO's first foray into horror, a genre that is rarely seen in the contemporary theatre landscape. This original script by emerging playwright Mackenzie Gordon is a combination of the stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe, 1980’s slasher films, old radio dramas and haunted houses.
$10,000.00
2011

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise

The Bagel Club Catering Social Enterprise project is a catering business that specializes in Vegetarian Mediterranean Cuisine. This service offers high quality food while training and employing adults with special needs. Participants learn all the elements of how to work and operate a catering business. These include meal preparations, food safety, and customer service. Participants are paid an hourly rate for their service. This is led by Bagel Club Catering trained staff, assisted by outside professionals such as chefs, nutritionists, and business people. Participants are trained and employed with Bagel Club Catering with the goal of part time employment. This project meets the growing need of training and employment opportunities for able special needs adults. Our persons served want to contribute to their community and society. It heightens their self worth and allows them to increase their income and lessen reliance on government funds. In addition, we see that in the past year there is a great need for this business in the community.
$50,000.00
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

Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies-JUMP

Increase math achievement among students in Aboriginal communities

In response to teachers' and community leaders' requests for curriculum and training, JUMP Math (JUMP) will undertake a two-year pilot project to implement its programs in 7 schools in Nisgaâ, Terrace, Kitwanga and Kitkatla communities, to: - Increase program dissemination to reach 930 students each year. - Increase math achievement among all students, even as we eliminate the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. - Increase math teaching skills of over 50 teachers in Aboriginal communities over the next 2 years. - Eliminate math anxiety among teachers and students. - Demonstrate efficacy of the program through evidence-based evaluation. JUMP will undertake to: - Provide training and ongoing support to teachers working in communities and schools with predominantly Aboriginal students. - Provide teacher handbooks, student workbooks and related materials. - Measure the efficacy of these programs. JUMP programs will be evaluated by UBC Professor, Linda Siegel. We expect this research to stimulate greater community and philanthropic support for expansion of these programs.
$60,000.00
2011

JustWork Economic Initiative

Social Enterprise Development and Support

Our mission is to foster employment for individuals facing major barriers to work, particularly those with mental and physical disabilities. We do this through the social enterprises we support which provide (a) sustained, dignified, and meaningful employment for our participants and (b) a way for consumers to support social values through their purchases. Social enterprises have gained recognition as excellent toold for providing employment to individuals facing barriers to work, including those with disabilities. Through our own social enterprise work since 2006, we too have had success: 30 individuals facing major barriers had employment in 2010, 28 of these faced a disability, 17 of those 28 have been employed for more than one year, and 11 have been employed for more than two years.
$50,000.00
2011

Kamloops Family Resources Society

Mothers for Recovery Mentorship Program

This project addresses the addiction issues of mothers and pregnant women with peer support through weekly workshops run alternatively between professionals and mentors. This program directly benefits the community at large, increases use of existing services, decreases the risks of child apprehension and fills a need unmet by other service providers.
$40,000.00
2011

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society o/a Rotary Centre for the

Dance Floor

We need to purchase a professional dance floor to improve the artistic experience for dancers of all skill levels and ages. The current situation is not satisfactory as our floor surface is painted black, although suitable for drama, it is not acceptable for dance as the black paint wears off and the dancers doing any type of floor work, as well as point shoes, become black from the paint which wears off as its used. We have tried many types of paint to come up with a multipurpose surface; there is not a solution that is workable. If we coat the paint with a clear varnish it becomes too slippery and unsafe. We estimate that the proposed dance floor will last 15 years with regular use and proper care.
$4,000.00
2011

Kimberley Arts Council - Centre 64

Farm Fragments: An Installation by Jean Pederson

The installation Farm Fragments uses fragments from the past and present social fabric of rural Canada, including parts of the artist’s family farm (linoleum, doors and windows, molding, shingles, etc.), old receipts, photographs, Polaroid transfers, and original paintings and collages by the artist depicting all that is left of a century of farming on the Prairies. A video made by the artist will be projected in an adjoining room. Under the guidance of a professional consultant, the organizing committee will learn new techniques in preparing, organizing, and hosting a major exhibition.
$5,000.00
2011

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association

Food Skills Capacity Building

The project will engage and train at-risk children, youth and parents in community food security (life skills, leadership, food safe, food preparation, cooking and healthy nutrition). Three neighbourhood single parents will be trained and employed as part time kitchen trainees to help prepare and cook nutritious food for residents involved in Kiwassa programs. The trainees will be supported to find entry level employment in the hospitality industry, leading to increased financial security.
$35,000.00
2011

Knowledge Network Corporation

Working People: The Unknown History of British Columbia

Knowledge Network proposes to commission, produce and broadcast a series of three original half-hour documentaries, each made up of ten 2-3 minute short films, telling the stories of ordinary people who played extraordinary roles in the evolution of our province. Working People: The Unknown History of British Columbia will reach upwards of two million people in BC through television and the internet. Through this unique partnership opportunity with the Vancouver Foundation, our project will challenge filmmakers, engage viewers and create a lasting legacy.
$60,000.00
2011

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science

Creating Space

This project will turn a storage area into a more functional space, creating new workshop possibilities, exhibition opportunities and public programming for the people of the community it serves. This renovated space would also allow for improved exhibition preparatory work and storage.
$12,000.00
2011

Ksan House Society

Ksan Pets Program

In November 2009, Ksan House Society convened a planning group with the short term goal of developing a program that will assist pets of any victims of domestic violence in difficult times, including when staying at the shelter. Ksan House Society identified and invited some valued community members including animal rescue groups who are bringing expertise, compassion and energy to the initial planning process. This group, Ksan Pets Program, has determined there is a need for an onsite dog and cat kennel. We have worked out agreements with local organizations to provide pets with shelter as a short term solution, and are currently raising funds for the onsite kennel.
$15,000.00
2011

Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

Building Capacity and Continuity Through Volunteerism

LaFF’s Volunteer Program is designed to strengthen and enhance our Family Resource Program and provide opportunities for growth and a sense of belonging to individuals in the community. Ladysmith is filled with people who are looking for ways to meaningfully connect and build a richer community in which to belong. With 15 years of community building history, LaFF has grown into a leader, and not only young families, but people of all ages and backgrounds are turning to LaFF for opportunities to engage and participate in our community. The Volunteer Program will allow LaFF to formalize and strengthen our existing volunteer activities, building on our relationships with senior and youth volunteers, forming connections between and within social networks and generations. The strength, vibrancy and sustainability of our work with children and their families will increase in the process, as intergenerational understanding and learning opportunities become part of our everyday operations and our pool of stakeholders and participants increases and diversifies.
$10,000.00
2011

Langley Arts Council

Music Rules in Schools Literary Project

THE MRIS Program has four parts that bring together education, live performance, physical activity and literacy. Established artists and industry professionals will facilitate each of the components through live performance, interaction, discussion and participation.Most of the artists are young to enhance interaction and the ‘star’ factor.If known recording artists are presenting the program, it is more acceptable and ‘cool’ to the youth.The MRIS program can be tailored to suit all grade levels and is offered to the schools as an afternoon program so youth realize the important links between the music, literary, academic and performance worlds. Part 2:Literacy Through Songwriting-This part focuses the craft of songwriting as a literary art of poetry to music.An established artist will present this ‘workshop’.They will interact with the students by taking keywords, stories, and ideas from the students to write a song together.This component will emphasize the importance of literacy, reading, comprehension and the importance of telling a story that is relevant to society.
$10,000.00
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

Nanaimo Art Gallery

First Nations Curator

The Gallery will engage a First Nations curator to develop a First Nations program for the Gallery that will include plans for a major exhibition of the work of established First Nations artists in the summer or fall of 2012 (including a catalogue of the exhibition as well as an educational component), commissioning of a new work of First Nations public art and preliminary planning for a major exhibition of local Coast Salish art in 2013.
$5,000.00
2011

Nanaimo Association for Community Living

NACLWorks! "Employment First" Bridging Project

Nanaimo Association for Community Living supports and advocates for citizens with developmental disabilities and the people who care for them by promoting inclusion through various residential and community opportunities, activities, and services. NACL would like to continue its development by expanding its successful employment service, and requires financial assistance in bridging the gap between now and when our next day program employee is due to retire. This assistance will allow us to meet the employment needs of an additional five to seven job seekers without negatively impacting our staff or participants in our day program. Our intention is to continue our gradual transition to a more diversified model of service delivery. This transition time is an opportunity for people who want to work to have the means to access support, in order to reach their employment goals.
$60,000.00
2011

NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support

Youthspace.ca

Youthspace.ca is a safe, moderated online service offering emotional support, crisis intervention, and information to youth in Greater Victoria. It provides a staff moderated forum, private one-to-one chats and the option of e-mailing a counsellor directly. It supports youth experiencing mental health, addictions and/or other crises with referral information and acts as a bridge to other local services. The program also engages Victoria youth as volunteers in a significant way in their community by providing volunteer training and a direct way to support their peers.
$71,000.00
2011

Neighbourlink Vanderhoof

Best Moms and Dads Program

Activities are participant generated and a broad range (financial, math, reading)of free literacy tutoring is provided. The program is innovative, grassroots, and flexible enough to meet clients where they are at. Program structure, outcomes, and goals are different for each participant depending on their need. While the small group size allows us to offer individual education plans in a group setting, the focus for all participants is parenting, budgeting, nutrition, lifestyle choices and literacy. Transportation to and from provided by Saik’uz First Nation drivers, and two First Nations women hired as co-coordinators. Activities: Creative learning and crafting sessions. Dreaming a Dream: Many participants don’t believe it is possible for them to have a better life. Using scrapbooking, individuals develop a dream, break it into goals, turn goals into steps. Craft Sale Table – creation of goods, marketing, entrepreneurship, confidence building Self-esteem building through creative expression (Moccasin Making, Shoulder Bags, Scrapbooking)
$10,000.00
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

Newbark Canine Rescue Rehoming Society

Intake Barn Project

This project involves the physical improvement of a private in-kind donation of a 1900-square-foot barn and surrounding 0.22 acres for intake, proper evaluation and temporary housing of rescued dogs. The barn is currently not setup to house animals and was used previously as a mechanic work shop. There are two areas inside; one is a concrete foundation perfect for sleeping and feeding kennels, while the other area is dirt floor, perfect for indoor social evaluation. There is natural light throughout the barn. The outdoor area is grassy with a lovely old maple tree to provide shade in the summer and other foliage, making it ideal for year-round use, but it needs proper fencing and/or dog runs installed. The completed Intake Barn Project will benefit hundreds of dogs over the years, as this will be the first place rescued dogs come for evaluation before going to the right foster or adoptive home. Currently there is no intake area for rescued dogs and the foster homes must bear the burden of taking in an unknown dog, which sometimes results in accidents and/or dogs being moved around, which is stressful for everyone involved. The completed Intake Barn Project would allow Newbark to increase and improve our ability to care for rescued dogs on Vancouver Island, BC.
$2,950.00
2011

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