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.

Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society

Restoring Wetlands in the Quamichan Watershed

The water quality of Quamichan Lake is negatively impacted by surface runoff. This project will involve watershed residents in the restoration of wetlands that will trap pollution, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and offer a meaningful opportunity for the community to be involved in a local stewardship initiative.
$15,000.00
2011

RainCity Housing and Support Society

Co-Creating Unique Outcomes for LGTBQ2S Homeless Youth

RainCity Housing and Support Society wishes to develop culturally competent housing for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGTB2S) youth who are experiencing homelessness. This two-year pilot project will build community support – providing opportunities for employment/education and strong peer networks – and social inclusion.
$250,000.00
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

Realwheels Society

Breaking Barriers in Business Through Inspirational Speaking

In 2010-11, Realwheels founding artistic director and award-winning producer James Sanders successfully inspired audiences of small-business employers to the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Over the course of 12 months, we will polish the presentation structure and associated materials, solidify partnerships, identify new audiences, and build a marketing plan for the continuation of the project as a social enterprise, thus providing an alternative revenue stream to Realwheels. Combining entertainment and advocacy, our multimedia presentations spark the interests of employers in exploring how their organizations may become more inclusive of people with disabilities. Partnerships with disability resource organizations ensure that employers’ inspiration can be effectively translated into action. Our objective is more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and broader understanding of the benefits of hiring employees with disabilities across the corporate, small business and non-profit sectors.
$15,000.00
2011

Rediscovery International Foundation

SOARING SPIRITS CAMP - COMPLETION PROJECT

This project will complete the new Soaring Spirits Camp where Outdoor Skills Training is provided by building a covered Council Fire site that will become the heart of the camp, a large root cellar for winter storage of organic garden produced at the camp and a traditional Gitksan smokehouse to teach participants the traditions of curing salmon.
$20,000.00
2011

Rest.Q Animal Sanctuary Society

Rest.Q Safe House - Galiano Island, B.C.

Rest.q would like to construct 2 small buildings (10'X10' each) totally dedicated to caring for unique animal situations. Animals who are awaiting transport to the vet, animals at the end of life needing peace and quiet, animals needing medical attention or any other special needs situation that would find comfort and quiet in the Safe House. The houses would contain kennels, sleeping cots, running water, heat, light, and whatever is needed to provide a clean, safe environment.
$10,000.00
2011

35 x 45 sq ft Fenced Enclosure for Rest.Q Safe House on Galiano Island

Phase 1 of our infrastructure development plan is currently underway as we begin to construct 2 small buildings called Safe Houses for the animals in need on Galiano Island. To adequately meet the holistic needs of animals to be housed in the Safe Houses, Phase 2 of the development plan involves creating an enclosed outdoor area attached to each Safe House (total 35x45sq ft). This enclosure will offer animals the opportunity to exercise and explore nature while they are with us at the sanctuary. Some will be unable to go outside due to their medical needs. However there will be others who are in transition and would benefit from freedom to be indoors and/or outdoors. The additional space with an outdoor enclosure will provide animals with an opportunity to retreat and relax while maintaining their safety. The completely enclosed outdoor area AND the Safe Houses will enable us to more adequately meet animal needs. We hope that you can help us to help those who cannot speak and have such great needs.
$13,300.00
2011

Revelstoke Arts Council

Revelstoke Spirit Festival 2012

A winter festival to commemorate and rekindle the spirit generated by the Olympic Flame celebration in February, 2010.
$10,000.00
2011

Richmond Art Gallery Association

Conde and Beveridge Community Collaboration

Nationally respected artists Carole Conde and Karl Beveridge will come to Richmond for a one week residency. The artists proposed this project, intrigued by the concentration of cultural organizations and the broad public attendance at the Richmond Cultural Centre. They will work with the local cultural organizations and community, exploring the idea of work in the cultural sector and the ways the public perceive and value such work. The artists typically use community conversations as their means of gathering stories which they employ when they return to their studio. Taking the 'live scripts' they create narrative photographic tableaux that communicate the stories they've gathered. Their past work has dealt with issues such as migrant farm labour, the decline of the fisheries industry and the transnational politics of water. The work they produce from this residency will be shown in their September-November 2012 exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery.
$10,000.00
2011

Richmond Society for Community Living

Youth Employment Program

Youth Employment Program
$85,925.00
2011

Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society Lagoon Society

A Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Sunshine Coast

The Lagoon Society will work collaboratively with other organizations to engage residents in biodiversity conservation, conduct a biodiversity assessment, and develop a regional biodiversity conservation strategy. We will bring together existing information and conduct new inventories and assessments to evaluate the current status of biodiversity, assess threats, and identify high priority areas for conservation and restoration. We will bring together scientists, land managers and stakeholders at a 3-day summit to develop a biodiversity conservation framework with common objectives, coordinated strategies and effective measures to conserve, enhance and monitor biodiversity in the region. By carrying out diverse public outreach activities, we will encourage and enable residents to assist with biodiversity conservation. In the long-term, this project will increase the capacity of our community to undertake sound stewardship of biodiversity and ensure that our region maintains a connected, biologically diverse network of habitats, healthy, resilient ecosystems and ecosystem services.
$40,000.00
2011

Rumble Productions Society

The Vancouver Directors' Lab

The Vancouver Directors’ Lab is a series of workshops and public performances that will enable participants to refocus and grow as artists. Lab #2 (covered by this application) will allow directors to work with plays they have always wanted to attack but have never had the occasion to explore. Lab #2 will ask participants to focus on the fundamental dynamics of director/text, director/actor, and audience/performance. Three of Canada’s finest Master Directors will push participants to rise to the level of their material and to showcase their work and their directorial visions.
$25,000.00
2011

School District #36 - Surrey

Parents As Literacy Supporters in Aboriginal Communities (APALS)

The "Parents As Literacy Supporters in Aboriginal Communities"; program, herein after referred to as "PALS", will be delivered in the common rooms of 5 Kekinow Native Housing Complexes and in 5 elementary schools (with highest Aboriginal populations) to increase participation levels of Aboriginal parents and their children (0-6) in mainstream Early Childhood Programs; promote positive home to school transitions; and ensure Aboriginal children are ready for school. An Aboriginal Early Childhood Educator and an Aboriginal Elder will engage approximately 300 Aboriginal children (100 per year), aged 0 - 6, and their families in APALS sessions throughout the course of three school years. Each session will consist of a wide range of fun, educational, and culturally appropriate early childhood development activities, such as: storytelling, singing, drumming, "Make and Take" cultural craft activities, circle time, group reading, group discussions, and literacy/numeracy activities. Families will also receive a culturally appropriate Aboriginal book at each session to take home and keep.
$45,000.00
2011

School District #5 - Southeast Kootenay

Continuing the Journey with the Elders

The project is to continue to have Elders at Mount Baker Secondary School. We have for the past two years had 3 Ktunaxa Elders and 2 Metis Elders as part of our school. It is part of the school’s comprehensive plan to support Aboriginal learners and Aboriginal Education. This continuation will allow for a fuller and deeper integration of the Elders into the school system. Currently, the youth seek out the Elders when they need their guidance, help and support as do teachers and staff. The Elders interact in many ways: they teach cultural practices, help students research their ancestry, support and teach Ktunaxa language, provide support in all aspects of Aboriginal Education programs, are part of Restorative Justice, provide a first voice in classes especially First Nations Studies 12, Social Studies and English First Peoples, develop leadership skills with students, are role models, are advisors on Aboriginal Education, take part in events and most importantly are Elders (in the deepest most authentic sense). Knowing that culture cannot be programmed, programs can reflect culture).
$60,000.00
2011

School District #50 - Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte

Haida Gwaii Semester in Natural Resource Studies

The HG Semester in Natural Resource Studies addresses the paucity of post-secondary opportunities for residents of Haida Gwaii and provides economic development for rural communities. The vision is for locally integrated university education inspired by the people, communities, and environment of Haida Gwaii. The program offers students from Haida Gwaii and across British Columbia an immersion opportunity in a unique resource-dependent community where the issues facing resource managers around the globe converge at a local scale. By improving access to education for aboriginal and non aboriginal students this innovative program contributes to the sustainability of rural communities and households by increasing economic opportunities for local workers and businesses. Our approach to teaching allows students to learn from local knowledge holders, academics and researchers, providing critical linkages between traditional knowledge and western science. This dialogue between knowledge systems re-enforces collaboration and partnership between aboriginal and non aboriginal communities.
$60,000.00
2011

School District #67 - Okanagan Skaha

Through a Different Lens

The two components of our project will be to expand the number of teachers allowing students to use their preferred method of demonstrating their learning and to build the capacity of these teachers to assess the intended learning outcomes regardless of the methods students choose. Each of these components will require four steps: 1) The introduction of teaching and assessment strategies to allow for alternate demonstrations of understanding in regular classroom practice. 2) The actual implementation of new instructional and assessment methods. This stage will involve coaching by the mentor teachers as well as side-by-side teaching as these strategies are incorporated into actual classrooms. 3) The evaluation of the implementation process. 4) The re-adjusting of instruction and assessments. After the evaluation and reflection, adjustments will be made before similar strategies are implemented in the future. Our project will be implemented with groups of teachers from six schools: 2 elementary schools (K-5), 2 middle schools (6-8) and 2 Secondary Schools (9-12).
$50,000.00
2011

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Mentorship Employment Prorgam

The Mentorship Employment Program will provide opportunities for both young adults with developmental disabilities and the local business communities to broaden their expectations of how persons with disabilities can meaningfully contribute in the workplace. The Program will help participants discover and develop their interests and skills in the pursuit of employment opportunities, and will facilitate increased accessibility and inclusion in Sea to Sky communities and labour markets. The Program will provide participants with opportunities to explore 3 employment options through supported unpaid and short term employment experience in order to find the best/most appropriate employment opportunities, where both employee and employer needs are satisfied. SSCS is uniquely positioned to successfully deliver this program using our related experience and existing collaborative networks. We have been helping adults in their career choices since 1990 and have worked effectively with partners in many of our employment and disability focused programs.
$30,000.00
2011

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society

Nearshore and Shoreland Ecosystem Stewardship

Shoreline aquatic habitats, and the wildlife that depend on them, face increasing threats due to increasing coastal settlements, lack of education and poor shoreline planning. This initiative will work with waterfront property owners locally, regionally and up to the San Juan Islands in Washington State to address erosion challenges while conserving and enhancing wild ecosystems as part of the Islands Trust Green Shores for Homes Program. Activities will include mapping, monitoring and conducting educational workshops for the public and local governments.
$7,270.00
2011

Senior Animals in Need Today Society

Chicken/Duck/Turkey Enclosure

SAINTS is a unique environment. Rather than the traditional stainless steel kennels and cement floors of a shelter, the sanctuary is based out of the founder’s home. SAINTS is located on a three acre property on the outskirts of Mission, surrounded by agricultural land. Over the years, its rooms have been renovated to meet the needs of the animals, as have the outlying buildings and barn. Being a charity, however, SAINTS is typically able to take on only one project at a time. Since it was started in 2004, a good deal of progress has been made. Enclosures have been built to allow the cats protected outdoor access; an isolation room and an office have been added; and a room with a large outdoor run has been created to separate the cats with feline leukemia. More recently, the outdoor shelters near the barn have been modified to provide refuge for several farm animals seized in a BC SPCA cruelty investigation. Now, the most pressing need for SAINTS is updated housing for its chickens, ducks, and elderly, blind turkey. The new enclosure will give the birds indoor and outdoor access, while providing protection from the elements and security from predators. The new enclosure will also allow birds with special needs to be separated from the main flock as needed.
$15,000.00
2011

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Our Water BC: Growing Support for a Modern Water Act in British Columbia

Support and participation from engaged citizens is critical to develop a robust water law in British Columbia. Sierra Club of BC will grow and nurture a provincial water movement that is ready and able to engage in the current Water Act policy process. They will use public events, social media and community organizing tools to build a large pool of engaged citizens eager to learn more about the issue and ultimately be willing to make their desires known to government for an equitable water future for BC.
$20,000.00
2011

Simon Fraser University - Morris J. Wosk Centre For Dialogue

Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everybody

Diversity in values, beliefs, experience and expectations among generations pose many challenges as well as great opportunity. By utilizing each generation's strengths, and understanding generational expectations, we can potentially create a cohesive and stronger progression toward positive social change. Gen Why's Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone is a pilot event for a larger, four-part intergenerational dialogue series designed to address the new challenges and opportunities arising from changing demography. Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone will bring together influencers and innovators across generations to explore diverse approaches to civic engagement and activism. We encourage constructive dialogue to discover generational understanding as we explore issues of youth voter apathy, demographic cultural shifts, access to social resources, political power dynamics, economic disparity between generations and generational stereotypes. Bring Your Boomers: Activism for Everyone is an evening event, incorporating cultural elements to create a celebratory atmosphere and encourage family participation. We use dialogue, art and music in order to re-imagine civic engagement and appeal to a wider audience who may not currently be involved in civic conversations.
$7,500.00
2011

Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education

Metro Region Environmental Learning Dissemination Project

In 2010, members of the Institute for Environmental Learning began working to disseminate the BC Ministry of Education's Environmental Learning and Experience guide across British Columbia and Yukon through a series of Professional Development seminars, conferences and workshops funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). These on-going activities have been focused on dissemination in under-served regional districts outside Metro Vancouver, however, we are requesting that the Vancouver Foundation's Education Committee support a sustained effort to disseminate the Environmental Learning and Experience guide within the Metro Vancouver region from 2011-2013. Through professional development sessions, conferences and networking events, and new efforts to revise learning resources in the non-formal sector in collaboration with institutions like Science World and Vancouver Aquarium, this project is focused in the heart of the province's urban and suburban population base, where sustainable development and place-based education are much needed and highly relevant.
$20,000.00
2011

Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

Wooden Building Renovation

Currently we rent a small paddock area at Country Feeds in Aldergrove, BC. On this site we have a Quonset which houses up to 100 rabbits living communally as well as a smaller wooden building that was used to house our rabbits. The Quonset, wooden building and garden shed on the rented paddock have all been purchased (2010) & paid for by SARS BC. It is this wooden building that we would like to renovate and develop into an education centre so that we can host a variety of community groups (schools, brownies, guides and the public), hold educational workshops, be a place to learn about the care & husbandry of small animals as well as a place to do our adoption counseling and paper work.
$9,313.60
2011

Small Change Fund

Building Grassroots Action in British Columbia

Small Change Fund is changing the funding landscape for grassroots groups across Canada. We are connecting community projects, especially those in remote and rural areas, with donors through our innovative crowd-funding platform and communications campaigns. Without Small Change Fund, grassroots groups have few, if any, sources of support and channels to communicate their messages. Over the past year, we received more applications to support vital grassroots action taking place in British Columbia than any province/territory. B.C grassroots leaders clearly see Small Change Fund as an opportunity to secure resources to contend with their specific set of struggles around resource development and Aboriginal rights. Now, more than ever, grassroots leaders in British Columbia are mobilizing around the challenges they are facing in their communities. We want to answer the call of these leaders, and be responsive by offering the support they are asking of us.
$35,000.00
2011

Sooke Philharmonic Society

The Sooke Philharmonic Fling

The Philharmonic Fling will be an open air concert showcasing familiar classical pieces with a dance performance by Sooke Ballet School students. The event will also feature selected works by Vancouver Island composer Stephen Brown, traditional greetings by the T’Sou-ke Nation and a kick-off from Sooke Pipes and Drums. This event will attract a wider audience to SPO concerts, including families and newcomers to the District of Sooke.
$5,800.00
2011

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