Awarded Grants

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British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

BC SPCA Strategic Plan 2014-2018

In 2013, the BC SPCA will undertake a comprehensive province-wide stakeholder and public consultation process to assist in the development and approval of a strategic plan for 2014 through 2018. Once approved, the new strategic plan will define the organization’s direction and prioritize programming and the allocation of resources for that five year period. The process will also include an evaluation of the BC SPCA’s current Mission, Vision and Charter, as well as the Guiding Principles and strategic objectives.
$10,000.00
2012

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Addressing Inequities at the Intersection of Health and Climate Change (Co-lead researchers: Marc Lee, CCPA; Tim Takaro, SFU

This proposal is for a $10,000 development grant to explore how health, equity and climate change can be addressed in an integrated way that benefits vulnerable populations and communities. Since 2009, CCPA has been leading, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, a major academic-community research and engagement collaboration called the Climate Justice Project: Paths to an Equitable and Sustainable BC Economy (CJP). This proposed research project emerged out of a growing interest from multiple CJP partners to explore the potential for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies to also address determinants of health and health inequities. While a lot of research recognizes healthy environments and a healthy climate are important determinants of health, a more fulsome look at how climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies impact health inequities is needed. We are proposing to use this development grant to accomplish three broad goals: i) conduct preliminary research and review of existing, BC-specific, policy links between climate justice and health; ii) build capacities for collaboration and connectedness within and across diverse communities and sectors such as social justice, health, environmental and academic sectors and (iii) define specific research questions to be explored further in a collaborative community based research project. Reserach Team Member: Kerri Klien, Provincial Facilitator
$10,000.00
2012

Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society

Expansion of Archive & Artifact Collection Rooms

The proposed project will expand the size of the existing Museum, by constructing a West Wing with 2 new rooms adding 240 square feet. This project addresses the infrastructure challenges of working in an old building with very limited space, by creating a purpose-built space to house our growing Artifact & Archive Collections in proper climate controlled rooms, a public archives research room, a workroom for creating exhibits. At the moment, our ability to expand our successful Public Education & Archives Programs is constrained by space limitations to house and access the Archive & Artifact Collections. These collections provide materials for these growing programs; which in turn influence our revenues, as some of the programs raise funds for museum development. To ensure financial sustainability, the CIMAS board has made the building expansion a priority.
$10,000.00
2012

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Family Drop-in: Families, Farming and Food

A safe drop-in space for families in the Downtown Eastside (M-F and Sunday from 4-7pm) This program has been developed to improve the determinants of health for families and children in our community through a program emphasis on food literacy, healthy meal preparation, culinary exploration and urban farming practices. A major component to the program is that it will be based on a peer led model. Families will be recruited as both participants, but also as volunteers who will lead the program with the support of a paid coordinator to help actualize their vision within the scope of the project.
$10,000.00
2012

Elektra Women's Choir

Norwegian Spring

Through the 'Norwegian Spring' project, Elektra's priorities are to learn, to experience cultural and musical exchange, and to share the results with the public at the highest artistic level. Norwegian conductor, Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo, is one of the finest conductors of women's choirs in the world. With decades of exemplary leadership, she is an artist and a teacher and all involved will grow immeasurably from their contact with her. Primarily, the full-length concert format will combine Ms. Edmundson, Artistic Director of Elektra, and Ms. Helbekkmo's presentation of Norwegian, Canadian and other repertoire new to Elektra and to Vancouver audiences through a true artistic, cultural exchange and collaboration. The most important goal of this project will be the fostering of bonds between communities: Elektra (a week long schedule of rehearsal and mentorship), Mira (Elektra's high school mentorship program), local conductors and choristers (BCCF and Kiwanis Music Festival), and choral students from UBC, allowing for observation, robust engagement and social connection.
$10,000.00
2012

Friends Of The Summerland Research Station Gardens

Best Practices for Sustainable Water Conservation Landscaping in the Okanagan

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens are located on a 6 hectare site of national horticultural significance with extensive botanical collections of native & introduced ornamental plants set within a unique dry ecosystem. The Project will introduce & demonstrate leading edge water conservation practices & technologies and will mobilize the community by creating a water stewardship team to raise awareness of sustainable water conservation landscaping. This Project will have two main parts: • introduction & demonstration of ecological science based practices & technologies in the planning, design & management of xeric or dry landscapes • education about these practices for the general public as well as public and private sector targeted groups, together with measurement of the impacts of adoption of such practices The Friends are uniquely positioned with partners in local and regional government, educational institutions and the media, and expert advisors in water management and ecological science to lead water conservation landscaping using this major horticultural resource.
$10,000.00
2012

Gabriola Commons Foundation

Gabriola Commons Community Kitchen

A 26 acre parcel in the ALR, the Gabriola Commons contains large well-built structures dating from its former existence as a thriving goat farm. These include a 1200 sq.ft. cheese factory now in the process of being transformed into a community kitchen to be recognized by Provincial Health authorities as achieving commercial standards. Several stages have been completed in this transformation, including the donation of the elements of an entire commercial kitchen (from the renovation of a local children's camp), replacement of the roof, and upgrading of the infrastructure to meet current codes and to serve the plan for a future kitchen able to permit several teams of chefs to function concurrently, as well as a refrigerated room, dry storage room and means for dehydrating island produce. A grant will lead into the final stages of the renovation, transforming the donated kitchen into fully functioning elements fitting within a facility able to satisfy a broad spectrum of community needs as detailed in Section 15 : Goals and Objectives.
$10,000.00
2012

Get Bear Smart Society

Fundraising Collateral Creation - Book: Joy of Bears

To create a small hardcover photo book 5"x7", 96 pages as fundraising collateral that is also educational. Projected return on investment is 68%. The images of bears in the book will be chosen for their impact on people's emotions; how effectively they reduce fearful attitudes and instill a healthy respect. E.g. a photo of a bear standing on its hind legs reveals their phylogenetic similarity to people, helping people to understand that bears are not that unlike us, and moving them toward a more compassionate feeling and enlightened attitude without going to the other extreme: making bears seem like "pets". Other photos will inspire joyful reactions; perhaps depicting moms interacting with their cubs; or smiling bears. Accompanying text will be geared to accomplish the same. The size of the book was purposely chosen to be small to keep costs down; be easy for stores to display as well as easy for people to pick up and pack along. Suggested retail will be $9.95 - a price point that will produce maximum sales. Books to be sold within 3 years. See section 16 re: profitability.
$10,000.00
2012

Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF)

LaFF Around Town - Connecting Families to Services and Strengthening Belonging

The idea behind LaFF Around Town is to consistently provide LaFF programming on weekends and evenings and in locations throughout the community to provide multiple points of access to be inclusive of as many families as possible. The idea originated through consultation with families who expressed the desire to strengthen their connection to the community, and through feedback from service providers showing that some vulnerable families were not accessing services. We will create a quarterly Calendar of Events promoting all local events for children ages 0-6 and their families hosted by LaFF and other member agencies of the Ladysmith Early Years Partnership (LEYP). The Calendar will be inserted into every Leisure Guide published and distributed by the Town of Ladysmith and will be inserted into other local print media. The Calendar will also be distributed through LaFF’s electronic newsletter, posted on our website, Facebook and in other social media as appropriate to ensure maximum access to community-based programs and services by the broadest possible audience of families.
$10,000.00
2012

Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society

Seniors Today: Building a Better Tomorrow, Phase Three

Based on a Seniors Survey results document and consultation phase which involved a series of interactive workshops to discuss the survey results and ascertain priorities to be addressed, the project intends to: 1) Engage action orientated seniors (both survey respondents and workshop participants), community and business stakeholders and other motivated seniors in determining how North Shore communities can provide the environment, supports and services seniors need to age well in place (these might include care giving, non-medical and medical home supports, accessible transportation, supports for preventing and overcoming isolation and education about housing options as people age); 2) Using the World Health Organization's 'Age Friendly Framework', whose approach seeks to gather input on what seniors need to remain healthy, happy, independent and connected to each other and their community, create, set up and implement locally based Seniors Action Tables (SATS) coordinated by LionsView Seniors Planning Society in order to create 'Age Friendly Action' plans and initiatives.
$10,000.00
2012

Museum of Vancouver

Sex Talk in the City

Sex Talk in the City is a multifaceted health promotion and prevention project that explores sexuality currently and in Vancouver's past. It engages the public with topics of sexual health, sexual diversity and sex education. The project demonstrates that human sexuality is not only biological, but also cultural and political, and that it is widely connected to issues of human rights, individual choice and societal health. This multi-partner project includes a 6 month public exhibition, a health promotions campaign, a queer youth component, and collaborative research. It will create a safe and engaging place for the public to learn what it means, for individuals and society, to live a sex positive and informed lifestyle. The Museum of Vancouver, as a public institution, will de-stigmatize conversations about sexuality through public engagement and experiential learning. The project aims to empower participants with the language and knowledge to make informed choices about their identity and sexuality, influencing their readiness for change.
$10,000.00
2012

Nanaimo Festival Heritage/Theatre Societ TheatreOne

The Ginger Goodwin Project

TheatreOne aims to develop and produce a new play based on the life of coal miner and labour activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin, an iconic figure to many British Columbians especially those whose parents and grandparents were caught up in the struggle for fair and safe working conditions when coal mines on Vancouver Island and across the country were at their peak. We're now working toward a 6 day workshop with playwright Michael Stephen and 5 professional actors in July 2012. We'll need funding to follow-up with a 3-day workshop in Nov. and to take the play through to a full production in April 2013. The Ginger Goodwin Story has been conceived as an ensemble piece; a core group of actors will play all the parts. During the workshop we will explore every aspect of the script and how the ensemble can best be utilized. Between Nov. and Mar. the writer will channel what we discover into work on a final draft . Production will include a large cast and crew, and a projection based set design using archival photographs to evoke the historical context, and set each scene with ease.
$10,000.00
2012

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

BC In Song - Creating Legends

Folk music traditions exploit story telling as a means to pass historical lessons from generation to generation. Artistic Director Ross Desprez is inspired to build a richer folk tradition on the west coast of Canada and to acknowledge our past through song and story. Paired with this interest in folklore is Desprez's theatrical bent which is constantly searching for new and interesting ways to convey stories through dramatic action. To this end the Other Guys Theatre intends to research and compile events from British Columbia’s past and experiment with ways to translate historical events into folklore. Our ultimate goal is to create a theatrical piece comprised of West Coast events by transforming them from simple events into folk legends through theatre, song and storytelling. Our process will involve exploring different folk story telling techniques and apply them to local events. At this early stage Desprez envisions a collection of dramatic stories and songs intended to enlighten the audience as to aspects of BC's history creating a West Coast folk music tradition.
$10,000.00
2012

School District #39 - Vancouver

Feasibility study for growing food on school board lands

Given the environmental and health reasons for purchasing locally and the challenges faced in doing so the VBE decided that further information about options for purchasing local food is needed. This project’s goal is to conduct a feasibility study that will investigate the possibility of hiring a farmer(s) to grow food locally for use in VBE school cafeterias and programs. Currently, produce for many of the VBE cafeterias, breakfast and lunch programs are procured through one main distributor, with limited ability to source locally. This project would hire a contractor with experience in procurement and local food sourcing to consider a number of models for procuring local produce: 1) Loaning VBE land to a farmer(s) to grow food for the VBE, either on salary or through a for-purchase model 2) Purchasing produce directly from an off-site farmer(s) 3) Some combination of the first two options The analysis provided by the contractor would help guide discussions about how to proceed.
$10,000.00
2012

School District #83 - North Okanagan- Shuswap

Student Engagement Project

Our goal is to improve student engagement and increase High School completion rates in our school district. Our project will enable 15 self-selected teachers to improve their instructional practices with the aim of increasing student engagement and overall student satisfaction at the Middle and High School level. We would like to narrow the gap between current research on student engagement and teaching practices. An important focus for this project is improving the current graduation rates for Aboriginal students in our district. The district graduation rate for students of Aboriginal ancestry is 61.0%, while the non-Aboriginal graduation rate is 78.6%. Specific strategies to engage aboriginal learners will be a focus throughout this project. We have two primary objectives (1.) increase the number of teachers using innovative teaching and assessment practices to enable students to use their preferred method of demonstrating their learning; and (2.) to build the capacity of these teachers to assess the intended learning outcomes regardless of the methods students choose.
$10,000.00
2012

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Lured

In Lured, visitors explore all aspects of the sea and its eternal draw. It steps into the life of those who are lured to the sea for their livelihood and touches on the economic and social impact on Vancouver - a port city. Lured will be presented as two unique, but complimentary exhibits, each with different components and elements yet linked through the individual works of three artists and their interpretation of common themes. The underlying themes include: globalization and economics - who works on the cargo ships in our harbour and who provides seafarer's social safety net. The artists, Allan Sekula , Stan Douglas and Uriel Orlow, are renowned both locally and internationally. Using the artists existing work, and tying into the museum's multidimensional objects and archival materials, the exhibit will look at the evolution of container shipping and its profound impact socially and economically on the city of Vancouver. We are pleased to have Vancouver based artist Stan Douglas participate in this unique project.
$10,000.00
2012

Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia

Website Development

The WRA is planning a complete redevelopment of its website. This project will provide important new features, services and upgrades that will create a better communications tool to engage, inform and inspire the community about our important work for wildlife.
$10,000.00
2012