Grants

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Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society

ManTalk

The ManTalk project aims to reduce social isolation and expand a faltering support network for the most vulnerable of the oldest-old population in our community, men who are not able to independently change their own situations. Facilitated group activities which include education, discussion and emotional support will be established in community and residential venues designed to foster new social connections and encourage meaningful activity.
$10,175.00
2012

Fraser North - Community Volunteer Connections Society

Through Seniors Eyes - Building a Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

We will form the "Tri-Cities Seniors Network," the first seniors-led regional planning group for seniors in the Tri-Cities, involving seniors, seniors-serving organizations and businesses. The Network will explore the Tri-Cities "through seniors eyes" and develop collaborative solutions towards an Age-Friendly Tri-Cities. Our project will involve: * Developing an ongoing seniors planning network that ensures everyone's voice is heard, including developing a Terms of Reference and procedural guidelines *Organizing monthly meetings starting January 2013 on topics identified in our focus groups, to review existing service and initiatives, gaps, and develop initial action plans; topics identified include housing, social inclusion, transportation, access for socially isolated and immigrant seniors, lifelong learning, and coordinated services *Organizing seniors-led subcommittees to move forward on action plans *Conducting survey of seniors, particularly isolated seniors, and inventory of current services (depending on New Horizons funding).
$15,000.00
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

Galiano Club

The Galiano Club Community Food Program - The Way to Sustainability

Since 2008, the Galiano Club Community Food Program has provided skill building workshops, growing opportunities, coordinated community kitchens, pot lucks and the making and distribution of soup to vulnerable residents. The Club plans to examine the potential for the Food Program to become completely self-sustaining (including paying part-time coordinators) within the next three years by: • Identifying appropriate individuals for a “social enterprise” steering committee. (3 Board Members, as well as one of the coordinators, are attending the “Enterprising Non-Profit” workshops. The Food Program Steering Committee, plus additional community members, have been brainstorming potential ideas.) • Determining which other organisations are interested in collaboration in joint ventures that might be explored and piloted • Undertaking research into what other isolated island communities have developed and the outcome of their ventures • Determining what goods and/or services could be offered and how and where • Developing a business plan, implementation time line and marketing strategy
$11,000.00
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

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

Surge Narrows Community Association

Community Woodworking Shop (Quonset Hut) and Community Kitchen (Bunkhouse)

The combination of a deteriorating quonset hut and a strong community tradition of boat building and woodwork inspired community members to transform the old school building into a woodworking shop. Wide-spread support was evident by the extensive renovation of the building carried out by volunteers with mostly donated materials. We plan to finish the interior, transport woodworking equipment to the island and provide power. The current bunkhouse community kitchen consists of a five foot counter with a sink and a gas range, totally inadequate for our gatherings of forty or more. Its age and deteriorating condition is a challenge to keep sanitary. For the last few years this has been a topic of discussion at our AGMs, with our membership supporting, with labour and donations, the building of an extension to the bunkhouse which has currently been completed to lockup. We now need to finish the interior and install and equip the kitchen. These projects will serve the residents of the Discovery Islands who have few community (and no commercial) facilities for recreation or socializing.
$16,400.00
2012

Theatre for Living Society

maladjusted

'Maladjusted' will be interactive, Forum Theatre created and performed by mental health care-givers and clients. It will generate a Community Action Report (policy document) as requested by agencies (see letters). A 2-day 'mini-conference' will complement the theatre. Through our relationships with many health agencies we have become aware of how, in the name of efficiency, a mechanization of services is taking place inside the mental health system across BC and Canada. While issues of 'stigmatization and mental health' are in the public consciousness because of various public campaigns, THIS issue is invisible - except to those care-givers, clients and their families who are being affected by it directly. In consultation with various health professionals and leaders of agencies, we determined that this project would be a vital contribution to both public awareness of the issue and also contribute steps to finding concrete solutions. The project will involve the mental health community deeply. The project and resulting dialogue will be aimed at the general public.
$15,000.00
2012

Tides Canada Initiatives

REACHing Out

REACHing out addresses a fundamental need for the social sector on the Sunshine Coast: bridging social capital. How do community groups meaningfully engage a wider more diverse community? REACHing Out will attempt to create the infrastructure needed to do just this; bridges that link islands of social capital to each other. Emerging out of a rigorous community-led strategic planning process entitled REACH (Re-integrating Existing Assets into Community Hubs), REACHing Out intends to broaden and diversify public interest, support and participation in the social sector through a series of staged events leading to outside the box collaborations in the years to come. This will be done by: 1) staging the intersection points necessary for cross-pollination between community groups and the wider community 2) nurturing potential collaborations between these groups moving forward A series of facilitated community events will culminate in a resource guide for participating organizations, detailing potential collaborations and a step-by-step process to initiating them.
$15,000.00
2012

Victoria International Development Education Association

From the Heart: Enter into the Journey of Reconciliation

This is an arts-based civic engagement project designed to give non-Indigenous Canadians a way to become personally involved in the work of reconciliation with Aboriginal people. It's inspired by Dr. Paulette Regan's bestselling book, Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth- telling and Reconciliation in Canada. Our approach is to leverage the power of the arts to activate a constructive public conversation about this relationship. We will partner skilled teachers/trainers with a culturally diverse group of youth, adults and seniors to work through a facilitated process of engaging with preconceptions about First Nations in Canada. Then, in collaboration with professional theatre artists, the group will create scenes, stories, songs and art expressing what, for them, shifted perceptions of what they thought they knew. The wider public dialogue begins when audiences attend an Immersion Theatre production where they will encounter the groups' mini performances along a journey through an astonishingly beautiful indoor labyrinth all during the summer of 2013.
$15,000.00
2012