Awarded Grants

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Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People

War of the Eagles

WAR OF THE EAGLES is an original Kaleidoscope Theatre work based on the novel by BC writer Eric Walters. Set at the Prince Rupert army base during World War II, we meet Jed - a Tsimshian/Caucasian boy, and his best friend of Japanese decent, Tadashi. Following the Japanese Canadian Internment, Jed must confront racism, the complexity of friendship, and his own mixed-cultural identity. The staging of WAR OF THE EAGLES on the historical site of Esquimalt's Macaulay Point, includes beach, ocean and dismantled gun turrets to reflect the themes of Walter's novel for youth by creating warlike or camp environments. Our young audience (jr/sr high school) will be guided through various outdoor spaces to provide an immersive, personal 'out-of-the-box' theatrical experience. Director Roderick Glanville will work with Dramaturg Ian Ferguson to create a physical and emotional journey for youth to reflect contemporary hope and understanding. Funding will support a key creation period followed by a production period. Support will help employ a larger cast (5 Equity actors, 3 youth) required.
$20,000.00
2012

Kamloops Art Gallery

Germaine Koh: Weather Systems

The KAG will present a major solo exhibition (April 6 to June 15, 2013) and will produce a publication on the work of Germaine Koh, both entitled 'Germaine Koh: Weather Systems.' The exhibition is comprised of works from the past two decades and new works made specifically for this presentation. Notably, the exhibition brings together for the first time Koh's series of three Fair-weather forces works, comprised of architectonic interventions that suggest a reciprocal relationship between human behaviour and natural or meteorological phenomena. Each work in the series connects the interior space of the exhibition gallery with the world outside, as a way of revealing our tendency to physically and conceptually separate built and natural environments and, specifically, the art gallery and the outside world. The exhibition and publication will support the artistic excellence of one of British Columbia's foremost contemporary artists. This project also exposes Kamloops audiences to a comprehensive grouping of Koh's work while broadening the scope of its audience to engage new communities.
$27,100.00
2012

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Life Project

The project for which we seek Vancouver Foundation support has the working title of 'Life' and we are commissioning composer Lee Pui Ming (http://leepuiming.ca/music/bio/) to write and record a score for a string quartet and commissioning artist Kai Chan (http://www.kaichan.ca/bio.html) to create a set for the work. We expect to use between five and eight dancers in the finished work depending on our other funding success, and we expect to give 8 performances of the work over a two week period. For this grant application, we are applying for only the costs related to the music and set commissions and creative costs. The production costs will be covering by our operating grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and box office revenue.
$25,000.00
2012

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works 2012

This project proposes to provide summer employment opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 16 and 19. Generally this will be youth in grades 10-12, including youth who have just completed high school. This project will be managed by the Association in collaboration with the organizations' employment service, Partners in Employment, Langley School District #35 and a host of local businesses and employers. The project proposes to complete a discovery process in collaboration with school partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity for a 6 week duration throughout the summer. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and coaching to ensure their success. The project proposes to track individual successes over a number of years to determine if access to summer employment improves the likelihood of students obtaining employment after graduation.
$25,000.00
2012

Langley Community Services Society

Langley Neighbourhood Development Project

Over the past year, senior managers of Langley non-profit and Government service providers have worked together to develop an overarching strategic plan for services based on demographic data, community parent surveys and input from youth, early childhood, special needs and middle childhood groups. This strategic plan was developed and reviewed by staff working in the community, and representatives of the faith, Aboriginal and multicultural communities. Our next steps are to engage the broader community (e.g. business and other community groups) as well as parents and youth to complete an asset inventory. We will engage neighbourhood to discuss local and community assets and how to best fill immediate gaps for children, youth and families. We are requesting funding tol support this process and start up of services.
$30,000.00
2012

MISCELLANEOUS Productions

Kutz & Dawgs BC Regional Tour - Year One

Tour, HD video documentation, free webcast/screenings, evaluation with Social Psychologist Dr. George Tien. Reach larger audience in cities where gangs flourish and provide youth artists with professional tour experience. Our professional team and performing arts youth will co-lead theatre, dance and hip hop music workshops and film screenings for at-risk youth in Surrey, Kelowna and Prince George with facilitated discussion and work with UBC Okanagan Theatre Department to present events with and for students and faculty. Tour will develop artistic skills of professional team and youth cast, show leadership and innovation in community-engaged theatre and open doorways to arts careers. Professional HD video crew will document/edit Kutz & Dawgs performances. Screenings/webcasts presented before each workshop. Social media will enable youth audience members to communicate with performers and professionals, interaction with fans, workshop participants, students and access to urban music from our play. In 3 cities, will set up a larger tour of the play in 2013 - 2014 for Year 2.
$30,000.00
2012

Mothers Matter Centre

Training and Support for the HIPPY HUB Model Innovation in British Columbia

The Hub Model Innovation is a reconfiguration of the HIPPY program’s current delivery mechanism, is more cost-effective (than the traditional HIPPY Model), organizationally efficient, and has an increased emphasis on employment training for mothers in the second and third years of the program along with enhanced labour market partnership. The Hub Model consist of two organizational components: a central office and up to ten (10) satellite pods in different communities. Working under the supervision of the Manager of Multicultural Programs, the position of the Local Training Coordinator would be to support the new site at MOSAIC. He/she will: develop and design local specific training modules to meet the needs of the home visitors and parents: support the Coordinator in implementing HIPPY; implement the transition planning process for home visitors - a structured plan to move them into higher education and/or other employment and together with the Local Program Coordinator make recommendations to the Scholarship Fund for Home Visitors about who is ready to enrol in higher education
$25,000.00
2012

Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society

Science on the Move-Early Years

NS3’s Science on the Move-Early Years programs will be series of science outreach programs specifically for children ages 0-7 delivered through our mobile science van. This outreach will engage children and families via experiments, hands-on activities, and traveling educators. The idea for mobile science outreach originated during NS3’s vision workshop (fall 2011) where local stakeholders and NS3 identified community needs and the action steps to address those needs. NS3 then gathered more than 30 scientists to generate local themes and activities for NS3’s place-based science outreach, and partnered with the City of Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Culture to deliver 36 free science outreach programs this summer (Science in the Park). Science in the Park successfully reached 1,600 kids, many who would not be able to afford similar education. Based on program feedback, NS3 identified a new target audience for fun science-based programs, families with young children. Science on the Move-Early Years will provide hands-on science to 1,500 children in 2013.
$20,000.00
2012

Neighbourlink Vanderhoof

Best Moms and Dads Program

Activities are participant generated and a broad range of free literacy tutoring is provided. (Financial literacy, math, reading and cultural activities). The program is innovative, grassroots, and flexible enough to meet clients where they are in their lives. 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. Local groups involved in early education programs realise that those who most need their services are not accessing them. A need for 'pre-programming' targetting young, single mothers (or fathers) of (mainly) aboriginal ancestry was identified. Many participants are the second or third generation of unemployed, marginalized, under‐educated, impoverished people locked into a seemingly unbreakable cycle of poverty.
$20,000.00
2012

North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program

Making Quesnel Age-Friendly

The idea for this project originated during the annual planning process of the Adult Services Team, a group of community adult services providers and interested seniors that collaborates to identify and meet service issues/gaps of the target client group (seniors & vulnerable adults), and the project has been developed with the participation of this group. We also researched several reports and recommendations on age-friendly communities to develop this project. Several key issues facing seniors were determined to be related to a lack of overall community capacity to meet needs specific to seniors and other vulnerable adults. Our project will serve seniors and other vulnerable adults, including Aboriginal Elders, in our region, paying particular attention to isolated seniors. The project will increase the age friendliness of our community through a variety of prioritized initiatives. These initiatives will increase the community's awareness of and adaptation to seniors' needs and will increase seniors' access to services and activities that contribute to their health and well-being.
$21,300.00
2012

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project

This project proposes to create land-based learning experiences that incorporate Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives to deliver enhanced K-12 curriculum for all learners in priority classes in public and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. This 1-year proposal covers Phases 1-2 of this multi-phase project, including: - creation of at least 15 site-specific outdoor learning experiences that deliver enhanced K-12 curriculum in sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language. Teaching units will be co-created through professional development workshops and collaborative processes involving school staff, Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and students; - a completed budget, schedule, and evaluation plan for subsequent multi-year delivery and evaluation of teaching units (Phases 3-4) to be delivered at ECOmmunity Place: an 82 acre living classroom bordering the City of Penticton. Completion of Phases 1-2 is required before a multi-year proposal for delivery of Phases 3-4 can be developed.
$20,000.00
2012

Old Massett Village Council

Saving the Haida Language one hour at a time

The main goal of this project is to improve the Haida language capacity on Haida Gwaii to ensure our endangered Haida language survives. 10 adult language learners who already have some basic language skills and who are teachers in some capacity will take part in a master-apprentice program with 4-6 fluent elders all over the age of 80. The Apprentices will learn from the elders once/day. The Apprentices will also volunteer to create resources and to study another hour/day and teach others. We will create our own Master-Apprentice monitoring and evaluation forms for all learners and elders to use based on Leanne Hinton's resources. We will host a Master-Apprentice workshop to teach people how to use the Haida language even if not fluent. The Total Physical Response, TPR will show learners and elders how to stay in the language when trying to learn. Lastly, we will record the Elders for future educational projects and then create a Lesson-Learned video to share our project with others.
$20,000.00
2012

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities

The 'Healthy forests-Healthy communities' is a non-partisan volunteer led and delivered initiative designed to catalyze discussion, dialogue and debate regarding BC forest lands management. Based on the 20 HFHC Community Dialogue Sessions held in 2011, forest dependent communities are concerned over the future of their forests and their sustainable contributions to the local economy. A 2012 activities plan has been designed to build on these results to provide more detailed recommendations and community actions. The input will be acquired from communities and concerned citizens through: 12 1-day workshops to obtain views from experts and senior implementation people; 15 1-day community workshops as a basis for community dialogue regarding community recommendations on the specific changes; reports based on the dialogue from all the workshops and summarized into a final report; 30 communications sessions informing communities of the 2011 - 2012 dialogue results and recommendations submitted to decision-makers, decision-maker influencers, communities and concerned citizens.
$20,000.00
2012

Oweekeno-Kitasoo-Nuxalk Tribal Council

Nuxalk Language Documentation

Our goal is to record our language for learning purposes. We need to work with dedicated language learners to get our language systematically recorded. We have elders who spoke Nuxalk as their first language but do not speak it on a daily basis any longer. They need to practice to remember their fluency. We will hold practice/immersion sessions with those who are interested in doing the work of being recorded. We have a team of motivated workers who realize the urgency of having our authentic speakers recorded. We have many people who understand but cannot speak. The pronunciation and conversational-flow must be recorded while we have authentic speakers. It cannot be learned correctly from books, it must be heard over and over again. This portion of our language revitalization efforts is the focus of this project HOWEVER there are simultaneous efforts to teach and practice and digitize existing recordings as well. This will be ongoing work.
$28,000.00
2012

Pacific Post Partum Support Society

Expanding Postpartum Assistance to Underserved Populations across B.C.

The Project is divided into two parts. 1.The Multicultural Training Program will address higher risks for postpartum distress in immigrant women by (a) directing 2 8-hour training sessions per year for 2 years, resulting in a total of 60 staff and volunteers based out of multicultural agencies (in any B.C. community requesting training) who would then in turn administer assistance to at least 200 immigrant mothers and families, and (b) recruiting 15 multilingual telephone volunteers with varied cultural backgrounds over 2 years to meet the needs of non-English speaking women across B.C. over our toll-free line. 2. The Remote Access Cognitive Behavioural Techniques & Skills Program will monitor 20-30 mothers in remote areas who otherwise may be unable to access medical professionals and facilitated groups. We implement 8 prescribed weekly modules with each woman over our toll-free telephone line, fostering skills to assist women with their recovery from postpartum depression/anxiety.
$30,000.00
2012

Pangaea Arts Society

Beneath the Northern Lights (working title)

We will create a 'Theatre for Young Audiences' production combining Inuit legends, physical theatre, mask, puppetry, video projection, and traditional throat-singing. When director Heidi Specht met Inuit storyteller and award-winning author Michael Kusugak, they found they shared common goals. Michael works hard to preserve his traditional culture and to share it with the world. Our production will inter-weave traditional stories with Michael's life; he will play himself both as a young boy and an adult as he struggles to adapt to a changing world. We will work together to seamlessly combine Michael's mastery of oral storytelling with Pangaea Arts' expertise in physical theatrical forms, in an effort to increase the range and appeal of his message – large polar bears, walruses, creatures from Inuit mythology will share the space with projections of northern lights, and audiences will see the inside of an igloo. We will target young audiences, while sending a message to all ages, encouraging others to find their own cultural stories and building bridges across communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Playwrights Theatre Centre

Write Space - a playwright residency program

Write Space is a flexible residency opportunity for emerging to mid-career playwrights, with residencies ranging from one week to three months, serving 20 writers in its pilot year. It is a new strategy to match playwrights to writing space, with a stipend to support their work. It is inspired by the success of our Associates and Colony programs and by the feedback provided by our writers. Virginia Woolf in A room of one's own, said it best: "a [writer] must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction" - or plays. We have identified space, time, financial support, and process planning as the necessary factors that take writers from good work to excellent work. Work intensives offer writers a chance to take the writing that often happens at the margins, and make it the centre of their lives for the duration of the residency. PTC will provide the forum to share the writers' experiences with their hosts and the wider community, and assist the writers to plan their next step. The program model will be shared nationally to increase creative approaches to residencies.
$25,000.00
2012

Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities Society

Defining Diversity: Creating Community

The project Defining Diversity: Creating Community will increase community capacity, resilience, and sustainability by engaging 80 citizens who represent Powell River’s diversity in a two day program crafted to advance Asset Based Community Development within a safe and supportive space for reflection and dialogue. The program was developed by skilled educators in consultation with community groups and utilizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It promotes citizen engagement and cultivates inclusion and belonging. The impact of participation in the program on individual and community social and economic well-being will be evaluated using an action research framework including a survey, focus group, and learning circle. The inquiry details will be informed by inter-agency collaboration, expert consultation, and a review of the existing measures of social capital. Ancillary opportunities include leadership development through facilitator mentorship and in-service about community engaged research for interested participants, co-leads and community supporters.
$29,900.00
2012

Power of Hope Society

Building Positive Futures through Arts-Based Youth Empowerment Programs

Power of Hope's core programs provide continuity to the youth we serve. Through participatory, arts-based, experiential education opportunities from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Cortes Island, B.C., our high impact programs support youth to develop facilitation skills and become leaders in their communities. POH is requesting support from Vancouver Foundation for direct program costs to enable us to focus on growing our capacity to reach new youth. In 2011, we held a visioning process with our board,youth, parents and lead program facilitators, which informed the development of a three-year strategic plan. Our main goals are to: deepen and broaden our program's outreach with special emphasis on First Nations and vulnerable communities, increase the pool of facilitators available in B.C. through trainings, and activate a youth-driven action network. As our networks expand, we are building invaluable heart-centred social capital that is growing our outreach capacity to new audiences through the creative youth and adults that work as leaders in their respective communities.
$20,000.00
2012

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society

FICTION(S)

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is seeking support to realize an ambitious suite of works for public spaces, which explore notions of public and private fiction. Collectively, entitled FICTION(S), the project consists of three interrelated pieces: DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN? (DYSWIM) (a 2.5 hour, blindfolded tour of Vancouver's Downtown), HUMAN LIBRARY (HL) (visitors check out a 'human book'), and SOMETIMES I THINK, I CAN SEE YOU (SITICSY) (writers muse, reflect and devise narratives of what they observe in pubic spaces and project their writing live for public viewing). The project furthers the Festival's interest in situating the performing arts within the public realm, encouraging new and innovative engagement with local communities, fostering groundbreaking partnerships, re-contextualizing iconic works, and enabling collaborative residencies between local and visiting artists. Fiction(s) will be presented as part of the 2013 PuSh Festival. Over 160 artists and community members will participate directly in creation of the project. Anticipated audience is 5,000-6,000.
$25,000.00
2012

QQS (EYES) Projects Society

Building capacity for salmon stewardship - traditional fish weir in the Koeye

The weir project aims to build capacity, and increase engagement in resource stewardship in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella by resurrecting the traditional practice of building fish weirs on the Koeye River. Fish weirs were used for thousands of years by First Nations as a means of selectively harvesting salmon in large rivers; however the practice has been dormant in Central Coast communities for more than 100 years. The project stems from Qqs’ core mission of engaging youth in Heiltsuk culture and their environment, and builds upon existing youth and environment programs at Koeye, creating a unique opportunity to involve young people in a project that provides critical data for the conservation of Heiltsuk resources. The Koeye is among the most important salmon producing streams in Heiltsuk territory. Enumeration of salmon using the traditional fish weir, would greatly enhance our understanding of salmon within Koeye, and would have broad relevance for understanding salmon populations throughout the region.
$30,000.00
2012

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Oil Free Coast: Protecting The Salish Sea

Raincoast’s Oil Free Coast initiative focuses on the threats to BC’s marine and coastal environment posed from its potential conversion to an oil tanker energy corridor. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are both proposing to ship Alberta’s tar sands oil through the coastal waters of BC. These proposals raise serious concerns at global, regional and local scales. They introduce the threat of chronic and potentially catastrophic oil spills in regions that host rare, endangered, vulnerable, and ecologically valuable species and ecosystems. Further, these routes provide outlets for the export of tar sands oil, exacerbating their staggering local impact and accelerating Canada’s contribution to atmospheric carbon. Raincoast is addressing this issue through several strategies tailored to the different proponents, processes and circumstances of the north and south coasts.
$20,000.00
2012

Red Fox Healthy Living Society

Red Fox Youth Management Training Pilot Project

Youth who have demonstrated strong commitment and potential in their leadership in Red Fox are mentored to take on management roles in Red Fox. There is great demand for Red Fox activities from schools, community centres and Aboriginal organizations. There is also new support for Red Fox from community members and funders. In order to expand, Red Fox needs skilled and experienced supervisors. Four youth will co-supervise our 28 monthly sessions. They will develop blogs, create promotions, create and manage budgets and petty cash, with the mentorship of the Youth Coordinator and Cultural Coordinator. The Executive Director will also provide mentorship and workshops. The youth will continue developing our new Geo-Caching pilot with Metro Vancouver Parks, which teaches youth social media, technology and outdoor recreation skills and promotes environmental awareness. They will promote the Red Fox social enterprise of active play/physical literacy special event activities and our Drum Group. The youth will continue to be trained in anti-oppression work and cultural teachings.
$25,000.00
2012

Ruby Lake Lagoon Nature Reserve Society Lagoon Society

Implementation of Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy

In 2012, we launched a project to develop a Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Sunshine Coast. Key achievements thus far include: (i) undertaking a biodiversity assessment to identify all existing data on local biodiversity; (ii) holding a 3-day long Biodiversity Summit attended by over 100 experts and stakeholders; (iii) drafting a Biodiversity Strategy, identifying common goals, objectives, and strategies to conserve biodiversity; and (iv) carrying out diverse public engagement activities reaching thousands of community members. We are requesting your continued support to build on the positive momentum, and move the Strategy from the development stage to the implementation stage. During this stage we will: (i) form Implementation Teams; (ii) create a detailed Action Plan with specific activities, timelines, targets, and lead organizations; (iii) develop a monitoring program; (iv) Publicly launch the Strategy; (v) initiate 6 pilot projects; (vi) undertake biodiversity surveys & mapping; (vii) create a Biodiversity Database, and (viii) continue public engagement activities.
$25,000.00
2012

Salal Foundation

Building a Freshwater Constituency in B.C.

Dogwood Initiative proposes a twelve month intensive base-building project for North Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland that will develop a large, mobilized constituency deeply concerned with freshwater, protecting fish habitat and strong fisheries protection. The opposition to tankers on the B.C. coast that is evident in polling results is tied closely to concern for aquatic habitat and species. Commercial and sport fisheries are major economic forces that contribute to the economic sustainability of this region and recently proposed changes to federal fisheries regulations pose a serious threat to the resilience of these communities. Fish and fisheries are an important a part of the local identity which transcends differences and has the potential to unite public opinion in such a way as to compel protection of the resource. This provides a values-based approach to generating awareness of and opposition to pipeline development that threaten the ecological integrity of the coast.
$20,000.00
2012

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