Grants

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Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Proactive Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Program for Middle Schools

We recognize that there is no shortage of approaches and data on responding to bullying issues in schools. However, there is a shortage of people implementing practical programs based on their local contexts. What makes this project different is that we seek to understand our local context using school based surveys and THEN to use existing tools and empirically supported resources to address our needs and realities. After analyzing these surveys we will work together with BC Centre for Safe Schools (BCSSC) to compile a manual of best practices in dealing with bullying in Abbotsford middle schools. We are not reinventing the wheel; we are simply using existing research to create a tailor-made approach for Abbotsford. This program will address bullying behaviour by creating an inclusive, empathic, and responsive school culture, develop a program of classroom circles to promote healthy relationships, develop emotionally honest and open communication, training of staff, supervisors, and parents to recognize and help address bullying behaviour,and mediating bullying incidents.
$40,000.00
2012

Canadian Environmental Grantmaker's Network

Shared Learning in Support of an Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Future

The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CEGN) and the Sustainability Network are seeking support for a Shared Learning initiative designed to increase the capacity, effectiveness and collaboration of the environmental community (both non-profits and funders). The proposed initiative will help to equip the environmental community to be more effective agents for the protection of Canada's environment. It will do so through shared learning opportunities which will result in: i) increased knowledge and skills; ii) more effective public communication; and iii) stronger networking and collaboration among members of the environmental community. Bridging the divide between funders and non-profits is central to this initiative. Both the scale of environmental challenges that confront us and the fact that increasing numbers of funders are shifting from 'grant-givers' to 'change-makers' demand a stronger alliance between these two parts of the environmental community.
$33,000.00
2012

Centre For Integral Economics

SUN DRUM: First Nation Youth Media Pilot Project

The Sun Drum project (name developed by Cree Youth) -- Sun connects to original power, drum to the heartbeat -- features video storytelling and was born through conversations with First Nation elders, leaders and youth. Video is highly effective in oral cultures; it brings to the world the strength of culture present in First Nation communities and builds self-esteem. It is also our experience that video can create powerful links between stories of the ancestors through elders in a context that attracts and empowers youth as storytellers. This project will harness the depth of cultures to align with sustainability objectives, cultural preservation, skills building and will point to entrepreneurship and economic development. We will build 4 core capacities: 1/basics of storytelling, story boarding and interviewing and basic video skills 2/ social media to share and send positive messages about First Nations 3/clean energy, jobs and economic opportunities, linked to culture in context of climate change 4/ social entrepreneurship basics: problem, solution = business models
$30,000.00
2012

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

Sensory Motor Integration Program

A new reality is facing CHSC. Today at least 35% of newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children are coming to the Centre with additional learning needs. Our new Sensory Motor Integration Program will begin to address these needs with assessments and support from a trained occupational therapist that delivers ongoing program implementation and provides outcome analysis. We believe this additional early intervention is critical for a child to learn to listen and speak and ultimately be successfully mainstreamed into a school with their hearing peers.
$30,000.00
2012

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network Hub

While NFNs successfully work at the neighbourhood level, there is an identified need for NFNs to scale up their efforts for higher levels of influence. Networks now formally collaborate through a city-wide working group — the foundation for the hub —where they continue to expand on best practices, mentor new NFNs, and undertake joint projects. The recent 'Sustainability on the Table' (attached) report presents recommendations for Vancouver’s NFNs to build Network capacity and sustainability in order to move NFNs forward in their intent to create city-wide food systems change and increasing levels of food security among marginalized populations. We are therefore seeking resources to help NFNs follow through on several of the report’s recommendations in the following priority areas over a three year period. 1. Increase supports to participate in various policy tables, committees and engagement processes 2. Develop city-wide NFNs communications 3. Build a business case for NFN development and funding 4. Support workshops and professional development opportunities
$30,000.00
2012

Communica: Dialogue and Resolution Services Society

PeaceBuilders

To redevelop our existing school-based programs into one program for developing conflict management & communication skills for elementary schools with an emphasis on cultural inclusion and competency for the whole school community. This program is based on extensive targeted, thematic research in anti-bullying, conflict management education, and programming for newcomer children. It will include expansion of existing curriculum to include grades K-5 (currently aimed at grades 3 & 4), development of materials for families and school staff, development and inclusion of formative and summative evaluations and training for facilitators. We will work in partnership with at least one pilot school and will maintain our strong relationship with School District 61 leadership. We will move away from a 'pull out' model for working with newcomers and towards a more diversity-inclusive group model. There will be a strong emphasis on the links between thinking and behaviour.
$30,000.00
2012

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

Protecting and Restoring the Courtenay River Estuary

The Estuary Working Group (EWG), representing 13 environmental organisations is currently working on eelgrass and habitat restoration, carbon sequestration research, a National Historic Status bid, and yearly awareness campaigns. The EWG has participated with the Comox Valley Regional District in revising a Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan, originally created in 2000 but never implemented. The revised plan needs the support of local municipalities. They were invited to take part in revising the plan but declined to do so. We propose to create an interactive animated 3D map of the estuary to illustrate changes over time, the problems that need to be addressed and present various scenarios for resolving these challenges. The complexity and interconnectedness of the estuary’s ecosystems, examples of economic development compatible with a healthy functioning estuary, and potential social and recreational benefits will be highlighted. In creating the map we intend to engage local officials, planners, and other stakeholders in data gathering and visioning a desired future estuary.
$30,000.00
2012

Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society

Being Heard: A Youth Caregivers Program

This three year project is a natural extension of the successful Ending the Silence project which uncovered the challenges faced by youth caregivers. These youth courageously take on responsibilities beyond their years to care for a family member in need. They work hard to keep their families together and often feel overwhelmed because they have nowhere to turn for help. Struggling alone with the stresses of their role can adversely affect their mental and physical health, relationships, schooling, job prospects and finances. This project is the first in BC to develop a program that supports these valiant but troubled youth. The program will include: support groups; 1-on-1 emotional support; family support; work with health-care, education and social service systems to provide respite, help at school and other supports in the mainstream and First Nations communities. Two areas of focus will be outreach to youth caregivers and training for service providers. All work will be guided by a youth-led resource team of diverse youth, including caregiving youth, and mentoring adults.
$40,000.00
2012

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association

Stable Management Vocational Development

CTRA offers several spheres of programming which contain individualized sub-programs (for example: introduction to competition, therapeutic horsemanship). We are hoping to develop and implement a “Stable Management Vocational Training” program under our “education” sphere, creating a vocational development program for persons with disabilities in the areas of equine husbandry, horsemanship, and stable management. This program would run parallel to our already existing therapeutic programs, running for 10 week sessions at a time. Participants will engage in a mixture of theory, applied lessons, and hands-on (supervised) practice – according to their ability and goals. Class would be appropriately limited and grouped to ensure adequate supervision and quality of instruction and will be taught by our CanTRA-certified instructors. As clients progress, we intend to provide opportunities in volunteer roles (as appropriate), in the intention of providing opportunities for applied development & bridging the gap between education and active participation in the local employment economy.
$30,000.00
2012

Ecojustice Canada Society

Litigation and Law Reform Response to the Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-38)

With the passage of Bill C-38, Canada’s Budget Implementation Act, key environmental laws are being dismantled. A legal problem requires a legal solution, and, as the leading environmental law organization in Canada, Ecojustice will respond to these challenges. The courts are independent of government and play a vitally important role in our democracy, perhaps now more than ever. The courts must be the forum where we argue for the rights of our citizens to be heard and that our prosperity depends on environmental protection. A response to changes in law must be strategic, informed, and collaborative. Under the supervision of a new Law and Policy Lead, Ecojustice will identify, develop and implement test case litigation to challenge the legality of new provisions or regulations to enable Bill C-38. We will play a leadership role within BC’s environmental community by building strategic partnerships and roles, and recruiting and educating new and diverse clients and allies to lay the groundwork for a long-term plan to restore federal environmental laws.
$40,000.00
2012

Health Arts Society

Beethoven, Bob and Borealis in BC

In this project the distinguished pianist Robert Silverman and British Columbia's principle string quartet, the Borealis String Quartet, will be undertaking a substantial series of concerts across British Columbia in 2013. It is the intention that the Society look for opportunities for these performers to play public concerts as well as to play two hundred 45-minute concerts in residential care environments. The performers have expressed a keen interest in undertaking these concerts. The Society has established a relationship with the homes to which these programmes will be provided and anticipates an average of forty attendees at each concert. In 200 concerts, an audience of 8,000-10,000 will be reached.
$30,000.00
2012

Independent Living Vernon Spec-Team Assessment Society

EmployAbility

IL Vernon is partnered with Neil Squire Society to deliver the EmployAbility Program. This program runs 3.5 days/ week for 12 weeks at a time, 4 times per year. Participants do distance learning on the computer about employment topics, through a virtual classroom (eg. Moodle). In the afternoon, participants have group activities that focus on health and wellness: smart shop tour, agency visits, or discuss topics such as communication skills or managing your disability. Consumers are given the choice about what topics are covered that are relevant to them. There is a significant need for one on one support for consumers and increased focus on self esteem. IL Vernon is requesting funding to increase staff support from 20 hrs/week to 35hrs/week to meet the increased need for individual support. This increased time will provide time for one on one appointments, work through the 13 week "The Gift of Self Esteem" curriculum and develop a personal planning PATH document, which uses graphic facilitation to create a visual plan of employment goals.
$36,812.80
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

Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities

NuYu Popular Theatre Project

The NuYu program seeks to share our model with more people, most importantly with more immigrant and refugee youth. To do this we realize community capacity building is the best way, to train more youth workers and youth leaders in Popular Theatre(PT) Facilitation so more communities can benefit from this creative, transformative & effective methodology. In order to achieve this, the NuYu Project will partner with an existing youth program in the city of Vancouver to build community capacity through a PT Facilitation Training for youth/community workers and youth leaders serving immigrant communities. Furthermore, we will also work with this partner program to collaboratively deliver PT programming by and for immigrant and refugee youth, thereby strengthening the existing programs' effectiveness as well as building the sustainability of community theatre for immigrant communities in Metro Vancouver. In this way, participants & partners will be able to continue using PT on their own as an excellent tool for working with immigrant and refugee youth. (As achieved in New Westminster).
$40,000.00
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

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Grandparent Led Families Connecting For Change

We have worked with grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) across the province for over 10 years . The need was identified by grandparents in our support groups, Grand Gatherings, legal seminars. and through our GRG email network. Our legal research 2007-2009 with U Vic School of Social Work confirmed the depth of poverty, inequity, barriers, discrimination, and health issues the GRG face. Our ongoing work in the province identified need and the growing number of GRG families. We will assist GRG to: learn about and protect their rights, develop problem prevention and solving skills, learn self-advocacy skills, learn about available resources and services; have a voice in improving provincial services and policies that have an impact on their families. There will be opportunities to connect with other grandparents, seniors, service providers, government representatives and the wider community. We will address issues of isolation and discrimination and connect grandparents with each other to become part of a larger network of similar families supported in community and by policy.
$35,000.00
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

Queer Arts Festival

When the Sun Comes Out: a new opera by composer Leslie Uyeda & poet Rachel Rose

Pride in Art is applying for funding for Canada's first lesbian opera: When the Sun Comes Out, by Leslie Uyeda and Rachel Rose. Directed by Robert McQueen, of the Vancouver Opera's acclaimed First Nations Magic Flute, this chamber opera stars soprano Teiya Kasahara, starring as Queen of the Night in the Vancouver Opera's upcoming Magic Flute remount, mezzo-soprano Shirin Eskandani, and baritone Joel Klein. Commissioned through the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council, the opera received a first workshop at QAF 2012, receiving a sold-out house and a standing ovation. The artists have outdone themselves, and created an exceptional work that is passionate, moving, troubling and thought-provoking, aligned perfectly with both the social and the artistic facets of our mandate. We ask the Vancouver Foundation to help fund the second stage of workshopping, the fully staged premiere at QAF 2013. With the help of our partners, we are planning significant community outreach programs through public discussions and an online memory project to raise awareness about homophobia around the world.
$35,000.00
2012

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

Development & implementation of a multi-year program for better outcomes & greater impact responding to needs for Teacher Recruitment/Training & a Recognition Program - providing tools to strengthen classroom teachers. SFF BC works with the volunteer Regional Science Fair (RSF) committees to increase awareness/interest in the importance of science & to address the issues facing the province in building science capacity. We support science education through supporting the classroom teacher & thus the students. SFF BC’s involvement in the Provincial Government’s successful Year of Science (YoS) project provided information & impetus for this project-identifying the following needs if student participation is to be maintained and grown: • Recruitment of teachers to replace those retiring; • Expansion of the program in underserved areas of the province; • Training for new teacher ‘champions’ to enable them to incorporate Science Fair activities into the curriculum; • Provision of a recognition/incentive program to recognize the significant volunteer contribution made by teachers.
$35,000.00
2012

Shuswap Children's Association

Shuswap Early Childhood Development Committee (ECDC) Project

The Shuswap ECDC project builds on the 2012 strategic plan which focuses on community issues and priorities that have been identified from the ECD committee, EDI research, local asset mapping, and also align with the goals of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Interior Health, School District #83 and the Honorable Premier Christie Clark’s Family’s First Initiative and Healthy Families BC. The project builds on exisiting and succesful programs, initiatives and resources that the Shuswap ECDC has been developing and delivering for the past 6 years. These project proposal funds will be dedicated to assisting the costs for 2 Mother Goose outreach programs in rural Shuswap, the printing and distribution of Children's Services Directories, increasing the ECD coordination hours and co-resourcing a very much needed Family Support Worker position. Our goal is to reach families with children under the age of 6 and those who work in the field of ECD and family services. Our intention is to build strong and lasting partnerships for long term beneficial outcomes
$40,000.00
2012

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Going Wild!

The Going Wild! school program was created in partnership with Coastal First Nations community stakeholders to reconnect youth with their environment and their cultures, and to revitalize rural economic development in sustainable and culturally-appropriate ways. Now moving beyond a First Nations audience, the curriculum is being used to engages grade 4-7 students throughout BC in hands-on activities that teach about wild products , or non-timber forest products (NTFPs), of the coastal temperate rainforest. Classroom activities delivered by our Educators (or by teachers using our guidebook as a resource), help students gain knowledge of wild products, traditional First Nations values, ecosystem dynamics, stewardship of the forest, human relationships with nature, economy, consumption patterns and entrepreneurship. All lessons are directly linked to BC Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) for Science, Social Studies and Physical Education. Funding will support program delivery, teacher professional development, action projects, and program evaluation.
$30,000.00
2012

Smithers Community Services Association

Youth Media Literacy

Fifteen First Nations youth from the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) centres (Smithers, Hazelton, Moricetown and Houston) will create Digital Stories that will be developed from recorded interviews conducted by the youth with First Nations elders in the community. The project engages a number of community groups including the Bulkley Valley Museum, the Smithers Public Library, School District #54, First Nations groups, and CICK 93.9FM Youth Outreach Workers from the YEP centres have identified that many First Nations youth they serve suffer from a lack of cultural esteem that affects educational success and that perpetuates a cycle of marginalization. Provincial statistics demonstrate that only 51% of First Nations students are completing highschool graduation. Youth participants will have the opportunity to engage in inter-generational learning, learn about critical analysis of media, develop interview coaching skills, and create digital stories, gain critical thinking skills and will be eligible to obtain credit for Applied Skills Grade 11.
$30,000.00
2012

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Latin Seniors Outreach Project

The Latin Seniors Outreach Project will improve quality of life among Spanish-speaking seniors by supporting them to access services, build social and community connections and better integrate with Canadian society. We will reach out and engage isolated seniors from the Spanish-speaking community facing challenges such as language barriers and poverty issues due to immigration, isolation and vulnerability. This will be achieved through three main activities: (1) Volunteers will reach out to isolated Spanish-speaking seniors by identifying them and providing them with information and referrals; (2) The volunteers will provide one to one visits to isolated seniors who need social support; (3) The volunteers will give presentations in the Spanish language throughout the Lower Mainland to reach a wide audience. The information and resources given will be specific to the community in which the presentation is held. Topics will include social housing, home support, seniors abuse and pension plans.
$38,646.74
2012

South Okanagan Women's Educational Society

From Discord to Action: Cultivating Community Change around Seasonal Farm Work

This project has developed out of working with community organizations, concerned citizens and temporary seasonal farm workers in South Okanagan-Similkameen to address ongoing discrimination and health and social issues related to the large influxes of temporary workers each spring to fall. Although the issues are long standing, attempts to address them are unsuccessful. Community members would like the farm workers' specific social, economic and health needs identified and an action plan created to address those needs. This project will facilitate that process by identifying and encouraging the stakeholders (communities, farmers and farm workers) to come together at a forum to work together and create sustainable solutions. The forum process will be conducted in a way that will result in the creation of a feasible Community Action Plan that will use local resources to build community cohesion and strengthen capacities in terms of meeting farm workers’ needs. Strategies will be developed for furthering this work.
$31,680.00
2012

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