Grants

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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

Pregnancy Care Centre Society of Kamloops

Baby Bumps and No Substitute for YOU - pilot projects

During the last 5 years over 600 came for help - we saw a repetitive cycle, women aged 15 - 25 were coming with repeat crisis', another possible unplanned pregnancy. The goal is to connect senior mentors with young moms & dads teaching them to become the parents their children deserve. Both young moms & dads desperately need positive role models who can help them address the social challenges they face. The majority have not had that positive role model and are eager to make changes as they raise their families. Why senior mentors? Seniors have time, life experience, wisdom, & patience to share. They help set physical, educational, financial, personal and spiritual goals. Goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure dreams and needs are met. Mentorship may last for 6 months to 1- 2 years. Youth will benefit from the non-judgmental guidance offered by seniors with a lasting positive impact for life long change being made. We plan to begin with 7 women & 7 men in the program (not necessarily partners) with a total of 14 mentors. Total impact 28 extended families - 1st year.
$13,500.00
2012

Prince George Symphony Orchestra Society

Colas & Colinette, A Comedie Melee d'Ariettes

Colas & Colinette, a 'comedy in prose intermixed with ariettas' with text and music by Joseph Quesnel, is widely regarded as the first operatic work to be written in Canada with the score written in the French language. At the heart of the story is Colinette, a shepherd's daughter being wooed by Colas, a young shepherd boy and le Baili, a successful, but degenerate potential suitor. In collaboaration with le Cercle des Canadiens Francais, the PGSO will present this historic opera in September, 2012. Our performance will be filled with traditional song and dance set in the Canadian countryside in the late 1700's. Our project will coincide with the French community's annual 'Corn Roast', family fun event presented on grounds adjacent to the performance venue. As part of the festivities, the public is invited to participate in a corn shucking competition, corn toss, good ol' potato sack races, tug of rope and all-you-can-eat corn!
$5,000.00
2012

PuSh International Performing Arts

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

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

Radix Theatre Society

Slowpoke

Slowpoke is a new, original dance/theatre performance inspired by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the Ukraine. The project was timed with the 25th anniversary of the accident and preceded the Fukushima nuclear incident, now reported to be as serious, or potentially worse, than Chernobyl. Slowpoke will take inspiration from these incidents and the science of nuclear power, while also exploring the human struggle and resiliency attached to the events. It will be a highly physical show, incorporating text and movement in a roving outdoor performance. The name of the show comes from the 'Slowpoke' (acronym for Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment), a small nuclear reactor built on many Canadian universities in the 1960's, some still in use today. In 2011 Slowpoke co-creators Billy Marchenski and Alison Denham visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for a first-hand experience of the site. Their interviews and experiences in and around The Zone will inform the show's creation.
$15,000.00
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

Building Capacity To Protect Wildlife

We need to upgrade our existing donor/supporter outreach system to Vertical Response mass mailing. Vertical Response will fully integrate into our Salesforce environment, allowing easy generation and mailing of targeted emails and our monthly e-newsletter for specific events, projects and fundraising campaigns (such as our next guide outfitter territory purchase). Enhancing our existing Salesforce database and donor management systems will allow more effective and greater communication both to donors and internally within Raincoast. Training all staff on Salesforce for will allow for effective communications and strategic development; this will allow for more effective outreach and campaign engagement. Upgrading will also allow for greater use of our social media to raise awareness of animal welfare issues in BC. Overall, these steps will lead to a more efficient, effective and powerful communications strategy and create more opportunities for funding, and therefore allow us to engage greater numbers of donors to support Raincoast's animal welfare/wildlife protection initiatives.
$8,000.00
2012

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Parent-to-Parent Mentoring Project

Healthy parents with healthy parenting skills are key to a healthy community. 5 parents from the DTES/Strathcona, who had experienced parenting difficulties, noticed families attending parenting groups again & again for the same problems. While the programs provided useful information, knowing about the tools of healthy parenting does not mean it is easy to use these tools in times of need. This parent-to-parent mentoring project provides direct support on basic positive parenting skills in places & at times when parenting problems are happening. It involves training 5 parent mentors, their mentoring of a minimum 10-15 parents who are having parenting difficulties, and their further support of up to 40 parents through group sessions on parents as advocates. The project complements existing parenting support programs. It is unique - it builds social connectedness directly: mentors go to wherever the problem is happening eg. family’s home, community settings; mentors offer help in real-time e.g. bedtimes, meal times; the mentors are people the families can easily identify with.
$9,000.00
2012

MoreSports

MoreSports is a collaborative initiative that provides sustainable sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families, focused on kids who typically do not participate in sports. We build on existing community resources to deliver programs & events in partnership with schools, local government, community groups, private businesses and non-profits. The model is: go where children are, provide structures and programming that fit with what children and families actually want. The approach is unique in two ways: • First, barriers to participation are not only removed but are rendered invisible • Second, programs and activities are built on and integrated within existing structures and systems The strategy was designed to build on community strengths, capacities and priorities, foster social inclusion and develop the capacity to deliver a multitude of sport and skill development activities for local children and youth. Part of developing this capacity is fostering local leadership through the YELL (Youth Engage Learn Lead) initiative.
$75,000.00
2012

Realwheels Society

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Realwheels will produce Brian Clark's Whose Life is it Anyway? to be presented by The Cultch. The action of the play involves a sculptor who, having become quadriplegic, despairs his present body state and resolves to end his life. The origins of this project can be traced back to the real life challenges that Artistic Director James Sanders experienced during his rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury, when he was shown a film version of the play as a source of inspiration. Twenty years later, Realwheels is ideally situated to tell this story, as our mandate is rooted in a commitment to increased understanding of life lived with disability. Realwheels will engage in a three-week ITA Equity rehearsal and two-week run. We will host ancillary events such as pre-show audience chats and post-show debates with our community partners. Playing to a general public and subscribers of The Cultch, we will also be attracting large numbers of patrons with disabilities and individuals in the healthcare industry to the theatre. We will also offer signed performances and audio description.
$15,000.00
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

Redshift Music Society

Transpondings

In June of 2013 Redshift Music Society, in collaboration with Open Space Arts Society, will present Transpondings - a series of five concerts that will span the distances from Victoria to Vancouver to North Vancouver. Based on the concept of the transponder, an instrument that reads and transmits sound signals during SONAR communication, Transpondings will reinforce the dialogue between the respective music communities of Vancouver, North Vancouver and Victoria by bringing together composers and performers from both. The programme will be comprised of 10 new works by BC composers. The ensemble, deployed in Redshift-style spatial format, will consist of some of the best interpreters of new music from both regions. These concerts will take place in architecturally significant buildings in Victoria (The Atrium), Vancouver (Blusson Centre), and North Vancouver (Lonsdale Quay) as well as smaller musical events on the BC Ferries during the sailing between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay and on the Seabus between Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay.
$7,500.00
2012

Reel to Real - A Celebration of Moving Images for Youth Society

BC Stories

BC Stories will empower economically disadvantaged and Aboriginal youth in three rural communities and twelve inner-city classrooms to conceive, plan, shoot, edit, and screen short films that speak about their local history, language and culture. Through the creative medium of digital filmmaking, youth will gain powerful leadership skills, a deepened connection with their local community and history, and an enriched capacity for learning through media creation. The program will also seek to preserve and revitalize threatened Aboriginal languages, and to provide a safe space to explore oral traditions and storytelling. It is comprised of five main parts: 1) Old Masset - 1 week digital storytelling workshop for young adults ages 20-29 2) Masset & Skidgate - two 2-day workshops in four classrooms, mentored by a young adult from Old Masset 3) Screening of all films at Haida Gwaii Film Festival 3) Greater Vancouver inner city schools - five half-day documentary workshops using iPads delivered to 12 classrooms 4) Promotion, documentation, evaluation, and sharing of project model
$5,000.00
2012

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Sisters

Sisters by Simon Johnston is inspired by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov's classic play, Three Sisters. An ambitious work set in China in 1939 which explores the clash of two cultures in another time and place, we believe this production will have special meaning for Richmond and Lower Mainland audiences. We want to offer an original play that appeals to our diverse community. The play itself is naturalistic. Set in a huge old expensive house built in the Russian tradition but in China and owned by a wealthy family, our production will require a significant investment in set and props to help realize the playwright's vision. This piece will require 4 weeks of rehearsal rather than the usual 2.5 weeks in order to fully develop the final script for the production of this new play. In addition to a diverse cast of four women and one man, the creative team will include director Sarah Rodgers and designers Carmen Alatorre (costume), Itai Irdal (lighting), and Kevin McAllister (set). Gateway Theatre will premiere Sisters from Jan.31-Feb.16, 2013 for 15 performances.
$15,000.00
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

Ruby Slippers Production Society

The Great Raymond

Ruby Slippers is requesting support for the development of a new play about Vancouver in the 1950s, written by award-winning author Timothy Taylor. The Great Raymond came to life through a series of discussions between Max Reimer of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Diane Brown of Ruby Slippers Theatre, and novelist Timothy Taylor. The idea was to tell a story set in mid-20th century Vancouver. Less sophisticated and global than today, Vancouver in the 1950s was a rough and gritty city; Terminal City not only for the railroad, but also for many a hope, dream and aspiration. The focus of these preliminary discussions settled on the infamous Mulligan Affair, a police corruption scandal that broke in 1955 and ended with Chief Constable Walter Mulligan fleeing the country, while a senior deputy committed suicide. The scandal, which was huge news in its day, is rarely discussed today and seemed ripe for dramatic treatment. The script and design concept will be developed in 2012/13 for a mainstage production as part of Ruby Slippers' 2013/14 season.
$5,000.00
2012

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Multicultural Dads and Tots Project

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been working with Chinese, Iranian and Korean immigrant families on early childhood development for the past 9 years in Tri-cities areas and has served thousands of caregivers and children (0-6). Out of those served, more than 90% are mothers/children. Fathers have not shown much active involvement in raising a child. Research has proven that an involved father is crucial to the healthy development of the child, and that children whose fathers are actively involved from birth are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, have better social connections with peers as they grow older, and are less likely to get in trouble at home and at school, The Dads and Tots Project aims to facilitate multicultural immigrant fathers to be involved in the life of their children in their early years and to build a closer relationship between father and child through various activities: 'Drop-in for Multicultural Immigrant Dads', 'Dad sing along with me', Field trips, and 'Dads and Tots Mini-Olympic'. More than 500 individuals will be served
$17,000.00
2012

Saint James Music Academy

Music Outreach Coordinator

The Academy is seeking support from the Vancouver Foundation to help us bring a world of musical opportunities to students from inner city schools. Addressing the critical need for high quality afterschool activities has been identified as a priority in supporting the well being of children, youth and families in our inner city neighbourhoods. We are seeking funding of $25,000 per year for three years to pay the salary of a Music Outreach Coordinator. This position will facilitate the expansion and development of our music program at three elementary schools. Their responsibilities would include: building strong partnerships with elementary school staff, securing teachers, scheduling of classes, transportation of students to the Academy, special events coordination and administration of the outreach program.
$50,000.00
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

Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association

Lester and Thomson Garage Exhibit

The Salmon Arm Museum has been developing at Haney Heritage Village since 1986 on land gifted by a Haney family member. The Shuswap Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada bought into the concept. The Club constructed a scale replica of the Lester and Thomson Garage, a business once located in the heart of Salmon Arm. After building a scale model of the Garage and purchasing a restored Model T Coupe, the Vintage Car Club turned the structure and artifact over to the Museum. The Museum's Board agreed to build the interior display. The aim of this project is to construct and install an exhibit of an early garage built in Salmon Arm in 1917. Designer and curator Cuyler Page created a plan of a garage that looks and feels authentic. The display will include a sealed floor complete with sealed oil spills, finished walls suited to the garage, three banks of visible glassed storage in the “Parts Department”, repair bays, sales counter, interpretive panels, workbenches, signage, and moveable security barriers to protect the display when unattended.
$8,285.00
2012

SCD - Society for Community Development

Survival Guide for Families, Survival Guide for Seniors

The guides will be modeled on our well received “Street Survival Guide”, produced in collaboration with the Tri Cities Homelessness Task Group (view at: www.tricitieshomelessness.ca). The Survival Guide for Families and the Survival Guide for Seniors will grow from community-wide collaborations and consultations. We will build on the information already gathered by the community centres, seniors groups, Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters tables, but these guides will focus on the needs of families and seniors living with very limited funds and/or in poverty. We will interview individuals, agencies, service providers, and businesses to determine the information most needed by these residents of the Tri Cities. End product: each guide will be a two-sided one page collection of information to assist those living with low incomes/poverty to meet their basic needs. The guides will be distributed in paper form (libraries, recreation centers, food banks, churches, schools, clinics, etc) and electronically, allowing our community partners to print copies as needed.
$5,000.00
2012

School District #37 - Delta

Enhancing Aboriginal Learning and Connections: Student Led Inquiries in BC

Over the last 12 years, the Networks have been successful in developing the capacity of BC educators to deliver quality and equity education for BC students. Drawing on this successful educator leadership model, we would now like to extend our focus to student leadership and connectedness to the school community. The current Networks employ teacher-led inquiry projects to further their own professional learning and the learning outcomes of their students. This new project will be built around student-led inquiry projects that involve students, educators, and school communities, particularly through the Aboriginal Schools Enhancement Network. We seek funding to support the following activities: student-led inquiry-based projects in 40 school communities in BC, involving the school community (i.e. families, Elders, community partners); adaptive learning for educators to enable them to carry out this model with success and confidence; and pre- and- post analysis of students’ learning and connectedness to school/community.
$50,500.00
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

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