Grants

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Access Youth Outreach Services Society

Project Reach Out Expansion

Our core program Project Reach Out multi-service mobile Drop-in Centre and outreach program will expand to the Langley's (Langley city & Township of Langley), providing after-hours support and services to an area with over 12,000 youth ages 12- 18. This will effectively expand out reach from the Tri-Cities and service two regions (five cites) with a combined population of 32,000 youth. With the use of a modified community shuttle bus, and staffed by a team of 4 outreach workers, we will travel areas of the Langley’s meeting youth where they are, building relationships and a consistent presence, effectively filling a gap in after-hours services that include street outreach, crisis/early intervention, brief 1:1 support, drug and sexual health information, basic needs (health kits, cloths, food), linkages to other community services, and a safe place for youth to access. In consultation with the local RCMP, MCFD and other agencies, our collaborative approach will become an essential part of the continuum in the Langley’s, and will compliment existing youth services.
$25,000.00
2013

Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Speak-Out Youth Group

In 2009 AFABC partnered with MCFD to plan and implement a project aimed at increasing the number of permanency plans for youth in government care. The Speak-Out Youth Group evolved from this pilot in recognition of the value that both individual and collective perspectives and experiences played in the successful delivery of the initiative. 15 youth participants expressed an adamant interest in remaining connected to AFABC and the project in order to continue exploring options for permanence and develop more resource materials about teen adoption. The Speak-Out Youth Group is an empowering youth led program with 25 active members and consists of youth-in-care, former youth-in-care, and adoptees aged 13-24 from BC’s Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Regions. By focusing on youth engagement, this program gives a powerful voice to those who have experiences with the foster care system. Monthly meetings also give youth an opportunity to develop transferable life skills by working with career professionals, child and youth care representatives, and clinical counselors.
$20,000.00
2013

Arts in Action Society

Purple Thistle Centre

The Purple Thistle has been operating for twelve years on the Eastside of Vancouver, running a 2500 sq/ft youth community centre that offers a plethora of free art and culture resources and support for 150-200 regular low-income youth participants. Our mission of youth empowerment and liberation is realized by the centre being run by a youth staff collective of 15-25 individuals who, in collaboration with the Directors, set policy, establish budgets, staff the facility and make all programming decisions. Central to our mandate of youth liberation and empowerment is providing specific leadership training in the context of real world decisions, real budgets and actual programming.
$30,000.00
2013

Youth Care Media Project (WORKING TITLE ONLY)

This digital storytelling project will work with a group of youth and youth technical mentors to create a series of digital stories. The themes of this project will centre around the participant's response to the lack of support for youth in government care as they reach adulthood. This project will mentor the youth in community engaged digital video production skills with the intention of inviting the participants to create stories that relate to the project's inquiry. This work is intended to challenge and question the current mainstream narrative on homelessness and youth. This project seeks to create venues and opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to question, respond, and provoke a greater public awareness of the issues facing youth and housing issues. Community video is created through collaboration with skilled artists and and sees production values as an inherent part of the process. The project will create these digital stories in a series of workshops. We are committed to a collaborative, respectful, and democratic working environment
$20,000.00
2013

Axis Theatre Company

RIP! a collaborative creation with KC Brown

RIP! is a new play for adult/family audiences, inspired by the story of Rip van Winkle, an unlikely protagonist to any modern tale. Developed through two exploration workshops, that collaborative effort resulted in a rehearsal script penned by KC Brown. The projects groundwork was laid over several years and the Vancouver Foundations' initial support was critical to our completing the workshop phase in 2012/13. The rehearsal script is based on the material developed with four actors, two directors and the playwright, a unique process that Artistic Director Wayne Specht implements in some form to each new creation. This process has resulted in over 57 productions. In January 2014 the directors will use the script to complete the scene breakdown and map out the staging. Advance preparation is a key goal to this collaborative creation process which involves everyone with artistic input, from the actors to the designers. This world premiere production of RIP! is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Waterfront Theatre, performing 23 shows including three student matinees.
$25,000.00
2013

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women

The project, Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women, has two major aims. First, to consult with transition houses that serve Aboriginal Women on and off reserve and to consult with Aboriginal women who have either previously accessed transition house services or those who have been turned away from accessing transition house services in a minimum of two communities across BC. Second, based on the research, to develop and implement promising practices to better serve Aboriginal Women, to pilot these practices and to externally evaluate these practices to see if Aboriginal Women are able to access transition houses and if they are served in a culturally appropriate manner while accessing these services. All aspects of the project will be led by a project Advisory Committee and overseen by a Project Coordinator. The project Advisory Committee will be comprised of transition houses that serve a large number of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Women with lived experience, BC Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence for BC and other groups.
$25,000.00
2013

Be the Change Earth Alliance Society

SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability

In 2009, BTCEA began adapting its community education program for use within secondary schools. A further four years of research and development ultimately yielded the Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) program. SLS provides teachers with an experiential, solutions-based educational curriculum that empowers their students to take leadership on environmental and social justice issues, while at the same time fostering self-awareness, confidence, and meaningful connections between fellow students, their families, and the community. SLS is currently being used in 25 schools by over 4,000 students in Metro Vancouver, and BTCEA now stands poised to introduce sustainability education to other school districts in BC and ultimately across Canada. This project will build on the early success of SLS in Vancouver and: 1) Significantly augment and refine SLS program materials 2) Increase the integration of sustainability education in high schools throughout BC while contributing to the professional growth of educators 3) Provide a French translation of SLS curriculum materials
$30,000.00
2013

BrainTrust Canada

Improving Social Connections for Persons with Brain Injury

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 44. People with acquired brain injury are often marginalized and do not have many social connections that are unpaid. BrainTrust Canada is often their only support system, primarily operating during daytime, weekday hours. However, much of active and healthy community life occurs outside of agency hours. Persons with brain injury experience many barriers to accessing their community after business hours when most social contact occurs for people. Cognitive impairments such as memory difficulties, issues with initiating, organizing and/or planning a task or activity, and challenges navigating their community and public transportation often lead to isolation and loneliness. In addition, transportation options are limited in the Central Okanagan on evenings and weekends for people with a disability. This program would allow greater mobility and community access during these times of day to help build natural connections and increase their overall level of independence and quality of life.
$21,630.00
2013

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Grandview Underage Youth Response

This builds upon the work and findings of the 'Underage Alcohol Response Table' and the 'Youth Matter Planning Table', using a place-based approach, to integrate at-risk youth aged 10 - 15 into school and community centres. The objective is to outreach a group of 40-50 youth that have been congregating at the Britannia site who are currently actively engaged in self harming behaviour, susceptible to exploitation and criminality. The project will provide staff and resources to coordinate and establish relationships with individual youth to address immediate physical and safety needs, (food, appropriate clothing, access to Adolescent Medicine team, shelter) particular at times when other services are not available - evenings and weekends. This team will work with the RICHER, Roving Leaders, school based teams, MCFD contracted services (family counsellors, A&D counsellor, Aboriginal social worker, etc.) to build relationships and advocate from a youth centered approach, involving youth directly in decisions about their health and safety by providing information, engagement, empowerment
$20,400.00
2013

Caravan Farm Theatre

Mr. Punch - an original play by Jacob Richmond for Caravan Farm Theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre is seeking Vancouver Foundation support for the commissioning, development, and production of a new play called Mr. Punch, to be performed in the summer of 2014 as part of our 2013-14 season. We wish to commission Victoria playwright, Jacob Richmond, and Vancouver composer, Steve Charles, to create the show. Caravan Artistic Director, Courtenay Dobbie, will direct the piece; Vicki Stroich, of Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, will dramaturge; and puppets will be created by Old Trout Puppet Workshop, also from Calgary. In commissioning and developing Mr. Punch, Caravan Farm Theatre has an opportunity to develop a creative relationship with one of British Columbia's most promising playwrights. Jacob Richmond is the Co-Artistic Director of Atomic Vaudeville in Victoria. He most recently wrote the critically acclaimed Ride the Cyclone that is presently touring Canada and has been optioned to run off-Broadway in New York. Mr. Punch will introduce Jacob's exciting work along with that of music composer, Steve Charles, to Caravan Farm Theatre audiences.
$25,000.00
2013

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.
$20,000.00
2013

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Our Water - Our Future

The project, “Our Water – Our Future”: First Nation Youth Water Leaders Creating Change is a 2 year program to empower and enable Indigenous youth to assume positions of leadership on water issues by providing them with the tools to protect water, supporting them with access to network of existing dynamic, prominent water leaders, and inspiring them with water learning experiences. 16 you the from a First Nations in each of the 4 main watersheds of Canada (Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic and Hudson Bay) have been chosen. Each community will host a week-long water leadership training workshop. During and between the workshops, youth will design and implement (with CIER help) and share personal action plans to address local water challenges. We are seeking a Vancouver Foundation Community Grant to support our Pacific watershed workshop (workshop #2). The workshop will be located on the Similkameen River in Keremeos, BC and will involve understanding and exploring water issues that affect the Similkameen, Okanagan, and Columbia rivers and, ultimately the health of the Pacific watershed.
$20,000.00
2013

Chor Leoni Men's Choir

Passion and Resurrection

The Vancouver premiere of two celebrated contemporary works for mixed choir is a co-production of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Elektra Women's Choir. American composer David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition and the concert's title work is by Latvia's Eriks Esenvalds. In addition to the public performance on April 12, 2014 at the Chan Centre, the project includes a free 30-minute preview performance on April 2 at St. James Church in the Downtown Eastside. This project was conceived last year by Chor Leoni's new AD, Erick Lichte, and Elektra Women's Choir's AD, Morna Edmundson, as the first collaboration between the two conductors. The Lang work speaks to homelessness and the Esenvalds is a gripping new interpretation of the Passion story. We will not only serve the established choral audience but, with the free preview, people who may never have heard a choral performance. We hope to make a strong connection between the theme of homelessness presented in this music and the realities of life in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
$20,000.00
2013

City Opera Vancouver

Pauline: A new chamber opera

Pauline is a new chamber opera, built for eight singers in 14 roles, and an orchestra of seven. It addresses issues of identity, national and intimate. This is librettist Margaret Atwood's first opera and composer Tobin Stokes' fifth. It is set at Vancouver in the last week in the life of Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and entertainer, white and Mohawk, independent woman and desperate lover. Figures from her life move in and out of her consciousness and portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist. In Pauline, Atwood deploys material from Johnson's poems, letters, and essays. The genius of her libretto lies in its fusion of Johnson's 19th Century voice with Atwood's 21st Century voice. Pauline is a deeply Canadian statement of who we are, and who we are becoming. Over a century ago, Pauline Johnson was leading a life of independence and vision that we are just beginning to understand. It turns out she was one of us today.
$30,000.00
2013

Cowichan Community Land Trust Society

The Great Big Bee Garden Challenge

This project begins to restore areas of networked native bee habitat by planting significant areas of a broad range of nectar and pollen producing native plant species, heritage herbaceous perennials and cover crop forages in a number of connected areas. Many of these are species are traditional first peoples food plants that have been pollinated by our 200 species of native bee pollinators for 10,000's of years and thus a key to sustained food security for coastal first peoples. These plants provide realistic quantities of nectar and pollen for native pollinators and restores a very necessary biodiversity in order to meet the nutritional requirements of pollinators for sustained enhanced immune response to current and future environmental stressors. We are organized to accomplish this through timely community education, participation and engagement of all age groups in diverse venues in both urban and rural landscapes in the Cowichan Valley following the guidelines and coaching from organizations such as the very successful Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation.
$25,344.00
2013

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Family Community Kitchens

Funding will allow for a Family Community Kitchen program where nutritionally vulnerable parents and children will come together for six week sessions. Community kitchen groups will meet twice weekly to prepare dishes in large enough quantities so that participants will be able to take away multiple servings of each dish to be warmed up at later times. The program will provide an opportunity for parents to be actively involved in their child's learning in a stable and fun environment. Staff and regular guest educators will support the experience-based learning of children based on the priorities of positive parenting and nutrition. The program will alleviate hunger, nuture positive child development and provide food and nutrition education. Nutrition is very important for everyone, but it is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development - factors which will have direct ties to their level of health as adults. Child development, hunger alleviation and education about healthy eating are the main benefits of this program.
$20,000.00
2013

Environmental Defence Canada

Freshwater and habitat protection through the Blue Flag program

In 2014, we are looking forward to celebrating BC's first ever Blue Flag beach in the community of Harrison Hot Springs. Having qualified as a Blue Flag candidate in August 2011, Harrison Hot Spring's town council voted to certify for the stringent 32 criteria under the international Blue Flag program. We would like to help them attain this prized eco-label, internationally awarded to the world's cleanest, safest beaches and marinas. We are also excited to celebrate BC's first ever Blue Flag beach, and inspire others to protect their aquatic ecosystems. As Harrison Hot Springs' candidacy has attracted local attention, we have since been approached by other BC municipalities about our program. Over the next 3 years, we will invite 15 municipalities to join our Blue Flag program, and walk them through the process by which they can protect their important freshwater resources, while celebrating their communities' environmental commitments. Some of these other freshwater bodies are Shuswap, Okanagan and Cultus Lakes, in addition to many other popular freshwater BC beaches.
$25,000.00
2013

Environmental Youth Alliance

The Nectar Trail

Work by local ecologists has shown that corridors connecting habitat islands can lead to large population increases for local pollinators. To this end, we will work with the community to implement a demonstration habitat corridor that links existing pollinator-friendly parks. By supporting local residents to maintain 1000s of pollinator plants and structures along these routes, we will create habitat-rich sites in which bees, butterflies, and birds can thrive. Partnering with the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, residents, schools, and businesses, the Nectar Trail will link conservation, land use, health, and food, providing a forum for the people of Vancouver to examine urban ecological interdependencies. The project will be created along the newly established Ridgeway Greenway in the section between Vandusen Garden and Queen Elizabeth Park. Connecting the parks with several large pollinator gardens accompanied with onsite interpretive media and environmental art, our demonstration 'Nectar Trail' creates a new model of urban restoration and a unique amenity for Vancouver.
$20,000.00
2013

Family Support Institute (FSI)

familyWORKs - helping families to see the possibilities in employment

"familyWORKs" is about shifting attitudes. We will work with families to feature/show what is possible in terms of employment.We will work through family barriers. We see a "familyWORKs chapter" in many regions across BC. Our family oriented experience/efforts will enhance our ability to bring a more holistic approach to families in supporting them to develop a vision & action plan when it comes to employment for their loved ones. After engaging with families & supporting the creation of a family governed, family directed "familyWORKs chapter" we will develop and enhance the following: -an established web presence -family driven training with a focus on developing a vision for employment -training on asset based approaches to planning/various planning processes, action plan development, and community driven conversations In the familyWORKs; chapters families will have a voice & vision that can be drawn upon. These chapters will meet each month, share & learn, and develop complimentary individual action plans. We will meet families where they are at and grow from there.
$30,000.00
2013

BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning

The BC Summer Institute will directly address challenges faced by all individuals touched by inclusive learning. This event is designed to provide a robust learning environment that will facilitate strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in BC schools from a K-12 level. The Institute will bring together 200-250 professionals, paraprofessionals and families to champion the process of inclusion. Expert presenters will speak on a variety of topics including: Negotiating Parent Professional Partnerships, Universal Design for Learning, Secondary School & Preparing for Life Afterwards, The What, Why and How of Inclusion, Behavior, Literacy, Co-teaching and Leadership and School Culture. In order to achieve greater learning from the various strands of study, registrants are encouraged to attend the institute as a school based team. Facilitated 'Team Time' will support participants through their respective school challenges and guide them to develop team strategies specific to their needs. Ongoing support will be maintained post institute.
$20,000.00
2013

Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition

Restoring and Sustaining our Freshwater Resources

Restoring and Sustaining our Freshwater Resources: Creating a Culture for natural healthy communities. FVWC will work with landowners, governments, First Nations, other organizations and communities across the Fraser Valley. The focus is to create a culture around protecting and sustaining our freshwater resources. In order to do so, a number of projects benefiting the different facets of the region and diversity of people, coupled with existing and publicly accepted events, is required. In general, we plan to: -Help identify local and regional level threats to waterways and create a shared information database with a regional/watershed approach. -Monitor water quality/fish presence along key watercourses across the Fraser Valley that contain known salmon spawning, rearing and other rare species. Data will be used to help isolate areas of waterway threats and opportunities. -Host a Manure and Water workshop. -Conduct riparian habitat enhancements throughout the Fraser Valley. -Engage and share knowledge about protecting freshwater resources -Conduct habitat restoration
$30,000.00
2013

Galiano Conservancy Association

Living Landscapes: Restoring Place, Connecting People Project

The project will implement ecological restoration treatments and conduct restoration planning on Galiano Island with a strong educational and community engagement focus. The project will take place on DL 57, a parcel that was recently acquired by the Galiano Conservancy and is recognized regionally for its high conservation value. The 76 Ha. property supports a diversity of healthy, intact ecosystems and has a history of agriculture, small scale forestry and residential use. The vision for the property includes the creation of the Galiano Learning Centre to provide a venue for multi-day experiential education programs along with long-term research and innovation focused on restoration and sustainable living. The Conservancy has assembled a team of experienced partners and professionals, students and community volunteers to initiate the restoration of a portable mill site, helping to create a thriving forest ecosystem out of hard-packed earth. Our team will also develop a property level restoration plan that is crafted to provide long-term educational and research opportunities.
$20,000.00
2013

Gitga'at First Nation

Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay

The proposed 2-year project, 'One Foot in the Past, One Foot in the Future: Aboriginal Youth Media Arts Training in Hartley Bay' will be part of the Young Gitga’at Guardian Program, and will harness and build on youth interest in multimedia projects. The project will provide the skills and motivation necessary to inspire intergenerational learning and improve intercommunity relations. Between 2013-2015 we will empower youth with the skills necessary to employ modern storytelling techniques to capture age-old teachings and traditions. Using photography and film to engage Gitga’at youth with elders and knowledgeable community members presents a novel opportunity to bridge various intergenerational approaches to cultural learning. Gitga'at elders are increasingly unable to participate in cultural harvests and other activities within the territory and thus inhibited in their ability to pass on cultural knowledge and traditions. The proposed project will ensure that important Gitga'at teachings are documented for the benefit of present and future generations.
$30,000.00
2013

Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists

"Crossing Continents, Gu Xiong: a Journey through Water" Exhibition and Project

Crossing Continents is a project which will explore the politically-engaged artwork of Gu Xiong within the context of our current "global village" by using the significance of rivers and waterways as symbols for worldwide immigration and a metaphor for the greater ebbs and flows of life. The exhibition will explore the diversity of Canadian culture, the politics and universality of the immigration experience, Chinese-Canadian relations and many other important issues. Audiences will be taken on a journey through the gallery learning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, contemporary immigration experiences, pertinent environmental concerns for our rivers and waterways, and will be encouraged to explore different worldviews.
$20,000.00
2013

Inclusion Langley Society

Youth Works 2013

This initiative proposes to provide support to twenty secondary school students to increase their attachment to the labor market after school hours, weekends and throughout the summer months. These supports will be offered to youth in grades 10-12, including youth who are transitioning out of high school. The initiative proposes to complete a discovery process with each student, in collaboration with school and family partners, ascertain each individual's employment skills and interests and match them with a suitable employment opportunity. Individuals will be provided with the required on the job support and job coaching to ensure success in their workplace of choice. Securing part-time and after school employment is the most potent support we can offer students to ease and support the transition to adult life. This is the most common experience for typical youth, but remains a largely illusive opportunity for students with disabilities. Students graduating school with job experiences on their resumes will have a greater likelihood of securing employment after graduation.
$20,000.00
2013

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