Grants

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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

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support

Elder Abuse Prevention Workshops

BCCEAS has an excellent education took kit that it has used to train staff and volunteers of senior serving agencies in British Columbia, with great success. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, we can extend the program to train many more senior volunteers within the Metro Vancouver area. The project involves training five older adult volunteers and staff at ten agencies, who would then facilitate 50 workshops about preventing elder abuse. BCCEAS will provide ongoing support even after the project term is over, so that the initiative is sustained.
$36,500.00
2013

BC Centre for Employment Excellence

The Face-to-Face Project: Bringing Youth with Disabilities and Employers Together

The Face-to-Face Project was born out of the need to find creative solutions that improve labour market integration for youth with disabilities. These are individuals who have a great deal to offer as employees but too often struggle in marketing their abilities to employers using traditional methods. For The Face-to-Face Project, youth (age 18 to 25) with disabilities will be recruited from employment organizations in BC to participate in a fun and engaging employer networking opportunity. The youth will initially be referred to local employers who will engage them in mock interviews and networking scenarios. In addition to providing the youth with information about their businesses, employers will have the opportunity to speak with them about their career aspirations. The employers will then refer the youth to a second employer, who will meet with the youth in an informational interview. The project will wrap up with a half-day dialogue forum for project participants and an evaluation that captures implementation lessons and effective practices.
$35,000.00
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

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

A Right to Food? Food Security for BC's Poorest Kids

The project will study the potential legal and constitutional rights implications of childhood malnutrition in BC. Working with other not-for-profit groups and social science experts, we will interview families on social assistance across BC focusing on the experiences of children living with food insecurity. We will compile a report with these narratives and analyze the issue of childhood malnutrition from a uniquely legal rights-based perspective that considers whether children can fully realize their constitutionally protected rights and freedoms while in a state of malnourishment. In documenting the impact of food insecurity on the enjoyment of constitutional rights, this project will provide a platform on which community groups can build their education initiatives to include a legal rights-based analysis. This research may enable further advocacy by affected communities and education of government and judicial decision-makers to ensure that food insecurity does not compromise children's rights.
$40,000.00
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

Encompass Support Services Society

Program Coordination and Enhancement for 0-6 Services

This project will address the recent EDI results in the Langley Communities by providing some coordination of programs to further enhance our Aldergrove programs as well as expand programs to a growing neighbourhood in Langley (Willoughby). Utilizing the successes of our programs in Aldergrove and Langley, we would like to support the Langley community planning process through enhancement of services to areas where population growth is occurring. In Willoughby specifically, we would be mirroring services through our prenatal nutrition services, outreach and family resource programs, and aim to partner with an immunization clinic once a week. With expansion of programs and Willoughby being designated as a growing are of need, this coordinator would help develop and enhance a direct service hub within the Willoughby area. By providing nutritional support, it would enhance our Aldergrove Services creating a focus on healthy living.
$40,000.00
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

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

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

Greater Vancouver Regional District

2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count Youth Strategy

In March 2014, the RSCH will conduct a homeless count over a 24-hour period to provide a 'snapshot' of people who are homeless in the Metro Vancouver region. This includes estimating the number of youth who are homeless and obtaining a demographic profile of this population. After the 2008 homeless count, youth agencies expressed concern that youth had been under-represented. They requested the RSCH to develop a strategy specifically to reach homeless youth. Homeless youth are easily missed using approaches for homeless adults. A youth strategy was implemented in 2011. Agencies reported that it resulted in a more accurate estimate of youth homelessness and more youth answered all the survey questions compared to past years. The youth strategy will include: - Youth coordinator - Youth Steering Committee - Youth agencies to encourage homeless youth to ‘count themselves in’ at youth hubs and conduct surveys with homeless youth on the street - with youth volunteers - Youth volunteers for hub events and surveys - Youth involved in analysis, reporting, and evaluation
$40,000.00
2013

Green Bricks Education Society

Green Collar Choices:

Career Workshop for Secondary Students to explore Emerging Sustainability Careers Proposed Date: 02/14 Yr 1, 02/15 Yr 2, 02/16 Yr 3 This interactive career workshop will be offered (free) to 125 grade 10 students & will allow participants the opportunity to: - Meet & interact with amazing & successful people who will share their sustainability career paths in 4-5 breakout, roundtable sessions. 20-30 career mentors will share their career journeys, detailing education requirements, job prospects & salary expectations - Learn about emerging sustainability career opportunities in BC - Find out what it takes to reach their goals - Practice networking skills. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide young people with the opportunity to interact with career mentors from various sustainability related professions who have excelled in their green careers and willing to share their journey. The workshop will begin with an inspirational keynote address. During lunch the participants will have a chance to engage in a group activity on networking & conclude with a wrap-up session.
$35,000.00
2013

Musqueam Indian Band

Exchanging Musqueam's Cultural Teachings

The Musqueam have always lived in the area from Howe Sound through the Fraser River estuary. Vancouver area schools have few resources to help teach their students about the language, culture, and history of the local First Nations’ Musqueam. First Nations are culturally diverse, even among neighbours, so it is important to maintain community-specific teaching resources. We propose creating a kit to help teachers educate their students about Musqueam cultural heritage, and help the Musqueam community reach out to the public to respectfully share traditional knowledge. This teaching kit will be housed at Musqueam’s new Cultural Education Resource Centre and will be available for teachers to sign out on Musqueam’s website. The kit will include resources about the village of cesna?em – a key archaeological site in Canada, and the centre of a recent public discussion of Aboriginal rights. We hope to reach many schools within Musqueam Traditional Territory, beginning with local schools attended by Musqueam children to bridge cultural gaps between First Nation students and their peers.
$40,000.00
2013

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society

Iki Iki (Japanese for Lively Enthusiasm for life)

Independence, respect, dignity, privacy, and choice are five cornerstones of adulthood that should be preserved in later stages of life. Iki Iki is a project that aims to innovate how we approach community-based care for older adults by making the seniors “the star” in a community care model that engages community organizations and volunteers as active partners and supporters. This project builds on the current capabilities of organizations that provide programs for seniors, and develops their capacity to cater to those with dementia in early to moderate stages through the following: 1. Development and delivery of training for community organization staff and volunteers to understand dementia and to become confident in interacting with older adults with dementia; 2. Open existing seniors’ activities to include participants with dementia to increase their social engagement; and 3. Documentation, analysis, and sharing of the process and outcomes of the project to inform future dementia-friendly community development.
$30,000.00
2013

Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

Enderby Youth Outreach Worker

The small rural town of Enderby, located in the North Okanagan area of BC, has a population of 3,000 people. The Splatsin First Nation, with over 800 members, resides on reserve lands adjacent to the town. Youth in the community, regardless of ethnic background, have been underserved by social services and community groups for many years. As a result, these youth are particularly vulnerable to the risks and dangers of small town isolation—including drugs, alcohol, violence, poverty, joblessness, difficulty at school and with family relations. Youth in this community urgently need help to overcome these barriers and challenges and to acquire the skills that will lead to success in life—including positive family and community relations and secure, meaningful employment or connection to education. This project will establish a Youth Outreach Worker to bring the community together around common concerns for their youth by connecting with young people at-risk and developing long-term solutions to help them begin an uninterrupted journey to a healthy, secure and self-sufficient life.
$30,000.00
2013

Richmond Family Place Society

Family Fun Cafe Project

The Family Fun Cafe project will provide free nutritious home cooked meals and healthy snacks to those families accessing the evening food banks. The project will deliver a family resource program focussing on family support, early learning and child development activities. The project will reach vulnerable and isolated families that do not typically access our universal family resource programs; in addition to this over time the project will facilitate a bridge for those families to more actively participate in mainstream family resource and early childhood development programs. By participating in this innovative project children will receive programming that is developmentally appropriate, enhance their learning, build their skills and confidence, increase their self-esteem and build strong supportive networks. Programs focus on learning through fun activities that are play based and provide opportunities for social and emotional development. The project will focus on providing parents with the necessary skills and resources to ensure their children reach their full potential.
$40,000.00
2013

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Gateway to the Pacific Festival

The inaugural Gateway to the Pacific Festival will be a showcase of world-class contemporary theatre from Hong Kong. Over 10-days in August 2014, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC will present 3-plays that will be performed in Cantonese with English surtitles. Concurrent with this programming will be the Gateway Pacific Conservatory, a professional development program comprising professional actors from across Canada. Future iterations of the Gateway to the Pacific Festival will see the addition of programming in Mandarin with English surtitles. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival originated as part of the Gateway 15-year plan, titled Gateway 2028. Over the next 15-years, Gateway Theatre will develop programming that is more connected to the cultural landscape of the City of Richmond. The Gateway to the Pacific Festival is an integral component to the start of our new vision for our theatre. The festival is needed in our community because as the only professional theatre company based in Richmond, we have a responsibility to celebrate our city's cultural diversity.
$35,000.00
2013

Society for Children and Youth of BC

Municipal Strategies for Implementing Child and Youth Friendly Communities

The concept of child and youth friendly communities (CYFC) is “not based on an ideal end state or a standard model. It is a framework to assist any city to become more child-friendly in all aspects of governance, environment and services*.” SCY will partner with the City of New Westminster (NW) and The City of Surrey Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) to implement this concept. Results will be unique to each community depending on their particular needs and the stage to which they have already implemented CYFC concepts. NW is interested in an overarching CYFC vision to attach its initiatives and to engage more children, youth, and families in planning the CYFC vision. They have a particular interest in guidelines around family friendly housing. CRS is interested in how the CYFC vision and their existing city Child and Youth Friendly Strategy can shape the implementation of their 0-18 Framework, including staff training and department policies and practices. *BUILDING CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES, A Framework for Action (page 2-3), UNICEF, 2004
$40,000.00
2013

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia

BC Conservation Toolkit

The Conservation Toolkit will be targeted toward four distinct user groups: land trusts, landowners, local governments and professional advisors (realtors, accountants, lawyers). The Conservation Toolkit will be an online/print repository of documents, hosted by the LTABC, related to work of land trusts (specifically in BC, but with broader applications as well). Each section of the Toolkit will provide templates and sample documents related to the legal, financial and policy tools available for conservation in BC. The Toolkit (in particular the Landowner Toolkit) will include online videos on topics such as conservation covenants. Where possible, sample documents will be solicited from LTABC member land trusts and other partners. However, it is anticipated that additional work will be required to create or refine templates and information for different sections of the Toolkit. Where relevant, connections will be made between existing and related tools, such as the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and Greening Your Title.
$30,000.00
2013

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Clean Energy Transition Project, Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada

Our organization is working to encourage provincial leadership on climate disruption, while lowering overall energy use and diversifying the provincial economy. We are building consensus on how British Columbia might best reduce its dependence on carbon-based commodities such as oil, gas, and coal, and instead create an ecologically responsible low-carbon society that creates prosperity through clean-energy innovation. We created the project after identifying a significant gap in the climate and energy advocacy landscape; there was no NGO focused on accelerating Canada’s transition to a low-carbon society. Our scope is national, but energy is provincially regulated and we are in Vancouver, so we devote special attention to British Columbia—which has a strong base of policy leadership to build upon. We primarily work with thought leaders and policy makers to build support for policy action among a powerful and diverse array of business, government, and civil society actors, but we are also engaging with citizens to support leadership on climate change, clean energy, and efficiency.
$35,000.00
2013

Touchstone Theatre Society

The Best Laid Plans

Touchstone Theatre proposes to adapt into musical theatre form Terry Fallis' award-winning novel 'The Best Laid Plans' (CBC Canada Reads 2011, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour), one of Canada's most popular and successful works of fiction in recent years. A creative and producing partnership with Patrick Street Productions, the book is by one of the country's hottest playwrights, Vern Thiessen, with music and lyrics by the outrageously gifted local team of Benjamin Elliott and Anton Lipovetsky. The finished work will be a mid-sized musical for nine actor/singers and a small ensemble of musicians. Ideally suited to musical adaptation, the novel's characters are big and the stakes are high, but it is deeply honest -- wildly entertaining with serious undercurrents. Touchstone and PSP, drawing on their combined expertise in musical theatre and Touchstone's in new play development, are ushering the piece through an extensive development process in preparation for its world premiere in the fall of 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, which will undoubtedly draw national attention.
$30,000.00
2013

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art

The exhibition 'Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art' will present artists who have produced work arising from the history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in Canada. It coincides with and is related to, yet independent from, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event that will take place in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. It will also be an important component of the UBC First Nations House of Learning programming around this event. The planned exhibition will include ten to fifteen artists from British Columbia and across Canada who have produced a substantive body of artwork addressing Indian Residential Schools. It will be cross-generational and include iconic artworks by artists who directly experienced Indian Residential Schools such as Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Beau Dick, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Faye Heavyshield, and Alex Janvier as well as those artists who are witnesses to its residual impact such as Chris Bose, Cathy Busby, Lisa Jackson, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
$30,000.00
2013

University of British Columbia School of Nursing

"Amlilas": Toward a 'Namgis Community-Driven Curriculum for Early Childhood Development'

This project addresses an identified priority of the 'Namgis First Nations people living in Alert Bay, British Columbia - to enhance the cultural relevance of early childhood education (ECE) so that children are entrenched in their language and cultural practices from their earliest days. Amlilas is the community's existing early childhood program. Through a community-based participatory process, we will build on the existing strengths of this program to support a more culturally relevant curriculum - creating a place where young 'Namgis children learn within their cultural traditions and language. Drawing on existing indicators of early childhood development and data generated in this project, we will propose curricular strategies reflecting unique dimensions of ECD within this community. The knowledge generated in this project will enhance the cultural relevance of ECD for 'Namgis First Nation children and contribute to knowledge informing ECD curricular planning and implementation within First Nations communities in British Columbia.
$40,000.00
2013

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

It is the mandate of the Vancouver Art Gallery to contextualize regional experience and artistic concerns within national and international fields of cultural practice; to introduce local and visiting audience members to the important art of this region; and to expand expectations for what art can be. This project will present the visual art of Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland. It will highlight principle themes of the artist's investigations such as what defines national culture and the impact of media communications on contemporary life. The national and international profile of the artist will be greatly strengthened through the Vancouver exhibition (with several major new works including a large Lego project and The Brain installation), the first substantial book on the artist, an international tour (tbc), and an unprecedented use of communications media to reach the public. We are planning an energetic engagement with renewed and new audiences via social media and special programs for adults, children and youth.
$38,500.00
2013

Vancouver Homework Club Society

Youth Engagement Project (YEP)

Working with students identified as at high risk of dropping out of school, the project has six elements: 1) engaging on a one to one basis with the students and their parents, working to keep the students in school and attending class; 2) bringing the students to the Homework Club three days a week for a minimum of six hours, providing access to Homework Club tutors and to hot meals served at the Club; 3) working with the students, using approved remediation programs, to develop their literacy and numeracy skills; 4) meeting with the students monthly over dinner to review their progress, plan for the month ahead and create supportive relations between the students in YEP and with the YEP workers. 5) providing a small monthly cash stipend to be spent under the direction of each student's YEP worker; 6) upon successfull completion of each school year, holding in trust a bursary of $500 for post-secondary education.
$30,000.00
2013

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