Grants

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ACORN Institute Canada

Housing Policy Impact - Action Research Project

To increase knowledge of the social determinants of health related to precarious sub-standard housing in an effort to have an impact on housing policy in BC. This will be done by (1) creating a better understanding of the social determinants of health related to living conditions in low income market housing in BC; (2) building and strengthening the bridges tenants have with the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and (3) increase the inter-agency knowledge between social, public and private organizations about the negative health impacts on low income renters in BC. The target population of the project will be primarily the staff and decision makers at the provincial ministry responsible for housing, regional health authorities and municipal bylaw departments, and secondarily low and moderate income families in rental properties in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby and Richmond.
$50,000.00
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

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Targeted Early Intervention for Literacy - A Vancouver Training Institute

Reading Recovery is an evidenced-based effective 12-20 week intervention that changes the life trajectory of the students. It is based on the understanding that for children who are struggling to learn to read, the best investment is a highly trained teacher. The RR Network for professional development is three-tiered. Teachers in schools receive an additional year's training and ongoing mentoring from a Teacher Leader. The teachers then support the 15 - 25% of grade one students who are struggling to read with expert one-on-one teaching. The Teacher Leaders are trained for a year by Regional Trainers. BC does not currently have a resident Regional Trainer and candidates have to travel to Winnipeg or Toronto for a full year to receive the training. This project aims to establish a Centre in Vancouver to support the Teacher Leaders in the Region and to meet the training demands created as the program expands throughout the Region. Working with the Vancouver School District and others in the Region, the CIRR will train and support Teacher Leaders for RR.
$41,450.00
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

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

Kinsight Community Society

Youth Employment Initiative

A three year project with a long range goal to expand community capacity to successfully engage youth who have developmental disabilities in sustainable, paid employment. It is intended to increase employment opportunities and the overall rate of employment for youth aged 15 – 19 years in the TriCities. This will be accomplished through the provision of supports to bridge Secondary school students aged 15 – 19 years from school work experience placements into paid part or full time employment and by expanding the pool of paid employment opportunities in the TriCities through the active pursuit and education of potential employers.
$46,136.47
2013

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

Reintegration, Restoration and Food Security

This collaboration is a natural fit. Our goals are very similar as is the client group of both organizations. SoleFOOD will provide training to and mentor the people working at Emma’s Acres, and share its expertise around intensive agricultural production and marketing. L.I.N.C. will provide trained people who have graduated from Emma’s Acres to work at SoleFOOD. L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD together will plan crops to grow that they can share between the organizations. With the collaboration, both L.I.N.C. and SoleFOOD will utilize their well established partnerships, positive media profile as well as L.I.N.C’s national expertise in peer support and knowledge about men and women transitioning out of prison or who are already in the community. We believe that this project demonstrates the L.I.N.C. Society mission statement in action and fosters growth in the individuals that we are working with as well as the community that we are serving
$42,000.00
2013

Mount Currie Band

L.E.A.P. (Lil'wat Empowerment & Accessibility Program) Vocational

We want to create a sustainable vocational program for our Special Needs members. Our nurse coordinator would act as liason/lead for project. Key components would consist of contracting a Special Needs Vocational counselor to perform one-on-one vocational and needs assessments. Vocational counseling would then be provided on an individual basis. We would provide training in such areas as: basic computer literacy, resume building, interview skills, and small business planning. We would hold workshops with external professional facilitators. We would arrange preceptorship/job-shadowing opportunities, as many of these community members have never previously had experience or opportunity for employment. We would host a job fair where local and surrounding area businesses could present employment opportunities. Also, more students will be transitioning to adulthood in the next few years. The 2nd & 3rd years of this project would be expansions and growth of the first year, based on challenges, gaps, successes, and feedback that will likely evolve once the program is rolled out.
$45,000.00
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

Nanaimo Association for Community Living

COCO's Catering Project

The purpose of COCO's Catering Project is to help fulfill the cafe's mission. Catering will allow us to provide increased employment hours and expand the diversity of work experience for our staff with developmental disabilities. Catering has been identified as critical to helping the cafe achieve financial sustainability. It is anticipated that catering would also bring additional marketing and advertising benefits to the cafe, which would be incredibly beneficial for our small social enterprise. The project involves renovating the kitchen area, to offer more space that is suitably designed and equipped for preparing catering orders. This would greatly benefit our staff with developmental disabilities who can find working in confined spaces difficult and who also frequently suffer with back issues along with other mobility challenges. This renovation would allow us to undertake catering and at the same time better accommodate our staff with developmental disabilities by providing a bigger and more effectively designed workspace.
$50,000.00
2013

Okanagan College Foundation

Aboriginal Access and Service Project

This pilot project is a culturally relevant, proactive program of support for first year Aboriginal students enrolled in university-level courses. It is a multidimensional support system that seeks to maintain cultural integrity to enhance Aboriginal student success. The program aims to provide individualized support, recreate the family dynamic, and monitor student progress. It is based on existing research and best practice examples. Aboriginal students voluntarily register for the program. Once registered, they are engaged one-on-one in order to co-create a program of support tailored to their needs, otherwise known as an Achievement Plan. This allows the learner to take ownership of their learning. Support is monitored and provided in a holistic fashion ensuring that physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual supports are available as needed. Each student uses a Passport to Achievement to record their interactions as per their Achievement Plan. Upon completion, students will have their passport evaluated to ensure they are eligible for the completion bursary.
$40,400.00
2013

PLEA Community Services Society of BC

Sto:lo Nation KidStart

PLEA and Sto:lo Nation's Community Development Department have agreed to work together to implement the KidStart Mentoring Program for children and youth living in Sto:lo Nation's Traditional Territory. KidStart was developed by PLEA 27 years ago and has already been successfully replicated in Campbell River, Courtenay and Victoria. These programs serve Aboriginal youth from the communities served, but this is the first time the program will be implemented with a specifically Aboriginal focus. KidStart's goal is to provide each participant with the opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a Volunteer Mentor who is a consistent and positive role model. Mentors plan weekly activities in the community that will provide participants with experiences that will foster a sense of personal achievement, reinforce their strengths, and create new interests. The program is fundamentally preventative, rooted in the belief and supported by research that early engagement with a mentor improves participants' capacity to overcome adversity and become more active in their communities.
$50,000.00
2013

Project Limelight Society

Project Limelight - Performing Arts Program

Recognizing a need for a creative outlet for youth living in Vancouver’s DTES, Project Limelight Society developed a free performing arts program, running four months long, twice a year. Participants are introduced to various theatre arts disciplines such as acting, creative writing, singing, mask, dance, stand-up comedy and improvisation. Participants spend 3 months rehearsing a full length production and then perform on a professional stage, giving them the opportunity to showcase everything they’ve accomplished. The last show was performed to two sold-out audiences of more than 600 people. Project Limelight Society provides food security and a safe place to build a community, which is particularly important for families who are also dealing with the additional challenges of addiction, poverty, discrimination or isolation. Providing this outlet for their children is very important to the families in our community, and it is reflected in the pride they experience, when they see their children perform.
$50,000.00
2013

Richmond Addiction Services Society

Community Action Ambassadors

The Community Action Ambassadors will be seniors who will be trained, supported and connected to their community. They will offer peer counselling support, public education forums, workshops and will use the media to educate their community about the issues that are impacting seniors today. The outcomes will be to connect seniors across cultures to community services such as Senior’s Centres, recreation centres, their cultural community and to the mainstream community. Community contacts will increase, isolation will decrease and referrals and community service contacts will increase. Public policy will be impacted as motivated and educated seniors will be connecting with the system of care. Importantly, seniors dealing with new or chronic alcohol and drug use including medications, mental health and other health issues will know where to go and who to turn to regardless of their language of choice or cultural group. The Community Action Ambassadors will fill the large gap in services as they will outreach to the community enabling isolated seniors access to trained volunteers.
$41,000.00
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

Science Fair Foundation of BC

Quest for Science Fair Champions

This is the second year of a multi-year program, Quest for Science Fair Champions (Quest), designed to equip the science teachers of BC, from K-12, with the tools to implement inquiry-based instruction in their classrooms. In year one of the program, we recruited 20 teachers from 7 of the 14 Science Fair regions to 4 Smarter Science workshops held in Vancouver that provided these teachers with the skills to train their colleagues in inquiry-based science teaching. In turn, they provided shorter workshops to more than 500 additional teachers & are continuing this work. In year two, we expect to complete our coverage of the Province by holding the Smarter Science workshop component of the Quest program in Kelowna, Prince George & Fort St. John. As well, in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU), we will make a concerted effort to recruit teachers from areas with large concentrations of Aboriginal students, throughout the Province, in order to increase the participation rate of these students in the Science Fair program.
$45,000.00
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

Sunset Community Association

Arts Health Project: Healthy Aging Through The Arts

The project seeks to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and marginalized seniors through regularly scheduled arts programming that promotes inclusion, community cohesion and connectedness within and across culturally and socially diverse communities. The seniors work with a professional artist, explore and build skill in a creative medium, e.g. dance, theatre or painting. Through their collaborative creative work the seniors share life stories, develop understandings and build trust. Twice each year the seniors present a public performance or exhibition of their art. This provides the opportunity for the broader community to understand and appreciate this work and Seniors feel that they are contributing to their culture. The Community of Practice workshops and meetings are designed to help the artists and project staff share information and develop their ability to deliver this collaborative arts programming. It is a goal of the project to demonstrate how collaborative art is a key contributor to health for the individual senior as well as the community at large.
$43,180.00
2013

The Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Helen Lawrence, A Cinematic Stage Work

Helen Lawrence is an ambitious and innovative new work. World renowned visual artist Stan Douglas, award-wining screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci's Inquest) and internationally acclaimed stage and film director Kim Collier are co-creating what will be the crown jewel in the Arts Club's 50th season. Inspired by post-war Film Noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multi-media showcase. With Canadian Stage and the Banff Centre as co-producers, we will develop and workshop the piece in 2013 and will premiere the new play in March 2014 at the Stanley Theatre. While Helen Lawrence represents our largest ever investment in a new play, we have undertaken this project as part of our 50th season because it serves our commitment to develop new work, it reveals an important part of our local history, it underscores our commitment to the evolution of the art form and because the collaboration of such an incredible artistic team must be supported.
$50,000.00
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

West Coast LEAF Association

Mothering with Disabilities

This project will investigate legal and policy reform solutions to the challenges that disabled mothers encounter. We will collect qualitative data using feminist narrative inquiry (focus groups and semi-structured interviews with mothers with disabilities, and women with disabilities seeking to be mothers) and through interviews with key informants (service providers and advocates). We will also conduct legal research. Research questions include: 1. What are the legal issues facing mothers with disabilities? 2. What are the legal rights of mothers with disabilities and how do existing laws and policies impact these women’s rights as parents? 3. How should these laws and policies be reformed to ensure greater respect for the rights of mothers with disabilities? We anticipate addressing the following topics: reproductive rights; child protection; adoption law; family law; immigration law; social services; violence against mothers with disabilities; and employer responsibilities. Findings will be presented in a report to policy-makers, and will include law reform recommendations.
$43,000.00
2013

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Peace-Making: Advancing Conservation Outcomes in BC's Peace River Break

Since 2008 Y2Y has led an effort to raise awareness about, and support conservation of the Peace River Break (PRB). This culminated in a successful conference in March 2012, at which more than 50 individuals validated work to date and contributed to future plans. Y2Y will build upon this work to advance a shared conservation vision for the PRB. We will finalize a conservation agenda that will preserve sufficient intact lands to maintain connectivity for wildlife and ecosystem services for human communities. Through a new and significant partnership with the University of Northern BC, we will establish a repository of accessible regional spatial information, and initiate an assessment of wildlife mortality hotspots, especially along Highway 97 through Pine Pass. We will push the BC government to complete the proposed Peace-Boudreau Park. We will involve local First Nations in these efforts. We will communicate about the importance of the region and strengthen the connections among its communities. We will build the long-term capacity of local organizations to carry on this work.
$50,000.00
2013