Grants

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Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

What are You? Exploring Nikkei Identity

We propose a three part project to raise awareness of youth identity issues within the Nikkei community and how this fits into the tapestry of Canadian culture. Through a special exhibit, complementary programming, and satellite projects, we will build opportunities for engaged learning and inter-generational dialogue. A) The first Canadian presentation of part asian, 100% hapa - powerful yet intimate portraits of mixed race Asians of all ages and walks of life by award-winning filmmaker/artist Kip Fulbeck. hapa means half. The portraits are paired with each participant's response to the question, "What are you?". These portraits explore the complexity and the diversity of hapa individuals. B) Program of youth based special events and projects, including Kip Fulbeck public presentation, video outreach project inviting youth to reflect on their own identity, and educational outreach workshops around photography, writing and identity. C) Digital projects: series of podcasts engaging youth and identity, and enhancement of the museum database especially for youth to explore history.
$25,000.00
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

North Shore Neighbourhood House

Table Matters Network: Food Security and Citizen Engagement on the North Shore

Good public policy around food allows for greater food security and sustainability, creating the space for food initiatives creates new opportunities for interaction and a deepened sense of belonging. Gardens (whether community gardens, orchards projects or urban farms) are highly social spaces that provide an entry point for interactions and cultural understanding that might not otherwise happen. This project will enable us to: (1) Engage community stakeholders in the development of a North Shore Food Charter to be presented to north shore municipalities for adoption, (2) Work with the Table Matters Reference Group to identify an organizational structure and draft terms of reference for a tri-municipal food policy advisory body, and (3) Implement an on-the-ground gardening project that further supports the integration of diverse populations into the food movement. We will design and install a “Multicultural Kitchen Garden” featuring culinary herbs and common ingredients found in world cuisine, and use this as a site for gathering, education and bringing people together around food.
$25,000.00
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

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

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project, Phases 3 4: Multi-Year 2013-2015

The Syilx Indigenous Land-Based Learning Project offers memorable, meaningful and transformative land-based learning experiences that feature Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives and practices as part of enhanced curriculum for K-12 learners from public schools and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. To-date, 15 land-based lesson plans that combine provincial curriculum requirements and hands-on outdoor activities relating to sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language, have been co-created by school staff and Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and educators as part of project Phases 1 & 2 (in-progress). Implementation and evaluation of completed lesson plans (Phases 3 & 4), including collaborative creation of additional lesson plans for new subject areas, is proposed over the next 3 years with new and existing partners. Lesson plan delivery will occur at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands outdoor 'living classroom' and at other culturally significant sites throughout the region.
$120,000.00
2013

Okanagan Symphony Society

Symphonic Slam with Shane

A key priority for the Okanagan Symphony is proving the relevance of the symphonic experience to generations and demographic groups beyond that of our core audiences. Of course the reciprocal challenge is to maintain a balance of programming to ensure a sufficiency of continued appeal to the core audiences. In an effort to balance these priorities, The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is planning a unique, innovative program for its March, 2014 concerts. We will present Slam Poet Shane Koyczan and the OSO performing new music commissioned for the occasion from Jordan Nobles and Jocelyn Morlock. Mr. Koyczan will also appear a cappella and the orchestra will be featured in repertoire chosen to support and enhance the passionate and dynamic character the evening will necessarily attain. Mr. Koyczan tends to focus with great intensity on universal issues affecting the contemporary human condition, and it is the intent of the OSO to mirror and join in this theme for these performances. The concerts will take place March 14, 15 and 16, 2014 in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, respectively.
$20,000.00
2013

Other Sights for Artists' Projects Association

Deadhead

Deadhead is a large floating sculpture on a barge created by Vancouver artist, Cedric Bomford, in collaboration with his father Jim and brother Nathan. It will travel through local waterways and be docked at various locations over the course of a year. Built mostly of salvaged wood and wrapped in a large-scale photo-mural, the project is part stage set, part multi-purpose social space designed to foster engagement with contemporary art among diverse audiences. Deadhead will reach new communities as it travels around the lower mainland. The project will re-invent itself at each port and will evolve and change by incorporating local community programming, interest and needs. Deadhead builds on our ongoing efforts to present art in spaces and sites that are accessible to a broad public and to cultivate new and unexpected exhibition platforms beyond the gallery walls. Deadhead significantly expands upon the sites and potential audiences we have worked with to date. This aquatic, interactive artwork activates public and private spaces, extending the Gallery's reach into new areas
$25,000.00
2013

Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

Equipment 2.0

Equipment 2.0 is an endeavor to get new barn equipment for our 18 therapy horses and ponies. Wheelbarrows, pitch forks, shovels, rakes, brooms, hay racks, hoses and water buckets all start to show their age. Many items get damaged and repaired time and again until they are no longer useful. Our staff and volunteers that use the equipment are in need of new equipment to help keep our horses and ponies clean and well cared for. Mucking out stalls and picking paddocks every day is hard work, and we need equipment that is up to the task. New hoses would increase the efficiency of watering the horses, especially on those hot summer days when the horses drink lots to stay hydrated. Water buckets get stepped on or kicked by the horses and crack if it freezes. Our existing wooden hay racks have gotten chewed and have been repaired numerous times, and are now falling off the fence. Pitch forks get broken, wheelbarrows get cracked, brooms and rakes wear down, shovels get bent. With new equipment, our horses and ponies would be cleaner, waste less hay and have a more efficient watering system
$1,704.00
2013

Pathways Abilities Society

Foundation for Employment Year 3

The time of transition from the secondary school system into the workforce can be difficult for young adults who have developmental disabilities. While some of them may have had unpaid work experience as part of their secondary curriculum, this appears to be insufficient to prepare them for pursuing a livelihood after leaving the school system. This project over two years has provided supports to sixteen individuals (eight per year) with developmental disabilities that are still involved in the secondary school system, and will provide supports to a further eight youth in the coming year. Supports are provided to assist these youth in securing and maintaining part-time employment in evenings or on weekends. Job development literature makes clear that personal connections are the best way to secure employment. This project will assist youth to begin to build a foundation network of employment contacts, through paid work experience, establishing employment contacts, and networking in the business community. This is not a job "readiness" program. The project is based on the premise that most of the workforce began to work for money in their teens, and that people learn about work through working. Follow up monitoring is conducted after the students leave the secondary school system to determine what impact having employment and developing employment contacts has on their transition into the adult workforce.
$21,424.82
2013

Patrick Street Productions Society

FLOYD COLLINS

Our project is a professional production of the musical FLOYD COLLINS, music & lyrics by Adam Guettel, at the York Theatre in March 2014, joint production with Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON. In many ways FLOYD COLLINS inspired us to found PSP. Telling a complex story with intelligence, sophistication, and emotional truth while staying true to its time and place, FLOYD COLLINS goes to the heart of our purpose. FLOYD is an innovative telling of the true story of an American cave explorer who became trapped 100 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and his life as the rescue effort exploded into the first genuine media circus. In a framework of faith and family, the show explores the thirst for glory that motivates people to do astonishing things. Unlikely material for a musical, but listening to the score for the first time was like discovering an unimagined new marriage of song and story; it crystallized our understanding of what musical theatre can do. This is what we will bring to Metro Vancouver audiences.
$25,000.00
2013

Penticton & District Community Resources Society

Community Hubs Expansion

PDCRS would like to expand the Hubs in the South Okanagan. These “one-stop shop” Hubs are for families struggling with literacy, emotional, physical or other barriers to promote increased awareness and accessibility to services that support healthy early childhood development for all families regardless of vulnerability. Rather than having to guess who to call or where to go, they can meet face to face with a facilitator to get information and help with accessing the right services. We will meet with families where they live and work to find the best times to connect and the best ways to ensure that families feel comfortable starting the conversation. The hub will also be available in the evenings for parenting programs. In 2008, the United Way of Canada commissioned an environmental scan of early childhood development initiatives and concluded that there is “widespread consensus in Canada that hub models are an optimum approach for the provision of ECD services.” And hubs located in schools are the “single most effective intervention geared to children, youth & their families.”
$90,000.00
2013

PHC

Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project

The Circle of Care Seniors Engagement Project aims to improve the health & well-being of seniors on Gabriola through supporting & encouraging their participation & inclusion. The first stage--an asset-mapping process--will identify 1. The skills, resources & wisdom that local seniors have to offer & 2. The resources & assets of the community at large, as they relate to seniors. Data collected will directly inform all new programming for seniors. It will enable us to provide seniors with the specialized supports they need (transportation, communication, health care, etc.) & to create meaningful opportunities for them to act as mentors & resource people within the community. The project is informed & powered by a league of volunteers, many of them seniors, who will direct each stage of the project's development from design to implementation. A series of educational workshops will be developed & launched for--and often by--seniors that will cover such topics as healthy eating on a fixed-income; how to stay connected with family using email & Skype; end-of-life planning; etc.
$25,000.00
2013

Pi Theatre

Between the Sheets - Pilot Project

Pi Theatre is requesting Vancouver Foundation support for Phases 2 and 3 of a unique site-specific production and tour of Canadian playwright Jordi Mand's new play, Between the Sheets. Pi's been granted the Canadian rights to produce and tour our own unique interpretation of Ms. Mand's play. Both the playwright and her agent are fully behind our concept. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, we can build a bold, original, site-specific version of an exhilarating new work by an emerging female Canadian playwright and take that innovative production straight to the heart of community life in British Columbia. The play is set in an elementary school on the night of the school's parent-teacher interview sessions. Rather than using a conventional theatre, the artistic concept is to install and perform the show in active elementary school classrooms around BC. This highly immersive event will offer local communities a robust cultural experience that's sure to stimulate discussion wherever it's seen.
$15,000.00
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

Pathways

At PLEA often we are only funded to support youth through the initial phases of their transition to adulthood and leaving care. Many of these youth have few or no positive support systems in place that they can rely on. We have had many youth try to reconnect with their previous worker to get the support they no longer have, even to get the basic necessities of life. To address the challenges youth face in this transition we propose a three year project that focuses on addressing structural barriers, providing youth with assistance to develop independent living skills in a safe environment and providing and ensuring consistent long-term reliable support. Our project model includes a part time 1-1 worker with a caseload of approximately 10-12 youth (17-19 years old) per year in the Lower Mainland. We will focus on three populations for this project: 1.Youth leaving residential services 2.Youth who have been sexually exploited 3.Youth involved in the justice system. Intakes will be prioritized from the three populations based on need(please see the next page for more details).
$168,000.00
2013

Power To Be

Adaptive Recreation Program - Vancouver

The Power To Be Adaptive Recreation Program began in Vancouver in response to requests from key community partners. The Adaptive Recreation program offers inclusive adventure-based recreation activities for people living with a barrier or disability. We combine an ability-centered perspective and the benefits of nature, to strengthen people’s connections with themselves and their communities. The program continues to grow and the demands for our services increase year-after-year. We plan to increase program days with existing partners such as Semiahmoo House, Aspires Society, Children's Heart Network, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provincial program and Vancouver Parks Access programs. We also hope to develop new partnerships with community agencies through our open enrolment program in 2013.
$10,000.00
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

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Raincoast - a shared vision for the coast

The project will allow Raincoast to communicate our long-term vision for coastal conservation through expert production of an interactive e-document, 'Raincoast - a shared vision for the coast'. As we currently complete upgrades to our communication system and data base, we are poised to be able to communicate with a much broader public ahead a number of critical conservation campaigns. This project will fill a key gap in our communication strategy. Our programs' objectives include: Ending the trophy hunting of large carnivores (including wolves, cougars and bears), our 'salmon for wildlife' program to secure salmon allocations for wildlife in fisheries management and our work to protect the critical habitat of the BC southern resident population of killer whales. All directly benefiting the care and welfare of wildlife. All our work, and these programs, rely on donations, thus communicating with existing and potential private donors, business donors and foundations is vital to allow us to deliver out work. Our capacity for research, outreach, education will all benefit.
$5,000.00
2013

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

ALIVE: Building Urban Aboriginal Inclusion through Youth Leadership

To expand on an initial pilot partnership of ALIVE, Motivate Canada, Ray-Cam, the Vancouver Park Board (VPB), to anchor Aboriginal youth (16-24) as leaders/role models, dubbed ‘Messengers’,in 8-12 selected Vancouver community Centres (CCs). Messengers will be recruited from CC catchment areas, participate in training via Motivate Canada’s GEN7 & VPB leadership programs and be engaged in leadership roles in weekly youth programs at their selected CC. In addition they will be employed a minimum 150 hours on auxiliary part-time payroll at the CC. Working with centre staff on outreach strategies, they will bring connections with their culture,and local aboriginal residents creating and leading activities involving Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. The Messengers will form a Team (volunteer and paid) to work as a City-wide with the 24 CC and City departments, schools and local mainstream organizations as part of a three-pronged strategy to foster opportunities for urban Aboriginal involvement, social connection,reflection in Vancouver’s neighbourhood CC.
$20,000.00
2013

Ready to Rent BC Association

Training the Trainers: Increasing Community Capacity

Ready to Rent (R2R) offers a 12 hour housing readiness course for people who cannot find or keep their housing in the CRD. Its graduation certificate is used by many housing providers in lieu of a reference for those with poor or no references. It now plans to expand to the rest of Vancouver Island and BC. It will do so by partnering with local agencies and train and certify local facilitators to deliver the courses. It will support the facilitators through ongoing phone support, monthly Community Facilitators' support networks, annual face to face workshops, and annual visitations. This approach will ensure both top quality programs and local community input as we build a committed/knowledgeable Community of R2R Facilitators. Year I: R2R will partner with 4 geographical communities or groups such as First Nations or Violence Against Women (VAW) on Vancouver Island. Year II: R2R will expand to another 4 communities, including mainland communities. Each community partner will work with R2R BC to build local capacity and will deliver a minimum of 2 courses per year.
$28,600.00
2013

Red Fox Healthy Living Society

YVS Youth-Engagement Support

$500.00
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 Animal Protection Society

Animal Kennel Project

Due to the constant demands of cats and kittens /dogs & puppies & rabbits being brought into our care, we have had to house many of our animals in dog crates or hand made wooden cages, these crates are hard and are becoming a health hazard to some of our animals, they also take up lots of space that could be otherwise used to home more animals. We are in desperate need for proper animal kennels, we have a designated room, that we would like to purchase proper commercial kennels for increasing our space to care for more animals and ensuring these animals are housed in a safe and healthy environment.
$5,000.00
2013

Richmond Art Gallery Association

Greg Girard: Kowloon/Richmond

To present an exhibition of approximately 40 new and previously produced works by photographer Greg Girard in April 2015. The exhibition will include previously produced photographic images never exhibited before taken from Girard's 1993 publication 'City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City'. The book documents the Hong Kong phenomenon of 33,000 residents living in over 300 interconnected high rise buildings. Kowloon was demolished in 1992 and Girard's publication (co-authored with Ian Lambot) is regarded as the book of record. Girard will produce a new body of work (up to 25 works) concentrating on life in Richmond, BC. Selecting families who are recent immigrants, 2nd generation families of Chinese/Canadian descent and 'locals' of anglo/European origin, Girard will accompany families on a typical day, documenting their experiences, alternating between the intimacy of family life and use of public spaces in the community. Related educational and public programs will support the exhibition. A photographic project of this scope has never been undertaken in Richmond.
$25,000.00
2013

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