Grants

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3H Craftworks Society

Sewing and Socializing: Skills Development for Sustainability (hereafter SDS)

Driven by market changes, Craftworks has recently evolved from a business model reliant on retail sales to a more sustainable contract services business model. In order for the new model to supplement our program, SDS was developed to address an identified need for broader skills development, increased earnings, and socialization. SDS will expand participants' capacity through skills workshops (e.g. industrial sewing, embroidery, beading) that are tailored to our participants' learning styles and skill level. Acquiring these new skills will allow participants to access additional in-house earnings opportunities, otherwise not afforded to them. SDS will also provide more frequent opportunities for socialization through a regular schedule of monthly workshops that are conducive to peer learning. SDS will increase Craftworks' capacity by improving our knowledge of training facilitation and add competitive skills that will enable us to market ourselves as a full-service provider.
$35,000.00
2014

Abbotsford Community Services

Supported Community Involvement for Dedicated Dads

This 18 month Pilot Project aims to give dads who require supervised access with their child, an opportunity to enter the community approximately once a week with a professional mentor. Learning the skills necessary to handle primary parenting responsibilities, whether on a part time or full time basis, would be the primary goal. Over the past year, upwards of 20 fathers have contacted Abby Dads about providing supervised visits for their family. Due to time and staff constraints, all we were able to offer them was attendance at one of our drop-ins. Many dads take a back seat when it comes to co-parenting, especially when they haven't had an effective role model for a healthy, involved father. When relationships dissolve, some dads have not grown the necessary skills to take over being the primary caregiver, whether it is for an evening, a weekend, or full time. This pilot project will aim to better equip fathers to fulfill the primary caregiver role. The target audience will be fathers who have been asked to have supervised visits and who do not have MCFD involvement.
$34,907.00
2014

Arts in Action Society

Enterprising Youth

Through this project we will utilize a small cohort of youth to demonstrate their potential for independence and the existing capacity within youth exiting care to participate in, and eventually manage, visible mainstream spaces in Vancouver - spaces such as business, alternate and post secondary education, and community discussions of social issues affecting youth directly. This will be done by recruiting 4-6 young people between 17-24 who have experienced government care to participate in the Groundswell Business Alternatives Program. Through the program, youth will develop a project (ex. a socially-conscious small business, branded product, a non-profit or campaign) which at the end of the program will be presented as a Gala comprised of potential funders, community advocates, alumni and financial mentors. After the Gala, youth will use the mentors, alumni, and staff to carry out their project in the chosen community. The youth will be supported to find a project that will succeed, and will be supported by a wraparound community committed to their success in their chosen venture.
$30,000.00
2014

Belfry Theatre Society

Island of Hope

We are seeking support for the commissioning of a large-scale musical by the local award-winning team of playwright Jacob Richmond and composer Brooke Maxwell (Ride the Cyclone). Titled Island of Hope, this is a unique project based on a true 'stranger than fiction' story that addresses the dire consequences of environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources.
$40,000.00
2014

Canadian Mental Health Association - Port Alberni Branch

Healthy Harvest

Healthy Harvest Market Garden began four years ago with the idea of providing gardening skills and healthy food in a therapeutic environment for people with mental health issues. People were provided with a small honorarium for 10 hours of work per month. Since that time we have been able to get a long term lease on acreage and a greenhouse owned by the Hupacasath First Nations. The local food movement has been growing throughout BC and great opportunities exist in Port Alberni of which this project can take advantage. There is a great demand for local produce from restaurants in the Tofino-Ucluelet area and Port Alberni is the closest farming community. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District has a 20 year Agricultural Plan to achieve 40% food self-sufficiency. The ARCD recently hired an Agricultural Support Worker. There are two Farmer's Markets in operation in Port Alberni. We have experimented with different crops and methods of sales and are now ready to move into full production with the idea of becoming a self-sustaining social enterprise.
$33,000.00
2014

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment

The Chilliwack River Watershed is home to the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe (TT), who are Stó:lō: 'People of the River”. They have stewarded this area since time immemorial; this intimate connection is reflected in its name: ‘Chilliwack’ is the anglicised version of Ts’elxweyeqw. In partnership with CIER and The WaterWealth Project, the TT are seeking funds for a Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment, which is the critical first phase of an indigenous-led Watershed Plan. The Readiness Assessment will confirm community interest in watershed planning, identify key gaps and needs in community capacity, and build essential knowledge and understanding of the planning process. The results of the first phase are required to move forward with the second phase of developing a Watershed Plan as it will identify an appropriate process and determine scope. A Ts’elxweyeqw Watershed Plan could involve indigenous and non-indigenous partners and will be driven by/interwoven with indigenous values, approaches and knowledge.
$30,000.00
2014

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) supports pregnant or early parenting women who are impacted by drug or alcohol use, have experienced violence or abuse, and often face mental health challenges. The program focuses on women and their families who face multiple barriers to good health, healthy babies and safe lives. The outcomes of HWH are an increased number of mothers who have healthy pregnancies, keep their babies, and establish successful families. HWH includes integrated health and social services for these women with 'complex' lives, services which focus on their substance use and interrelated issues. Services are provided through drop-in groups, outreach and personal one-on-one support. Pre- and post-natal support and information is provided by a Public Health Nurse, and HWH facilitators operate a Recovery Group. Women access one-to-one counselling support, breastfeeding and child feeding support, parenting information, infant development resources, a dietician, an income assistance worker and a dental hygienist. Staff also work with the women to obtain necessary health care services.
$40,000.00
2014

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

Chilliwack Community Services (CCS)delivers two dynamic adult upgrading programs in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). While parents pursue grade 9, 10 & 11 math and English upgrading courses their infant/toddler and preschool children receive free childcare in a high quality, literacy rich environment. Participant demographics include marginalized families, families living in poverty and “at risk” situations, First Nations, and immigrants. CCS has over 20 years experience in operating these family literacy programs. The agency’s Strategic Plan includes a goal of expanding both family literacy programs to operate 10 months a year, and a new and very exciting initiative to extend the program to include workplace essential skills. This expansion addresses the root causes of social and economic inequality by providing practical work place, pre-employment skills as well as one on one employment counseling. Participants may now register for 10 months wrap-around programming offering free upgrading with a UFV instructor, parenting instruction, workplace.
$40,000.00
2014

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinic

In 2013, CBEEN partnered with the National Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) to develop a National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic. This partnership engaged EECOM’s expertise in facilitation and developed CBEEN’s capacity to host future Leadership Clinics. Late in 2013, CBEEN and EECOM attended a Leadership Clinic hosted by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) which is seen as the leader in facilitating this type of regional event in Canada. The response to the National Leadership Clinic was extremely high, 88 educators vying for 32 spots. As a result, CBEEN has highlighted this opportunity in its most recent strategic plan, and would like to host a series of three annual regional Columbia Basin Environmental Education Leadership Clinics from 2015-2017. In order to make this happen, we have partnered with local organizations such as the six school districts in our region, Parks Canada and Wildsight. Each Clinic would engage 8 teams of 4 educators from across the region.
$30,000.00
2014

Delta Youth Support Line Society

YOUth Inspiring Youth ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project

YOUth Inspiring Youth (YIY) ~ A Delta Youth Mental Health Project will be an early intervention and mental health promotion activity. This two year capacity and legacy building project will provide youth with the opportunity to develop mental health literacy campaigns and events relevant to them. The project will provide a model for developing innovative and creative mental health wellness campaigns and events that are specifically designed to address the needs of youth. Peers provide young people with developmental opportunities and social possibilities that are not available through relationships with adults (Scholte, Van Aken, 2006). Synergies through collaborative partnerships will generate new knowledge on models of engagement that increase mental health wellness awareness through social media, online surveys, webinars, campaigns and events planned, organized and implemented by the YIY Planning Committee & School Sub-Committees for Delta youth with/without mental health challenges.
$35,000.00
2014

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Implementing & Financing BC's $10/day Child Care Plan

Our project is designed to fill public education gaps and to influence child care policy in BC by building on the substantial work done to date developing and furthering consensus around the Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning & the $10/day Child Care Plan. Our public education efforts to date indicate a growing understanding of the benefits of high quality, affordable early care and learning for children, women, families, employers, the economy and society overall. However, two related questions remain: 1. As the system will take several years to build, what does an effective implementation strategy look like? 2. What revenue sources can generate the public funds necessary to implement the Plan? This project proposes to answer these questions as we increase our capacity to reach out through social media, traditional media, on-line presence, print publications, and to new audiences in our ongoing public education activities.
$40,000.00
2014

F.A.F.P. FEDERATION OF ABORIGINAL FOSTER PARENTS

Our Spirits Are Strong Inside

The project addresses the unpreparedness of Aboriginal, aging out youth, for independent living. Mental health, child welfare, and agencies reporting juvenile delinquencies show statistics indicating a high percentage of Aboriginal youth becoming 'at risk' when they leave foster care. This project will engage them in identifying the needs and services they see as helpful in transitioning to independence successfully and proudly.
$35,000.00
2014

Global Youth Education Network Society

Frontrunner Young Women's Campaign School

To increase the number of women in politics we need to get more women to run. To get more women to run, we need to get them in the habit of campaigning and running for office - or at least thinking about campaigning and running for office when they are young. Frontrunner is a campaign school and support network for young women that will train and support 18-24 year olds to participate in elections at the college and university campus level. The program will bring together seasoned instructors who have previous electoral campaign experience and who have been elected to student government. Participants will leave with the necessary skills and support to confidently enter electoral races. In order to reinforce a culture where it is clear that women should be involved in political office, Frontrunner will also establish a support network for alumni that will encourage young women to engage in political circles and participate in political dialogue through events and hands-on experience.
$30,000.00
2014

Kamloops Art Gallery

Luminocity

As part of the KAG's mandate to bring art, artists and communities together, it proposes to organize an event for residents to take pride in the creative energies and achievements of their city. From October 31 to November 8, 2014, the KAG will present Luminocity, a week-long public art project featuring video projection and new media works in public spaces located throughout the downtown core of Kamloops. This new offsite initiative will broaden the scope of the Gallery's audience to engage new communities and expose the public to innovative new media works by contemporary artists. Luminocity is a critical forum for independent media arts regionally, nationally and internationally and provides artists a public platform in which to present their projects. The selection of artworks and events will evoke the overall theme of light and dark/sound and time and are linked critically through an interest in bridging traditional and contemporary cultural forms and an underlying examination of the constant flow commodities through the movement of goods and people and its impact on our city.
$36,500.00
2014

KATZIE CULTURAL EDUCATION SOCIETY

Eco-Cultural Restoration in Katzie Traditional Territory

The Katzie First Nation have participated at multiple levels of involvement in the restoration efforts of several organizations over the past decade. The KCES recognizes that restoration success in the traditional territory can be improved with clear goals and a bioregional scale of planning based on the principles of ecosystem and adaptive management. Of particular importance is the inclusion of traditional knowledge and values. The KCES propose to address these gaps by combining both scientific and traditional knowledge and values in a restoration plan for the Katzie traditional territory. To meet this goal, an Eco-Cultural Restoration Plan will be developed and shared with community participants that will be based on a wide spectrum of values distilled from community engagement workshops. This Plan will be bioregional in scope, but will contain site-specific guidelines that will identify key issues and solutions derived from traditional and scientific knowledge. Based on the Plan guidelines, three model sites will receive restoration efforts and will be monitored for success.
$38,000.00
2014

Kitasoo Kitasoo Band Council

Learning from our past to ensure the resilience of our future

The proposed Kitasoo/Xai'xais project is designed to revive our culture, engage our youth and inspire intergenerational learning for the benefit of current and future generations. The project was designed through ongoing dialogue within our community and within the broader community of First Nations people, who are collectively facing and dealing with the loss of important cultural knowledge and an eroded sense of identity. Through a series of community led cultural workshops and activity groups we hope to pass on the knowledge, skills and practices fundamental to Kitasoo/Xai'xais identity. In doing so we, will encourage our youth, their families, and the community as a whole to understand that cultural revitalization requires participation. Through this project we will create opportunities for participation that might otherwise not exist for certain individuals or families. We will document this knowledge through mixed media so as to ensure the preservation of this valuable information and the resilience of our community.
$40,000.00
2014

Groundfish research by Central Coast Nations to implement marine protected areas

Our marine use plan identifies rockfish and lingcod as cultural and economic resources that have been overfished. Further, scientists warn that declines of large predators, such as lingcod and yelloweye rockfish, may disrupt entire ecological communities. Our marine use plan also is the backbone for the MaPP initiative (mappocean.org), an ongoing partnership between the Province of BC and First Nations which is zoning allowable uses, designing a candidate network of marine protected areas (MPA) and selecting indicator species for ecosystem health. MPA implementation, however, will require further collaboration with the federal government. Crucial to that implementation, our project uses science and traditional knowledge to document the past and current status of rockfish and lingcod populations. The resulting data will support final site selection for the MPA network and provide baselines for restoration and conservation goals, thereby ensuring that federal decisions on spatial protection address First Nation concerns. Given the current momentum of MaPP, our project is very timely.
$35,000.00
2014

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

The Book of Love

The Book of Love will include an initial creative period from Sept.8, 2014 to June 27, 2015 and a final creative period between Sept.7, 2015 to Dec.5, 2015. We are commissioning Vancouver composer Jeffrey Ryan (http://jeffreyryan.com/) to write a score for clarinet, bass clarinet, viola, and violoncello, and commissioning UK artist Jonathan Baldock (http://jonathan-baldock.com/) to create a set and costumes for the work that will feature choreography by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi for six dancers. The Book of Love continues our interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and will result in a seriocomic production rich in kinetic, visual, and musical textures. Our audiences will be a mixture of patrons who enjoy unorthodox dance, music, and art. The premiere performances with take place during a two-week run of 8 to 10 performances at the Roundhouse from Nov. 23, 2015 to Dec. 5, 2015. This project had its genesis with musical collaborations with Jeff Ryan between 2004 and 2007. An impromptu collaboration in January, 2014 led to our interest in working with Jonathan Baldock.
$30,000.00
2014

McCreary Centre Society

2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey Next Steps Project

In 2013, 29,832 students aged 12-19, in 56 of BC's 59 school districts completed the fifth BC Adolescent Health Survey(BC AHS). The survey provides the most current and accurate picture of youth health in the province. The results are used by government, public health agencies, schools and parents to measure progress in the area of youth health, and to develop appropriate policies and programs. McCreary prioritizes returning the results to youth, and supporting them to advance their knowledge and make informed decisions about their health. The results are also used to raise awareness among BC youth about the roles of risk and protective factors in their lives. This proposal aims to take the results of the survey back to youth in four communities per year over two years through a Next Steps project(Total 8 communities). The Next Steps is an award winning workshop series which uses the survey results to engage youth in developing and delivering sustainable local youth health projects. The project will engage approx. 15-20 core youth participants per community in the workshop series
$30,600.00
2014

Motivate Canada

ACTIVATE Vancouver

ACTIVATE Vancouver will be led by a team of local youth (ACTIVATORS) who are or will be trained to facilitate an ACTIVATE Vancouver Forum. The 4 day Youth-Led Forum will bring together 8 teams of 4 youth between the ages of 16-22. Youth participating in the Forum will be recruited by MoreSports, and will participate in workshops that provide them with the tools and skills to lead a community project. These workshops include: Goal Setting, Community and Life Mapping, Networking, Sport4Dev, Action Planning, Youth Driven Development and Physical Literacy. After the Forum teams of youth will deliver a 4-6 month program in MoreSports Community Hubs. The project is the youths' opportunity to take the lead and engage other youth in their community and help them make positive change and healthy choices in their lives by: increasing their physical activity, healthy living knowledge, self-esteem and sense of connection to peers and community, and to help them realize their potential and leadership abilities. Youth will use the tools and curriculum provided by Motivate Canada
$30,000.00
2014

Nuxalk Nation

Nuxalk Sputc Protection: a community-based eulachon conservation project

This innovative project will advance conservation policy and practice through the creation of a community-based Sputc (eulachon) Protection Plan. Bringing together Nuxalkmc (Nuxalk people) and resource managers, the plan will integrate traditional knowledge and science through community events, archival research, and interviews, upholding traditional ways of knowing while enhancing engagement in eulachon protection. Many recognize the value of including First Nations knowledge in decision-making, but the means by which to do so are largely undeveloped. This grassroots project –the first of its kind- will serve as an example of traditional knowledge integration in practice. Broad interest in the project has been expressed by other Nations and partners, who hope to use it as a template for future engagement. Accordingly, a strategic regional workshop will be held to share lessons learned. This project is one pillar of a cultural revitalisation initiative currently underway in Nuxalk territory, which includes the revival of an annual eulachon welcoming ceremony, a film, and research.
$30,000.00
2014

Pacific AIDS Network

Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative

There is an urgent need in British Columbia to address the juxtaposition of the legal precedent set by two recent Supreme Court rulings regarding HIV and disclosure, with the public health precedent set by the Ministry of Health’s adoption of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). The Province-Wide Service Provider Education Initiative will support informed decision-making based on current legal information for navigating safe sex protocols, treatment adherence, and disclosure issues in the face of these rulings. Because service providers are often the primary source of information about HIV and related issues including disclosure, for PLWHIV it is imperative their information, both legal and medical, is current and accurate. Through a series of activities the project will explore the challenges facing service providers who have clients living with HIV, and provide education and leadership on the complex and often incongruent medical, legal and social realities and messaging regarding what constitutes ‘safe’ sex practice on the one hand and potential criminalization on the other.
$36,000.00
2014

St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

Youth Innovation Lab

The Youth Innovation lab provides youth at risk with the computer skills necessary to develop apps and games, learning leadership and team work that later can be transferred into employment. This is achieved through a program designed to teach youth how to Code, create mobile applications and sell their ideas and products to interested companies and individuals. (see web article: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mark-zucker-berg-bill-gates-teach-coding-fundamental) Currently there is only one other organization in Canada that follows a similar youth-driven model (Driven Accelerator in Toronto). Partner tech firms will provide feedback and support on content. Partner organizations will mentor a youth and youth can develop an app/game for them as part of their project. Ongoing evaluation and feedback by youth and our partners is an important outcome. Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into the core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. Businesses are seeking innovative approaches to finding the coders of the future.
$30,000.00
2014

Tahltan Band Council

Bringing Tahltan Language to Children through Family-oriented Immersion Settings

The Tahltan Nation is focusing on the development of language programming for all age groups, ranging from newborns to the elderly. Specific to children ages six months to four years of age, the overall objective is to create new Tahltan language speakers by creating an immersion environment that models a home setting in which young Tahltan children become fluent in their Ancestral language. Such a setting, or language nest, would involve the community, but especially fluent speakers, Elders, parents, and young children. The Tahltan Nation opened a language nest in the community of Iskut in May 2014, with plans to open a language nest in the community of Dease Lake in the fall of 2014. For this specific project, Tahltan Band Council is looking for support to start a language nest in the community of Telegraph Creek.
$30,000.00
2014

The Virtual Stage Arts Society o/a The Virtual Stage

2014 Community Outreach Program

The purpose of the Community Outreach Program is to engage youth and young people with special needs in innovative theatre and film projects alongside professional artists. The program provides participants with invaluable work experience, guidance, and life skills support within a professional artistic environment in a publicly presented play or film. The purpose of this grant application is to support The Virtual Stage’s 2014 Community Outreach Program, which will integrate program participants as writers, actors, designers and crew on the company’s next installment of its incredibly successful site-specific, interactive, smartphone-enabled, zombie-themed roving show “On Death’s Door: Curse of The Zombie Syndrome”. The project originated in 2012, alongside the inaugural production of “The Zombie Syndrome”. It was created in response to the needs of youth eager for mentorship and opportunities to develop skills in preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood and a possible future career in theatre.
$35,000.00
2014

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