Grants

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A Rocha Canada

Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards

In partnership with the Surrey School District (SSD), Cultivating Holistic Education in Surrey Schoolyards will initiate three schoolyard farms in inner city secondary and/or elementary schools, and facilitate food literacy learning in five elementary schools over the next three years. Cultivating Holistic Education In Surrey Schoolyards will: 1) address root causes of social, economic and ecological inequity, by promoting food sovereignty, including access to and control over ones food sources, 2) offer hands-on sustainable agriculture education (the schoolyard farms will be tools for teachers to teach English, Math, Health and Science to all students, as well as to facilitate learning specifically for Aboriginal and Special Education programs), and 3) provide spaces for community celebration, cross-cultural connection and relationship building. Alongside A Rocha staff and SSD teachers, SSD children will grow food, learn new skills, be empowered to take ownership of the food they grow and become passionate about what they eat, as well as to celebrate the fruits of their labour.
$45,000.00
2014

Arts in Action Society

The Housing Matters Media Project - The Renovation working title

The Arts in Action Society in partnership with the Housing Matters Media Project is seeking funds in order to further our ongoing work in building and sustaining informed networks of youth and concerned adults who are involved in seeking solutions to issues relating to affordable housing for youth, particularly for former youth in care. This community engaged media art project will increase the community's ability to voice its own ideas and seek its own solutions in ways in which the public parent can support youth to successfully transition out of care into the community. This project will continue to educate members of the community on the particular issues youth in care face as they transition to adulthood. This project will create opportunities for mentorship, learning, and employment for participating youth. And it intends to create new knowledge to aid in ways in which adults can involve themselves in the role of the public parent.
$50,000.00
2014

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

The Friendly Landlord Network

The Friendly Network will create and systematrize a private sector network of resources specific to youth transitioning from care to adulthood. In addition this project will create a communication tool to enhance the increased inter-organizational coordination desired through the Fostering Change project.
$41,322.00
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 - BC Division

Living Life to the Full: increasing connection and resiliency among BC youth

Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems like depression and anxiety and a key time to boost coping skills. Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is an evidence-based course designed to teach youth skills for dealing with life's challenges. In 8 fun group sessions the course examines worry, low mood, isolation, healthy thinking, problem-solving, confidence, and anger. Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and its Blue Wave Youth Team (aged 13-18) have adapted the course for BC youth. Older youth facilitators delivered pilot courses in three BC communities in summer 2014, and a Fall evaluation is being used to improve the materials. The course will be delivered to 28 communities in urban and rural communities in 2015-2016. It will equip 560 youth with coping skills that promote resilience, reduce the risk of mental illness and risky behaviours, and encourage connection and engagement with peers and community. Investments in training will build community capacity to reach hundreds more youth BC-wide annually after 2016.
$45,054.00
2014

CanAssist, University of Victoria

Addendum to "Apps for Employment" (DSF12-0037)

CanAssist had initially proposed developing apps on the Apple platform in our 2012 request, targeting release on the Apple App Store at the conclusion of the project so that they are available to people with disabilities on a wider scale. This decision was made as support apps for the disability community traditionally have been overwhelmingly written for Apple devices. Through consultation with the Employment Apps Advisory Committee (clients, their job coaches and service providers), we have learned that device use among the target population accessing supported employment services is now more in line with the general population, with Android representing the majority of users. In fact, due to the lower cost of Android-based devices, these devices are now common for individuals with disabilities that may be living on a fixed or lower income. In order to maximize the accessibility of the apps created from this initiative, CanAssist would like to develop them on both Android and Apple platforms (and by extension, easing future versions for Blackberry or Windows Phone devices).
$50,000.00
2014

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping & Holistic Land Use Planning

Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is a Tlingit self-governing First Nation that began the process of Holistic Land Planning in 2012. An Environmental Scan began in December of 2012 with the goal of synthesizing all current, historical and relevant data. Nearing completion, the final steps include; sensitive ecosystem mapping, community engagement, implementation planning and finalization of the land use plan. Work will be conducted exclusively in the BC portion of the Traditional Territory (TT) addressing the habitat needs of identified species at risk through the development of a land use plan for the conservation and preservation of these valuable areas. The benefits of this project will extend beyond the Southern Lakes area; facilitating proactive ecosystem based planning and management, meeting the priorities of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation, the priorities and recommendations of the Southern Lakes Wildlife Coordinating Committee, planning and research priorities of Species at Risk Management Plans and will assist in the conservation and protection of critical habitat.
$50,000.00
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

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Pathways From Poverty - Community Action Plan on Poverty

In 2012, the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) led a process that developed an Action Plan on Poverty (CAPP) to address the need for coordinated responses for poverty prevention and reduction in the Capital Region. Community stakeholders identified two priority areas within our Action Plan that currently lack the appropriate infrastructure in our region to provide “pathways out of poverty”. These two pathways are financial literacy, and social enterprises that offer training opportunities for low-income residents to experience greater economic self-sufficiency. To facilitate the expansion of these pathways, we are leading the development of a community strategy for financial literacy for the Capital Region and exploring innovative ways to support the creation of social and training enterprises with community partners. We are seeking funding for projects that contribute towards these pathways, with an overall theme of creating opportunities for economic empowerment of people with low incomes and barriers to employment.
$50,000.00
2014

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Promoting Resiliency in Families Project

The Promoting Resiliency in Families Project grew out of the Dalai Lama Center's Heart-Mind Index pilot project. The Heart-Mind Index (HMI) is a population level measure of social/emotional development of children helping communities develop strategies to improve measures in high risk populations such as immigrant, low-income and single parent families. HMI was piloted in 6 communities in 2013. The Promoting Resiliency Project was developed to meet a clear gap in resources, training and supports identified during stakeholder dialogues. The Project will engage approximately 100 families and 60 staff from our partner agencies and family support groups. Together, we will develop and test resources, strategies, professional training and parental supports that promote and teach social and emotional development in children. The learning resources and training created during the project will be compiled in a freely accessible best practices Resource Manual that will act as blueprint for wider integration of social/emotional learning, and be a key resource in our scaling up HMI across BC
$50,000.00
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

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Changing Outcomes for Youth In Care ΠA Collective Impact Approach

Collective Impact is a process which can be used to bring about change in complex problems in our communities. Our project is using the collective impact process to bring stakeholders, youth and service providers together around a common goal, to address the unfavourable outcomes experienced by youth who have government as a parent. The participants will agree on a different vision for youth leaving care. The initial vision is that no youth will "age out of care". This means the system will address the need for youth to have family in place, before they reach the age of 19. Once agreement is reached on the vision, the project participants will examine existing service provision systems and supports (both formal and informal) that would need to realign in order to meet the vision. All participants will measure outcomes in their systems against the vision. This new knowledge will create the opportunity to implement real change within the financial resources that are currently in the system of care.
$47,107.00
2014

John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of B.C.

Community Living Skills Centre

The Community Living Skills Centre will provide individuals with developmental disabilities specialized employment training, supports, and workshops designed to build confidence, challenge attitudes, and support individuals transitioning into the workforce. The program will consist of a number of workshops and training programs, including facilitation of the Job Readiness program, a Job Club, employment support, and vocational job skills. By building work structure into the program and providing access to volunteers able to accompany individuals in work placements, participants will be assisted through the transition to working life and improve one's quality of life. Participants will: -Learn life and job skills necessary to obtain and retain employment -Build motivation and decision-making skills required to be successful in the workplace -Have the opportunity to recognize and understand the career path that they desire through the development of a customized work plan -Increase belonging and inclusion through the development of pro-social peer and community support
$45,000.00
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

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Community Planning Capacity for Development of Collective Impact Strategies

This project would expand on existing relationships to develop a placed-based community response strategy addressing the underlying issues putting our youth at risk. Establishing strategic coordination and collaboration between After-Hours, MCFD, VACFSS, VPD, non-profit organizations, housing providers and landlords, Hospital Emergency and health care. The creation of a comprehensive strategy resulting in the collaboration of multiple stakeholders rather the crisis driven intervention response that currently exists. A two-pronged approach will enhance the community's ability to continue work with youth at risk while facilitating the needed changes. Implementing a Circle of Care through one to one work with youth, their identified supports and networks; addressing both immediate needs and facilitating community involvement in the place-based community response strategy. This would result in the creation of a cooperative integrated model that builds the capacity of the community and strengthens positive outcomes for youth.
$49,800.00
2014

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

Building Capacity Family to Family

Family-to-Family connects, empowers, and liberates family members who have been traumatized by their situation, marginalized and isolated by the fear of stigma. People attending the course have often not told even their close relatives what is happening to their son, daughter, or spouse. Because the course is taught by volunteer family members with an ill relative, participants find themselves in a ‘safe place’ where they can open up and share their feelings. NSSS has delivered Family-to-Family since 2001, a 12-part structured education course covering all aspects of severe mental illness. It raises levels of confidence and provides a forum where families can talk openly. Although it’s not considered a support group as such, support and emotional anchoring are an integral part of the course, perhaps its most important elements. Family Educator Course: Once participants have completed the course, selected participants are invited to attend Family Educator course. Once completed, family teachers will teach 'Family-to-Family' as a two-person co-leadership team to the next round.
$48,231.00
2014

Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre Society

LGBTQ Community Building Project

It's true we have come a long way. Yet, LGBTQ youth are still at higher risk for bullying and suicide, seniors face re-closeting as they enter assisted-living facilities, and trans people continue to fight legal discrimination. QMUNITY believes that every human being deserves to feel a sense of belonging and to live a life free of hatred and violence. We believe in the power of community conversation to help achieve this goal. The purpose of this project is to facilitate a community dialogue that will: 1. Provide a platform for LGBTQ individuals and communities to address queer health issues, build social networks and increase connection. 2. Gather useful input to optimize the design of a new facility for all stakeholders 3. Identify key issues affecting LGBTQ communities to improve future services/programming across organizations The project will provide a structured process deliberately designed to provide a springboard where people can increase connectivity by working together, building social networks, and directly influencing the future of LGBTQ communities in BC.
$45,000.00
2014

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans are targeted at youth, community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessment - Targeted to existing and emerging youth, community and organization leaders to develop reconciliation values-based leadership skills. In conjunction Reconciliation Canada will assist organizations with assessments of core reconciliation competencies and development of roadmaps to guide reconciliation initiatives. Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue & Action Plans - Workshops focused on economic reconciliation bring together stakeholders for creative dialogue to build meaningful partnerships and the co-development of Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Action Plans. Workshops and leadership training includes a youth specific stream.
$50,000.00
2014

Vancity Community Foundation

Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan Implementation

Implementation of the Plan is underway. Steps have been taken to act on many of the recommendations of the Plan and there are a number of quality programs, projects and initiatives that address poverty in Surrey. This project will continue the work of promoting the Plan, undertaking or supporting existing and new projects and serving as a catalyst for the development of new initiatives. We will develop an evaluation framework for process and outcome evaluations of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan. In partnership with the business community we will initiate a project to provide support and education to landlords on housing the homeless in Surrey as well as identifying tenants who require resources and connecting them to support services. We will organize a Seeing is Believing tour for Surrey service clubs and a community forum to inform stakeholders on the implementation of the Plan. We will support and promote other poverty-reduction projects currently underway and disseminate poverty-related research data. These activities will be supported by a part-time coordinator.
$40,000.00
2014

Vancouver Society for Early Music

G.F. Handel's "Theodora"

This project consists of three concert performances of Handel's baroque oratorio 'Theodora'. The artistic forces involved include the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (28 players), five vocal soloists and the Vancouver Cantata Singers (36 singers), all led by music director Alexander Weimann. Featuring some of the composer's most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard. It serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of religious persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today. These performances will employ roughly 50 Vancouver-based professional performers out of a total of 70.
$50,000.00
2014