Grants

Search or browse below to see past Field of Interest grants. You may search by recipient organization name, project name, or city. Additionally, in the sidebar you may filter the grants displayed by year, interest or grant amount.

Richmond Animal Protection Society

RAPS INTO THE FUTURE

RAPS would like the opportunity to update its technical/Marketing need to ensure the advancement of the organization for future years, by first implementing a new user friendly website & Mobile application that can be updated by present management on a daily basis, showcasing featured animal videos' in hopes of raising awareness and interest of animal adoption. We also require an internet based shelter software program and computers will enable RAPS sanctuary and shelter to keep accurate account of all animal data and medical needs. And we would like the opportunity to print new brochures and other marketing tools to help us educate the general public about what we do and the programs we offer that can help individuals with their present pets or future pets and increase awareness of the 'op to adopt' campaign.
$9,500.00
2014

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living

Rotary at Work BC

Participating Rotary Clubs take on the role of educating their members and businesses about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and the importance of creating stronger and more vibrant communities.Once a business considers filling vacancies with people who have a disability, Rotary at Work will connect employers to local employment agencies.The Rotary Liaison will create and manage a database of Supported employment agencies that are equipped to match job seekers to postions. The www.employmentforall.ca website is designed to educate and provide a seamless way for employers to request supported employment services in their area.Once the employer registers their services request the Rotary Liaison will match a Supported Employment service which will collaborate to;locate potential candidates who have a disability,pre-screening these candidates,provide on-the-job training,assist with workplace accommodations and provide on-going support.Rotary Clubs recognize the benefits of people who have a disability. Tapping into this labour pool is good business.
$62,100.00
2014

Saint James Music Academy

Promoting Positive Life Outcomes for Children and Youth

Saint James Music Academy (SJMA) proposes to collaborate with UBC Department of Education to implement methods of Self Regulated Learning (SRL) in its classical music education program over a three year period. Learning contexts are critically important for supporting children and youth as they develop socially, emotionally, and academically, and for preparing them to lead successful and satisfying lives beyond school. Success in school depends on students’ ability to pay attention, follow directions, resist distractions, work well with others, cope with challenges, and adapt to complex environments. This project has three specific foci: first, to support in their education and formation children and youth considered “at risk” or vulnerable as a consequence of adverse life events; second, to research and document for the greater community of teachers and others how features of teaching and learning contexts may benefit the education of children; and third, to adopt those aspects of SRL deemed successful into the teaching protocol at SJMA.
$58,000.00
2014

Salal Foundation

Beyond Coal

Vancouver has pledged to be the Greenest City on Earth by 2020 (http://vancouver.ca/greenestcity)and has adopted an ambitious conservation agenda that enjoys broad support amongst its residents. British Columbia can be duly proud that it derives none of its electricity from coal-fired generation. However, the Port of Vancouver has become the largest exporter of coal on the continent and exports are expanding rapidly. In the United States concern about Climate Change and opposition to coal generation has successfully reduced the domestic market for thermal coal. This huge surplus of US thermal coal is now making its way to Asian markets through Vancouver, making our region complicit in the dirtiest industry on earth. In the past year the Beyond Coal campaign has attracted the support of 24,000 residents of the lower mainland and 13 area municipalities have adopted resolutions opposed to the expansion of coal ports. With the support of Vancouver Foundation we can prevent the expansion of thermal coal exports and gain greater local control over Port Metro Vancouver.
$25,000.00
2014

Sarah McLachlan School of Music Society

Over The Imaginary Border

The Music and stories of Black Americans who came to Vancouver in search of the Canadian Dream and a celebration of Black Vancouver's connection to the popular music of the 50's and 60's. Featuring a host of Vancouver's top musicians, Toronto's Big Sound Orchestra and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music(SoM) Senior Voice Ensemble. All will perform alongside older Black musicians from the Greater Vancouver area(Legacy Players), as they share stories about their lives in the city during the 1950's and 60's. The Imaginary Border will not only connect the audience but also support the players and students through an exchange of important pieces of Vancouver's history through stories and music.
$6,678.00
2014

School District #36 - Surrey

Surrey Firefighters Girls Empowerment Group Expansion

The idea for this project originated due to an increasing need for research into the role of girls in gangs and a cry for help from an inner-city secondary school in Surrey. The role that girls play in gangs generally looks very different than that of their male counterparts, and as a result their needs can often be seen as less dangerous and therefore less urgent. As a result girls often fall through the cracks and dont always receive the support that they need to successfully deal with the struggles that adolescence can bring. Girls Group is a non-judgmental time and space where girls can be themselves, talk about things that are important to them and learn new abilities through different experiences. This project is intended to help girls gain skills that help them avoid situations that can lead them in the direction of ganglife, and towards healthy personal growth instead. After three successful years at the one location serving 10-12 girls between the ages of 13-16, the Safe Schools Department would like to expand the program to two additional secondary schools by 2016.
$12,500.00
2014

School District #39 - Vancouver

Roots in Community

In 2013, the VSB and Fresh Roots built two schoolyard market gardens: 14,000 sq. ft. spaces where healthy food is grown for the school community. The gardens are outdoor classrooms for the schools as well as gathering places for the surrounding community. Teachers have begun exploring how to achieve BC’s core curricular objectives in an outdoor classroom, engaging their students through new methods. We have piloted partnerships with neighbourhood houses where Newcomers to Canada and food insecure families grow friendships and knowledge in the gardens. The garden has become a place for the school and surrounding community to engage with learning and with one another. As the gardens have grown, teachers, students, and community partners are asking for more workshops, programs and facilitated engagement, exploring core curriculum, sustainability and building community within the schoolyard market gardens. Roots in Community works with Fresh Roots to hire a community coordinator to develop, facilitate, and execute experiential learning opportunities for the school community.
$15,000.00
2014

Tupper Secondary Market Garden Green Job Project

The goal is to provide Tupper Life Skills Students with job green collar employment training through the design of a market garden at Tupper Secondary School. Fresh Roots will lead the garden design process in this innovative partnership with key VSB staff. The project takes place in stages and this application is for Stage 1: the garden design and planning stage. The outcome for Stage 1 will be a garden design that includes a garden build timeline, responsibilities and costing. All students in Stage 1 will: -Gain employment skills and experience through participation in the design and development of a market garden building plan. -Have strengthened relationships between life skills students and their typical peers. -Be ready to gain further skills in subsequent project stages. The garden itself will be built in Stage 2 of the project. Further project stages will include the maintenance of the market garden and exploration of social enterprise possibilities connected to the garden's operation. Tupper Administration and key Tupper and district staff support the project.
$10,000.00
2014

Screaming Weenie Productions

Ga Ting ("Family")

the frank theatre is producing the original Canadian play Ga Ting ("family" in Cantonese) in partnership with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in February 2015. It will be directed by acclaimed theatre artist Rick Tae. Ga Ting is a new play by queer Asian Canadian Vancouver/Toronto-based theatre artist Minh Ly. The play focuses on a Chinese immigrant couple who tries to learn more about their gay son, who has recently died of a drug overdose, through the son's Caucasian boyfriend, whom they've invited to dinner. What ensues is not only a generational and cultural clash, but also a few steps towards understanding and acceptance. The world premiere of the play is taking place March 22-30, 2014 at the Richmond Cultural Centre in Richmond. The Vancouver production will be a remount of the Richmond production, save the following changes: -A revised version of the script -At least one casting change, contingent on the actors' availability The play will be performed in both English and Cantonese, with English and Chinese surtitles throughout.
$8,000.00
2014

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Building Community Capacity for Conservation Outcomes

With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, Sierra Club BC (“SCBC”) will work with our local group in Powell River (“Sierra Malaspina”) and Myrtle Creek Stewards to enhance ecological values in Myrtle Creek and build capacity within these groups in order to create a sense of community ownership and investment in the local environment. Following project completion in Powell River, Sierra Club BC will deliver the training to groups in Nanaimo, Quadra Island, Vancouver and the Okanagan. We envisage four interacting components: (1) fish habitat restoration, (2) building grassroots leadership capacity to maximise the effect of (3) community and stakeholder engagement. Component (4) would include training other local groups and supporting peer-to-peer learning, enabling them to replicate similar projects in their communities. Sierra Club BC is well positioned to offer these trainings due to years of experience doing public engagement and education. The youth engagement training module will draw on expertise from Sierra Club BC’s ongoing Youth Environmental Leadership Program.
$15,000.00
2014

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Exploring the health and social impacts of evictions among people who use drugs Co-lead researchers: Dr. Ryan McNeil, Postdoctoral Fellow, SFU; and Mr. Hugh Lampkin, President of Board of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

Over the past five years, people who use drugs (PWUD) living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) have increasingly experienced eviction due to urban redevelopment. A lack of understanding about the nature of evictions and how evictions shape health and social outcomes, such as drug-related risks (e.g., syringe-sharing), health access (e.g., HIV care) and drug scene engagement (e.g., drug dealing), remains a significant barrier to developing evidence-based housing policies and targeted public health interventions to address this issue. Building upon ongoing collaborations and community consultations, the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI) of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CFE), Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), and Pivot Legal Society have come together to propose this community-based participatory research (CBPR) study to examine evictions and how they influence health and social outcomes among PWUD in the DTES. This study will employ participatory methods, including peer-led qualitative interviews and innovative qualitative geographic information systems (GIS) data collection, to generate unique insights into the impacts of evictions, and will supplement these methods with legal analyses undertaken by Pivot Legal. In doing so, this study will generate public health and socio-legal evidence to inform the policy and programmatic response to evictions, while also equipping PWUD with legal advocacy tools to protect their rights. Research team: Ms. DJ Larkin, Pivot Legal Society; Dr. Will Small, SFU; Dr. Thomas Kerr, BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Dr. Lindsay Richardson, UBC
$157,279.00
2014

Solo Collective Theatre Society

Local Play Development Program

This project has 3 components: 1) Dramaturgy/Workshops 2) Production 3) Continued Engagement. It's goals are simple: to commission new work that's meaningful to Vancouver audiences right now; to foster local playwrights and their creative process; and to connect with other community organizations that have a direct link to the issues our plays deal with. This year, we have commissioned award-winning, emerging playwright/actress Meghan Gardner to write a play called 'At Liberty' about four people stuck at gulf island island retreat during a storm, who are forced to face their own demons and prejudices. The play is inspired by true events and research into Narcissistic Personality Disorder. We have also commission established multi-disciplinary artist and founding member of Electric Company Theatre, David Hudgins. David is basing his play 'Small Parts' on his real life experience dealing with his mother's death from cancer. For complete synopses of both plays see attached 'Artist Statement of Support'. For info on the project's potential artistic achievement see attached letters.
$20,000.00
2014

Sources Community Resource Centres Society

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering

Sources Connection Cafe and Catering is an inter-generational cafe that melds youth and seniors in voluntary and work options in a cafe and catering setting. The cafe is located in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre and is a social enterprise model. The idea for the cafe was originally born with the Semiahmoo Seniors Planning Team (a group of citizens and agencies) interested in advancing the needs of older adults. The idea has quickly been embraced by the South Surrey Child and Youth Committee, The City of Surrey, The YMCA (youth programs) and local schools (Elgin Park, Semiahmoo Secondary, Earl Marriot and the Learning Centre). On September 17th we are hosting an inter-generational dialogue at South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre to bring both groups together to talk about creating more opportunities of this type and also to discuss opportunities at the cafe. The cafe will also create community economic development and at the same time address the need to connect and reverse mentor the generations. Enhancing social connections will bring out the best in both groups.
$20,000.00
2014

South Granville Seniors Friendship Centre Society

Linking Seniors Services Forum

Linking Seniors Services Forum
$10,000.00
2014

SPARC BC Society

Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End (Co-lead Researchers: Karen Williams, SPARC BC; Eric Kowalski, West End Senior's Network Society)

Older adults who remain active in their community and regularly engage in physical activity report better health outcomes (Hanson et al, 2013). Conversely, older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience poor health (Dickens et al 2011). Our project, "Moving Towards Health: Promoting Accessible Built and Social Environments For Isolated Older Adults in Vancouver's West End", uses a senior-led community based participatory action research (CBPAR) approach to engage older adults in: a) research and promotion of accessible built and social environments in their neighborhood; b) the implementation of and research on a peer led intervention strategy that reaches out to isolated older adults to encourage them to become more active and socially connected. Phase 1 will lay the foundation for the CBPAR project and will involve forming an Advisory Committee; finalizing the research plan and completing a research ethics review process. Phase 2 will engage older adults in place-based qualitative research on the built and social environment in the West End including: a PhotoVoice process; a study of West End streets; the creation of age friendly pedestrian pathway maps. Phase 3 will consist of the development of a peer led outreach strategy to encourage isolated older adults to become more active in the West End. Phase 4 will take place alongside Phase 3 and will include researching the impact of the intervention. Phase 5 will consist of knowledge dissemination. Research Team: Jessica Smith, West End Senior's Network Society
$73,059.00
2014

Spirit's Mission Rescue Society

Leveraging Volunteer Capacity

Our rescue focuses on the health and welfare of companion animals in remote First Nations and surrounding communities in BC. Currently, we are working with teh Saik'uz FIrst Nation near Vanderhoof, BC. At present, we have removed and re-homed strays and unwanted animals with partnering rescues (Crooked Leg Ranch, West Coast Rottweiler Rescue, VIctoria Humane Society); provided an Animal Wellness Clinic in May 2014 (vet check, vaccinations, parasite control, education for children and the community, dog/cat food, treat, collar, leashes, pet toys, etc); and funded transport and sterilization for dogs and cats at the nearest vet clinics for sterilization. Saik'uz has been highly involved with in-kind and cash contributions however, ongiong fundraising by volunteers is necessary to continue to provide the necessary work to get the animal population manageable and the community educated and self sustainable with respect to their pets. We would like to increase the capacity and size of our volunteer base by training our BOD to encourage, motivate, and attract volunteers.
$3,390.00
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

Steps Forward - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) Lower Mainland Campus-IPSE

The purpose of this project is to establish an inclusive post-secondary initiative at the NVIT-Burnaby Campus, as an extension of the existing one at NVIT-Merritt, to support marginalized urban Aboriginal youth with developmental disabilities in the Lower Mainland who wish to pursue post-secondary education and employment. Staff will be working in close collaboration with NVIT staff from Merritt and in the Lower Mainland. During this initial phase staff will build relationships with local stakeholders, employers, and community partners in order to embed the initiative at the campus and will partner with local Aboriginal organizations and CLBC to identify potential applicants. The final leg of the project will involve the hiring and training of a full time inclusion facilitator to support students, faculty, and campus staff to ensure a successful experience for all stakeholders. A collaborative peer review evaluation of the initiative will be completed at the end of project and the report will be disseminated to stakeholders.
$20,976.00
2014

Strathcona Community Centre Association

Cooking - Reflection of Culture

This pilot plans to initially first to work with the Chinese speaking low-income adults (Chinese being the next most spoken home lanugage in the area) to use food as a tool to bring people of different ages and cultures together to interact, learn and share experiences from one another. The purpose is to promote community engagement, foster cultural exchange, reduce family tension and enhance health and wellbeing. Strathcona traditional are where new immiogrants first settle and begin to build their home. The Chinese speaking women whom act as the major caregivers face multiple barriers including English language skills, financial mean and social support. They are socially isolated. The pilot plans to use cultural cooking sessions/demonstrations and non-cooking interaction and learning exchange to develop a working model to promote understanding and harmony between different gerations and cultural backgrounds, support the development and wellbeing of the parent and youth, learn differnt culture's cuisine, history and heritage
$6,000.00
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 Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Company

Onegin, Development of a New Musical

The Arts Club recognizes that it plays a leading role in Canada's performing arts community. We also recognize our responsibility to cultivate and encourage emerging local artists. The Arts Club has begun the process of developing a new musical; an adaption of Pushkin's Russian classic, Eugene Onegin. We have commissioned Amiel Gladstone (book and lyrics) and Veda Hille (lyrics and score) to complete a first draft of this adaption. Onegin is an universal work about young love and the journey to self-knowledge.
$17,000.00
2014

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Collective Impact for Mental Health and Addictions

$20,000.00
2014

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Co-lead researchers Dr. Hannah Wittman, UBC; Colin Dring, Richmond Food Security Society)

Intercultural Food Security and Health Study (Research Team: N/A)
$10,000.00
2014

The Cridge Centre for the Family

Feeding the Future

Feeding the Future is a social enterprise developing as a natural (pun intended) extension of The Cridge Brain Injury Services' successful community garden and community cooking programs. What began in 2010 as a community cooking program that balanced education and application has grown in response to client feedback to include an on-property community garden. Clients who complete the community cooking program have continued to meet and share their resources and knowledge in community kitchens. Feeding the Future will use produce grown by Cridge Brain Injury Service clients, create value-added nutritional foods with the skills learned in the community cooking program, and sell the resulting goods weekly at neighbourhood farmers markets. Clients will be encouraged to explore their own areas of interest in the social enterprise, building meaningful employment skills in business planning and development, marketing, and customer service as well as the gardening and cooking they are already becoming expert in.
$51,418.00
2014

The Cultch

Motherload

The Cultch is applying to support Motherload (a collective of six BC artists & mothers with a new show taking a personal look at contemporary parenting) by providing developmental support and by presenting the show in February 2015 as part of our season. The production will be an accessible dramatic comedy that can tour in the future. The production will be created from real life stories and will give an honest portrayal of the everywoman, searching for meaning in her life as a modern mom. It will address postpartum depression, career upheavals, and the isolation encountered upon becoming a member of the world's largest club. The content will be funny, heartbreaking, highly entertaining and ultimately accessible. Motherload's greatest success will lie in its roots; based on candid storytelling: the artists will investigate their secrets,their hopes and fears and reflect on what they have learned as parents.
$20,000.00
2014

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