Grants

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Abbotsford Community Services

CREATE COMMUNITY and CASH through CRAFTS

• This project originated from: o Life Chats (LC)is a youth led peer support group and was developed through the HECC initiative to engage and connect youth with lived care experience (WLCE) to each other in Abbotsford. o Learned through LC that youth: • Were still not aware of the supports that they could access after 19 and wanted one on one information from other youth. • Benefitted from having something to do with their hands while connecting with each other. Crafts provided this outlet. • Wanted to make crafts that were marketable. HECC youth developed the following idea and were involved in all aspects of the proposal, including development of the budget. This new proposed project provides 1. Continuation and expansion of Life Chats including connection to resources 2. Research opportunity on social craft enterprise 3. Development of resource for youth leaders to start LC in their own area. a. Purpose: i. To build community within youth WLCE and develop young leaders. ii. To provide youth WLCE with helpful resources in their community. iii. To provide an opportunity to participate in building skills in craft making. iv. To learn about craft making as a social enterprise v. To facilitate youth connection to craft markets to feature their art vi. To share with other youth leaders in other communities how to create a Life Chats group.
$10,000.00
2017

ACORN Institute Canada

Strengthen Communities by Closing the Digital Divide

AIC, partnered with ACORN Canada, will explore the links between the digital economy and health outcomes for low income people. Systemic change will be influenced by connecting community members with leadership development, community engagement, and opportunities to inform policy to address root causes of inequality in health and prospects. Evidencing lived experience to challenge the current telecommunications policy architecture, the project aims to unlock the various health benefits resulting from digital inclusion. Overall, we seek to address the intersections between poverty, health and the digital economy to close the digital divide and improve health outcomes for low income Canadians.
$10,000.00
2017

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

A Protocol for Collective Action: Steps towards an Airshed Management Plan for the Alberni Valley

This projects aims to improve air quality in the Alberni Valley. Air pollution is a complex problem that crosses political boundaries and involves everyone. The Alberni Valley is particularly vulnerable to air pollution due to its geography and climate. The Alberni Air Quality Society intends to partner with government bodies, organizations, and the local community to create and formalize a process by which to manage air quality. This will provide an overarching framework to address air pollution in all its forms, whether that be from backyard burning or industrial emissions. This collective action would reduce the human illness and the economic impacts that are associated with air pollut
$10,000.00
2017

Animals in Science Policy Institute

Replacing animals in secondary school science education

A switch to non-animal methods in education is important for animal welfare, education, and student empowerment. This project aims to understand the cultural shift in secondary teaching required so that non-animal alternatives for dissection are more readily adopted. We plan to: 1) survey BC teachers to assess their perspectives on dissection, and identify obstacles to and opportunities for the adoption of non-animal alternatives; 2) poll the BC public to assess their views on dissection; and 3) hold an expert panel event that will bring together international experts on the issue of non-animal alternatives for dissection to identify novel strategies for creating cultural change in teaching
$10,000.00
2017

Arnica Artist Run Centre Society

Keep and support emerging artists in our regional community

Exhibition of artwork completed after primary training is of utmost importance for an artist’s career advancement. A systemic problem for recent BFA graduates is finding a community outside of school that supports their artistic practice including the tools, space and funding to make art at the same caliber as in school and to continue to get fresh influence and critical feedback on their work from senior artists from elsewhere in order to grow their ideas and expertise. To prevent emerging artists from moving away from our remote region, we are proposing to pair a senior BC artist with similar art concerns with a local emerging artist to create artwork to be exhibited in Arnica's gallery.
$10,000.00
2017

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

A Reggio Emilia-Inspired Early Learning Centre for BC

Our project is to create a Reggio-based Learning Centre at Frog Hollow that will train and support child care centres and school teachers across BC to implement the Reggio Emilia approach. Activities will include tours of our childcare programs, introductory presentations on the Reggio approach, the production of a practice-based training video, both customized and general workshop presentations, consulting services for centres and teachers, web-based promotion of the Reggio approach and our services, and support for networking and mutual support between centres implementing the Reggio approach. We will begin by focusing on Metro Vancouver and eventually offer training and consultation across the province. There are 102,908 child care spaces in BC for ages 0-12, which is approximately 20% of the total number of children. Our goal is to make the Reggio Emilia approach available to as many of the child care centres as possible. Scaling out the Reggio Emilia approach to centres across BC will result in increased school readiness along the EDI vulnerability areas, a closer alignment with the BC Early Learning Framework, and assist with the transition of children to the school system as the Reggio Emilia approach is both consistent with and complimentary to BC's New Curriculum. We anticipate a change in the early learning system in both the routines and beliefs of the system. The Learning Centre will become a social enterprise and will eventually become self-sustaining.
$10,000.00
2017

Resurfacing History: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant

Resurfacing History addresses how living in urban centred affects the cultural continuity for Aboriginal people and explores how to build resilience to increase social connection and belonging. The project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems, and to build capacity for Aboriginal people to be part of a mechanism that preserves culture, explores knowledge and integrates actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for urban communities. Creating onversations focused on land use from Aboriginal worldview & shared pathways are critical for nurturing solidarity & connection.
$10,000.00
2017

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Foster Youth Food Guide

Foster youths face a multitude of challenges after aging out of government care, from housing to education and employment. However, one of the most immediate and pressing obstacles youth face after losing support, is where they’re going to find their next meal. Due to a lack of support, we know that over half of BC foster youth will become dependent on income assistance (MCFD, 2015). This means that for the majority of foster youth, their weekly food allowance is approximately $18 after factoring in living expenses (Raise the Rates, 2015). As a result, many foster youths need to find alternative sources of free food or confront days of hunger. The good news is that there are many organizations, like Aunt Leah's Place, that offer free food and community supports in Metro Vancouver. Using youth experience and knowledge of these organizations, the Foster Youth Food Guide will create an online food resource that helps young people locate organizations that are transit accessible, safe and promote food security. The guide will be built using Google Maps’ API and include clear directions, detailed descriptions, and pictures or videos of each space. To gather this data, youth researchers will travel and review each location. We believe this project falls directly within Fostering Change’s small grants funding approach, as it is a youth-led project that fills a gap with actionable knowledge and builds relationships between foster youth and their communities in Metro Vancouver.
$4,480.00
2017

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Indigenous Communities Consultation Project

Through this project, we are seeking to change the status quo of the ways in which arts institutions create and deliver programming. We are addressing the colonial history of arts institutions and exploring ways to break down the barriers between institutions and the Indigenous community. We will address this issue by creating a community consultation process that will seek to build strong, long-lasting, and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and members. Our goal is to create a space that builds bridges between people. We want to create a space that is shaped by and for the community to support them in participating in safe and accessible educational opportunities.
$10,000.00
2017

Burnaby Community Connections Society Burnaby Community Services

System Navigation for Burnaby’s Working Poor

10% of Burnaby residents are working but still living in poverty. They are struggling with low wages, under-employment and a high cost of living. The patchwork of available programs are hard to access and aren’t enough to help them break the cycle of poverty. To empower people with low incomes to change their lives, this project will test a supportive self-advocacy approach, including training on navigating the system, coaching on employment and housing, a community of practice, peer-to-peer mentoring, transportation assistance and temporary housing if needed. To promote system change, a Steering Committee composed of system representatives will share and act on the learnings.
$10,000.00
2017

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Getting it right: structuring, implementing & evaluating an effective poverty-reduction plan for BC

Thousands of British Columbians experience poverty and struggle to care for their children, participate in their communities and fulfill their aspirations. Our 2008 report, A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC, identified the key elements of an effective public policy strategy to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate poverty. We seek to build on this work and meaningfully engage with BC’s new government as they launch a basic income pilot and develop a poverty reduction plan. A well-designed, transparent and accountable strategy that targets the root causes of poverty has the potential to be game-changing and greatly improve the health and well-being of communities across the province.
$10,000.00
2017

Canadian Nurses Foundation

BC Indigenous Community Based Mentorship Program Supporting Indigenous Nurses for Success

Indigenous Peoples are committed to advancing the health and wellness of communities. Given the current health care crisis, the numbers and retention of Indigenous nurses must increase to provide needed culturally safe care. A BC Indigenous community based mentorship program proposes strategies to ensure success of Indigenous nursing students and retention of employed Indigenous nurses. Partnerships with Indigenous community leaders and organizations, and BC schools of nursing will build on a community needs based framework. Ensuring Indigenous peoples are fully represented in healthcare roles, has far-reaching implications for the health of Indigenous individuals and communities.
$10,000.00
2017

Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning

Creating Futures Together

Strengthening Futures Together is a collaborative initiative to develop a community plan to address barriers faced by indigenous youth to reduce the rate of suicide, achieve post-secondary success and secure meaningful, stable, and well-paid employment. Not only does this dramatically increase the health and well-being of individuals and families; addressing systemic barriers creates stronger communities and contributes to a more innovative and stronger economy.
$10,000.00
2017

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

The goal of this project is to engage young people in re-imagining our current economic system and to give them the tools to build it, while also strengthening their economic independence. To realize this goal, Check Your Head will deliver an economic justice leadership program, that builds on our successful model of peer-led youth engagement. Youth aged 17-24 will be trained as peer educators to reach to other youth through workshops, events and actions that foster socially innovative economic change. The project focus areas that will help to advance this social innovation are: 1) Making a living (skills development and employment opportunities for youth participating in the project); 2) Making most of the available resources (financial literacy, learning about informal and sharing economies, and the ways to utilize them for Metro Vancouver youth); 3) Creating a better economic system (contributing to systemic change through youth-led policy and advocacy). These areas are mutually reinforcing and will create a comprehensive multi-level effort that will make a difference for youth in Metro Vancouver. All project activities will create opportunities for youth to find solutions around these three broad areas. As with all our work, we will be using an anti-oppressive and intersectional framework, which recognizes that individuals face systemic discrimination and barriers based on class, race, gender and other factors that intersect in complex ways.
$10,000.00
2017

City of New Westminster

New Westminster Food Summit and Food Security Action Plan & Sustainability Framework - DEVELOP GRANT

A key social issue that the project is trying to address is the lack of equitable access to healthy, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food in New Westminster. A key focus of the food security summit is to identify gaps, needs and opportunities; enhance access and expand availability and choice of food; and, facilitate capacity, collaboration and relationship-building among food providers, as well as to share information about new models and delivery systems. The final product will be a food security action plan and sustainability framework, which will guide the City and its community partners into the future, and assist in implementing the City's Community Poverty Reduction Strategy.
$4,810.00
2017

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Alberni Clayoquot Food Security Action

Food security exists when everyone has physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious and culturally-appropriate food. In the Alberni Clayoquot region, food security is a significant concern, with high rates of poverty and one of the highest rates of child poverty in BC. We have many rural and remote communities, high food prices, transporation barriers and a high cost of living. Our goal is to create a collaborative action plan including our communities, First Nations, organizations, schools, and businesses to find innovative but practical action for policy and social change to meet the food security needs identified in poverty reduction planning with our local leaders.
$6,444.00
2017

Columbia Valley Community Foundation

Columbia Valley Non-profit Capacity Building Program

Local non-profits are often best positioned to respond to communities, however, in rural settings they face a number of challenges. Small populations face common issues and challenges but have few human resources to deliver programs and projects. In order to be effective, they must be more efficient. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation wants to develop a strategy to build the capacity they need. Ongoing support may allow them to react faster and more effectively to needs; communicate, collaborate, and celebrate success together; equip passionate people within organizations with the tools they need to serve their communities, and help to fill gaps when community members move on.
$10,000.00
2017

Community Arts Council of Prince George

Supporting Northern Indigenous Artists

Indigenous artists in the Northern Interior of BC do not have access to professional development, marketing services, exhibition and performance spaces, and funding and arts-related employment opportunities, that are available to their non-Indigenous counterparts. The Community Arts Council of Prince George & District has begun the work to understand how we can forge an authentic and autonomous entity that will accomplish this. To date we have helped to support a group of Indigenous artists form the "Northern Indigenous Artists' Collective" who are continuing to advise us with the end goal of creating an Indigenous Arts Support Office, staffed with a full-time Indigenous Arts Administrator.
$7,860.00
2017

Company Erasga Dance Society

MigARTion: Art and Migrants towards a Critical and Creative Empathy in Collaborative Art Making

This project aspires to contribute to the contemporary Philippine global diasporic artistry, activism and community through an intergenerational, interdisciplinary, intercultural, cross-aestehtics and transcultural engagement. Filipino and Filipino-Canadian artists, migrant group, independent artists and professional arts companies will collaborate to build a new practice and discourse on migration in Canada through art. Issues like family separation, cultural trauma, and settler colonialism are explored through this process. Migrant stories and perspectives are foregrounded through arts-based methodology grounded from a decolonizing creation process.
$10,000.00
2017

CRES

Access to Media Arts - PILOT PROGRAM

This project's main aim is long-term sustainability of a program that offers low-barrier access to equipment, studios, training, education, and workshops. This sustainability is being sought through a "Fee for Service" program, which will use revenue obtained to be put back into the program. We have noticed a gap in services provided for artists, film-makers, media artists, radio producers, and documentary producers to have an affordable place to do audio work, or have audio work done for them by our technicians, with affordable but professional audio equipment. The program will offer a pay scale: one for professionals/regular clients; one for artist-members; and for artist-members who require low barrier access (by application). The cost of rentals and services will reduce for each category. The program will offer services such as: -rental of a professional audio studio -use and rental of professional equipment (following training) -hiring out MAC technicians/artists for work -technical services (dubbing audio, transferring files, audio editing/mixing/mastering) -more to be assessed during pilot phase As VIVO Media Arts Centre members and previous employees, we witnessed the success of their equipment, studio, and service booking system. With this program, we will offer a service we are not able to offer at all right now: access to studios and equipment; and further, with the revenue we receive, we can offer scholarships and lower rates to reduce barriers
$10,000.00
2017

David Suzuki Foundation

Charged Up: Accelerating Community-led Renewable Energy in BC

The conversation around climate change tends to leave individuals and communities feeling overwhelmed, powerless and full of anxiety. It often seems there is little we can do at the local level, and that what governments are doing is just not enough. Small-scale, community owned energy projects can empower communities to be part of positive, meaningful efforts to combat climate change through shared action. The Charged Up campaign will showcase community success stories, convene and train community leaders, and build a clean energy community who can support one another in addressing the technical, financial, and regulatory issues that come with clean energy projects.
$10,000.00
2017

District of Invermere

Columbia Valley Shared Solar Initiative

The Imagine Invermere Implementation Committee is seeking to address energy security for the Columbia Valley by developing a Community Shared Solar Initiative, allowing community members to invest in solar energy production on municipal buildings to reduce their energy bills, reduce their municipal tax bills, and potentially see a future return on their investment. Community shared energy production can buffer rising energy costs and ensure more predictable energy costs for citizens, helping to ensure more secure financial futures in community households.
$5,000.00
2017

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

In the Best Interests of the Child

EFry seeks to raise the issue of homeless women and children through the lens of BC Legislation, and government responsibilities to see that homeless women and children are not disproportionately disadvantaged by their relative small numbers. The project seeks to rationalize resources to see that the most vulnerable - homeless children - are prioritized; and that homeless and at risk of homelessness women are provided equal opportunity to access supports as their male counterparts to find or remain housed. Doing so will reduce the generational legacy of homelessness in the lives of children as they grow, and provide women fairness, equality and opportunity.
$10,000.00
2017

Family Support Institute of B.C.

Personal Information Booklet

When information needs to be shared with team members (gov, health care teams, therapists,...) the end result is often inconsistent & clinical. Parents of children with disabilities find themselves constantly repeating their child’s story. Not only does this add undue stress to the family, it also further perpetuates a non person centered approach to their loved ones' care & they often get described with jargon & labels. This frustration is most apparent during the transition period of a youth’s life when they leave high school and enter adulthood - arguably, the most difficult time in a families' life. A Personal Information Booklet will address these challenges and build cohesive teams.
$10,000.00
2017

Navigating Social and Sexual Relationships

Young adults with disabilities have systemically been excluded in accessing sexuality education tailored to diverse learning needs. Intentional community based sexuality education opportunities for youth with disabilities is necessary to address conflict among educators, service providers and parents about what and how to teach which can leave youth without any sexuality education. Developing healthy sexual expression provides an opportunity to be fully ‘seen’ and communities can address stigma related to recognizing individuals with disabilities as sexual beings. Community based education provides meaningful interaction while supporting responsive, inclusive and welcoming communities.
$10,000.00
2017

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