Awarded Grants

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RainCity Housing and Support Society

Co-Creating Unique Outcomes for LGTBQ2S Homeless Youth

RainCity Housing and Support Society wishes to develop culturally competent housing for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGTB2S) youth who are experiencing homelessness. This two-year pilot project will build community support – providing opportunities for employment/education and strong peer networks – and social inclusion.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Restoring Governance for Salmon Conservation in the Lower Fraser River and Estuary

This project addresses the failure of governments and agencies to protect salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River and Estuary. This failure has come at the detriment of globally significant salmon runs and the First Nations, local communities, economies and other wildlife that rely on these fish. A huge opportunity now exists to test governance and funding models for delivering a First Nations and community-lead initiative that envisions salmon resilience in the Lower Fraser. Using salmon as the indicator for freshwater sustainability, an initiative focused on habitat conservation will guide planning, restoration and management, facilitating recovery of a degraded river and its salmon.

Ready to Rent BC Association

Walk With Support Expansion

Over the past two years Ready to Rent (R2R) has been engaging with youth to understand their housing support needs. Through surveying over 500 youth, Ready to Rent has learned that 71% of youth have had housing related questions and didn't know who to ask in regards to these questions. Ready to Rent embarked to understand if a housing support model that incorporated texting in addition to in-person, email and call support could be an impactful and accessible form of housing support for youth. From in person consultations with 40 young people, 80% told Ready to Rent that they would utilize a text support line to solve housing related issues. We explored various options for providing IM and texting service and have identified iCarol as the most appropriate and cost effective platform, the platform being used be Need2, youth suicide prevention line. iCarol integrates texting/IM with data tracking and resource sections. R2R will have increased capacity to support thousands of youth in their housing journey. Furthermore, the iCarol platform will allow R2R to learn about the unique housing issues of youth and respond to these issues through adjusting course curriculum and supports. For example, if data indicates that eviction rates due to poor pest management are particularly high in Nanaimo, Ready to Rent can use this to inform course content to meet regional needs. Ready to Rent will share these research learnings with the community for collective impact.

Shift From Crisis to Prevention

Homelessness is a stuck issue that requires new approaches in order to solve it. Part of the solution is shifting away from existing in crisis towards prevention: 'Shift from Crisis to Prevention' will develop a prevention toolkit of effective practices that can be adapted to and compliment community-based efforts to address housing instability and homelessness. This collection of BC-specific actionable and scalable resources will be accompanied by a funding formula and will tap into already existing networks to change beliefs and provide upstream solutions. ‘Shift" is a collaborative approach to provide organizations and communities resources to prevent homelessness from occurring.

Landlord Guarantee Fund Research

Ready to Rent BC (R2R) has adapted a successful model from Portland that combines tenancy education, a completion certificate that acts as a reference, and landlord guarantee fund (LGF). This combination helps youth who may face barriers access good housing and have successful tenancies. LGFs are key in reducing landlord concerns related to turnover and damages, and can be a positive deciding factor when choosing to rent to a young person. The Portland LGF demonstrates an increase in tenancy length, reduction in stigma and, since the introduction of the Landlord Guarantee Fund, only 0.6% of tenancies have ever had a claim submitted for damages. R2R, in partnership with communities, provides effective education and certificate recognized by BC Housing and BCNPHA members. Determining how to implement a Landlord Guarantee Fund is the next step. R2R will partner with Aunt Leah's Place, the Friendly Landlord Network (FLN) and youth advisers to research implementation, operation, and sustainability of an LGF for youth in care. While the FLN will serve as the primary case study for initial implementation, the research project will develop a 'How To' toolkit for broader use. The project activities will also engage key stakeholders including youth, community organizations, landlords and property managers. The scope of research will also include financial models for scaling and identify potential sources of seed funds for establishing an active LGF.

Realwheels Society

Act of Faith

We believe that theatre has the power and capacity to bring about social change, through the empathic understanding that results from audiences’ experience of and exposure to the ‘other’. Despite comprising approximately 14% of the Canadian population, one of the challenges of living with a disability is simply being seen. This project will challenge the stereotypical experience of people who use wheelchairs as invisible to society and culture. We propose that the Vancouver Foundation support the development and production of a new play. We have commissioned award-winning playwright Janet Munsil to write ACT OF FAITH, a play inspired by the true story of the inexplicable recovery from paraplegia by a Vancouver teacher/dancer, after 13 years of life in a wheelchair. We will contract a cast comprised of a combination of performers with disabilities and able-bodied performers. Foundation funding will support laboratory exploration of a new, hybrid art form and its realization in production. By employing mixed-ability (or ‘integrated’) wheelchair dance as a means of storytelling, we will find alternatives to the usual pattern of storytelling, a departure from habitual forms. Our process will test the capacity for integrated dance to challenge stereotypes of disability as a negative experience. This is a compelling and innovative way to push the boundaries of theatre, and has the correlated benefit of shifting audience perceptions of disability in a completely new way.

Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation & Resiliency Platform

Through economic reconciliation, it can create the conditions for transformation. Economic reconciliation is more than economic development. It defines prosperity more broadly than income and assets. It goes beyond economic transactions and considers the economy of relationships. It looks at systemic barriers that inhibit prosperity. It requires creating new models that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing, considering all factors that impact prosperity, including health, education, culture, and connection to the land. Reconciliation will be unsustainable if it does not translate into improved livelihoods and a more prosperous future for all.

Richmond Art Gallery Association

East/West Connections through Culture

Addressing systemic social separation in Richmond through inter-generational, multicultural and multilingual programs including workshops, social events and exhibitions. We will encourage cross-cultural exchange, creating a platform to interrogate the systemic barriers to increased respect and relationship building across cultural lines. We seek to position the gallery as a welcoming institution for newcomers as a site to engage with art. Visual art offers an alternative communication that goes beyond language, connecting with groups of many cultural backgrounds. Richmond is a prime site to develop a multicultural, intergenerational dialogue, considering art and urgent local/global issues.

Richmond Food Bank Society

Communities Mobilizing for Justice - Addressing Poverty through Dialogue to Action

Our project, 'Communities Mobilizing for Justice' aims to examine, influence and change the systemic behaviours, rules and processes that create barriers to access for people experiencing poverty and do not address the social determinants of health. These people are disproportionately single parents, seniors, immigrants, youth, LGBTQ, disabled people and people with mental health and/or addiction issues. With networking, skills-building and mentoring, this project gives voice to the unheard, and encourages inclusion and participation for people experiencing poverty so they can actively advocate and promote their collective ideas for change and be decision-makers in the larger community.

School District #36 - Surrey

Connecting Cultures

The Surrey School District’s Welcome Centre, with input from community partners, the City of Surrey and the RCMP, will launch Crossing Connections (CC) in Fall 2018. CC will host three focus groups of ten immigrant and refugee youth to dialogue the challenges, stereotypes and experience they face throughout their journey to Canada and once they have arrived. Each focus group will meet four times for full day sessions in Fall 2018. District Settlement Workers will additionally consult with Mosaic, DiverseCITY, Kwantlen First Nation and Katzie First Nation for their input on cultural awareness training, stereotypes and community supports available. When the sessions and consultations are complete, the Program Facilitator will use the learnings from these sessions to create a one-day workshop that will provide anti oppression, anti racism and cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff. Workshops will be provided for all school district staff beginning in January 2019 and will be led by two immigrant and refugee youth who have passed through the system in conjunction with a District Settlement Worker. These sessions will alter perceptions and give an honest account of what immigrant and refugee youth experience on their often treacherous trip to Canada, the harsh reality of resettlement in a new land and how school staff and school community can ease their transition to living in Canada.

School District #38 - Richmond

Communicating Competency to Our Newcomers: A Vision for Richmond's Welcome Centre

Richmond has been welcoming families and students from all over the world for the past 25 years. New families are welcomed at our School Board Office, where we interview and assess new students to be placed in schools. Currently, we have a system that functions very well from an operational perspective. We are able to assess students, level them and place them in schools. This system is supported by ELL teachers, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Cultural Interpreters. In 2017, we have come far in our world knowledge and understanding of how relationships are formed and how assessments impact individual self-worth. Our students' first contact can be a place where they can feel safe to explore, to be seen and to understand about their new schooling experience. We would like to merge the concept of fast, efficient and accurate assessment of language with the concept of starting with the students' strengths in mind. Four goals of our project: 1) Improve Space at the Welcome Centre 2) Develop assessments and interview guidelines that are culturally fluent. 3) Build capacity for staff at the Welcome Centre. 4) Build capacity for teachers across the district.

School District #41 - Burnaby

Cultural awareness training to teachers and school staff

The project would involve several phases: 1.Information gathering: Information will be gathered through focus groups and questionnaires to better understand students and parents' experience in schools related to school staff' knowledge of cultural awareness. Themes determined from these focus groups will be used in educational talks and video; recruitment of youth speakers; a youth steering committee will be formed to participate in project planning, delivery and evaluation. 2. Video production: Video explaining cultural awareness, anti-oppression, and anti-racism will be produced to assist in educating community. The content of the video will be guided by the information gathered. The production will involve youth voices; video will be shown at the talks at schools, placed on the School District website to be accessed by staff, other school districts, and the general public; 3.Talks at schools (Phase 1):The themes are cultural awareness, anti-oppression, anti-racism, culturally safe environments, and reducing learning barriers; list of cultural-specific topics will be presented to the school to select based on their student population and learning needs. Ten schools would be chosen as “early adapters”. The presenters-team will involve a youth (current or former student), a settlement worker, and a professional speaker. 4.Talks at schools (Phase 2): talks are presented at the majority of schools, at Provincial Pro-D Day. 5. Evaluation and planning for sustainability.

Sea to Sky Community Services Society

Squamish Youth Engagement Strategy (YES)

In a very real way, youth are the life force of any community. They will grow to be decision makers, policy developers, teachers, business owners and care givers. We have an obligation to engage with youth in a meaningful way, to value their voice as an integral part of the fabric of our community, and to then weave this voice into the decisions that shape our future. We are committed as a community, to creating a Youth Engagement Strategy that focuses on bringing youth, not only to the table, but places them at the center of the conversation that answers this question: "How can we as a community successfully engage with youth in a way that supports their healthy growth and development?"

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Environment

Low Carbon Resilience: Practitioners as Drivers For Sustainable Communities

Climate change requires us to reduce emissions (mitigation) and prepare for impacts such as flooding, sea level rise and heatwaves (adaptation). To date, climate mitigation and adaptation have been planned separately, but it's clear there are major benefits to integrating them - an approach called low carbon resilience (LCR). As we shift to a low carbon economy and begin upgrading infrastructure to withstand climate impacts, we can save time and money using LCR approaches. This is good news for ecosystems, which are also challenged by climate change, as their health is central to innovative LCR approaches. This project facilitates and supports the role of professionals as LCR champions.

St. Paul's Foundation of Vancouver

Expanding Peer Involvement in Substance Use Care

Our project seeks to expand the involvement of the affected population – people who use drugs (PWUD) – within the substance use system of care. We see this as important and timely given the present overdose-related public health emergency. Our goal is to affect change by: • Reducing the stigma surrounding PWUD by involving them more extensively within the system of care; • Training peer health navigators to be present on site at treatment facilities and to serve as linkages to care, thereby offering further support to those seeking substance use treatment; • Providing valuable feedback to health care providers by soliciting the feedback of PWUD on presently available treatment options.

Sunshine Coast Community Services

Improving socio-economic outcomes for adults living with mental illness

This project will bring together the Food Bank and Arrowhead Club House to test a volunteer and employment training initiative for adults living with mental illness. A key component will be the implementation of organizational change in the structure of the Food Bank to incorporate a capacity building training component for ADLMI that could lead to employment in the community and will incorporate long term sustainable employment in the food bank for adults living with mental illness. The results of this pilot will provide ongoing support to potential employers building our communities capacity to support this population and shift the communities perception of the abilities and positive contributions ADLMI can make to the health and well being of the community. Participants will have an increased sense of self worth, increased income, references for other employment and will have the skills and support to seek employment. Local employers, support services and adults living with mental illness will be engaged in workshops and dialogues to discuss the barriers and benefits of employing this population. These activities will shift their perception of ADLMI and increase their ability to support this population. In addition the new volunteers and employees will increase the Food Banks capacity to serve the community and to better serve users of the Food Bank who have Mental illness.

T'Sou-ke First Nation

T'Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability Housing Innovation

The T’Sou-ke Centre for Sustainability Housing Innovation project aims to address the housing crisis that exists within Canada’s First Nations communities. There are multiple systemic barriers that result in common issues such as overcrowding, mould contamination, poor construction and high energy costs. While there are many innovative technologies available, we believe that social innovation is needed prior to technical innovation. We are proposing to begin with community first. Our project will embody the traditional values and principles of the people. In this way, we’re bringing back traditional values in a modern context.

The Arthritis Society

Electronic Arthritis Triage Strategy (EATS)

The EATS Program serves to reduce barriers to treatment for people with arthritis. It will ensure appropriate treatment for their properly diagnosed arthritis by the appropriate healthcare professionals (HCPS), in a timely way that will help to reduce disease progression and disability. Earlier treatment will reduce the need for more invasive treatments including medications with higher side-effects and the need for surgery. This will be achieved through the development and implementation of an online triage tool that uses standardized examination questions where the responses are processed through a decision support system (based on BC Rheumatology guidelines) to determine the best route to treating their arthritis. EATS will generate a report summary of the patient responses combined with other key patient data from the healthcare system. This will be accessible by the primary care provider, rheumatologist and/or allied HCP. The result is the expedited referrals of high priority patients to rheumatologists, which improves specialist access, increases positive health outcomes for patients due to early disease intervention and reduces the need for costly medications. This will generate significant cost savings for the MoH. Our partnerships with healthcare professional bodies (rheumatologists, GPs & allied HCPs) will assist in the adoption and utilization of EATS.

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

Vancouver Mental Health and Addictions Systems - Collective Impact Project

The Vancouver MH & Addictions Collective Impact project is an initiative to strengthen the care systems for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders. The project’s role in achieving reduced levels and frequency of crisis is not to directly deliver supports, but to better define, coordinate and integrate the work of the diverse partners providing services; from healthcare to housing, from education to law enforcement, and from government agencies to community groups. The project’s premise is that by creating a system that works in unison towards a shared set of measurable goals, future policy changes and new investments in services will have greater impact.

The MacMillan Family Foundation

About Us, With Us: A Fellowship Program With the Youth in Care Community

British Columbia has the highest rates of child poverty in Canada. The challenges facing B.C. youth in and from foster care in Vancouver are among the most acute in the country. At Discourse Media, our own analysis - after several months embedded in the youth in and from care community in Vancouver - found that the foster care system was most often presented in the context of conflict and crisis. The episodic news cycle pits politicians against advocates, provincial bureaucrats against regional bureaucrats, parents against the system. It casts families as broken. Stories are triggered by tragedy. There is little capacity in media for data analysis. Youth perspectives are largely left out, yet theirs are some of the most trenchant questions about the system. They need channels through which they can pose questions, amplify solutions and mobilize their knowledge. Discourse Media seeks Vancouver Foundation support for a youth in and from care fellowship program designed to build capacity with interested youth (engagement workshops, listening events and story-to-action meetings). As a first step, we will pilot a fellowship experience with a member of the youth in care community and embed them into our journalism team in Vancouver, with mentorship from Discourse reporter and producer Brielle Morgan, who focuses on child welfare. We have identified several youth who might qualify for a fellowship and will partner with the foundation on selecting a fellow and supporting their work.

Growing the Discourse — Journalism for Systems Change

Discourse Media proposes an ambitious plan to create: a permanent full-time child welfare reporter position; a permanent youth in/from care media fellowship; a deeply researched guidebook to support better media coverage and a national, collaborative network of journalists reporting on child welfare. In 2017, Discourse employed the only full-time child welfare “beat” reporter in Canada. This position is unique due to our commitment to relationship-building, community engagement and collaboration with youth. After spending a year asking questions about this system, we’ve been humbled by the sheer complexity of the system and honoured by people with lived experience who have spent time teaching us and pointing us to the many important stories that have gone untold. We want to play our learnings forward. We are motivated to change people’s impressions of media as a barrier to progress, and redefine media as a catalyst for positive social change. This grant would allow us to build on the work that we’ve done and expand it to meet the strong demand for better storytelling and reporting on this complex system. We want to work with our colleagues in media and community partners to spark solutions-focused conversations about child welfare that transcend regional systems and borders. We’ve seen that there’s appetite for this kind of network. Through this radically different, engagement-driven approach, we believe we can continue to shift the way media report on child welfare.

The Only Animal Theatre Society


SLIME is a world premiere of a play by Bryony Lavery about the impact of climate change on ‘the great animal orchestra' from which we have become disconnected by our infatuation with the sound of our own voices. The play is set in a fictional conference on marine extinction. Audience are welcomed as conference delegates and seated among animals. You hear a dolphin at your elbow or a sea bird on your shoulder: animals too have something to say. We come together to face an absolute threat to life on earth—an insatiable creature taking over seas called SLIME. Like other forces in our 21st century lives, facebookslime or googleslime, SLIME moves with viral force, gobbling up all available resources. We must learn a new way to survive. This conference is the last hope for salvation. SLIME is an immersive event, where audiences are decision-makers with the world at stake. It requires us to tune into our animal sensibility and operate within natural systems instead of as super-predators. SLIME requires of its audience a new kind of listening - listening to our indivisible relationship with the biosphere. As we return from the world of the play to our lives, SLIME asks that we confront our connection to all inhabitants of the earth. The Only Animal's process of creation extends each show into a year of curated programming to more deeply affect audiences and issues. This year of SLIME also engages the ensemble in seeding future work creating legacy and impact in the community.

The Polis Foundation

ReFRESH Water Lab - Exploring the Future of the Columbia River Treaty

The reFRESH Water Lab, seeks to address transboundary watershed governance challenges.  The Lab will provide an opportunity to tackle the complex challenges of watershed governance in the context of a modernized Columbia River Treaty. Transboundary watershed governance is multijurisdictional with complex legislation, policy and institutional architecture that can challenge collaboration. The Lab will provide a structured yet creative process for deep collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams of diverse rights and stakeholders to work together on an interconnected challenge– How might ecosystem values be incorporated into Columbia River Treaty Governance?

The Salvation Army, British Columbia Division

Food Access Program

The Salvation Army wants to help clients to be able to access nutritious food and focus their efforts on becoming well, training for employment or advancement, attending to their families, children and keeping seniors in their homes as opposed to worrying about access to nutritious food. The Salvation Army will approach this by redeploying how we collect and deliver food to clients in the Lower Mainland. Meeting our commitment of reducing our carbon foot print, providing nutritious food and rejecting unhealthy donations and shrink our waste by encouraging closed loop recycling (take waste and turn it into a new consumer product). Feeding bodies minds and futures.

Theatre Conspiracy

Victim Impact

Victim Impact examines the Samji Ponzi scheme involving $110 million & over 200 victims – mainly the elderly in Surrey’s South Asian community.  Over two years, the project will fuse investigative journalism, community engagement, media and inter-disciplinary theatre. With direct community engagement in the creation, the project is a catalyst for education and outreach.. Engagement consist of: Research: Ongoing process attending court trials/hearings; interviewing victims & key players including lawyers, regulators, psychologists and victim support groups; sourcing/ analyzing of documents (transcripts; judgments; media, legal & accounting reports); research into financial law and practices.   Creation: October 2017 workshop - two weeks with artists of diverse practices, staged reading with community feedback session.   Podcasts: Five 35-45 min. episodes of interviews and dramatizations: Through the Samji case examine the causes of fraud; educate & provide context to recognize fraud; destigmatize victims; facilitate support networks; encourage participation in future episodes, workshops and theatre attendance.   Performance/ Events: Workshop Production Performance (PTC, 2017) and The Cultch Premiere Performance (Spring, 2018) will include community activities such as: Open rehearsals, post-show talks, a facilitated public forum by experts on financial law; facilitating dialogues with victim services; address the social stigma & its effects on families/ communities.