Awarded Grants

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Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs Society

Assessing the Effectiveness of Team Training Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their Service Dogs

PTSD is prevalent among veterans of the military and RCMP. VICD helps veterans cope with many self-destructive and anti-social behaviors symptomatic of PTSD by matching dogs with veterans and training them as a team to achieve BC service dog certification. VICD’s team- training model is innovative and produces improvements to veterans’ mental health and their interactions with family members and society. VICD will evaluate and document the best practices of its program. Based on the evidence, service dog trainers can improve their programs, and government agencies that fund and provide veteran health care will be able to make informed decisions about policies addressing PTSD treatment.
$10,000.00
2017

Vancouver Symphony Society

VSO's New Chapter: Connecting People, Connecting Cultures

The VSO will create, experiment, produce, and disseminate 10 high-profile cultural events over the next three years chosen for topical and cultural relevancy that challenge the assumption that cultural institutions are discretionary resources for selected members of society. The adaptive power inherent in cultural institutions when they envision themselves as a civic asset will be tested via projects that focus on a broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, employing exceptional artistic talents to demonstrate the potential of social inclusion. We believe this deep and broad initiative to connect people and cultures will transform not only VSO’s current and future practice, but by sharing our findings, will transform the practice of similarly motivated institutions. VSO’s New Chapter focuses on three areas for their collective ability to foster change: 1. First Nations: Creation of a 3-year partnership of reconciliation beginning with First Nations Artist-in-Residence: Marion Newman, and ending with a multi-faceted First Nations-sourced commission to be performed in Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. 2. Community Engagement: The “Beat of the Drum” commission will create music for all abilities; integrating deaf and disabled communities with all music lovers and genres collaborating with world-renown deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. 3. Gender Balance and Equality: Virtuosic female talent give voice to stories of our past, present, and future.
$225,000.00
2017

Victoria Community Food Hub Society Victoria Community Food Hub Society

Good Food Shift: addressing food insecurity through creating healthy food environments

The social challenge we are addressing is community health and wellbeing related to food insecurity. Food insecurity is up from 12% to 14% in the CRD in the last five years. Currently children and families in need are mainly served through downtown food banks. The Good Food Network is working with public institutions like schools, health and recreation centers, and community food hubs to find better ways to build healthy food environments (policy and programs) with connections, resources and access to food where families live, learn and play. With the Food Rescue project as a new lever, we can make the Good Food Shift now distributing 1 million pounds of fresh foods to community settings.
$165,000.00
2017

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Housing, Health & Well-Being Through Indigenous Cultural Community

In Greater Victoria, and throughout Canada, homelessness is a condition which afflicts the Aboriginal population disproportionately -- although First Nations comprise only 4.1% of the local population, 20-30% of the people Cool Aid serves in shelters identify as Indigenous. But they are under served. To improve Cool Aid's housing, healthcare and support services for Indigenous clients, we have partnered with the Victoria Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness to appropriately house and support more chronically homeless Indigenous people, develop cultural learning materials and training for staff (300 employees), and share the materials and results locally, provincially and nationally.
$192,000.00
2017

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Youth Strides Summer Camp

$10,000.00
2017

West Kootenay Environmental Centre

Engaging West Kootenay Industry Stakeholders in a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Future

To avoid global warming beyond 1.5C by 2100 we need to decarbonize by 2050. Each country and community needs to do its fair share to transition to a 100% renewable energy economy to avoid the worst climate impacts. Cities are leading the transition at the community-level, which includes transportation, electricity and buildings. As cities lead, industry’s carbon pollution must be addressed to reach 100% renewable. We’re working with local governments and industry workers to clarify the government’s relationship with industry in the transition to renewables, and with local residents to garner support for renewable energy in communities that rely on carbon-intensive industry for local jobs.
$10,000.00
2017

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.
$10,000.00
2017

Williams Lake Indian Band

Circle of Strength Community Safety Project

Residential school and generational trauma have impacted First Nations communities and families in a range of different ways. When a family crisis occurs, or when a family is struggling, our usual approach has been to remove children from their families to protect them from further harm. This traumatizes both the children and their families. This project is about finding a different way. We want to work together with all the services in our community identify and reach out to families who are struggling sooner, provide support and resources to help them resolve the challenges they face, keep their children and the community safe, and support health family development.
$224,720.00
2017

WISH Drop-In Centre Society

Mainstream Employment Opportunities Initiative

Many women involved in street-based sex work are reliant on it as their sole source of income. Without alternative sources of income, women may put themselves at risk so that they can make a living. For women who wish to seek mainstream employment, opportunities are limited and barriers are high: e.g., stigma, lack of employment history, and criminal records. Facilitating mainstream employment opportunities for current and former sex workers will allow them to make safer choices, and to potentially see a path out of sex work if they choose to do so. Systemic changes have the potential to also create greater access to employment opportunities for other marginalized groups in the DTES.
$10,000.00
2017

Women Against Violence Against Women WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Inclusion Project: Community Consultation and Policy Development

Half of all transgender people will experience sexual assault. Although sexual assault supports exist in Vancouver none are designed specifically to support trans and gender non-conforming survivors and many services exclude them altogether. Since 1982, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre has supported women who have been sexually assaulted. Through consultation with stakeholders in the trans and gender non-conforming community we will create a plan to provide sexual assault services to trans and gender non-conforming survivors. Developing support services that center the unique needs of trans and gender non-conforming survivors ensures that will have access to healing and justice after sexual assault
$10,000.00
2017

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