Awarded Grants

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221A Artist Run Centre Society

Seasons End

As an organization 221A prioritizes the importance of dialogue at large and with ‘Seasons End” it challenges the static nature of Public Art in our city and beyond. As the increasing regulation of civic space limits citizens’ abilities to meaningfully participate in the public realm, we risk losing critical feedback mechanisms and responding to our demographics through a culture that is desired and representative. “Seasons End” shifts the perspective of public art away from singular sculptures, towards an ongoing artistic process that will be defined as much by the visitors and participants, as it is by its artists and host organization.

Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Project Safe Relationships for Youth

Youth relational and dating violence is a problem in Abbotsford and many communities. Abbotsford Restorative Justice in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley and School District 34 will scale the Restorative Action program currently facilitated in all Abbotsford middle schools into the secondary school level and will scale deeper in developing circle discussion content to address issues surrounding this problem as well as skill development to aid in prevention for our youth. Emphasis will also focus on influencing school district policies and procedures which will assist in making Abbotsford communities safer and more restorative for students to learn and grow

African Stages Association of BC


On the Wings of Stories (OWOS) is designed to use storytelling and proverbs promote youth-elder interaction and exchange of knowledge and skills. Our goal is to use proverbs to address the problems of youth-adult alienation, mistrust and misunderstanding. We are keenly aware that many elders in our communities live in isolation with insufficient interaction with the youths. Storytelling provides a tool to bridge this inter-generation gap. Our project seeks to use storytelling and other African performing Arts to create and maintain a healthy society and to help empower and deal with challenging issues in the community.

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

Building Social Peace of Mind in Personal Crisis in Black Communities in BC’s Lower Mainland

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

New Neighbors Project - Newcomer Youth for Real Representation

This project will invite and support newcomer youth in exploring ideas and strategies that will amplify their voices, ideas, thoughts, and lived experiences in decision-making spaces in which they are currently entirely excluded from or are underrepresented. We will convene immigrant and refugee youth, along with staff and board members of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, in co-creation style facilitated dialogues that draw out, identify, and document the most effective and sustainable strategies and structures in order to have newcomer youth's voices captured at the board, governance, and decision-making level at ANHBC's neighbourhood houses. As neighbourhood houses are an important resource to newcomer youth, it is vital that newcomer youth are involved with the neighbourhood house's decision-making on community issues, which directly affect the livelihood of newcomer youth, their peers, and their families. MPNH's Newcomer Youth Leadership Group, along with our newcomer youth groups at fellow neighbourhood houses, will meet to form a city-wide Newcomer Youth Committee to design, implement and evaluate the project from beginning to end. Newcomer youth will meet, highlight key areas of exploration, and facilitate dialogue workshops. The results will be compiled by newcomer youth and the recommendations, strategies and best practices will be presented to ANHBC staff and Board of Directors with the goal of increasing genuine representation in decision-making

Resurfacing History: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant

Resurfacing History addresses the barriers that keep urban Indigenous families from practicing land based cultural practices in the city. The project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems and to build capacity for Indigenous people to be part of a mechanism that preserves culture, explores cultural knowledge and integrates actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for urban Indigenous people. Our vision is that we will strengthen connections & leverage partnerships to ensure Indigenous people lead land based work & that they will be called upon to provide the expertise to community organizations.

Astrolabe Musik Theatre Society

The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk

The Lake / n’-ha-a-itk is a musical documentary about, and that re-interprets as a film (the only Canadian opera on film), a historic BC opera integrated with contemporary syilx / Okanagan culture in an extraordinary cross-cultural collaboration. It addresses under-representation of Indigenous peoples; raises awareness of Canadian women composers; and removes barriers of access, changing an established social system which allows only certain segments to experience opera. Widely accessible through low ticket prices, community venues and, eventually, online, it liberates an entrenched art form, opening its doors to all.


Business Professional Employment for L1 ASD Individuals [ERTA Program]

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects over 40,000 adults in BC and despite various efforts by governments, community and employment agencies there remains a 75% - 90% unemployment or under-employment rate. This project effects change in the training provided to ASD individuals seeking employment in professional careers. It prepares ASD individuals for retaining professional jobs, and prepares employers for hiring and retaining ASD individuals. ASD individuals in professional jobs have the greatest likelihood of living independently of PWD benefits. By providing support unique to this talent pool, we hope to free up funding for those require greater support.

Bill Reid Foundation

Indigenous Youth Governance

The project we are proposing is based on the research completed for the Develop Grant: Indigenous Communities Consultation Project (CCP). The Indigenous Youth Governance Project (YGP) is a three year long project that will seek to safely integrate Indigenous youth representation into the governance structure of the Bill Reid Gallery. We are asking the Vancouver Foundation to support Year 1 of this plan which includes the creation of an Indigenous youth board position in order to increase youth visibility at the leadership level of the organization. The Youth Candidate (YC) will be an Indigenous youth between the age of 16-24 and preference will be given to youth from the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh host Nations. The YC will receive an honorarium for their participation at Board and advisory meetings. Under regulation, Board members cannot receive remuneration, therefore we will work with the Board Chair and governance committee to determine an appropriate position title for the youth participant that will allow them to have a fulfilling governance experience and receive appropriate compensation for their expertise. The YC will undergo an orientation period with the Education Coordinator and learn about the Gallery's relationships with different organizations and artists. Near the end of the project, the YC will have the opportunity to develop youth oriented programming with the Education and Program Coordinator.

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Policing Indigenous Peoples Project

This project addresses the disproportionate impact of policing on Indigenous peoples in BC and their overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. We plan to influence the systems that perpetuate this issue by testing two innovative models, and by complementing these models with broad-based public education and law reform campaigns. One model will challenge conditions of release issued by police or courts that infringe on the rights and freedoms of marginalized people. Another test model is a partnership with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to base informal resolution of complaints against the RCMP on Indigenous restorative justice processes.

British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

Exploring Disability Stigma and its Impacts on Inequalities in Education, Employment, Income, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in British Columbia.

Easter Seals BC/Yukon (ESBCY) wants to fundamentally re-evaluate their role in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWD). This includes an expanded mandate encompassing broader health determinants impacting PWD of all ages. As part of this re-development process, ESBCY will host a series of community gatherings to uncover the stigma of disability that underpins the major challenges facing PWD in BC (inequalities in education, employment, income, and housing). These events will be used to explore (and report on) the beliefs/attitudes, power dynamics, and policy implications of disability stigma, build an inclusive steering committee, and create a project plan that tackles this root cause.

Burnaby Community Connections Society

Bridging the Employment Gap for Burnaby’s Working Poor

Almost 10% of Burnaby residents experience working poverty and rates are rising. Meanwhile, Burnaby businesses are experiencing a labour shortage and struggling with unfilled job vacancies. Bridging the Employment Gap will test two projects to (a) build the capacity of under- or precariously workers; and (b) help businesses with living wage employment opportunities improve their human resource practices in order to attract, recruit and retain those who struggle with chronic under-employment. This projects will be supported by and will inform a Steering Committee of system representatives from business government and the employment sector to generate innovative approaches to system change.

C4C Canada/ Canada C4C

Disrupting digital news media in B.C. to reconnect the public in dialogue

Journalism is an essential part of the social fabric that unites communities. However, news media has been in steep decline over the past decade, as players Google and Facebook disrupted journalism. The good news about news: we believe the social and market conditions are now present to harness the digital disruption of journalism to transform the industry for positive community impact. Based on learnings from two years of successful partnering on research and prototyping at a project level, C4C Canada and Discourse Media propose to test whether our innovative community-driven journalism model can change the system that digital journalism currently operates in within British Columbia.

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Building Equity: Creating New Affordable Housing in Metro Vancouver through Progressive Property Taxation

Metro Vancouver needs a “big bang” plan to build and finance new dedicated affordable housing, with a focus on the rental market. Recent efforts at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are welcome but have not been sufficient to address the affordability crisis. In this project we (1) evaluate recent government housing affordability initiatives, and (2) consider how new affordable housing can be financed out of the windfall gains to homeowners from rising housing prices. This is central to Vancouver’s economic vitality, to building a more inclusive city, and to ensuring greater equity and opportunities for people who live and work in the region.

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Mapping and equalizing power: moving towards co-production in BC’s mental health and substance use services

Best practice in mental health and substance use services is person-centred, provides cultural safety, fosters trust, and supports empowerment. By mapping the power of peer workers in BC’s services, and by identifying and advocating for peer employment structures that support a shift in systemic power, this project aims to change deeply entrenched beliefs about the capability and the value provided by people with lived experience of mental health or substance use-related health issues. In intends to move BC towards a co-production model that blurs lines between service “provider” and “recipient”, a shift that has the potential to radically change BC’s mental health and substance use system.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch

Recovery College Development Project

Today, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health problem or illness each year, diminishing quality of life and driving up costs in healthcare and lost productivity. The system is focused downstream on acute care and crisis response. We must broaden our mental health plan to simultaneously seek to promote flourishing mental health while preventing and treating mental illness. The Develop process will move Recovery College from idea to blueprint while creating readiness in partners and community to move upstream to help individuals realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make a contribution to their community.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Changing the face of conservation

Conservation is based on a colonial model that has a long history of contributing to systemic oppression, devaluing non-white worldviews, and Indigenous erasure. Governments would move people off land, violate their title and rights, and designate the area a park or protected area. Not surprisingly then, land and ocean conservation movements, and the people that work in conservation, are predominantly white and middle class. Meanwhile, marginalized communities are often the most affected by changes in climate or the environment, and today’s youth will bear the long-term burden of our current choices. As part of our ongoing work to both decolonize our organization – and influence decolonization in the movement – and to create more spaces for marginalized voices in decision making processes, we would like to more proactively challenge the status quo. While we do more decolonization, anti-oppression and diversity, equity and inclusion work with our staff and board, we would also like to create two new roles on our staff team for young Indigenous youth and folks of colour. The goal would be to have them work directly within our program teams and be fully engaged in decision making, policy development (both at an organizational level and a government level), and all aspects of programming. They will be mentored by staff at the organization to develop strong skills, while having space to shape conservation plans with their own knowledge and experience.

Decolonizing conservation and testing new models

Conservation is associated with creating parks and saving wildlife from extinction. But it also has a long history of fuelling violent, genocidal policies like forcibly removing Indigenous peoples from their lands, violating their title and rights, and impeding Indigenous connections to their territories and traditions. With colonial governments reluctant to relinquish control over natural resources, organizations like CPAWS have an obligation to advance decolonial conservation models. Institutional racism harms people and the environment, and systemic change in conservation is essential to address centuries of colonial oppression while healing our relationships to the land and each other.

Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Ecosystem Services on Metro Vancouver Farmland

Do you value biodiversity, beautiful landscapes, and access to healthy, local food? In many cases these things are brought to you farmland. However because these things are not valued by our economic system, they are vulnerable to being exploited. We at SPEC aim to change that. We are working with local farmers to sustainably manage things like soil fertility, water consumption, biodiversity and pest management. We are also trying out a project to compensate farmers for creating pollinator habitat. We are starting an information campaign to increase awareness for the value of farmland, and maybe will campaign local government to compensate farmers for environmentally friendly practices.

Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE Phase 2

Apparel waste is the fastest growing waste contributor to landfills in North America. 20,000 tonnes of textiles waste currently ends up in the landfill each year in GVA, yet 95% of it is reusable or recyclable. Worse, no one in the system is working together on a solution. Leverage Lab aims to shift B.C’s apparel system away from a linear take-make-waste model towards circular borrow-use-return approach. By bringing government, industry representatives and academics together to pilot and prototype solutions we can create collaborative end-market solutions that will result in a decrease of apparel waste catalyzing a case for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulation.

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Youth Building a New Economy

Young British Columbians face increasing economic pressures which contributes to growing poverty and economic inequality in our province. Youth Building a New Economy is a three-year project led by Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network that engages young people in addressing those issues, while also strengthening their economic independence. Through this economic justice leadership initiative, young people ages 15-25 from diverse Metro Vancouver communities will be trained, mentored and supported to work collaboratively with existing advocacy groups and other stakeholders to reduce poverty and build a better economic system.

Diversifying Youth-led Boards

Check Your Head is a youth organization led by young people on all levels of the organization. The board positions are open to youth and youth allies, and historically the vast majority of board members have been young people under 35. As such, our board of directors is unique in the non-profit sector, and there are lessons to be learned in the success in removing barriers to youth participation in the governance of the organization. However, this model also comes with its challenges. Structurally, young people and particularly Indigenous and racialized immigrant/refugee youth, don’t have the same level of experience, skills, networks and connections as older and more established individuals who serve on non-profit boards. For the vast majority of all our directors, serving on our board had been their first experience of this kind. This has created gaps in our capacity as the organization and has a number of implications for our work, the solutions to which we want to examine through this project. This project will: 1. Examine structural components of our success in operating for 20 years with a youth-led board so that they can be shared with the wider community and inform further work; 2. Develop solutions to address current gaps in the representation of racialized migrant/refugee and indigenous youth on our board of directors; 3. Build organizational capacity in maintaining a strong and diverse youth-led board.

City of Kelowna

Increasing Social Connections to Support Active, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Through public consultations & recent initiatives, the City of Kelowna has shown it values neighbourhood involvement in planning. Residents have said they are willing to shift behaviours around active transportation. To move from vision to reality, a resident-driven "made in Kelowna" model of community engagement is needed. This project will help stakeholders design a plan to develop and test a model that creates social connections, cultivates local champions and increases community resiliency. The pilot’s focus will be active transportation, but it will also increase residents' activity in: community engagement and events; recreation; and, making healthier choices (e.g. food choices).

City of Prince George

Raise Up Our Kids: Prince George Partners Aligning Systems to Improve Children's Health Outcomes

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School located in Prince George, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province.The collective impact work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Deeper alignment across systems (health, education, policing & social services) is critical to ensuring all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. This develop process will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.

City Opera Vancouver

The research, creation, development, workshopping, community engagement, and production of a new opera: CHINATOWN

The opera CHINATOWN will be a story of two families, brought here from the same village in China in the 19th C. Its goal is to examine the cultural, economic, racist, and fearful forces that brought us to today. These two families – their conflicts and ambitions and identities – will speak to larger personal hopes and public issues that identify us now. Its development will involve deep consultation with the Chinese-Canadian community, its artists and people and historians. Its outcome will move the debate from the abstract to the personal. CHINATOWN will be a unique contribution to understanding a unique part of our city, and the enduring contribution made by its people.