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.

AutismBC

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.
$300,000.00
2018

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.
$300,000.00
2018

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.
$300,000.00
2018

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.
$300,000.00
2018

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.
$300,000.00
2018

First Nations Fisheries Charity Fund Society

Water for Fish: Supporting BC First Nations Engagement in Fresh Water Governance and Stewardship

First Nations have practiced sustainable guardianship of lands and waters for thousands of years and have an essential role in addressing the challenges that water in BC will face in the years ahead. While a small handful of communities are leading freshwater protection initiatives in their territories, a number of long-standing barriers prevent the full engagement of First Nations as decision makers. By convening First Nations to speak with a unified voice and supporting their capacity to protect Aboriginal water rights, this indigenous-led project will ultimately change the way freshwater is managed in BC and define the future of water for all British Columbians for generations to come.
$300,000.00
2018

Our Place Society

Therapeutic Recovery Community

Homeless people suffering with addictions are currently being criminalized, and not receiving the treatment and support they need to heal, and to live healthy lives free from addiction. This Therapeutic Recovery Community project will be a showcase for a fundamentally different model for treating severe addictions. This project aims to influence addictions treatment policy by showing that this evidence based model works in our context. Our objective is to make this approach to treatment a more widespread and accessible option in the province and across the country.
$300,000.00
2018

Pain BC Society

Addressing inequities in the management of chronic pain: From self-management to systemic change

Chronic pain is widespread, complex and requires a multi-faceted approach to treatment, including self-management. While efforts are underway to include affordable and effective treatment options within the healthcare system for people in pain, substantial work is required to address the needs of those facing structural barriers to accessing care. Working with community partners, Pain BC will adapt, implement, and evaluate an easy to access self-management class series for people living in marginalized conditions in BC. Participants will learn non-pharmacological pain management strategies and will be part of a collective effort to remove structural barriers to accessing equitable care.
$300,000.00
2018

Pender Charitable Foundation

Indigenous Poverty Reduction Project

The pressing issue we are trying to address is Poverty and the economic marginalization of Indigenous Peoples in BC. Indigenous People have been affected negatively by colonization and this project is designed to reverse that damage and build a bright future. The timing of this project is perfect. We are in an era of Reconciliation and this is a meaningful approach to achieve that vision. The status quo of poverty for Indigenous People is unacceptable. We will change systemic behaviours by empowering Indigenous social entrepreneurs, by building small and large networks that form an Indigenous economy, and by reducing racism through the strength and success of Indigenous Peoples.
$300,000.00
2018

Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society

PARC/Community Hub Project

Over 275 individuals and many others unknown to us in Abbotsford are experiencing multiple risks and multiple health and support care needs ranging from basic to complex. The meaningful engagement with this vulnerable population inclusive of involvement in the Hub development will result in improved uptake to treatment plans, acceptance of social and medical care and involvement in mutually agreed upon care plans to stabilize health and social well being. Not only will this
$300,000.00
2018

Simon Fraser University

Refugee Livelihood Lab

The Refugee Livelihood Lab is a time-bound 3-year, social innovation lab working to help advance understanding and innovative responses to refugee economic livelihood outcomes. Through social venture design and incubation, building capacity in the settlement sector, weaving new networks and connections, and knowledge mobilization efforts our work at multiple levels helps shift routines, beliefs and resources over time to enable a more adaptive and responsive sector and improved outcomes for refugee and newcomer populations.
$300,000.00
2018

Spirit North

Spirit North B.C. Program Delivery expansion scale

The purpose of this proposal is to increase capacity and expand our ability to confront the physical and mental health crisis facing Indigenous children and youth in B.C. We intend to do this through expansion of our capacity to deliver a sport and activity based outreach program, alongside community capacity building, bridging supports and forging partnerships with communities and schools. Programs are designed to be active, inclusive and participation-focused as they build and develop skills that can be transferred back in to the classroom and the community, while successfully addressing a full spectrum of physical, educational, and mental health outcomes.
$300,000.00
2018

University of British Columbia

Building an AnimalKind community

Any company can call itself “humane”, but how can the public be sure? AnimalKind accreditation sets the gold standard for animal-related businesses by incentivizing ethical and humane practices. AnimalKind businesses must meet science-based animal welfare standards set out in the strict program requirements and pass audits to receive the BC SPCA stamp of approval. For wildlife and rodent control, AnimalKind helps to raise public awareness that even pests deserve humane treatment. Expanding to all regions of BC could affect millions of wild animals. Scaling accreditation to pet services will positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals and their guardians in BC.
$300,000.00
2018

Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge

Indigenous peoples play a keystone role to conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage of humanity. The Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge will chart a pathway of consciousness for a more just and sustainable tribal economies based on Indigenous food sovereignty and holistic health, and will provide an alternative to the large scale resource based extraction projects that impose contradicting cultural and socio-economic values, and place Indigenous women, children, and families at increased risk. The project will set the context for increasing social capacity and advancing policy driven by a community of regenerative practice.
$300,000.00
2018

University of Victoria

“Our Trans Health Initiative”: A Community-Based Participatory Study of Transgender Population Health in British Columbia

What is the state of health for trans people across BC and is it improving? Elsewhere we know trans people have poorer mental health, worse health access, and experience greater discrimination. This is a public health and social justice issue. Our Gender Diverse Council of BC will oversee this community-based participatory research project, which has three ongoing phases: capacity building, community consultation, and data collection. Our team has extensive experience to ensure this research informs policy and programs to reduce health disparities for trans people. Half of our team are trans people and we are committed to supporting the next generation of trans researchers and leaders.
$300,000.00
2018