Grants

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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
$130,000.00
2018

African Stages Association of BC

ON WINGS OF STORIES (OWOS).

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.
$20,000.00
2018

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.
$10,000.00
2018

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

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.
$180,000.00
2018

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

BC Living Arts

Angel’s Bone: Addressing human exploitation in our communities through operatic performance

Angel’s Bone is the pulitzer-prize winning opera by Chinese-American composer, Du Yun and Canadian librettist, Royce Vavrek. The opera explores the dark motivations and effects of modern day slavery and human trafficking through the story of two angels who journey to our world to experience the delights of earth. When the angels arrive, they encounter Mr. and Mrs. Xe who lure them into an exploitative situation. In producing this opera and developing a series of community outreach events, this project takes a creative approach to raising awareness of the human exploitation that occurs in our community and the extensive resources available to the public to aid in combating human trafficking.
$10,000.00
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

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.
$20,000.00
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

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.
$257,049.62
2018

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.
$65,300.00
2018

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.
$17,450.00
2018

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

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.
$245,000.00
2018

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.
$30,000.00
2018

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.
$200,000.00
2018

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).
$15,000.00
2018

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.
$20,000.00
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

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Creating a Path Forward for a Culturally-Healthy Community

What steps can we take to create a culturally-healthy community? We will invite youth, elders, healers, and community developers to participate in a series of learning circles and workshops to develop our understanding of the barriers, opportunities, and leverage points for change in order to strengthen cultural health. Our goal is to share, express, and build knowledge though a process of dialogue. Following these discussions we will create an action plan to pursue identified opportunities. By prioritizing healing and cultural health we are supporting our children. This work will be meaningful to everyone involved when they think of their children and the future generations.
$18,590.00
2018

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

From Prototypes to Deep Change: Embedding Creativity, Innovation and Experimentation in Renfrew Collingwood

Densification, gentrification and increasing unaffordability are leading to greater social isolation throughout Metro Vancouver. This project seeks to transform the social determinants of health in Renfrew Collingwood to improve social connectedness and resiliency for all residents and community organizations by embedding different practices, roles and policies that support creativity, experimentation and responsivity to emerging issues. Through a Lab, we will build core social infrastructure within & between community organizations and residents to move the dial on belonging and inclusion to meet the Healthy City target of ensuring residents in RC have 4 people in their networks to rely on.
$225,000.00
2018

Dancers of Damelahamid Society

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Youth and Emerging Artist Development Program (CFNDF YP)

It has become part of our collective consciousness over the past few years that Indigenous youth are susceptible to disconnect from community, family and healthy supportive environments, cultural practices, and as a result we see a disproportionate number of cases of substance abuse and tragically, youth suicide. Identifying with one’s culture is a much more intimate process than mere awareness and it has the ability to nurture one’s spirit. Through many of the company’s outreach experience with youth, there have been moments where Indigenous youth assert their Indigenous identity and demonstrate self-esteem.
$30,000.00
2018

District of Sechelt

Visioning for Reconciliation in the shíshálh Homelands

This project seeks to address the need for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples on the Sunshine Coast. It is important to heal the racism and attempted cultural genocide of the Residential School era that harmed Indigenous peoples, and cultivate new relationships based on interdependent autonomy, equality and respect. This work is meaningful because it is grounded in the deep dialogue required to build an inclusive grassroots movement. If our six steps are followed as planned they will result in a strategic vision, a report documenting what local people want to see, and a public engagement plan so the Movement can take wise action towards authentic reconciliation.
$20,000.00
2018

Eastside Culture Crawl Society

Capacity Building and Public Engagement for Visual Artists

The landscape for visual artists is changing rapidly. Traditionally visual artists had few venues to exhibit their work and were limited to private galleries, a handful of artist run centres, and a few public art galleries. The opportunities for visual artists remains stuck in the last century where artists were beholden to a gallery system that provided opportunities for only a few. Today, the demand has gown for the visual arts but the systems haven’t adapted and or changed. Partially, this issue remains largely unchanged at the government and foundation support level ; partially it is at the artists level; and partially it is the manner in which the public perceives artists.
$20,000.00
2018

Ecotrust Canada

Addressing Barriers to Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in On-Reserve Housing

Poor quality housing and limited access to affordable fuels contribute to energy poverty for indigenous communities in BC, where a typical family spends three times as much of their income on basic household energy as other Canadians. Energy efficiency retrofits can help families dramatically reduce energy costs while creating new training and employment opportunities and addressing longstanding health and social challenges. However, capacity constrains paired with limited access to funding and financing prevent these projects from going forward at scale. This project will engage indigenous community leaders in developing funding solutions, and bring their proposals directly to policymakers.
$20,000.00
2018

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