Grants

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ACORN Institute Canada

Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform

The displacement of low-to-moderate income renters and the destruction or gentrification of affordable market rental apartment buildings is exacerbating an already crippling housing crisis in Metro Vancouver. ACORN's Power Plan for Municipal Housing Policy Reform will enable BC ACORN and low-to-moderate income tenant communities to create real policy change at the municipal level. The research and development of both high level policy proposals and tenant action plans will give BC ACORN the missing pieces needed to form a viable project plan aimed at ending tenant displacement and preserving affordable rental housing at the municipal level.
$10,600.00
2019

Agrarians Foundation

Accelerating gender parity in financing for small scale food processors

Food security requires that food producers are able to make a living. Food futures analysis shows increasing demand. Small scale food processors create new and innovative products while building relationships with farmers, suppliers, markets and consumers. Women are drawn to this field but as with other women in businesses, they hit barriers finding financing. The importance of their work is not understood by financers which adds to the difficulty. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, financing agencies' representatives will meet with our members. Breakthroughs in understanding will result in plans for new systems and supports thus changing the business ecosystem women ssfp's.
$20,000.00
2019

Ahousaht First Nation

Community Safety & Health Compromised by Systemic Dog Overpopulation - Ahousaht

Dogs are dying, our children’s physical and mental wellbeing is at risk, and disease outbreak is threatening the safety of local wildlife. We need to develop a new way to address the systemic issue of dog overpopulation in our remote community to keep residents and visitors safe and healthy, whether they are two legged or four. We live in the village of Maaqtusiis, home to the Ahousaht People, on Flores Island, just 40-minutes by boat from Tofino. Ahousaht First Nation has partnered with CARE Network, a regional non profit animal rescue, to develop and test a new way to humanely manage our largely free-roaming dog population. We look forward to sharing our experience with other communities.
$9,450.00
2019

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to develop a model for Regional Agricultural Support that better influences and informs Provincial frameworks, ensuring accommodation of the unique contextual realities of various geographical regions and producer populations. A review of the ACRD’s Agricultural Plan Implementation Project will highlight areas where we’ve succeeded in influencing Provincial systems. Engagement with other communities and research into other models of Regional agricultural support will help to identify shared values and narratives. Discussions with the Province will support renewed and impactful plans for agricultural support within the ACRD and elsewhere.
$20,000.00
2019

AMSSA Community Education Society of BC

Unsettling Practice for the Immigration Sector - Development

The transformation of the way in which the Immigration and Settlement Sector is approaching working relationships with Indigenous Peoples will stop the re-creation of historical, systemic patterns between settlers and First Nations. The complexities of a sector that exists to facilitate settlement into territories that are officially acknowledged as 'unceded' are being simplify or ignored in order to achieve fast results, taking us away from the goal of Reconciliation. By identifying and presenting specific and effective elements of disruption to that context, this project will provide viability to a set of general ideas we believe will trigger a process of transformation.
$20,000.00
2019

Aquafit for All Association

What are the barriers and facilitators to providing inclusive aquatic activities for children with mental health challenges?

Studies have repeatedly shown that inclusive education improves the child's quality of life, health status, as well as income and employment outcomes, all of which are important social determinants of health for children, and contribute to their childhood experience and life trajectory. However, aquatic community programs for children with disabilities are often segregated so that children with mental health challenges are separated from peers. By having a deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators to inclusive aquatic programming in the community, we can work with co-researchers and the broader community to expand inclusion practices to programs beyond aquatics.
$19,100.00
2019

Arts BC

The #Next40: New Voices and Fresh Thinking. Redesigning Arts BC’s Role in Addressing Systemic Barriers to Change in BC's Community Arts and Culture Landscape

To support a full creative life for all, Arts BC commits to addressing barriers to change in our sector and championing practices of culture equity that empower just, inclusive, and equitable communities and learning environments for sector development. We strongly believe that through accessible professional development, knowledge-sharing and peer exchange our next generation of arts and cultural leaders will emerge in our province that will effect change in culture-led community development across BC. Our VF funded Develop Grant will explore ways to overcome deeply rooted issues in the sector through peer-based cultural equity practices and dialogue.
$10,000.00
2019

Arts in Action Society

Squamish Artist Solidarity Housing Initiative

The Solidarity Housing project aims to support the transfer of privately owned homes to permanently affordable housing for Squamish artists and cultural producers in Vancouver. The first stage of this project will engage homeowners through a survey and focus groups to explore ways that non-Indigenous people can leverage the land they own as part of the process of reconciliation: how can settlers live a good life while contributing to permanently affordable housing for Indigenous people? As well, Squamish artists will come together to discuss their needs and desires for housing: what does safe, affordable, culturally appropriate housing look like for Squamish artists and cultural producers?
$20,000.00
2019

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

CONNECTIONS: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health of First Nations Foster Youth

CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the overrepresentation of First Nations youth in care. It is no longer enough to acknowledge the land upon which we stand, but to honor it by integrating the knowledges and practices from which it stems. CONNECTIONS is a compassionate response to the impacts of intergenerational trauma and the inordinate number of challenges and disadvantages faced by foster youth, especially those of Aboriginal ancestry. This process remains in the beginning stages and funding received from the Vancouver Foundation Develop Grant in support of this project will, in part, go directly towards further developing strategies for lasting change.
$20,000.00
2019

BC Living Arts

Angel's Bone: Helping to end Human Trafficking one performance at a time.

Human trafficking represents the darkest effects of a patriarchal society and requires all people to look more closely at what allows it to exist. This project brings together social workers, survivors, lawyers, human rights activists and opera artists to collaborate on producing, Angel’s Bone, a contemporary opera depicting human trafficking. The opera serves as an artistic lens and collaborative tool to bring visibility to this issue and shed light on how and why it is able to exist in our communities. In producing it in this way, we aim to empower all society to collaborate on addressing this deeply rooted issue and the social values holding it in place.
$150,000.00
2019

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society

A community economic development plan for the West Boundary

Have you ever heard of the Boundary area of BC? We are in the centre of BC on the border in a mountainous area where ranch lands and forests abound. People are spread out in small communities. Because of a dwindling economy, community resources are very limited as are opportunities for employment. Signs of entrenched poverty and food insecurity are commonplace. A group of community leaders aim to reinvigorate the area and have begun the process by creating a non-profit Community Services Co-operative, purchasing land and planning a community hub building. The Vancouver Foundation DEVELOP grant, will allow us to engage the community in creating a community economic development plan.
$20,000.00
2019

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often violated. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Hospitals and long-term care homes can be busy, noisy places where staff lack the time to explain options and support people to understand information and make decisions. The goal of this project is to: 1)work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2)develop a multi-year project to create resources for teaching staff how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in decisions that impact their lives.
$19,780.00
2019

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.
$20,000.00
2019

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Transgender Inclusive Mental Healthcare

Suicide and mental health concerns are seen in the transgender community in greater rates than the general population. Transgender people, and in particular transgender women, are hesitant to access needed help in the mental healthcare system because of discrimination and exclusion. This project will document experience and put together a team and research project to address this issue.
$6,350.00
2019

Canadian Public Health Association

Building a BC Coalition for Healthy School Food

Canada is the only G7 nation without a school food program; however, demand is growing for healthy, education-based school food programs that improve the health of children and youth. This project builds on grassroots efforts in BC to organize around school food. A BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food will support national work to secure public investment in a cost-shared, universal school food program. The BC-CHSF will unite diverse stakeholders from across BC, including those from education, health and agriculture sectors, to collaborate on advocacy and develop a provincial plan for how BC would utilize funds and build on existing programs across the province.
$20,000.00
2019

Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Designing the System

Children with chronic, complex illness need a lot of care. They have many challenges in daily life, and their future is always uncertain. Their parents (and other family members) spend a significant fraction of their time caring for them, in hospital and at home. Navigating our health care system to get them the care they need is difficult and frustrating. We want to improve the health care system, specifically with these children in mind. We are gathering input from parents about their experiences and wishes for a better way to care for their children. We are then going to share this information with doctors and nurses who provide the care, and try to find ways to change the system.
$14,500.00
2019

Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society

Home Is Where The Art Is

Home Is Where the Art Is aims to address the social causes of mental illness and addiction by increasing social connection and fostering creative community. This project is located in non-profit supportive housing in the downtown eastside and consists of programming that links marginalized artists with hands-on art making, mentorship, supplies, as well as exhibition and publication opportunities for their work. We are changing the conversation about who is considered a contemporary artist. This work challenges stigma and stereotypes of low-income artists and those living with mental health and addictions diagnoses by amplifying relevant artistic practices.
$153,000.00
2019

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers' Society

Women of Colour & Indigenous Women in Film – Community Research

Women of colour and Indigenous women are not being represented in leadership positions (directing, writing and producing roles) in Vancouver’s film sector. This is a pressing issue considering BC is the leading province for Film and Television across Canada, specifically regions of Metro Vancouver which are populated by up to 67% visible majority, with 51% of the population identified as women. This community research project will address this issue for the intersections of women of colour and Indigenous women in the film sector.
$10,000.00
2019

City of Nelson

City of Nelson Climate Action Lab

Climate change is the most important and complex challenge of our time. While the warming is a global issue, local government and civil society are best suited to make the most impact. Determining how to develop and implement the most contextually appropriate, impactful & feasible actions for a jurisdiction to collectively pursue, however, is a huge challenge. And it is one that must be informed by a diversity of experiences and perspectives. To make this happen, we are proposing a ‘Climate Action Lab’ as a means to meaningfully involve Nelsonites in developing a collective understanding of the barriers to climate action in Nelson, and the necessary conditions for change and progress.
$20,000.00
2019

CityStudio Vancouver Society

Scaling CityStudio in British Columbia

Students want to contribute to a better planet, and as we are seeing, they want to start while they in school. Most often they graduate with debt and few employable skills, but are limited in how much they can help create the cities we need for our future. Cities too are challenged: By climate change, energy needs, population shifts and resources, with limited capacity to distribute problems and develop solutions. By uniting cities and schools, CityStudio helps powerful institutions collaborate on urgent environmental and social challenges, while also helping students become more engaged and capable citizens. By scaling the CityStudio model, we aim to help other cities in BC do the same.
$300,000.00
2019

Columbia Basin Environmental Education

Our Calls to Action: Decolonizing our Network

The pressing issue that our project is trying to address is the lack of representation of Indigenous people, processes and structures in the environmental education sector in the Canadian Columbia Basin region of southeast British Columbia. By addressing these issues, our organization will be able to effectively demonstrate inclusion of Indigenous people, policies and procedures that are in alignment with the Calls to Action from the TRC as they pertain to educational programs/organizations in Canada.
$20,000.00
2019

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Social Equity in a One Planet Region

The climate emergency and the new wave of automation are landing on historic levels of inequality and precarious work that are linked to racist extremism. This convergence poses significant risk of widening inequality and the loss of momentum on climate action. It is at this nexus of local climate change and equity that this ‘develop’ project sits, asking the question: How can we better align efforts at the local level, crossing silos and jurisdictional lines to reach the full potential of climate action and equity to be self-reinforcing and mutually beneficial? What is the potential for models like One Planet Saanich and Portland’ Climate Equity Panel to tackle those systemic barriers.
$15,550.00
2019

Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses

British Columbia's Heads Together Project: Improving the Health & Well-being of People Living with Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury

Up until now, it was estimated 180,000 British Columbians have a brain injury. This number is increasing significantly from overdoses and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). There is a direct correlation between brain injury, mental health challenges, addictions, homelessness, criminality and incarceration, and domestic violence. These social issues are being looked at separately with brain injury being the most underserved, yet the root cause of the problem. Developing a plan for integrated brain injury, mental health, and addictions services which are accessible, equitable, client-centered, wellness focused, diversified and culturally safe will strengthen the health of BC communities.
$20,000.00
2019

Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre

Opening the Basket:Sharing, Revitalizing and Reconnecting the Sto:lo Sitel Curriculum

A pressing issue in the Sto;lo territy relates to instruction of Indigenous topics and Indigenous worldviews in K-12 school curricula using authentic, respectful teaching/learning approaches and carried out in partnership with Indigenous communities/organizations. Teachers who are concerned about their teaching practice, Sto;lo members who have question about Indigenous inclusion, educators with successful pedagogical experience, and a community cultural centre will inform this multi-faceted issue through discussions and workshops that result in a long-term cooperative regional plan of major stakeholders in the Sto;lo territory.
$20,000.00
2019

Cowichan Community Land Trust Society

Seeing Cowichan Forests Beyond Trees

We explore ways to work with communities and land owners to protect and restore forests in the Cowichan region. Since colonial contact these forest lands have been viewed as a source of timber and as an impediment to development. There is growing understanding that a shift in perspective is necessary. We need the biodiversity generated in our forests for pollination, flood prevention, water conservation, water and air purification, climate change resiliency, non-timber forest products, fish and wildlife, and social/cultural well-being. The project engages stakeholders in the Cowichan region, recruits volunteers, solicits donations, and develops action plans for future initiatives.
$18,297.00
2019

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