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.

3H Craftworks Society

Opening More Doors: Achieving Diversability in the Sewing Manufacturing System

People with barriers, such as those with disabilities or refugees and newcomers, are often marginalized because of the perception that they are a drain on resources. As a result, they are excluded from work opportunities and community participation. Our project aims to change these attitudes by testing a new model that focuses on participants who want to acquire and apply sewing skills in the local industry or our in-house production program. In collaboration with the industry, community partners and participants, our project will open more doors by changing the perception of our participants as people with disabilities and barriers to valuable contributors with ‘diversabilities’.
$300,000.00
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

Douglas College

Raising the Curtain (RTC) - Phase 2

What impacts do creative collaborations between arts, education and health care organizations have on individuals with the lived experience of dementia, their caregivers and the health care system as a whole? The health care system struggles to integrate projects that enlist individuals living with the experience of dementia as active contributors. A system that views people through a biomedical lens sees them only as a health issue to solve; a system that views people in their full humanity sees their capacity to participate in shaping the world around them. Individuals with the lived experience are demanding system change. This research will support organizations responding to this need.
$300,000.00
2019

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Done with Diversity: Reframing the future for Indigenous and Racialized Artists

Current shifts in the arts system to address systemic racism, have included various forms of affirmative action policies, & mandated representation from “diverse” communities. However, without transforming the ways that Indigenous arts practices are valued, which includes shifting the ways that cultural practices are funded, these barriers will continue. The current system invites Indigenous artists and artists of colour to have a seat at the table, however we did not build the table the chairs, nor did we pick the room! We want to build an entirely new table & choose a space that centres Indigenous voices and values in solidarity with a plurality of cultures and communities.
$300,000.00
2019

Global Youth Education Network Society

Advancing Race Equity from the Ground Up: Hua Foundation's Race Equity Project

In a city slow to address the dire lack of diverse lived experiences at the decision-making table, hua foundation’s Race Equity Project provides the tools, strategies, and support for the next generation to drive social change and challenge the systemic racism that has too often denied them a voice and an opportunity. This project addresses a critical gap that has yet to be addressed on scale: changing systemic behaviours by holding space for productive, solutions-oriented explorations of race in Vancouver and equipping the next generation with the competencies to engage meaningfully in their communities—on their terms.
$300,000.00
2019

Living Lakes Canada Society

Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Initiative: Developing an Innovative Water Monitoring Collaborative Framework and Data Hub

This initiative will coordinate, collaborate, and communicate a systemic framework for addressing water monitoring data collection and open source data storage needs in the Columbia Basin. With cross-sector participation, including Indigenous and non-indigenous governments, this initiative will build upon the backbone of government water monitoring. It will address identified water data gaps and help to prioritize the expansion of water monitoring, including support for community-based monitoring. The outcome is for more informed, collective water resource decision-making towards increased ecosystem and community resiliency in the face of a changing climate.
$300,000.00
2019

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

A new vision for public safety through connection, inclusion and valuing the contributions of all

Public safety is the pressing issue the project is addressing. The current criminal justice model reflects the inherent biases in society & the political views of whatever party is in power. Offenders, victim/survivors & the wider community are kept separated from each other & the correctional system. For the most part, they are unable to contribute to public safety in any meaningful way. Changing the existing paradigm to one that stresses accountability & utilizes a transformative approach will build relationships that ultimately keep society safer. By scaling up the Emma's Acres project, more offenders will be able to give back to victims & society.
$300,000.00
2019

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

SRO Habitability and Tenant Well-Being Hub

Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are almost a century old, in notoriously bad shape and renting to very low-income tenants at risk of rent increases and homelessness if they or their advocates push hard for repairs. NICCSS (Rent Bank, Better at Home) and the SRO Collaborative will demonstrate how introducing building committees, repair advocacy workshops, a light housekeeping service and more, will improve SRO habitability and tenant well-being, plus help us build an SRO Sector that can advocate for substantial SRO rehabilitation agreements that embed long term affordability and tenant centred supports into all SROs, reducing the community impact and costs of deep poverty and homelessness.
$300,000.00
2019

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC

Each year, over 170 organizations try to save thousands of abandoned and mistreated pets in BC, saving every pet they can with no time to prevent harm in the first place. The Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC was created to build capacity in this sector to partner, pool resources, share effective practices and create sustainable solutions that fundamentally reduce animal neglect, abandonment and cruelty. Together, we will ensure high standards are practiced by rescue groups, address the massive challenges in remote communities due to severely limited services, prevent harm and abandonment through a province network of foster families, and raise our professional practices.
$300,000.00
2019

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment (RISE) Youth Leadership Initiative

RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategies for Empowerment) involves a collaboration of several partners working together with the Vancouver Parks Board in a committed effort to ‘open the door’ for Indigenous youth to employment possibilities and as a way to create meaningful systems change. It does so by providing focused skill acquisition and experiences that are desired by employers and RISE leaders. RISE works to increase the skills, confidence, and ability of Indigenous youth to identify the gaps and barriers to reconciliation that may exist in mainstream community programming, and to propose and implement innovative solutions to make Community Centres more reflective and inclusive.
$300,000.00
2019

Simon Fraser University

A participatory systems change approach to modernizing BC's response to drugs

Prohibition, Canada's current approach to drugs, is a key driver of the toxic, deadly, illegal drug market and is causing record numbers of overdose deaths in BC. These policies criminalize, stigmatize and marginalize people who use drugs and create barriers to health care, belonging, housing and other services. They fuel a drug market controlled by organized criminals and unregulated dealers. Decades of reports have recommended change. This project engages communities across BC to generate local dialogues and other strategies that explore alternative public health oriented models of regulating drugs and decriminalization and facilitate the development of strategies to achieve change.
$300,000.00
2019

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

BC Worker Action Centre

Workers outside of traditionally unionized sectors are finding new ways to organize in the face of precarious work. In BC, the Workers’ Action Centre is at the forefront of change — grassroots organizing that connects low-wage workers with their communities to fight for economic and social justice. We believe the time is right to implement a Workers’ Action Centre in BC. Focusing on education and empowerment, our plan will provide precarious workers from diverse backgrounds with the tools to organize for stronger workplace standards and proactive enforcement of labour laws. By building solidarity and defending workers’ rights, we will transform the gig economy and create economic inclusion.
$300,000.00
2019

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Extending the Reach of Child & Youth Advocacy Centres to all BC Children

Child abuse and sexual assault against children transcends gender, race, education, family structure and socioeconomic class. It can happen to any child, and does so everyday in BC. How we respond determines whether children heal, or whether trauma follows them for the rest of their lives. Child and Youth Advocacy Centres are proven models that maximize the effectiveness of services already in place, but are difficult to access following a traumatic event. CYAC's provide a single location where police, social workers,and victim services workers work together to determine how best to help children in need. This project will extend the reach of CYAC's to more BC communities and children.
$300,000.00
2019

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Climate Law in our Hands – Phase 2

The economics of the global climate crisis are all wrong. As long as the balance sheets of global fossil fuel companies contain only the profits from oil, gas and coal, but none of the costs, those companies, their investors and governments will all make poor business choices. As our communities experiencing growing climate costs, we have the power to insist that those balance sheets need to include a share of those costs and that the companies begin taking responsibility for their products. Phase 2 of CLOH builds on its initial success to catalyze additional and increasingly forceful legal action by local communities for fossil fuel accountability.
$300,000.00
2019