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.

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.
$300,000.00
2020

British Columbia Lung Association

Radon Action in BC: Building Momentum

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, emanating from the ground and accumulating in buildings. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing about 3,360 Canadians a year. While many countries, provinces and states have radon programs, there is little radon awareness and action in British Columbia. The British Columbia Lung Association has started a program on Healthy Indoor Environments with a focus on radon. We want to raise public awareness of the issue, empower people to understand the issue and take action and to build a provincial radon action plan. Together we can eliminate high radon inside BC homes and workplaces and save lives.
$147,052.00
2020

Canadian Mental Health Association - Vernon & District Branch

$16,506.00
2020

Canadian Music Centre

CMC BC Decolonization & Reconciliation Project

3 years ago we began a land acknowledgement at start of concerts. We then made protocol visits to 3 First Nations on whose land we operate & held discussions with them. But those actions didn't lead to anything lasting & doing more was beyond our capacity-already stretched delivering our mission. This project will make it possible for us to play a lead role in a system-wide process of reconciliation, leading to a multi-year Indigenous-led action plan we hope the entire new music community can adopt and work to implement fostering meaningful Indigenous participation & engagement to help overcome painful legacy of negation. The entire budget is solely to fund Indigenous participation & travel
$18,000.00
2020

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Disrupting the Nonprofit Industrial Complex: BIPOC Youth Leadership and Solidarities

Upon becoming Check Your Head's ED as a racialized youth and young Muslim woman who is unapologetically committed to struggles for justice, I reached out to BIPOCs within the local nonprofit leadership sector and gradually began to develop an intergenerational network that's interested in supporting pathways to leadership for Indigenous, Black, and other racialized immigrant & refugee youth in transformative ways which honour the (often unpaid) labour that young BIPOC leaders are already doing within their communities, through which this project idea emerged and developed over time. This project is needed because the nonprofit industrial complex has entrenched systemic barriers that prevent Indigenous youth, Black youth, and other racialized immigrant & refugee youth from (re)claiming power and space. Even when BIPOC youth are engaged, it's often done in a tokenizing and extractive manner that doesn't honour the depth of insights they bring. Accordingly, this project is intended to convene BIPOCs involved in the nonprofit leadership sector (staff and/or Board level) as well as BIPOC youth leading grassroots movements (also acknowledging that the both aren't necessarily isolated/separate categories), in order to collaborate on strategies and capacity-building with regards to how nonprofits can leverage their status, power and access towards supporting the grassroots, frontline and peer-based work led by and for BIPOC youth.
$20,000.00
2020

City of Surrey

Connecting Community to Surrey Youth Leaving Care

Youth know what they need once they transition out of care, and we will support them to advocate for their priorities. We will bring together diverse organizations and connect youth to supportive adults in the community to ensure they feel supported as they transition into community. By coordinating at the grassroots level, we will be able to organize at the policy-making level. We aim to create a systems change and allow youth from care access to the same opportunities as their peers in other cities. Youth transitioning out of the care system have already been let down by various adults throughout their lives. Let’s ensure that cycle stops, so that they can find success in their own right.
$199,700.00
2020

Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

A Safer Province for Everyone: Toward a Culture of Dignity, Well-being, and Respect for All Sex Workers

This project addresses the culture of gender-based violence that harms sex workers. Since 2004 Living in Community has targeted policies and structures that create systemic vulnerability for sex workers in the Vancouver area with much success. There is now a pressing need to address attitudes and behaviors that stigmatize sex workers across BC. We will scale our successes to date by deepening our education and awareness-raising to change the culture that normalizes violence against sex workers, expanding our movement-building and networking among organizations particularly in resource-rich communities, and increasing the accessibility of our training to reach rural and northern communities.
$300,000.00
2020

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Indigenous Social Innovation Legacies

What would happen if our response to the COVID19 crisis were lead by Indigenous values and ways of knowing? This project will address the impacts of colonial Canadian history on Indigenous people and reduce systemic racism. The project features a legacy stage production of Cowichan Elders sharing personal stories and cultural teachings of Natsamaht Shqualwin, One Mind, One Heart to reach broader and targeted audiences in our community. An Indigenous Reconciliation Council will lead, advise, guide, and catalyse change in institutions across multiple sectors. A Legacy Fund will test innovative funding mechanisms for Indigenous initiatives, post COVID visioning and reconciliation efforts.
$300,000.00
2020

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Let's Speak Up!

Let’s Speak Up! Is trying to address the power dynamics of decision making that exist in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We hope to achieve this by facilitating relationships between city planners, elected representatives and local residents of the DTES. Through building these relationships, local residents can engage in planning processes and be a part of the decisions being made about the future of their neighbourhood during this crucial time. By shifting the power dynamics of decision making in the DTES, there can be a change in the flow of resources, better decision making with the input from people that are affected by those decisions and, as a result, more buy-in from community.
$135,000.00
2020

Electric Company Theatre Society

Developing authentic, decolonized and respectful Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Collaborative Processes in Theatre Creation.

This project addresses challenges in the accessibility, authenticity, equity and safety of cross-cultural collaborative theatre creations between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and organizations. By leveraging Indigenous community and practitioner experience, feedback and insight, we will co-develop a collaborative, cross-cultural creative process framework that is welcoming to, and supportive of Indigenous artists. This will nurture meaningful, reciprocal relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous creators, foster Indigenous self-determination and leadership within Non-indigenous organizations, and create conditions for deeper, safer, more equitable artistic explorations.
$20,000.00
2020

Elk River Watershed Alliance

$13,500.00
2020

Fraser Valley Conservancy

$14,158.00
2020

Galiano Conservancy Association

One Island, One Earth Initiative

This project aims to engage small island communities throughout the Salish Sea in documenting their 'island ecological fingerprints' and mobilizing together to address the climate crisis. Starting with Galiano Island, we will adapt ecological footprinting methodologies to a small island context by convening regional experts and stakeholoders, using the concept of 'one island, one earth' to guide the community effort to recognize and live within our ecological means. By building our 'fingerprints' from the ground up and strategically re-localizing and reducing consumption, we can show that small island communities are not passive victims of climate, but rather leaders in powering change.
$20,000.00
2020

GREATER TRAIL COMMUNITY SKILLS CENTRE SOCIETY

$20,000.00
2020

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY

The issue being addressed is the lack of public understanding about the social value of arts and creativity and the impact it has on our indivIdiual health and well-being. MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY seeks to discover how the a wide cross-section of the public perceives the role that creativity plays in their everyday lives. Once we understand that, we can build on strengthening their understanding of the connection between creativity, health and well-being by creating a public marketing campaign that encourages everyone to engage in regular creative activity as a means to a happier, healthy life.
$20,000.00
2020

Groundswell Education Society

Radical Access to Entrepreneurship (hereafter RAE)

Groundswell has two radical beliefs: that everyone can be an entrepreneur, and that the next big thing is a lot of small things. Small businesses and self-employed people make up the bulk of our economy. But right now, entrepreneurship and business education is wrapped up in an unjust socio-economic system that prioritizes economic growth above all else. Groundswell prioritizes justice and equity. We want more diverse people across BC to express their values by creating small businesses and self-directed careers. Radical Access to Entrepreneurship will untap diversity and creativity at the individual level, to unleash more vibrant, resilient communities, from the ground up.
$300,000.00
2020

Hope in Shadows Inc.

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau

Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau audit series identifies and addresses personally held and institutionally deployed stigma against people who use drugs (PWUD), in workshop settings that centre storytelling. Because stigmas are socially accepted biases against certain populations and tend to be reaffirmed by the wider culture, they act as very effective obstructions to developing user-centered services for PWUD and prevent PWUD from accessing the services they need. Applying an organizational stigma audit to our existing offerings will deepen the impact of the workshops, lead to a much more compassionate and effective policy and increase accessibility to much needed services by PWUD.
$172,575.00
2020

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

ICA Global Makerspace

ICA’s Global Makerspace will integrate artists from diverse cultural backgrounds into the local economy.Too many talented immigrant & refugee artists are unemployed or underemployed and not contributing to the arts scene Newcomer artists, due to language barriers or being racialized or just not understanding the local community, often don’t fully engage in the community and contribute their skills as well as earn a meaningful living. Project results in decreased labour market transitions through business and entrepreneurial training, increased skills and networks, and access to a physical space with equipment and materials for newcomers to create a livelihood through their art.
$19,250.00
2020

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Growing Together - Creating Resilient Communities through Sustainable Agriculture

The pressing issue we are trying to address is the interconnection between the long-chain, unsustainable global food system and local food security. The current food system is highly susceptible to changes in climate, trade negotiations, conflict, and availability of labour. COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for our food systems. We have been given an opportunity to develop a resilient and dynamic local food system while we still have time. With the support of the Vancouver Foundation we will be able to work with our regional network to develop a feasibility study for a Farm Hub that will include an evaluation of local needs, a farm business plan, and an outreach/extension model.
$18,975.00
2020

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science

$14,800.00
2020

Lakes District Family Enhancement Society

$13,412.50
2020

Lillooet Area Library Association

$20,000.00
2020

Lillooet Friendship Centre Society

Engaging Community for Positive Change

Over the past three years the Empowering Women for Stronger Community worked hard to address the issue of changing systemic behaviours connected to violence against women in the Lillooet area. This program has laid the ground work and created a strong foundation for the newly formed Engaging Community for Positive Change (ECPC) program to work from. It is expected that ECPC will be far reaching and encompass a broader audience. All of community will be invited to be a stakeholder and participate in bringing about positive change making our communities a safer place to live. Focus will be put on all levels of governance in hopes of stopping the violence within the Lillooet area.
$300,000.00
2020

Massey Theatre Society

Indigenous Cultural Investment

Indigenous cultural activity, gathering space and visibility in key public places should be present in all Canadian communities. The planned renewal of the Massey Theatre facility is a time sensitive opportunity to make this possible for the long term in New Westminster. With resources to facilitate the consultation, planning, program direction and architectural design; Indigenous artists and community members can shape a more positive future for their children at this important gathering place.
$300,000.00
2020

MEFM Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia Society of British Columbia

Examining the Unmet Needs of British Columbians living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Mapping a Provincial Needs Assessment

This project examines British Columbians living with a disabling and neglected chronic illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to better understand ME patients’ health and social services needs. It aims to inform policy decision making, and to improve patient care and support. The Convene Grant process allows for community, research, clinical, and decision-makers to partner in the development of a provincial ME needs assessment framework and Investigative Grant proposal. The project will identify key stakeholders, data sources and methodology appropriate to this patient population. Project analysis and reporting will outline next steps to maximise a larger project in the future.
$19,975.00
2020

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