Grants

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Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Expanding the Influence of Regional Agricultural Support

The ACRD's Systems Change project sets out to test a regional model for food system and agricultural support. Strong regional structures will influence Provincial frameworks and ensure accommodation of the unique contextual realities of BC’s various geographical regions and producer populations. By bridging and supporting local organizations, building a BC-wide network of other regionally-driven organizations, and engaging in targeted education and resource development, we will support change in the way producers, Indigenous stakeholders, and communities are supported within Province-wide agricultural frameworks, ensuring efficacy, long-term sectoral growth, and diverse cultural relevancy.
$300,000.00
2021

Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Refugee Talent Hub

Underemployment reduces refugees’ financial security, limits their ability to integrate and contribute to their communities, and costs the economy billions annually. Through our employment program, Refugee Talent Hub, we aim to eliminate barriers to the meaningful employment of refugees by enacting systemic change in the corporate sector. We aim to (1) have refugees recognized as a disadvantaged group targeted by diversity hiring (2) have employers adopt recruitment channels targeted to refugees. To address underemployment, we cannot simply help refugees to overcome barriers individually, we must engage employers to remove employment barriers altogether.
$300,000.00
2021

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

Emergency Food Access - A New Approach

Insufficient food accessibility, availability and adequacy is a growing problem in Metro Vancouver. For example, Gordon House has documented a 150% growth in food bank usage over the past five years in Vancouver's Downtown-West End. Charitable organizations are being stretched to accommodate this growing need, often relying on outdated food distribution programs that have not been updated to reflect the changing nature- and causes- of food insecurity. Gordon House and partners will seek to better define the context of food insecurity in our area, demonstrate appropriate interventions that can be efficiently led by local charities, and articulate policy changes to cover the balance of need.
$300,000.00
2021

Reframing South Vancouver

South Vancouver has a population of approximately 100K is comprised of 80% racialized persons, 56% newcomers, and a high density of non-English speakers. It is also a region with limited social infrastructure and unmet community needs. This project will explore why the neighbourhoods of Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, and Sunset have comparatively less infrastructure and investment than other Vancouver neighbourhoods with more English-speakers and less racialized persons, and shift this reality through inclusive, culturally competent community engagement at a grassroots level that will lead to systems change. The Reframing South Vancouver project is to create equity and meaningful inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Bard on the Beach – Building Sustainable Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The communion of theatre actors and audiences can lead to deeper understanding and respect for the human condition in all its colours. To fulfill that potential, theatre-making processes must embed a full range of voices and lived experiences. To serve that end, Bard’s project will challenge and create change in its artistic and education programming and practices. It will create new collaborative partnerships with underserved individuals and communities. The core goal is to build the values and practices of equity, diversity and inclusion into every aspect of the organization. Results will be measured and assessed, learning applied to ongoing work, and results shared with the community.
$300,000.00
2021

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Seniors on the Move

The transportation system does not support all people in accessing services or meeting their day-to-day needs independently. Older adults, people with disabilities, and others without a driving license and/or access a car are “transportation disadvantaged”. A lack of transportation sharply constricts the world they live in. The Seniors on the Move project encourages individuals and communities to plan for age-related changes in transportation and make resources available for alternatives to driving. Working with key system actors, our goal is to develop a transportation system that is responsive to climate change, social equity and inclusion.
$300,000.00
2021

Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince George Branch

Connecting a Community Through Food - Quesnel

Quesnel is a community in transition, with significant economic downturn and increasing poverty, corresponding with high food insecurity risk and community division. We aim to increase access to nutritious food to all residents while encouraging community connection and collaboration by creating a centre for food redistribution and programming. We will encourage the sharing of resources and knowledge amongst community members and organizations. All programming will be focused on empowering choice, reinstating dignity, engaging the population and minimizing shame and stigma. It is our goal to encourage community engagement and collaboration while coming together around food.
$300,000.00
2021

Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna Society

Interdisciplinary Response Development (“IRD”) project

The CAC of Kelowna will disrupt a broken system that requires victims and families to experience multiple segregated entry points with siloed responses to child abuse and neglect, resulting in a breakdown in service delivery and the inefficient flow of resources. We have examined the prevalence of child abuse in our community and how the current disjointed system is failing victims and their families by creating additional stress and system-induced trauma. We have now laid the groundwork for a centralized interdisciplinary response, we are now ready to test our impact on the system and redefine who we respond to and investigate child abuse in our community.
$300,000.00
2021

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Transportation ACES (Access, Climate and Economic Security)

Transportation is key to the participation of people in poverty in a fair recovery. It is also the region’s biggest climate polluter. How we design our transportation can either harm or benefit individuals, communities, and the planet. Harming a person already in poverty with a badly designed climate action is no longer an option. We are testing a tool to help local governments ensure when they change transportation for climate reasons, they maximize the benefits to people in poverty and the vulnerable are not left out. People in low income are already champions of low carbon transportation, we need ensure that those options are safe, affordable, and accessible.
$300,000.00
2021

Disability Alliance BC

Ending Poverty for Persons with Disabilities in Canada

Our goal is to end poverty for persons with disabilities. Poverty is associated with higher incidences of illness & death , hospitalizations, mental illness, adverse childhood development, poor school achievement, and family violence. Children face higher incidences of health-related problems. Having a disability is a predictor of poverty. We will mobilize a national citizen-led movement of people with disabilities, their allies & supporters (1) to assist the federal government to develop & install a Canadian Disability Benefit & (2) the BC government to play a lead role in supporting a CDB & developing complementary policies & legislation that can be replicated elsewhere in Canada.
$300,000.00
2021

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia

Scaling Up the $10aDay Child Care Plan in BC

Childcare in BC has never been affordable, broadly available or of consistently high quality - with well-qualified, fairly paid educators - because it has relied on a market-based approach rather than on a publicly-funded system. The community-developed $10aDay Plan has built public and political support for change, leading to measurable progress over the last three years. With a new level of governmental commitment to expansion, this project will advance movement towards a public childcare system that centres and integrates reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of implementation. Only then will we realize the full social and economic potential of the $10aDay Plan.
$300,000.00
2021

Eastside Culture Crawl Society

Shifting Paradigm - A poverty alleviation initiative for artists.

The research, planning and implementation of an Eastside Arts District will transform an under-ground, grass roots district into a dynamic district with legislated protections, provide unique funding/organizational opportunities and changes in zoning/taxation, ensuring secure studio spaces. A review of arts/culture districts studies reveal that formally recognized and designated districts provide a variety of economic and social benefits for a diverse range of stakeholders; strengthening the whole arts/cultural ecology. The ECCS is strategically positioned to strengthen capacity for artists; and, provide opportunities that advance changing public and institutionalized perception of the arts.
$300,000.00
2021

Farm Folk City Folk Society

Local Seed for BC Food Security

BC agriculture relies on imported seeds for food production, making our food security vulnerable to disruptions and risks beyond our control. A local seed system, wherein farmers and growers work together on seed production, would safeguard our food security by shortening supply chains and mitigating climate change impacts. Through education, training, collaboration, and outreach on seed security issues, FarmFolk CityFolk’s Local Seed for BC Food Security project works with BC farmers, seed growers, and the public to help expand and improve local seed production in ways that support agricultural economic viability, expand seed biodiversity, and increase the resiliency of our food system.
$300,000.00
2021

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst Project – Vancouver Island

Frontier College’s Community Literacy Catalyst Project supports Indigenous communities in meeting their own literacy and learning needs. The program pairs a member of an Indigenous community (the CLC) with a Frontier College mentor. Supported by the mentor, the CLC identifies the community’s literacy needs and priorities, then plans and implements customized, accessible, and culturally relevant programming to fill those needs, over a minimum three-year period. The CLC Project is an evidence-based, community-driven education initiative for children, youth, and adults, which puts Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the heart of program design and delivery.
$300,000.00
2021

Glen Vowell Band

Story Shifters and Sik-e-Dakh Food Sovereignty Project: Unlearning Systemic Settler Bias and Decolonizing Food Systems

Colonialism has dispossessed Indigenous peoples from their lands through ongoing systemic enactments of settler supremacy, creating food insecurity for Indigenous communities. Sik-e-Dakh enacts structural change in reciprocal relationships & food practices as community members work together to grow, harvest, prepare, and share food, and care for land. Story Shifters creates transformative change by making implicit bias visible so that settlers shift dominant narratives of power to find a path to decolonize.The goals are for Indigenous people to live sovereign lives on their lands & settlers to unlearn long-established relationship patterns of colonization that harm Indigenous people.
$300,000.00
2021

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

CultureBrew.Art (CBA)

The BC performing arts & media sectors face unique challenges in seeking to address systemic racism & white supremacy through increased representation & inclusion of Indigenous & racialized artists, and the artistic work of those from marginalized communities. CultureBrew.Art is a web platform that fosters intersectional interculturalism by building connection, collaboration, and community. Its central tool is a searchable database of Indigenous & racialized artists – performers, writers, directors, designers, composers, filmmakers, & other arts professionals – to which arts & cultural orgs, schools, social service agencies, film/TV production, and government may access as subscribers.
$300,000.00
2021

Grizzly Bear Foundation

Indigenous Leadership for Grizzly Bear Conservation and Coexistence

“We are the last generation that can save nature.” - WWF. To stop this dramatic loss of biodiversity we need systems change that will accelerate conservation and renew our relationship with the natural world. Grizzly bears and Indigenous led conservation are essential to help us get there. Grizzlies inspire awe and strengthen our connection to the wild. They are known as conservation umbrellas –safeguarding a diversity of species and habitats through their protection. First Nations have been steward to our ecosystems since time immemorial, with unique relationships, knowledge, and values essential to conservation. Together they can have a powerful impact on furthering conservation goals.
$300,000.00
2021

Health Justice Society

Mental Health Act Reform Project

The Mental Health Act Reform Project aims to modernize the legislation that governs detention and involuntary mental health treatment. Under the current Act, people who are subject to involuntary treatment often have experiences that undermine their human rights and dignity. Those experiences can alienate them from services, undermining their health. BC’s system also lacks the transparency and safeguards adopted by other provinces and countries. The Project brings together human rights research and lived experience expertise in partnership to influence change in the form of a new Mental Health Act that better supports the human rights of people subject to involuntary treatment in BC.
$300,000.00
2021

Kelowna Community Resources Society

Breastfeeding Systems Change Project

This project is a partnership between KCR Community Resources & Interior Health, overseen by a multi-sector Steering Committee. It continues the Breastfeeding Art Expo and Breastfeeding Journey Mapping projects (www.breastfeedingchange.ca), which identified lived experiences of systemic barriers to breastfeeding best practices within health facilities and the community. Through a range of pilot projects within hospitals and community, our goal is to launch innovative solutions to help shift thinking and implement best practices to better support mothers to breastfeed. The long-term goal is to improve rates of sustained breastfeeding and so obtain the many health benefits of breastfeeding.
$300,000.00
2021

Lookout Society

Harm-Reduction Decluttering Best Practices

There is a high prevalence of Hoarding Disorder among vulnerable individuals, yet there is little knowledge on best practices to inform housing operators and service providers. Lack of knowledge results in traumatic invasive actions that deepen the current housing crisis through evictions and increased trauma. The clutter that results from untreated hoarding poses fire and health risks to individuals, their neighbours and communities. By increasing awareness and developing effective, ethical best practices for housing operators, policy makers and service providers this project will increase housing retention, improve community safety and reduce HD-related costs.
$300,000.00
2021

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Kahkwa: DTES Indigenized Food Sovereignty Cooperative

Kahkwa: DTES Indigenized Food Sovereignty Co-operative is developing skills and capacity to build food sovereignty according to the indigenous way of being. DUDES Club alongside a coalition of community members and grassroots organizations are working to meet emergency food needs while transforming the food system. We are building a shared food storage and processing facility to ensure a secure stream of healthy, culturally-appropriate food for DUDES and partner agencies. The first traditional Indigenous food processing facility in the area represents a step towards achieving our broader vision: to create a new community food system framework built on decolonial, Indigenous principles.
$300,000.00
2021

Pacific AIDS Network

Reducing Impacts of Intersectional Stigma – Developing a Learning-Based Assessment and Action Cycle for Organizations

This innovative project will develop a capacity-building and initiative planning cycle for BC organizations to assess and address intersectional stigma within their organization and identify systemic barriers. The Stigma Assessment Cycle will support a culture of learning, exploring areas of strength and growth opportunities while actively planning for systems change. Working with people with lived/living experiences and organizations to lead and champion this project, we will improve outcomes related to stigma directed towards people who: have HIV and/or hepatitis C, use drugs, have challenges with mental health or substance use and other intersectional experiences of marginalization.
$300,000.00
2021

Public Health Association of BC

A Universal, Healthy School Food Program for British Columbia

In many countries around the world, school food programs are essential in ensuring children and youth have access to healthy food, to support their health and education. Yet, Canada is the only G7 nation without a national school food program. This project will support the work of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (BC-CHSF), a network of passionate and experienced school food advocates and practitioners across the province. Through collaboration, advocacy, research, and engagement, the BC-CHSF will secure public investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy, and sustainable school food program that meets the diverse needs of school communities across BC.
$300,000.00
2021

Regional District of Central Okanagan

k?úsx?nítkw (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Planning Initiative

Current land use planning frameworks in the Okanagan region are threatening the livelihoods of communities and the ability of the environment to provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and adapt to climate change. This initiative will use a Syilx n?awqnwix? community engagement process and develop a comprehensive Strategy to address systemic issues for protecting the environmental and cultural values of the Okanagan Watershed and develop new ways of caring for the land and water. This project will influence land use planning by creating new decision-making processes, policies, and practices for stronger environmental protection that provide meaningful and lasting change.
$300,000.00
2021

Skidegate Band Council

Building young people’s connection to land, food, and spirit

Our project seeks to expand opportunities for land-based and intergenerational programming for youth on Haida Gwaii, while supporting their development as change-makers. Our collective ability to sustain and heal ourselves is based upon a reciprocal, spiritual relationship with the land. We aim to address the disconnection from land and traditional food that many youth experience as a result of colonization and cultural suppression. Strengthening young people’s cultural identity and skills, through food-related workshops and excursions, will help produce long-term impacts on our community’s climate change resilience and mitigation.
$300,000.00
2021

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