Grants

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Chor Leoni Men's Choir

Passion and Resurrection

The Vancouver premiere of two celebrated contemporary works for mixed choir is a co-production of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Elektra Women's Choir. American composer David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition and the concert's title work is by Latvia's Eriks Esenvalds. In addition to the public performance on April 12, 2014 at the Chan Centre, the project includes a free 30-minute preview performance on April 2 at St. James Church in the Downtown Eastside. This project was conceived last year by Chor Leoni's new AD, Erick Lichte, and Elektra Women's Choir's AD, Morna Edmundson, as the first collaboration between the two conductors. The Lang work speaks to homelessness and the Esenvalds is a gripping new interpretation of the Passion story. We will not only serve the established choral audience but, with the free preview, people who may never have heard a choral performance. We hope to make a strong connection between the theme of homelessness presented in this music and the realities of life in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
$20,000.00
2013

Christ Church Cathedral

The Maundy Cafe

This project aims to initiate a cultural shift in faith-based food programs from one that favors arms-length charity to a justice-based approach that combines a focus on food and social inclusion. This project will share learnings gained in the Cathedral’s transformation from emergency food provider to facilitator of food security committed to honoring the agency, creativity, dignity, intellect, and worth of all participants. Since faith communities play a significant role in the city’s food system, this project will have direct effects in progressing towards a more just, inclusive, and participatory food system.
$225,000.00
2017

Social Innovation Cohort: Transforming Food Outreach Programs

A grant to participate in a development process ito explore the connection between and amongst volunteers, participants, and outside supports, with the goal of re-designing our programs to increase connectivity and reduce social isolation. This will be achieved by: • Reviewing the Cathedral’s existing food outreach and its suitability for the homeless population in the downtown business district through - Consulting with existing participants to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with existing volunteers to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with other downtown churches and service providers to assess current services in the immediate area • Prototyping, workshopping and designing opportunities – with the assistance of volunteers and participants – new or re-envisioned program offerings that respond to the most clearly articulated needs - Surveying the Cathedral’s volunteer database to determine availability and willingness to serve in these ways - Developing and/or strengthening partnerships with other service providers and voluntary organizations in downtown Vancouver that will help respond to these needs - Identifying trained professionals who can assist with new initiatives as identified in project plan
$7,500.00
2016

The Maundy Cafe

Systemic change beyond the Cathedral relies on vulnerably sharing the lessons learned through our year-long program transformation process with faith-based organizations seeking a way to deepen community engagement. This project will catalyze systemic change by building on faith leaders’ recognition of social isolation as a major issue facing their communities and neighbourhood networks. By sharing our experiences we will encourage other organizations to take similar risks to address the bigger issues of loss of community and economic bifurcation. The project will create toolkits, training programs, and workshops that will help other faith-based organizations to transform the entire process of food preparing, serving, composting, and cleaning into the vehicle by which inclusion, participation and community resiliency can be strengthened. We will also influence systemic change through the provision of focused opportunities for study and practical hands-on learning. In collaboration with our partners including other non-profits and local businesses, we will host public keynote events focused on how others can address social isolation, as well as workshops and voluntary opportunities for enterprises looking to channel their corporate social responsibility.
$10,000.00
2016

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers' Society

Terra Nullius: Commissioned Film by Banchi Hanuse

The project facilitates the production a short film (under 30 minutes) by emerging First Nations filmmaker Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk), whose first film, Cry Rock, has been nominated for several awards since its premiere at National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival, including Best Documentary Short at the 2010 American Indian Film Festival. This film explores a local narrative from Hanuse's community in Bella Coola, BC, and centres upon traditional and contemporary notions of land ownership, incorporating animated elements to interweave past and present day narratives. Looking at the idea of Terra Nullius, the term from Roman Law meaning 'no man's land', the film will portray a visually evocative story from Nuxalk tradition that is tethered to present day realities. A full website with film clips will be produced in conjunction. This film would be presented at three local venues (Cineworks Annex, Pacific Cinematheque, and The Cultch), and 5 locations across Canada (Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, and St. John's), including the Banff Centre for the Arts, who have partnered on these events.
$15,700.00
2012

Circle F Horse Rescue Society

Sustainability Development

Circle F Horse Rescue is currently in a transition stage from operating as a volunteer organization to having engaged a part time paid manager. Circle F is reviewing all of its policies, procedures, organizational charts and task descriptions in preparing for a paid executive position. During this time Circle F will also establish a funding strategy that will assure Circle F sustainability. To achieve the desired results it is proposed to engage a consultant to assist with the following aspects: 1. Board development: taking the board from a hands on board to a governance model. 2. Discussions with leadership volunteers regarding their roles and making the adjustment to work with an executive director. 3. A session or sessions with the volunteer membership base to listen to their perspectives and to have them buy into the transition. 4. Assist in developing a fund development strategy that will maintain and enhance Circle F. 5. To advise the manager in this six month process with recommendations for board consideration.
$3,700.00
2013

Rain Water Retention

To install a rain water retention system at the house and barn to assure quality water is available at all times.
$6,860.00
2011

City of Nelson

Nelson Civic Theatre Restoration

We intend to renovate the theatre to better facilitate cinematic and performing arts. We have already installed seats, purchased and installed a new digital projector and surround sound system, constructed temporary acoustic walls and set up a simple online ticketing system. This project will include: -schematic design and design development for the entire project -lobby renovation work and installation of new concession equipment -a new energy efficient mechanical air handling unit -electrical system upgrades for the theatre: replacing the current patchwork of panels,old wiring and obsolete equipment with a new dimmer panel and controls, new aisle lights for patron safety, and a rationalization of all the theatre wiring to allow for central dimming control. -new energy efficient lighting A subsequent project will involve renovation of the theatre into three separate spaces.
$10,000.00
2013

City of New Westminster

New Westminster Food Summit and Food Security Action Plan & Sustainability Framework - DEVELOP GRANT

A key social issue that the project is trying to address is the lack of equitable access to healthy, nutritious and culturally-appropriate food in New Westminster. A key focus of the food security summit is to identify gaps, needs and opportunities; enhance access and expand availability and choice of food; and, facilitate capacity, collaboration and relationship-building among food providers, as well as to share information about new models and delivery systems. The final product will be a food security action plan and sustainability framework, which will guide the City and its community partners into the future, and assist in implementing the City's Community Poverty Reduction Strategy.
$4,810.00
2017

City of Revelstoke

Pathways out of Poverty

Tackling poverty is critical to the overall health and well-being of individuals and families, as well as our community as a whole. The City of Revelstoke developed a plan to address poverty based on ten community goals. The ‘Pathways to Poverty’ project will support implementation of the plan by leading community engagement, conducting awareness-raising activities, developing related policies, deepening relationships with community partners, and supporting innovative programs delivered by partner organizations. The ultimate goal is to decrease the number of people living in poverty in Revelstoke as well as improve community assets that support poverty prevention and reduction.
$146,700.00
2017

City of Richmond

Cultivating Wellness Connections in Richmond

Origin- In 2008 with seed funding from the Union of BC Municipalities, Minoru Seniors Society (MSS) together with City of Richmond Senior Services (CORSS) and key community stakeholders, undertook an innovative pilot program to promote social participation and inclusion among vulnerable and isolated older adults. Adapted from leisure education and participation framework Wellness Connections (WC) received a BCRPA Provincial Award of Program Excellence, and was sustained through Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) funding. Need- WC has served more than 500 English and Mandarin/Cantonese speaking older adults over 7 years. WC plays a unique role in the network of community programs older adults facing multiple barriers to social participation and access to health services. While some are being served, many are not, and the need for high-quality programs that support independence and health is growing, while programs and services are decreasing. Project- With VCH funding for WC now at an end (March 2015), our project aims to harness and expand the successful collaborative approach to serving vulnerable older adults using a community-based participatory research (CBR) process. WC has enable us to build relationships with hundreds of vulnerable older adults in Richmond, providing an unique opportunity in involve them in further breaking down the barriers to social participation and inclusion together with a rich variety of community stakeholders.
$10,000.00
2015

City of Surrey

All Our Relations: Indigenous Children and Families Thriving in Surrey

45% of Indigenous children in Surrey live in poverty. We are compelled to act. Multiple systems interact in complex ways to create Indigenous child poverty. Band-aid solutions will never get at the deep systemic change required. We are proposing a Social Innovation Lab process, bringing all parts of the system together to gain insight into the roots of Indigenous child poverty in Surrey and identify a range of opportunities with the potential for high impact and uptake. We will test solutions, designing, implementing and evaluating together. We envision a ripple effect of change throughout the system, ultimately creating a city where all Indigenous children and families thrive.
$225,000.00
2017

City Opera Vancouver

Research, creation and development of the new chamber opera 'Missing Women'

“Across the globe, the arts have provided a creative pathway to breaking silences, transforming conflicts, and mending the damaged relationships of violence, oppression, and exclusion. From war-ravaged countries to local communities struggling with everyday violence, poverty, and racism, the arts are widely used by educators, practitioners, and community leaders to deal with trauma and difficult emotions, and communicate across cultural divides.” -- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, 2015 Over a three-year period we will create and test a new chamber opera, MISSING WOMEN, set on the Downtown Eastside and Highway of Tears. It will tell a story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers. The subject is well known. Its social innovation as chamber opera is unique. It will derive from research and scholarship, interview and consultation, public workshop and analysis. It will be given multiple performances and thereafter analyzed for response, shortcomings, and strength. Our art is a vivid and memorable way to tell such a story. As a chamber opera, it may readily be taken to audiences where they live. Its libretto will be written by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. MISSING WOMEN is conceived for small forces, affordable and portable, testing the prospect that this story can be told in opera – faithfully and well. If successful, it will be a breakthrough in the art, and in the community.
$127,143.00
2015

Pauline: A new chamber opera

Pauline is a new chamber opera, built for eight singers in 14 roles, and an orchestra of seven. It addresses issues of identity, national and intimate. This is librettist Margaret Atwood's first opera and composer Tobin Stokes' fifth. It is set at Vancouver in the last week in the life of Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). Shifting between a shattered present and a vivid past, Pauline examines her identities as poet and entertainer, white and Mohawk, independent woman and desperate lover. Figures from her life move in and out of her consciousness and portray Pauline Johnson as a great, tragic, and essential Canadian artist. In Pauline, Atwood deploys material from Johnson's poems, letters, and essays. The genius of her libretto lies in its fusion of Johnson's 19th Century voice with Atwood's 21st Century voice. Pauline is a deeply Canadian statement of who we are, and who we are becoming. Over a century ago, Pauline Johnson was leading a life of independence and vision that we are just beginning to understand. It turns out she was one of us today.
$30,000.00
2013

Civic Orchestra Society of Victoria

Symphonic Masterworks

The 'Symphonic Masterworks' project is the third concert in the Civic Orchestra of Victoria's concert season, taking place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria, BC. This concert will be directed by renowned conductor Yariv Aloni and features the Victoria-based soprano Susan Young, who will be the solo singer in Edward Elgar's 'Sea Pictures'. The rehearsals for this concert will begin on January 15, occurring once a week until the concert. The complete program includes the 'Rosamunde Overture' by Franz Schubert, 'Sea Pictures' by Edward Elgar, and Cesar Franck's Symphony in d minor. All three pieces are staples of the orchestral repertoire and will provide an engaging concert for both the musicians and for the audience. This project will involve 50 orchestral musicians of varying ages and abilities, as well as a professional conductor and soloist. Many of the musicians volunteer to fill a variety of positions, including Librarian and Stage Manager, to help make this project successful.
$1,500.00
2014

CIVIX

CIVIX Education: Project B.C.

The project will foster a systemic commitment to Student Vote and civic engagement within the education system, and improve the instructional capacity of educators in lead up to the 2017 provincial election. CIVIX will strengthen relationships with education stakeholders and administrators through in-person meetings and strategic communications to increase the scope and impact of the program, and facilitate expanded outreach strategies and support networks of institutional entrepreneurs. CIVIX will coordinate Democracy Bootcamp(s) to train teachers to become ambassadors of democracy in their school community. This will result in more positive and widespread outcomes among students in the key areas associated with future voting, such as increasing political knowledge and interest, and fostering a sense of civic duty. Working towards improved teacher capacity and commitment not only generates better Student Vote results, but creates systemic change by instilling the importance of democratic engagement and contributing to greater civic education outcomes for years to come. Student Vote also has an impact beyond the classroom. A 2011 independent evaluation reported that the program fostered political dialogue at home and 20% of parents agreed that their child’s participation in Student Vote positively affected their decision to vote. Scaling Student Vote deep and out is expected to grow this broad outcome and increase political participation among older Canadians as well
$60,000.00
2016

Building Students Into Citizens

Building Students into Citizens is a two-part project designed to strengthen communities and inspire the future of our democracy. CIVIX will equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship among youth. British Columbia schools and students have only ever participated in Student Vote federal and provincial elections. With the average voter turnout at municipal elections well below 50%, it is crucial that youth develop a greater understanding of local government and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This fall, CIVIX will recruit and support teachers in the delivery of the first ever Student Vote local election in BC. More than 25,000 students under the voting age will learn about the electoral process and local issues, and participate in an authentic vote on the official candidates in their municipality. Following the local elections, CIVIX will bring together teachers for a professional development conference to share best practices, improve instructional capacity and inspire a desire to build students into citizens.
$60,000.00
2014

Clay Tree Society for People with Development Disabilities

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3
$125,000.00
2012

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Coffee Shop
$64,450.00
2010

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society

Alberni Clayoquot Food Security Action

Food security exists when everyone has physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious and culturally-appropriate food. In the Alberni Clayoquot region, food security is a significant concern, with high rates of poverty and one of the highest rates of child poverty in BC. We have many rural and remote communities, high food prices, transporation barriers and a high cost of living. Our goal is to create a collaborative action plan including our communities, First Nations, organizations, schools, and businesses to find innovative but practical action for policy and social change to meet the food security needs identified in poverty reduction planning with our local leaders.
$6,444.00
2017

Generation Y-Not?: Growing Local Leaders

Our goal is to create an action plan for sustained engagement of youth in leadership initiatives and civic engagement. We will seek direction from youth. How do they want to be involved in their communities? What is meaningful to them? The project begins in June 2013 with a relationship-building activity sponsored by the CBT and partners. This will give youth and youth leaders from throughout the region a chance to connect and hear about successful youth leadership activities. They will share the programs they've enjoyed, develop strategies to further these projects and envision the leadership programs and youth-led projects that are most meaningful and relevant. Following the forum, we will facilitate up to five regional youth gatherings based on objectives identified by the youth. The gatherings will be diverse and varied, hosted in communities throughout the region. This takes youth from across the region out of 'their boxes' to participate in activities that foster cultural learning, develop leadership skills and build capacity in our communities.
$9,750.00
2013

Sustainability Studies Curriculum Development

The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to develop curriculum for an upper-level, elective course entitled Sustainability Studies to be offered in our region. The aim of the course is build environmental awareness and leadership in high school students through innovative education. Sustainability Studies content will be relevant to students. Clayoquot Sound provides an ideal setting to introduce youth to a wide variety of perspectives, enabling in-depth and holistic investigations essential to understanding environmental issues. The region is also fortunate to host many local experts, from First Nations elders to scientists, who will be invited to work with the students. The course will focus on the connection between people and their environment, with units on topics such as sustainable development, ecosystem-based management and civic engagement. The content will be developed through a collaborative process with input from students and teachers. As a regularly offered elective, the course will create an ongoing structure for youth engagement and hands-on learning.
$10,000.00
2011

Clements Centre

Lunch on Clements

Our goal is to create a social enterprise from a provincially funded program for adults with developmental disabilities. The Lunch on Clements (LOC) program has been operating for over 20 years. It features a large commercial kitchen and a licensed cafeteria/restaurant. 15 people attend every day from 9-3. They participate in community activities and cook in the kitchen. The program produces meat pies, sausage rolls, cookies, quiches, Nanaimo bars and other squares for retail sale and offers a limited catering menu. Currently participation in the program is voluntary. It is considered a training kitchen. The participants receive no financial compensation. In the kitchen they learn cooking skills and other general life skills (e.g. budgeting, grocery shopping, social skills). They also participate in community activities as the cooking only takes up a portion of each day. Sales profits go back into the program and help fund activities and community outings. On an annual basis the program has gross sales of approximately $40,000. This is with no marketing or sales promotion or branded packaging. Our plan is to re-create the program as a social enterprise that employs adults with developmental disabilities. We will conduct a marketing campaign, re-brand the business, and create a separate business entity (co-op). We will start paying minimum wage to everyone who works for the co-op. A comprehensive business plan and third party feasibility study have been completed.
$117,000.00
2015

Coast Foundation Society (1974)

Let's Get Cooking

Coast Mental Health has approached Inner City Youth and Vancouver Community College to form a partnership which would develop and present an educational cooking program for street and at risk of homelessness youth with mental illness. Vancouver Community College will design a cooking program especially for this population and their learning needs. Beginning in January 2013, Let’s Get Cooking will develop the youths’ food preparation and technical cooking skills and enhance their confidence and social skills. It will be a low barrier program so that the youth with mental illness can participate when they are able. Inner City Youth and Coast Mental Health social workers and psychiatrists will work with the youth to encourage their participation, support them in their recovery and in developing acceptable work behaviors. The youth with mental illness will be supported by the Coast Coordinator and Peers (people with lived experience of mental illness) to succeed in the college course, to seek employment, and to move from the street or transitional housing to permanent housing.
$100,000.00
2012

Coast Mental Health Foundation

Low Barrier Employment for People with Mental Illness

For the past 30 years, Coast Mental Health has operated supported employment programs for people with severe mental illness. We have observed the difficulty people with severe mental illness have in returning to work due to the symptoms of their illness, their medication and their lack of confidence. Coast has seen that opportunities to work need to have structured expectations but offer the client flexibility, time to practice good work skills and to become accustomed to working. In 2009,Coast had the opportunity to develop a new low barrier employment program, the” Street Cleaning Crew” with funding from the City of Vancouver. The project hires and trains people with mental illness in skills required to clean community sidewalks, gutters and alleys of refuse and debris. The workers are supported by Peer Support Workers and supervised on the job by project staff until they regain their independent work skills. Once they reach that point the clients are encourage to find other paid employment if that is appropriate for their health.
$90,000.00
2012

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