Awarded Grants

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Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Workshop Enhancement Project

For more than 10 years, Check Your Head has been presenting workshops on key global issues to high school students, reaching over 70,000 youth. They started with globalization and now have 13 workshops in high demand from youth and educators from across Metro Vancouver and BC. This demand coupled with the pace of social change makes updating and improving their workshops a significant challenge. They seek support for all of their high school workshops in order to remain effective, accessible and affordable to all populations and schools.
$40,000.00
2010

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

Building Bridges, Building Community

The Chemainus Theatre Festival, in collaboration with the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Council, will develop a plan to remove barriers to arts and build new bridges with community partners. By examining historic practices, devising new plans and taking action to address systemic challenges of access, CTF will develop insight, understanding and projects that impact patrons, theatre practitioners and the region. By examining the intersections of historic revenue models, artists need and community interactions, we hope to find and adapt robust models to improve arts and culture practices in the rural and remote region of Vancouver Island which we serve
$20,000.00
2020

The Discovery Series (the Series)

The Discovery Series is a dynamic, diverse season of theatre for youth and family audiences, presented by Chemainus Theatre Festival Society. Munsch Ado About Nothing celebrates the work of Robert Munsch in Shakespearean style. The Remarkable Emily Carr partners with Victoria playwright Susan Shillingford. Wilde Holiday Shorts engages local artists and students in creating a 45-minute image-rich work based on Oscar Wilde’s short stories. The Society aims to demonstrate a strong commitment to local audiences and developing new work.
$40,000.00
2010

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

Children's Family House Society of BC o/a Ronald McDonald House of BC & Yukon

Ronald McDonald House BC Lego Lounge

The Lego Lounge: A new RMH BC, a room full of Lego for sick children and their families: this innovative program at the new Ronald McDonald House will go a long way to easing the burdens of the life-threatening illnesses these families face. It will be the first Lego program at any Ronald McDonald House in the world. All children need a safe place to play in good weather and bad, and our Lego Lounge will provide that space. Your help today will ensure that children who are in the various stages of critical care, together with their siblings and parents, will have a unique place to safely play inside, have fun and let go of their cares for a while. But the Lego Lounge is much more than a playroom. Lego is a toy that is familiar to so many children. It helps break down barriers and allows kids to meet and play with other kids. Our bi-weekly programs with a Lego Certified Professional and members of the Vancouver Lego Club will be an opportunity for kids to explore new ways to build with Lego, and take them away from the hospital environment and into a world of imagination
$10,000.00
2014

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

HerWay Home

HerWay Home (HWH) supports pregnant or early parenting women who are impacted by drug or alcohol use, have experienced violence or abuse, and often face mental health challenges. The program focuses on women and their families who face multiple barriers to good health, healthy babies and safe lives. The outcomes of HWH are an increased number of mothers who have healthy pregnancies, keep their babies, and establish successful families. HWH includes integrated health and social services for these women with 'complex' lives, services which focus on their substance use and interrelated issues. Services are provided through drop-in groups, outreach and personal one-on-one support. Pre- and post-natal support and information is provided by a Public Health Nurse, and HWH facilitators operate a Recovery Group. Women access one-to-one counselling support, breastfeeding and child feeding support, parenting information, infant development resources, a dietician, an income assistance worker and a dental hygienist. Staff also work with the women to obtain necessary health care services.
$40,000.00
2014

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

Sensory Motor Integration Program

A new reality is facing CHSC. Today at least 35% of newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children are coming to the Centre with additional learning needs. Our new Sensory Motor Integration Program will begin to address these needs with assessments and support from a trained occupational therapist that delivers ongoing program implementation and provides outcome analysis. We believe this additional early intervention is critical for a child to learn to listen and speak and ultimately be successfully mainstreamed into a school with their hearing peers.
$30,000.00
2012

A Sound Move -Tele-intervention Project for Deaf Babies

This innovative project uses new technologies to provide direct service delivery to deaf/hard of hearing babies and children in rural, remote and underserviced BC communities. It counters geographic and financial challenges for persons whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. Sophisticated assistive-hearing technologies such as cochlear implants provide children who are deaf an opportunity to participate fully in a hearing world. Early intervention therapy is essential to ensure that an infant/child develops listening and speech skills to his or her maximum potential.
$16,500.00
2010

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

Chilliwack Community Services (CCS)delivers two dynamic adult upgrading programs in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). While parents pursue grade 9, 10 & 11 math and English upgrading courses their infant/toddler and preschool children receive free childcare in a high quality, literacy rich environment. Participant demographics include marginalized families, families living in poverty and “at risk” situations, First Nations, and immigrants. CCS has over 20 years experience in operating these family literacy programs. The agency’s Strategic Plan includes a goal of expanding both family literacy programs to operate 10 months a year, and a new and very exciting initiative to extend the program to include workplace essential skills. This expansion addresses the root causes of social and economic inequality by providing practical work place, pre-employment skills as well as one on one employment counseling. Participants may now register for 10 months wrap-around programming offering free upgrading with a UFV instructor, parenting instruction, workplace.
$40,000.00
2014

Chinese Community Library Services Association

BIPOC Operating Grants

In 2020, Vancouver Foundation launched a new granting initiative to offer flexible, general operating grants of up to $50,000 for BIPOC-led organizations in B.C., to support their work in racial equity and racial justice.
$40,000.00
2021

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

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

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 Kelowna

Increasing Social Connections to Support Active, Healthy Neighbourhoods

Through public consultations & recent initiatives, the City of Kelowna has shown it values neighbourhood involvement in planning. Residents have said they are willing to shift behaviours around active transportation. To move from vision to reality, a resident-driven "made in Kelowna" model of community engagement is needed. This project will help stakeholders design a plan to develop and test a model that creates social connections, cultivates local champions and increases community resiliency. The pilot’s focus will be active transportation, but it will also increase residents' activity in: community engagement and events; recreation; and, making healthier choices (e.g. food choices).
$15,000.00
2018

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

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 Penticton

Testing multiple pathways to substance use care amid an overdose crisis in the South Okanagan

People who use substances in the South Okanagan have limited access to the whole system of care within their region. It is common for people to have to leave their community to access the life saving supports they need. Gaps and breakdowns in the system have contributed to the ongoing number of overdose deaths in the region. This project will examine the substance use care pathway, learn from diverse perspectives and lived/living experiences what parts of the system require change to improve access to services and save lives. The City alongside the Penticton Community Action will then seek to create new pathways to accessing substance use care throughout the South Okanagan - saving lives.
$288,500.00
2021

City of Prince George

Raise Up Our Kids: Nusdeh Yoh House of the Future

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Indigenous Choice School, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province. The Raise Up Our Kids work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Implementation of a community hub will create deeper alignment across systems (health, education & social services) and will ensure all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. The Community Hub will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.
$299,991.00
2021

Raise Up Our Kids: Prince George Partners Aligning Systems to Improve Children's Health Outcomes

Children in the North are less healthy than others in BC. In Nusdeh Yoh Aboriginal Choice School located in Prince George, the student population is considered to be one of the most vulnerable in the Province.The collective impact work recommends improving connections to school and community to improve children’s health. Deeper alignment across systems (health, education, policing & social services) is critical to ensuring all children and their families have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. This develop process will build an integrated, coordinated system of supports in a vulnerable neighbourhood that better connects children and families to services and improves health outcomes.
$20,000.00
2018

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