Grants

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Atira Women's Resource Society

Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre

The Maxxine Wright Early Care and Learning Centre is a 59 - space daycare associated with Maxxine Wright Place, a comprehensive residential and health/emotional support program for women who are pregnant and/or early parenting and at risk. The daycare has been open since early 2010 and has struggled to achieve full enrollment/break even, for a variety of reasons including: -Atira's inexperience in operating daycares; -The number of infant toddler spaces, which is higher than usual because of the residential program mandate; - Stigma attached to the daycare due to the residential program. We are requesting financial support to stave off closure of the daycare while we reinvigorate our efforts to achieve full enrollment, which includes increased advertising and a comprehensive communications strategy, better utilization of our networks, a mentoring /spportive partnership with the YMCA daycare programs, revisiting our licensing/considering reconfiguration of the types of spaces and training/support of our staff to be more involved in helping us solve the problems.
$10,000.00
2011

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Foster Youth Food Guide

Foster youths face a multitude of challenges after aging out of government care, from housing to education and employment. However, one of the most immediate and pressing obstacles youth face after losing support, is where they’re going to find their next meal. Due to a lack of support, we know that over half of BC foster youth will become dependent on income assistance (MCFD, 2015). This means that for the majority of foster youth, their weekly food allowance is approximately $18 after factoring in living expenses (Raise the Rates, 2015). As a result, many foster youths need to find alternative sources of free food or confront days of hunger. The good news is that there are many organizations, like Aunt Leah's Place, that offer free food and community supports in Metro Vancouver. Using youth experience and knowledge of these organizations, the Foster Youth Food Guide will create an online food resource that helps young people locate organizations that are transit accessible, safe and promote food security. The guide will be built using Google Maps’ API and include clear directions, detailed descriptions, and pictures or videos of each space. To gather this data, youth researchers will travel and review each location. We believe this project falls directly within Fostering Change’s small grants funding approach, as it is a youth-led project that fills a gap with actionable knowledge and builds relationships between foster youth and their communities in Metro Vancouver.
$4,480.00
2017

Bootstrap Project: Employing Youth from Care

Very rarely do young people get their first jobs and employment experiences due to ‘merit’. Instead, social connections and mentoring are the actual bridging mechanisms for entering young people into first jobs, thus giving them the opportunity to learn essential employment skills (e.g. interpersonal skills, time management, work ethic, etc.). Foster youth necessarily, and through no fault of their own, come from upbringings of poverty, abuse and neglect and are removed from their family. They do not have the necessary strong social and familial networks in order to get these first job experiences. This project will find empathetic employers who will provide this mentoring role.
$58,905.00
2017

Community Sourcing: Crowd-Sourcing New Allies & Resources for Youth In-And-From Care

‘Community Sourcing’ creates multiple legacy projects to build upon and carry forward the work of the Fostering Change initiative through a bi-annual youth-led and youth-organized “crowdsourcing” dinner. Dinner attendees pay an entrance fee to get dinner and a vote. Attendees hear presentations on community-building projects from youth in-and-from foster care. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, and vote on the project they think benefits the community and youth-from-care the most. At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winning presenter goes home with all money raised (around $2,000) to carry out the project. Thus, youth in-and-from foster care raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help carry out their project. This Community Sourcing dinner occurs twice a year with opportunities for presenters to receive speaking & engagement training in preparation for their presentation. Two youth in-and-from foster care are hired to run the project, including organizing and building capacity of presenters, promotion of the bi-annual dinners, plus sourcing sponsors and supporters. The premise of this project is largely borrowed from SOUP, a model of community project ‘dinner’ crowd-sourcing that has proven successful around the world. People want to engage and participate in this type of community-building activity and this project opens up this important opportunity to youth in-and-from foster care.
$37,500.00
2017

Thresholds Program: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycle of Foster Care

Thresholds Program provides supported housing for pregnant and parenting moms who, due to homelessness, are at risk of losing child custody. Moms live in a warm, home-like and supported environment during their stay, moving to supported independent housing when ready. Priority is given to moms who have a history of being in foster care. Youth from care are at heightened risk of early pregnancy and loss of child custody to the child welfare system. In BC, no collated record is kept on the number of youth-in-care who experience pregnancy. The best data on this issue comes from McCreary's work, ‘Fostering Potential’ (2008). The "report is based on the responses of almost 1,000 young people in Grades 7 through 12 who had been in care" and finds "among [foster] youth who ever had sex, 19% reported having been pregnant or caused a pregnancy, with a further 6% not sure if they had". Aunt Leah's 28-year history of working with young people transitioning from foster care corroborates this data; for example, of the 164 former foster youth that Aunt Leah’s worked with last year, 28 (17%) have dependents of their own – representing an additional 39 babies and children that receive Aunt Leah’s support. Thresholds works preventatively at the ‘entry’ point of the foster care system by giving pregnant & parenting young women from care the skills and resources they need in order to become successful parents, thus barring a new generation of children from entry into foster care.
$67,500.00
2016

The Friendly Landlord Network

Aunt Leah’s is asking Vancouver Foundation to fund the next 3 years of The Friendly Landlord Network (FLN). FLN is a Metro Vancouver-wide network of landlords who are interested in renting to youth from care, plus a network of youth-serving organizations who are interested in giving supports to youth from care in order to help them attain/maintain their tenure. The main connection point is to be a searchable online database resource (friendlylandlordnetwork.com) for Metro Vancouver youth from care, foster families, social workers and youth-serving organizations. FLN creates a platform for landlords to exclusively direct their rental properties to youth from care in need of quality housing. Twenty-five youth-serving organizations from across the Lower Mainland have committed to supporting their youth who use FLN. This coalition of youth-serving organizations works to mitigates landlord concerns regarding issues such as lack of references, immaturity, low-incomes, or credit history. These organizations are geographically dispersed across the Lower Mainland and sign-up to the network on the condition that they'll give basic outreach and support to the their youth. In addition, this project will partially fund the work of Link Support Workers who help maintain the tenure of Aunt Leah's youth using FLN through regular youth check-ins, landlord relationship-building, procurement of stable income sources for rent payments, and long-term goal-setting/planning with youth.
$205,000.00
2015

The Canoe Project

The Canoe Project will be designed, organized and implemented by Aunt Leah’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). The Cano Project has two core aims: First, we (YAC) will participate again in a week-long canoe journey with the stated goal of "recognizing the past by Pulling Together to enhance understanding between Public Service Agencies and Aboriginal Peoples by canoeing the traditional highway, strengthening our future relations". Our journey last year, from Harrison Lake, down the Fraser, to Semiahmoo was a powerful journey which reconnected us culturally on the water, together eating food and listening to Elders around the fire. It also enhanced our understanding of ourselves as youth from care and our connection to public service agencies. We rowed for 5 days with MCFD Social Workers, RCMP Officers, Chiefs and Elders. We will row again in Summer 2016, but this time we will bring a new cohort of young people with us, expanding the representation of youth from care on the 2016 Pulling Together Canoe Journey (www.pullingtogether.ca) by a factor of two! Second, we plan to present the story publicly of who we are as youth from care, using the Canoe Journey as a metaphor. We hope to work on a small presentation that we can take on the road as a workshop in settings such as schools, service clubs, service agencies and conferences. We will make a small video of our proposed presentation and deliver it at TEDx Kids in hopes of getting our message out to a larger audience.
$10,000.00
2015

The Friendly Landlord Network

The Friendly Network will create and systematrize a private sector network of resources specific to youth transitioning from care to adulthood. In addition this project will create a communication tool to enhance the increased inter-organizational coordination desired through the Fostering Change project.
$41,322.00
2014

The Link

Aunt Leah's provides semi-independent housing for sixteen foster teens, 15-18 years of age, who are preparing to live on their own when they 'age out' of care at 19. We provide a basement suite with a supportive landlord as well as pre-employment and life skills training. Despite this intervention, many of these children are not fully prepared to make a full and successful transition to adulthood. Many go through a series of tenancy breakdowns and couch surfing ending with a large percent on income assistance or experiencing homeless. In 2010, Vancouver Foundation began 3 years of funding for a second-stage program called The Link which provides transition workers, food & housing, and education opportunities for 30 youth (annually). Today, the demand for this program has risen with over 80 former foster kids served per annum. The Link mimics the care that parented youth receive well into early adulthood; over half of 20-something Canadians choose to live at home. Over 40% of BC foster youth experience homeless after age 19; yet 90% of Link youth maintain safe affordable housing.
$100,000.00
2013

The Link

Aunt Leah's provides semi-independent housing for sixteen foster teens, 15-18 years of age, who are preparing to live on their own when they 'age out' of care at 19. We provide a basement suite with a supportive landlord as well as pre-employment and life skills training. Despite this intervention, many of these children are not fully prepared to make a full and successful transition to adulthood. Many go through a series of tenancy breakdowns and couch surfing ending with a large percent on income assistance or experiencing homeless. In 2010, Vancouver Foundation began 3 years of funding for a second-stage program called The Link which provides transition workers, food & housing, and education opportunities for 30 youth (annually). Today, the demand for this program has risen with over 80 former foster kids served per annum. The Link mimics the care that parented youth receive well into early adulthood; over half of 20-something Canadians choose to live at home. Over 40% of BC foster youth experience homeless after age 19; yet 90% of Link youth maintain safe affordable housing.
$100,000.00
2013

Aventa New Music Society

Marilyn, Anyone can see I love you

This opera is based on aspects of the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, with libretto from BC author and poet, Marilyn Bowering. It examines Marilyn Monroe’s intellectual and emotional relationship to death and love. As the work progresses, the performance interweaves what is taking place on stage with the trajectory of Monroe’s life through relationships, fame and myth.
$30,000.00
2011

Axis Theatre Company

RIP! a collaborative creation with KC Brown

RIP! is a new play for adult/family audiences, inspired by the story of Rip van Winkle, an unlikely protagonist to any modern tale. Developed through two exploration workshops, that collaborative effort resulted in a rehearsal script penned by KC Brown. The projects groundwork was laid over several years and the Vancouver Foundations' initial support was critical to our completing the workshop phase in 2012/13. The rehearsal script is based on the material developed with four actors, two directors and the playwright, a unique process that Artistic Director Wayne Specht implements in some form to each new creation. This process has resulted in over 57 productions. In January 2014 the directors will use the script to complete the scene breakdown and map out the staging. Advance preparation is a key goal to this collaborative creation process which involves everyone with artistic input, from the actors to the designers. This world premiere production of RIP! is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Waterfront Theatre, performing 23 shows including three student matinees.
$25,000.00
2013

R.I.P.

Our project idea originated from an outline submitted to Wayne Specht by K.C Brown. Intrigued by the idea, the next step was to choose and bring a group of talented artists together with the intention of creating an exciting new physical theatre play for adult audiences, loosely based on the story of Rip van Winkle. This method is proven within Axis' history in creating theatre. The current theme is: a person (or persons) waking up in a much later time period from when they first went to sleep. Our development structure will include: • A two day writing phase to flesh out the theme (pre- application) • Two one-week workshops that will develop the subject matter and the script through a non-premise improvisational method. This delivers the opportunity to explore the theme and ideas off the page. • A storyboard and script that will lead to rehearsal and production of the new play. We are planning to premiere R.I.P in our 2013-14 season and serve the adult/family population in Vancouver and BC. If suitable, the play will be adapted into a play for young audiences.
$5,000.00
2012

B.C. Association of Family Resource Programs

Path to Learning Pre-Course

The purpose of this project is to develop a specialized pre-course to engage potential learners who are continually left behind. In 2009 FRP-BC completed the development of the FRP Certificate and partnered with the Justice Institute of BC in the delivery. Over 150 applications were submitted for the 2009-2010 offerings. 52% of applicants did not meet the basic eligibility requirements. It was decided that a specialized pre-course was required. The Path to Learning Pre-course (PLP) is unique from other "Adult Boost Camps" as it will be developed through an Aboriginal self-reflective lens while bridging other cultures. The training will include a mentoring component to build capacity & self-esteem. The PLP is a 2 day on site offering with 10 hours of post mentoring. The PLP will incorporate 4 components to enable learners to: 1. Recognize & adjust to the rigors of post-secondary education 2. Build confidence & dispel the fears of school 3. Understand why post-secondary learning is vital to their work with families 4. Understand the foundations of family support theory & practice
$60,000.00
2011

B.C. Society of Transition Houses

Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women

The project, Increasing Access for Aboriginal Women, has two major aims. First, to consult with transition houses that serve Aboriginal Women on and off reserve and to consult with Aboriginal women who have either previously accessed transition house services or those who have been turned away from accessing transition house services in a minimum of two communities across BC. Second, based on the research, to develop and implement promising practices to better serve Aboriginal Women, to pilot these practices and to externally evaluate these practices to see if Aboriginal Women are able to access transition houses and if they are served in a culturally appropriate manner while accessing these services. All aspects of the project will be led by a project Advisory Committee and overseen by a Project Coordinator. The project Advisory Committee will be comprised of transition houses that serve a large number of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Women with lived experience, BC Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence for BC and other groups.
$25,000.00
2013

Toward a Learning Centre

This project seeks to develop an online knowledge resource where programs can share best practices and policies in helping women and children fleeing violence. It will identify and provide access to online training tailored to meet workers’ needs. It will transform existing training modules into an accessible on-line format to enable the training of workers to meet their clients needs.
$50,000.00
2010

Balcone Art Society

Vancouver Now: Emerging Artists' Portfolio Series

The project will provide a forum to articulate the idea of "Vancouver Now" from the perspective of emerging and culturally diverse artists and curators. Through Decoy Magazine's website, we will publish a series of emerging visual artists' portfolios investigating specific topics in Vancouver's current socio-economic and cultural situation in relation to the city's history and projected future. Concretely, we will commission 3 Vancouver-based emerging curators to develop the content of a portfolio series, each showcasing the work of 3 emerging Vancouver-based artists. Organized as 3 thematic portfolios series, the final outcome of this project will consist of the online exhibition of the work of 9 emerging artists and publication of 3 critical texts produced by the participating curators. Exhibiting this project through a flexible online platform will enable us to present artworks produced in multiple formats and medias, while not being limited by the durational and spatial constraints associated with traditional exhibition venues.
$5,000.00
2013

Ballet BC

RITE

Ballet BC is seeking support for the commissioning, development and creation of a full-length program of contemporary ballet inspired by The Rite of Spring. The ground-breaking 1913 collaboration between choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky and composer Igor Stravinsky had monumental impact on 20th century music and dance for its bold rhythmic, tonal and choreographic language that is still considered revolutionary more than 100 years after its premiere. Drawing on the spirit of innovation and risk-taking that is the legacy of The Rite of Spring, RITE, will include two innovative World Premieres to be performed in our 2014-15 Season in May 2015. The first part of the program will highlight an interdisciplinary collaboration between Ballet BC Artistic Director and choreographer Emily Molnar with Vancouver-based designer, Omer Arbel and composer Jeremy Schmidt. Part two of the program will be a newly-conceptualized, full company contemporary ballet choreographed by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, using Stravinsky's original musical score.
$25,000.00
2014

Ballet Victoria Society

Ballet Victoria's Dracula

To open Ballet Victoria's 12th season, the company will create a new full-length narrative ballet based on Bram Stoker's classic gothic novel, Dracula. Ballet Victoria will create a unique score comprised of: modern music mixed by Jason King with special effects, a pair of commissioned sections (a tango by Ruy Boff and a classical section by Robert McBride) as well as a selection of works by Gustav Mahler, Arvo Part, and Knut Nystedt. The present-day setting and plot of this production will make it unique and more widely appealing. The demanding choreography will be rooted in classical ballet vocabulary (pointe work) with a strong emphasis on contemporary movement quality. As with the recent successful production of Frankenstein, Paul Destrooper's Dracula will incorporate humour and popular culture references in his effort to recount the story of the infamous vampire as he attempts to fit in new surroundings. Ballet Victoria strives to bring the highest technical and artistic quality to all its creations, as well as appeal to as wide audience and introduce many to the art form.
$20,000.00
2014

The Secret Garden & Other Works

Ballet Victoria's The Secret Garden & Other Works is a two-act program that features a mixed repertoire of classical and contemporary works including: Le Jazz Hot, by BC resident Jacques Lemay (premiered by principal dancers Evelyn Hart and John Kaminski at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet); Bruce Monk's Noctiluxe (music by Debussy) and a new work by BC resident and RWB alumni Gisele Plourde (music by Petr Eben on four-hands piano, The Little Green Forest). Vancouver-based concert pianist Sarah Hagen will accompany the dancers along with a cellist and violinist for The Secret Garden (Haydn), a narrative ballet inspired by Michael Shamata's adaptation of Burnett's novel (1911). This original creation by Paul Destrooper showcases the technical and dramatic skills of the dancers as they guide audiences through this deeply emotional story about the paralyzing effects of loss on one's social and physical environment and the innate wisdom in children's imaginations. The ballet is set in Victoria and reflects elements of the city's architectural and natural landscape.
$15,000.00
2012

Bard on the Beach Theatre Society

Bard on the Beach - Community Diversity

Our proposed project is an overall Community Diversity Strategy that is aligned with three categories: 1. Training/Employment: We will expand our Artistic Associates by adding two new positions to include more gender and culturally diverse voices. Bard’s Associates are involved in aspects of artistic planning including programming, casting and development activities. These new Associates will identify new projects, build new relationships, and work on increasing diversity in our audience. In addition, we will hire cultural consultants for specific productions to protect cultural sensitivities. We will increase the Bard Studio workshops and train more diverse performers, increasing the number of qualified artists to be employed on our stage and across Canada. Bard’s artistic team will travel throughout Canada to identify and collaborate with more diverse artists. 2. Education: We will add additional Bard in the Classroom and Neighbourhood workshops (provided for free); develop a Distance Education Streaming Education component; and train more Teaching Artists to establish a more diverse roster of teachers for all our programs. We will host and engage in community wide forums to discuss diversity issues, share our findings and encourage others to be more inclusive of many perspectives and voices. 3. Development of New Work: We will develop diverse plays from different cultures through the Bard Lab Program and focus on engaging more gender diverse playwrights and creators.
$73,875.00
2017

Enhanced Training and Coaching Initiative

We hope to create the Bard Artist Training Department, expand on our existing training offerings and build a strategic three year plan to make a significant contribution to artist training in Vancouver. We will create a Head of Training and Coaching position who along with the Artistic Associates will identify what training will be most beneficial, source and consult with appropriate coaches, and create a curriculum that addresses the ongoing needs of the company and community. Over the course of three years, we will expand and enhance existing training opportunities by adding time and additional instructors and experts; we will increase the honorarium for participants making training more accessible and we will offer more coaching resources throughout the performance season, ensuring the health and safety of our company. We also plan on developing a workshop program for the community year-round, welcoming local and international master instructors, and will offer professional development opportunities to our artistic staff to benefit both the Bard Company and greater arts community.
$71,000.00
2014

Production of Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley

The staff and Board of Directors of Bard are currently in the midst of a strategic review of the Festival's mission, vision and values. Part of the strategic review is examining Festival programming possibilities beyond the Shakespeare canon. In 2012 Bard commissioned an Angus Reid survey that concluded 7 of 10 patrons would support Bard expanding its repertoire to include works by his contemporaries or a Bard related '˜twist'. Elizabeth Rex, received its premiere production at Stratford, Ontario in 2000. The play brings together Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and his acting troupe on the eve of the execution of Robert Deveraux Earl of Essex, the rumoured lover of Queen Elizabeth. The universal themes explored by Canadian playwright, Timothy Findley, will appeal to traditional Shakespeare audiences as well as those who may not otherwise be attracted to a Shakespeare play. Elizabeth Rex will be rehearsed in repertory with Measure for Measure for 7 weeks in May/June, 2013 and be presented at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in July thru early September.
$20,000.00
2012

New Play Adaptation & Production of HENRY VI, THE WARS OF THE ROSES

Henry VI, The Wars of the Roses will be the premiere production of this newly adapted work to be presented at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in 2011. An original work that distils the texts of three plays into one, it will be rehearsed by the Bard Studio Stage company over a 6 week period along with Richard III and then play for 38 performances alongside Richard III in 2011.
$9,000.00
2011

Barking Sphinx Performance Society

Flee

This project is to create, develop and present Flee, a new work by three of Vancouver's most dynamic and innovative artists -- composer, cellist and improviser Peggy Lee, playwright-director David Hudgins and lighting designer Itai Erdal. Flee will be a darkly humorous and Kafkaesque tale in which the dialogue between music, visual storytelling, movement and theatre reveals the unseen and unknowable forces that liberate and bind us. Inspired by the once-popular phenomenon of the flea circus, Flee examines the interplay between composition and improvisation, bringing the audience closer to the life and nature of musicians and in particular, improvisers -- a nature that is vulnerable, rebellious, risky and curious. Flee will be a hybrid of live performance, an integrated narrative in and around the "action" of the acoustic concert. A piece that zooms in on life as we deny it, Flee scratches below the surface and probes the underbelly for what little we know about the cruelty and compassion of creatures caught in extreme times. Flee will be presented at the Roundhouse, June 14-20, 2013.
$12,000.00
2012

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