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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society

Get Vancouver Dancing with the Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance

Living in cities is stressful; people are disconnected from one another and gathering less. The 6th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival helps create a happy, healthy society by actively engaging people of diverse cultures in a celebration of spring and beauty to build community. The 2012 Festival celebrates our iconic cherry blossoms through dance by bringing 600+ dancing pink umbrellas together in a new Umbrella Dance outside the Vancouver Art Gallery with many smaller flash mobs of the dance scheduled at Festival events and in neighbourhoods throughout April. Free rehearsals with Shiamak Davar Dance Team and performance of world-class Shiamak choreography allows everyone to experience the joy and pride in being part of something bigger than themselves, performing as an artist with professionals. Participants gain meaning, purpose and connectedness through real social connections at rehearsals and performances, as well as new neighbourhood connections. Each encounter will be an investment in social capital and positive outcomes will be shared through popular VCBF social media.

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Vancouver Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Pilot Project

This project is to complete a 3 year pilot project to establish a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) within the City of Vancouver. The specific vision for this centre is a co-located, multi-disciplinary, child centered approach to services for children who have experienced abuse and their non-offending family members and/or caregivers. In 2011, a group of mandated stakeholders came together and completed a two year comprehensive Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study to see if the need existed in Vancouver for a CYAC. The results of this first phase demonstrated both a need in Vancouver for a CYAC and that the stakeholders believed this project was feasible. Quantitative data demonstrated enough cases to warrant a CYAC. The qualitative data from this study was incredibly compelling, as it suggested that co-location of services for children/youth who experience abuse in Vancouver has the potential to reduce the barriers to joint interviews and reduce the travel time for children/youth and their non-offending family members. Any elimination of barriers could address possible under-reporting of child physical and sexual abuse. Following this, the stakeholders completed phase 2 - the development of a pilot project. After extensive research of CYAC models, the group believed that a not for profit was the appropriate model. This project (phase 3) will test and evaluate the establishment and operation of a CYAC in Vancouver.

Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society

Musical Transformations: Our Story (working title)

Performed at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, this concert will be a reflection and examination of immigration and diaspora of Chinese music in Vancouver. Facilitating an understanding of Vancouver’s diverse identities and representing a cultural group with such presence in Vancouver, this performance will feature Canada’s very first professional Chinese instrumental music group. The nights’ repertoire takes audiences through the evolution of Chinese music starting with traditional influences brought by the influx of Chinese immigration during the 1970s. The first section highlights classical folk styles, pieces that demand a mastery of technique. These tunes often have philosophical associations, which will be addressed by our MC Dr. Jan Walls. Following will be a selection of rearranged works that have extracted elements from both eastern and western practices. In the third section, the ensemble will perform Canadian commissioned pieces for Chinese Instruments. Progressing through the development of contemporary music will provide a look at where Chinese music is headed in Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Creating system wide transformational change through an Indigenous Cultural Safety Initiative within a Large Urban Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia

The ongoing impacts of colonization have resulted in systemic discrimination and major health disparities for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Stereotyping and discrimination contribute to these inequities and can result in fatalities. To mitigate this discrimination, Vancouver Coastal Health has created educational resources to unpack biases healthcare staff may have against Indigenous peoples. Workshops reveal colonial impacts on Indigenous people, increase staffs’ cultural awareness and sensitivity, and explore how staff can deliver culturally safe care. Creating a culturally safe place of health care for Indigenous people we can improve access and ultimately reduce health disparities.

Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders (Researchers: N/A)

This project will develop methods to measure clinical outcomes via the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data gathered at Stepping Stones Concurrent Disorders Service primarily, and then sister agencies on the North Shore. That being said, it is hope that this grant will enable the investigators at the Stepping Stones to conduct outreach and field work throughout the North Shore in order to engage the many stakeholder who work with individuals struggling with concurrent disorders. The end result of this project is to create a Community Based Research Centre for Concurrent Disorders. (Research Team: N/A)

Downtown Vancouver Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory

The Youth Housing and Health Services Collaboratory is an action-oriented project to engage key stakeholders involved in delivering health and housing resources to youth in downtown Vancouver. The 'collaboratory' will be a problem-solving group working to address barriers and challenges that youth 16-24 face accessing housing and health services. A parallel youth engagement process will inform the trajectory of the project and we will strive to make a meaningful difference in the experience of youth who seek resources related to housing and health. In order to improve access and flow-through for youth to a wider range of resources, agency representatives who are excited to, and capable of working as part of a collaborative team, and have a high level of management over the resources attached to the agency, will be invited to participate. Phase one will be a convened dialogue to ensure the group is aligned and 'on the same page'. Barriers to collaboration will be identified and addressed. Phase two will be a pilot of a mechanism to smooth access pathways to care and housing.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Deaf Deaf World - An Immersive Theatre

Deaf Deaf World gives “voice” to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. It is an innovative public education and culture experience project aimed to destigmatize Deaf culture as well as promote cross-cultural conversations (Hearing vs Deaf) to construct better access to and integration of facilities/services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The project acts as immersive theatre that physically invites our "audience" into a fictional world of silence. With the audience, professional artists and volunteers re-enact select systemic barriers to the Deaf through the use of American Sign Language.

Job Readiness Program

Pervading education and employment challenges faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians have been exasperated by government funding cuts and fragmentation towards DHH services over the last decade. By expanding the Job Readiness Program for DHH students at Vancouver Community College (the only of its kind in Canada offered at a post secondary), DHH students will have the opportunity to enrol into Red Seal trade certificate programs. The skilled training would open up new careers streams with higher earning and career development potential. Success in the program will address systemic under-education, under-employment and unemployment of thousands of Canadians with hearing loss.

Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Children In the Vancouver School District

We are requesting support to establish a Pilot Mentorship Program in 8 Vancouver School Board Schools-4 elementary feeder schools and 4 high schools-with significant Aboriginal student populations. Approximately 220 students will be involved. The Pilot Mentorshlp Program will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year (June 2014) at which time it will be evaluated with the goal of continuation in the Vancouver District for a total of 3 years prior to expansion to other strategic areas in BC. The key elements of the Mentorship Program are: -recruitment of Aboriginal Mentors with teaching experience -mentorship in course materials, study habits, life skills and career planning -use of both 'one on one' and group models where appropriate -involvement of the Aboriginal Community -emphasis on helping students effectively transition from Elementary School to High School and Primary levels to Intermediate levels. -inculcation of career planning and work experience throughout the Mentorship Program -successful retention to high school graduation

Vancouver Community Network VCN

Empowering Non Profits with Virtual Legal Support Services

Law for Non Profits (LFNP) is building a comprehensive, remotely accessible and solutions-focused access to justice system for the non profit sector. The digital platform will include a legal self assessment, and a platform with customized resources like policy builders, checklists and templates; and real time access to law students and legal advice. The project will transform and empower non profits, enabling them to focus on the critically important services they deliver to the citizens and communities of BC. The digital platform will shift the paradigm in how the non profit sector accesses and interacts with legal services preventing legal crisis and enhancing capacity and compliance.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Diversity and Inclusion Project

The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Vision is Theatre for Everyone. Despite using a non-curated show selection process for our annual Festival, artists do not fully reflect the diversity of our community. The Diversity Project seeks to change this with structured outreach and mentorship for artists from diverse backgrounds. The Fringe is a training ground and often the first place emerging performing artists produce work. Mentorship and remounts are offered through our awards program. When diverse artists access the benefits of the Fringe, they can professionalize their work and increase their exposure to audiences—and the Fringe steps closer to its Vision of Theatre for Everyone.

Diversity and Inclusion Audit and Planning Project

With assistance we’ll engage a Diversity and Inclusion specialist to do workshops with staff, board, and artists. The goal will be to ensure leadership acknowledge and examine personal and organizational biases and that we begin to understand the barriers for under represented artists. In conducting this audit, we seek to understand our diversity deficits. We’ll start by classifying participation in recent Fringes, asking the following questions and more: How many artists were people of colour? What percentage was this of all participants? How do they learn about the Fringe? How many artists of colour can we identify that would be possible participants? What are the barriers? Cost? Different production culture? Language? Lack of information on how the Fringe works? The audit will be socially innovative by examining power structures and to redistribute opportunity to those who may not be able to access it. By understanding why Vancouver’s diversity is not reflected in the Fringe, we seek to change. Once we know what the barriers are, we can address them. While this project aims to serve the needs of artists of colour, the more diverse the content on our stages is, the more diverse the audience—and the exposure to different cultures engenders higher levels of cross cultural understanding and dialogue.

Vancouver Independent Theatre

Vancouver Independent Theatre is a collective marketing initiative. In the first year we will partner with 5 or 6 small theatre companies based in Vancouver, and promote their work as a collective. We will be building a website. smartphone app, social media presence, and e-mail newsletter to promote partner companies throughout the year. We will use these platforms to execute a content marketing campaign, profiling members & their productions through written content as well as short-form videos. The website will also serve as a centre for buying tickets for all our partner's productions. By acting as the ticketing agent in addition to being a promoter, we will be able to use sales data to create customized promotions based on an individual's theatre preferences and buying behaviour. We will also create subscription packages to drive patrons' frequency of attending theatre, and to boost advance sales. We will also run will-call and at-door ticket sales for our member companies.

Vancouver Homework Club Society

Youth Engagement Project (YEP)

Working with students identified as at high risk of dropping out of school, the project has six elements: 1) engaging on a one to one basis with the students and their parents, working to keep the students in school and attending class; 2) bringing the students to the Homework Club three days a week for a minimum of six hours, providing access to Homework Club tutors and to hot meals served at the Club; 3) working with the students, using approved remediation programs, to develop their literacy and numeracy skills; 4) meeting with the students monthly over dinner to review their progress, plan for the month ahead and create supportive relations between the students in YEP and with the YEP workers. 5) providing a small monthly cash stipend to be spent under the direction of each student's YEP worker; 6) upon successfull completion of each school year, holding in trust a bursary of $500 for post-secondary education.

Vancouver Humane Society

Building capacity through increased brand awareness and effective fundraising

VHS would like to build our base of supporters and donation revenues. There are a number of initiatives for which we require funding in order to accomplish this goal, including: 1. design and distribute facebook ads to increase our followers and constituent base; 2. design and distribute image macros - photographs that include a statement or caption about an issue - to increase peer sharing of our campaign issues and grow our grass roots supporters (this project also requires training in Adobe Photoshop and purchase of software); 3. launch an e-newletter to distribute via email and mailchimp; 4. subscribe for 1 year to Give2Gether, an online fundraising service recommended by the BCSPCA to help convert onlin followers/constituents into donors (The BCSPCA began using Give2Gether in 2011. By 2013, they saw a 2000% increase in revenues, a 171% increase in average gift size and a 3700% increase in new donors. Other humane societies have also had success); 5. register with MMC Canada for Raisers Edge audit and training courses.

Website CMS and internet fundraising training

This is a capacity-building project, which aims to upgrade employees' skills in web-based environments such as content management systems (CMSs) and internet fundraising. We are seeking funding for courses on the programs Photoshop and Wordpress as well as internet fundraising training which is offered by Canadian experts in the field at Harvey McKinnon Associates (HMA). This will coincide and complement our current website redesign/upgrade, which is currently in progress.

Upgrades to Fundraising Database and Website Content Management Software

VHS is seeking funding in order to upgrade two software programs that are crucual to our program operations. The first program upgrade will update the Windows compatibility and feature enhancements of our fundraising database software. The second upgrade will update the content management software for our Chicken OUT! website to a simpler program that can be used by in-house staff instead of outsourcing to contractors.


Initiated in 2002, the goal of Chicken OUT! is to improve the quality of life for the millions of egg-laying hens that are raised in small wire (battery) cages in BC and Canada. We produce, gather and share research on the cruelty involved in raising hens in battery cages to educate the public about alternative cage-free production systems that offer higher welfare and thus improved life quality for hens. We believe that if people understand the issues, they will make choices that favour the purchase of more humane cage-free eggs. In addition to encouraging individual consumers, Chicken OUT! works with universities, municipalities and food businesses to adopt cage-free egg purchasing policies for campus and city-run food service facilities, restaurants and grocery stores. This growing public interest in cage-free eggs will in turn encourage more egg producers to transition to cage-free production methods, and thus reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens.

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Society

The Composers' Intercultural Kitchen

The project brings 6 established composers of contemporary classical music together with a mixed group of professional musicians from Western classical, Chinese & Persian musical traditions, who are specialists in intercultural music. Using an innovative workshop format developed by the VICO, composers will work with musicians & 4 workshop leaders (all experienced intercultural composers) to acquire new knowledge & skills in writing for combinations of Western & non-Western instruments. Each composer will produce a 5-10 min. piece, to be premiered in VICO's 2015-2016 season. The project bridges a gap of knowledge & understanding between composers in the classical/new music scene & performers in Vancouver's world music scene. While both groups are working at a high level, they are unacquainted with (and often feel alienated by) each other's artistic practices. This project will provide valuable training & experience for composers & performers; increase mutual cultural awareness & respect; and lay groundwork for future collaborations that truly reflect BC's cultural diversity.

Vancouver International Children's Festival Society

Me on the Map (MOTM)

A multi-media installation performance about city living and civic responsibility sourced from real children's experiences. A two-phase project, in Phase 1 (2012/13) artists Adrienne Wong and Jan Derbyshire will engage with children ages 4-12 in workshops to discover how kids view the city and their own place within it. We are requesting support for Phase 2 (2013/14), where the artists will synthesize the workshop material into a 30 minute narrative play and multi-media installation. The audience will enter a 3-dimensional performance environment envisioned as a small-scale city. There will be portholes to peer into and at the centre a child (played by an actor) adventures through the city, encountering obstacles and allies and, ultimately, discovers her place on the map. The performance environment will be designed with inclusivity at the core, making assistive technologies like audio description an integral part of the performance and not a clunky add-on for patrons with disabilities. The environment also doubles as an installation that kids can explore themselves.

Vancouver International Dance Festival Society

Gathering Project

The project that we are proposing is a gathering of contemporary Aboriginal and culturally diverse dance artists from across Canada with the purpose of sharing our artistic practices and our methods of disseminating our artistic practices with each other. We will do this by inviting over forty dance artists/companies to come to Vancouver to take part in the gathering. The gathering will take place over a six day period in the month of March, 2013 during the Vancouver International Dance Festival. During this week, we will use the Roundhouse Performance Centre and the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall as open spaces that will offer alternating sessions of performances and discussion. We expect that this gathering will result in the development of an active and mutually supportive network of Aboriginal and culturally diverse contemporary dance artists' network that increasingly helps one another to get their artistic creations seen by more people outside of their own communities.

Vancouver International Writers Festival Society

Vancouver International Writers Festival Reading Series

The Vancouver International Writers Festival proposes to establish a year-round reading series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. Each year the series will host approximately 20 free events in the Alice McKay room at the central branch, including on-stage interviews, panel discussions and readings. There will be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, crime, science fiction/fantasy, travel, graphic novels and zines. The Festival will record the events and make them available on their website.

Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs Society

Assessing the Effectiveness of Team Training Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their Service Dogs

PTSD is prevalent among veterans of the military and RCMP. VICD helps veterans cope with many self-destructive and anti-social behaviors symptomatic of PTSD by matching dogs with veterans and training them as a team to achieve BC service dog certification. VICD’s team- training model is innovative and produces improvements to veterans’ mental health and their interactions with family members and society. VICD will evaluate and document the best practices of its program. Based on the evidence, service dog trainers can improve their programs, and government agencies that fund and provide veteran health care will be able to make informed decisions about policies addressing PTSD treatment.

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees Association

Developing a plan to effect lasting positive change to government mental health funding for refugees and immigrants.

This project plan will release funding for mental health support for immigrants and refugees throughout BC. Currently it is being blocked from flowing to where it is most needed by bureaucratic complications that mean that the organizations that support these individuals are not able to access these funds. Refugees and immigrants are a high-risk group for mental health problems and it vital for their long-term sense of belonging and purpose that they get the counselling that they need. This project will ensure that the funds reach the organizations who are delivering the services to this marginalized and often underserved community rather than getting stuck in the system.

Vancouver Island Symphony

Send a Symphony Musician to School Program

A new 3-year collaboration has been established between VIS and School Districts #68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith; SD#71 Comox Valley; SD#72 Campbell River; and private schools. Send a Symphony Musician to School Program assigns one musician to each school in our Education Partnership. Their role is to be our ambassadors for the Vancouver Island Symphony and to perform for and inform the Grade 4 students about the orchestra and how it works. Schools often have the entire school attend the musician's presentation, expanding the music education experience to hundreds of students from K-5. In the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons there will be 63 visits per season from a professional musician to a partnering school (33 visits to SD #68 and private schools; 15 visits to SD #71; and 15 visits to SD #72). Professional musicians will be paid $150 per visit and the Coordinator will allocate 125 hours each season to coordinate visits and to look after the administration of promotion, printing, evaluations, etc. The budget for 2014-2016 is $22,900, we are requesting $9000 from the Vancouver Foundation.