Awarded Grants

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Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society


The ManTalk project aims to reduce social isolation and expand a faltering support network for the most vulnerable of the oldest-old population in our community, men who are not able to independently change their own situations. Facilitated group activities which include education, discussion and emotional support will be established in community and residential venues designed to foster new social connections and encourage meaningful activity.

Burns Lake Band

Children are our Future

This new playground for the Little Angels Daycare will create a safe, fenced area which will contain various play equipment which meets safety standards and designed for ages 3 and under. Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. Research has proven that there is a link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. All learning—emotional, social, motor and cognitive—is accelerated, facilitated, and fueled by the pleasure of play. Age appropriate playgrounds promote different types of play that are vital for a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development Research shows that children with poorly developed motor-skills by age five will likely never develop efficient motor-skills, outdoor play seems to be an important way to help with these skills. Playgrounds offer infants and toddlers a base for simple motor and exercise play to provide an environment to help develop these skills. Most importantly playgrounds have no racial boundaries and can help reduce racial tension in communities, large or small.

C4C Canada/ Canada C4C

Disrupting digital news media in B.C. to reconnect the public in dialogue

Journalism is an essential part of the social fabric that unites communities. However, news media has been in steep decline over the past decade, as players Google and Facebook disrupted journalism. The good news about news: we believe the social and market conditions are now present to harness the digital disruption of journalism to transform the industry for positive community impact. Based on learnings from two years of successful partnering on research and prototyping at a project level, C4C Canada and Discourse Media propose to test whether our innovative community-driven journalism model can change the system that digital journalism currently operates in within British Columbia.

Campbell River & District Association

Scan Now

ScanNow will be offering a document scanning services. Where business can drop off documents to be scanned into electronic format, assured of confidentiality of all documents. The entire process is the customer drops of documents to be scanned into digital format(Computer Files). When the documents are scanned, the client would pick up the original documents and a DVD or USB with the scanned document files. Files would be made content searchable, organized in folders with matching equivalent paper folder directory names and file names. We are also able to offer an add-on service for Skyline Productions Shredding service, offering the client to scan documents to digital format before shredding. Skyline Productions has a large pool of established business clients which ScanNow could provide an attractive add on service.

Campbell River & District Museum & Archives Society

Our Culture and History Go Mobile

The Grand Foyer of the Museum overlooks Discovery Passage, a waterway rich in First Nations and marine history, coastal lifestyles, unique landmarks and natural features. It highlights Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchalnulth and Coast Salish cultures as well as logging, fishing and coastal life styles. This project will place a user-activated, large screen kiosk, akin to an ‘IPod on wheels’ in the foyer. It will offer layers of interpretation with interview clips, slide shows, video clips, narration and images, both archival and current, grouped by thematic icons. Custom programming would allow for easy updating and adding of content or images.

Campbell River Beacon Club

Computer Training

The project for which the Campbell River Beacon Club is asking funding is to offer weekly computer classes in house to the membership at no cost to the participants. Members will learn how to access the Internet and the services it offers, including on line mental health peer communities and mental health related websites (e.g. Mood Disorders Association of BC, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Schizophrenia Society), job search sites and educational opportunities. Weekly sessions will include training for Windows and related Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Publisher). They will learn how to use email, from setting up an account, to attaching documents to using proper etiquette. As more businesses are using social media to promote themselves, the project will also include sessions about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They will also learn how to safely navigate the Web, being made aware of predators and scams.

Canadian Animal Assistance Team

Strategic Communications & Marketing for the Canadian Animal Assistance Team

The expansion of our marketing strategy would include: - Improvements to the current web site content and functionality to ensure a current and compelling experience for members and those being introduced to the organization for the first time. The website serves as CAAT's online hub, for education, information sharing and fundraising during periods inbetween signature events. - Expansion of our social media presence to more effectively share what our organization is doing and to support and create opportunities for dirent connections with our followers, with clear, simple calls to action to get involved in the work of CAAT by joining missions or through financial or in-kind donations. - Expansion of our education and awareness materials (pamphlets, posters, and wallet cards) and increase distribution of that material.

Northwest British Columbia Animal Health Project

The Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT) began work in the Northwest BC corridor in June of 2011.CAAT held a ten day animal health care project in the village of Burns Lake, BC.The team sterilized 250 dogs and cats and vaccinated and health-checked approximately 350 animals during that project. The team was able to participate in a Community Coalition for Animal Welfare Roundtable meeting.The Northwest BC Animal Welfare Initiative was founded.In May/June 2013,the communities of Nadleh/Stellequo First Nations and Kitwanga First Nations were provided an animal health care project, along with a return visit to Burns Lake. 293 sterilization surgeries and 589 vaccinations/dewormings were completed.In 2014 CAAT will be returning to provide another project serving two communities along this corridor.The project is supported by an ongoing education (the long term solution) program and the development(with local community animal welfare groups)of ongoing spay/neuter programs to ensure the spay/neuter proportion stays above the 70% threshold that has been shown necessary for long term impact

Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives

Better Understanding Precarious Work in BC

With significant transformations underway in BC’s labour market, we are concerned about the growth of precarious work and how it contributes to existing inequality and economic insecurity. This data-driven, policy-focused research and engagement project is the first step to better understanding the extent of precarious work across the province and the characteristics of workers and communities most affected. The project will build new partnerships with social policy experts and community-based groups, as we work together to study and raise awareness about employment precarity, and design effective solutions that target the root causes of the problem, not only its most visible symptoms.

Building Equity: Creating New Affordable Housing in Metro Vancouver through Progressive Property Taxation

Metro Vancouver needs a “big bang” plan to build and finance new dedicated affordable housing, with a focus on the rental market. Recent efforts at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are welcome but have not been sufficient to address the affordability crisis. In this project we (1) evaluate recent government housing affordability initiatives, and (2) consider how new affordable housing can be financed out of the windfall gains to homeowners from rising housing prices. This is central to Vancouver’s economic vitality, to building a more inclusive city, and to ensuring greater equity and opportunities for people who live and work in the region.

Getting it right: structuring, implementing & evaluating an effective poverty-reduction plan for BC

Thousands of British Columbians experience poverty and struggle to care for their children, participate in their communities and fulfill their aspirations. Our 2008 report, A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC, identified the key elements of an effective public policy strategy to significantly reduce and eventually eliminate poverty. We seek to build on this work and meaningfully engage with BC’s new government as they launch a basic income pilot and develop a poverty reduction plan. A well-designed, transparent and accountable strategy that targets the root causes of poverty has the potential to be game-changing and greatly improve the health and well-being of communities across the province.

Strengthening Youth and Community Engagement in Poverty Reduction

The proposed project is an innovative and sustainable 3-year plan to reconnect with communities across the province through expanding our outreach and community engagement activities, and strengthening our youth engagement and youth leadership initiatives. Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming provincial election, we will need to re-establish the call for a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan and we aim to do this through meaningful community engagement in order to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones. This will revitalize the poverty reduction plan as a community-driven call to action. We will continue to provide support for youth in low-income families and their allies to be a driving force in this call. We will provide mentorship and resources to high-school youth to be involved in the Coalition's outreach strategy and community engagement so that youth ideas and perspectives are always at the heart of what we do, and support them in taking leadership roles in organizing in their schools and communities to raise awareness about the issues of poverty.

Water, the Environment and Economy and BC's Liquefied Natural Gas Plans

The provincial government says that big increases in natural gas production will boost employment and GDP, and can eliminate the provincial debt and channel billions of dollars more into healthcare programs. But how realistic are the government's economic projections? What would such an upswing mean for critical resources such as water? What does this strategy mean for BC’s GHG emission targets? And what might the alternatives to a strategy based on massive increases in gas-drilling and gas exports be? This project would bring much-needed focus to these questions by: conducting a full “cradle-to-grave” analysis of an expanded natural gas industry's impacts on freshwater resources; analysing and critiquing the economic assumptions underlying current export plans; proposing an alternative, made-in-BC gas plan that strategically uses our natural gas endowment to transition to a clean energy future; and providing a template for meaningful pre-development planning of gas projects so that the needs of First Nations and rural communities directly affected by gas developments are met.

Addressing Inequities at the Intersection of Health and Climate Change (Co-lead researchers: Marc Lee, CCPA; Tim Takaro, SFU

This proposal is for a $10,000 development grant to explore how health, equity and climate change can be addressed in an integrated way that benefits vulnerable populations and communities. Since 2009, CCPA has been leading, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, a major academic-community research and engagement collaboration called the Climate Justice Project: Paths to an Equitable and Sustainable BC Economy (CJP). This proposed research project emerged out of a growing interest from multiple CJP partners to explore the potential for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies to also address determinants of health and health inequities. While a lot of research recognizes healthy environments and a healthy climate are important determinants of health, a more fulsome look at how climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies impact health inequities is needed. We are proposing to use this development grant to accomplish three broad goals: i) conduct preliminary research and review of existing, BC-specific, policy links between climate justice and health; ii) build capacities for collaboration and connectedness within and across diverse communities and sectors such as social justice, health, environmental and academic sectors and (iii) define specific research questions to be explored further in a collaborative community based research project. Reserach Team Member: Kerri Klien, Provincial Facilitator

Building Climate Justice Education in British Columbia

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), through its Climate Justice Project (CJP), will develop an education strategy to share current research findings about climate change and inequality with schools and the broader public. Since 2009, the CJP has generated a body of research that explores such areas as transportation policy, food security, resource and forestry policy, employment and green jobs, energy policy and carbon pricing strategies in the BC context and through an equity lens. This research serves as building blocks of an integrated and equitable climate strategy, and a bold vision of how BC can move forward in a zero-emissions future. This project is an engagement and education strategy that will translate the CJP's findings and research into educational materials that can be used by teachers and schools, along with community groups and other popular education efforts, with a focus on curriculum resources and professional development for teachers. This project will enhance young peoples' understanding of salient issues around climate change and climate action.

Engaging Families, Children, and Youth for Poverty Reduction in BC

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition aims to create a comprehensive poverty reduction plan with legislated targets and timelines. To do this, a community organizer will engage BC families, children, and youth affected by poverty. The Coalition will also launch a social media campaign, and engage with municipal decision makers about the need for a provincial strategy to reduce poverty. The Coalition will maintain a Secretariat (housed at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) that will coordinate its work and support the Poverty Reduction Campaign.

Tapping Into New Ideas - Promoting Sound Water Management in BC

This project will address key tools needed to better manage provincial water resources and to ensure their conservation. Two water policy briefs will be produced: one outlining a new framework for water use reporting (British Columbians do not have access to anything approaching a usable, publicly accessible database on water allocations and usage) and the other outlining a framework for ensuring that large industrial users of water pay adequately for the water they use, thus ensuring conservation and industry innovation.

Canadian Environmental Grantmaker's Network

Shared Learning in Support of an Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Future

The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CEGN) and the Sustainability Network are seeking support for a Shared Learning initiative designed to increase the capacity, effectiveness and collaboration of the environmental community (both non-profits and funders). The proposed initiative will help to equip the environmental community to be more effective agents for the protection of Canada's environment. It will do so through shared learning opportunities which will result in: i) increased knowledge and skills; ii) more effective public communication; and iii) stronger networking and collaboration among members of the environmental community. Bridging the divide between funders and non-profits is central to this initiative. Both the scale of environmental challenges that confront us and the fact that increasing numbers of funders are shifting from 'grant-givers' to 'change-makers' demand a stronger alliance between these two parts of the environmental community.

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Incorporating Indigenous Legal Orders in Canadian Law

While organizing webinars, we will conduct interviews and research to learn more from both perspectives: the BC government and the First Nations Communities. Conducting the roundtables will enable use to dig deeper into the issues at stake to identify why the system remains as it is. This ongoing dialogue will take many forms and will help us refine our conclusions and develop more adapted education programs and training for people working in the legal system, but not exclusively. We would like to reach out to people in the health care system and education system too. How we educate students (law, police, probation, social workers, etc.) has a huge impact on how we can change the system.

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery

Targeted Early Intervention for Literacy - A Vancouver Training Institute

Reading Recovery is an evidenced-based effective 12-20 week intervention that changes the life trajectory of the students. It is based on the understanding that for children who are struggling to learn to read, the best investment is a highly trained teacher. The RR Network for professional development is three-tiered. Teachers in schools receive an additional year's training and ongoing mentoring from a Teacher Leader. The teachers then support the 15 - 25% of grade one students who are struggling to read with expert one-on-one teaching. The Teacher Leaders are trained for a year by Regional Trainers. BC does not currently have a resident Regional Trainer and candidates have to travel to Winnipeg or Toronto for a full year to receive the training. This project aims to establish a Centre in Vancouver to support the Teacher Leaders in the Region and to meet the training demands created as the program expands throughout the Region. Working with the Vancouver School District and others in the Region, the CIRR will train and support Teacher Leaders for RR.

Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division

Transgender Inclusive Mental Healthcare

Suicide and mental health concerns are seen in the transgender community in greater rates than the general population. Transgender people, and in particular transgender women, are hesitant to access needed help in the mental healthcare system because of discrimination and exclusion. This project will document experience and put together a team and research project to address this issue.

Mapping and equalizing power: moving towards co-production in BC’s mental health and substance use services

Best practice in mental health and substance use services is person-centred, provides cultural safety, fosters trust, and supports empowerment. By mapping the power of peer workers in BC’s services, and by identifying and advocating for peer employment structures that support a shift in systemic power, this project aims to change deeply entrenched beliefs about the capability and the value provided by people with lived experience of mental health or substance use-related health issues. In intends to move BC towards a co-production model that blurs lines between service “provider” and “recipient”, a shift that has the potential to radically change BC’s mental health and substance use system.

Living Life to the Full: increasing connection and resiliency among BC youth

Adolescence is a high-risk time for mental health problems like depression and anxiety and a key time to boost coping skills. Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is an evidence-based course designed to teach youth skills for dealing with life's challenges. In 8 fun group sessions the course examines worry, low mood, isolation, healthy thinking, problem-solving, confidence, and anger. Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC) and its Blue Wave Youth Team (aged 13-18) have adapted the course for BC youth. Older youth facilitators delivered pilot courses in three BC communities in summer 2014, and a Fall evaluation is being used to improve the materials. The course will be delivered to 28 communities in urban and rural communities in 2015-2016. It will equip 560 youth with coping skills that promote resilience, reduce the risk of mental illness and risky behaviours, and encourage connection and engagement with peers and community. Investments in training will build community capacity to reach hundreds more youth BC-wide annually after 2016.

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

Social Innovation for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Populations

Developing Socially Inclusive Strategies: Policy Implications of Innovative Community Programming - A Knowledge Exchange Event