Grants

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Wen Wei Dance Society

New work by Wen Wei Dance

In his new full-length dance for seven performers (including Wang), Wen Wei Wang explores the human quest for connection. Wang intends to compose a new work that impacts more personally and emotionally on the observer, one that depends on the direct communication of emotions from the body. It is a return to the body to capture the purity, quality and power of movement. In examining the body’s intrinsic abilities and limits, and the emotions that are hidden within it, the deeply personal is relayed between performer and audience.
$15,000.00
2011

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Climate Law in our Hands

What if climate impacted communities could demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry? BC is uniquely placed to force a conversation about industry responsibility for climate change and its costs. We will foster legal and community action aimed at demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies, ultimately leading to a local government class action against fossil fuel companies. By focusing on harm suffered by BC communities, we can hold Chevron, Exxon and similar companies responsible for the impact of their global share of emissions. Public demands for accountability and especially a lawsuit will both require and result in broader public education and discussion. Convincing local governments to take such action will require British Columbians to understand and support fossil fuel industry accountability. The success of litigation depends on a broad societal shift in understanding the role of the fossil fuel industry in causing climate change. We will undertake provincial coordination, support and networking between groups seeking to promote public discussion of the harm caused to their communities by the fossil fuel industry and the potential for litigation, including providing legal educational materials;* and provide submissions and assistance to local governments that might act as plaintiffs in a class action. *Any tasks involving activities considered political by the CRA will be carried out to a large extent by our sister organization, WCELA
$225,000.00
2016

Protecting the Communities and Ecosystems of the Salish Sea

Zoom online meeting software Meeting the challenge of climate change impacts like sea level rise has created an opportunity to deepen regional collaboration and improve environmental management and protection in the Salish Sea. A scientific report commissioned by West Coast in 2014 from the Fisheries Centre at UBC presents the “business case” to protect our coastal ecosystems, and documents case studies from other coastal areas around the world showing how coastal “green” infrastructure has effectively managed the impacts of extreme weather events. However, the effectiveness of green infrastructure measures is relatively limited if only implemented in a single municipality, and planning and implementation at a regional scale is necessary, which is what we will facilitate through this project. Our own legal research and analysis to date has helped identify examples of mechanisms and structures that would be effective in planning, co-managing, monitoring and enforcing environmental protection at a regional scale using an integrated approach, and there is willingness among key actors for regional collaboration.
$30,000.00
2014

Environmental Strategy Retreat

We are collaborating with other organizations and First Nations involved in the Tar Sands Campaign (TSC) to implement a training, networking and information sharing retreat to bring together individuals working on tar sands issues. The TSC is a complex campaign that includes native and non-native activists from across BC, related campaigns in Europe, the US, and Canada, on diverse topics of pipelines, markets, and tar sands production. Ensuring our wide range of campaigners have the capacity to collaborate effectively been a challenge. In 2012 we overcame this through a retreat for over 80 activists that focused on skill building, learning, and network strengthening. It was an incredible success and led to significant cross border organizing, cross sector collaboration and better practices in communications. In 2013, we would like to hold the Retreat again with a focus on new priorities as identified from 2012 evaluations, such as more in depth strategic planning and training on how to connect and engage BC residents and communities. We will offer a minimum of 30 scholarships.
$7,500.00
2013

Managing Cumulative Impacts on BC's Ecosystems and Communities: Legal Solutions

Many rural regions are simultaneously dealing with proposals for mining, forestry, hydroelectric, oil and gas development, and related roads, power-lines and other infrastructure, while urban areas face increasing populations and demands for land use, yet BC currently lacks a legal framework to proactively and comprehensively manage the cumulative impacts of these issues to protect the environment and human well-being. In this project we will focus on two ‘hot button’ issues where political, economic and public attention is bringing the question of cumulative impacts management to a head, in order to create momentum behind needed reforms: 1) liquified natural gas development, particularly as it impacts multiple values in the Northwest; 2) sea level rise in the Lower Mainland. We will rely on West Coast’s multi-year research of best practices in cumulative impacts management from around the world, including our analysis of more than 25 regional governance models as a foundation, and work with a range of allies to support the development of collaborative solutions in these 2 regions.
$28,000.00
2013

Enabling a Greener BC Economy: Law Reform for Forest Ecosystems & Climate Change

Policies are urgently needed in British Columbia to protect the environment and sustain BC communities in an era of climate change. This multi-year project will assess the existing laws governing BC forests (approximately 80% of BC's land base) and advocate for corresponding law and policy reform.
$40,000.00
2011

Enabling a Greener BC Economy: Law Reform for Forest Ecosystems & Climate Change

To develop a law reform proposal on evolving forest policy and legislation to address climate change and enable new revenue streams for forest-dependent communities. This project would refine and advance this proposal by engaging with opinion leaders from conservation groups, First Nations, industry, local governments and senior government decision-makers (both provincial and First Nations).
$30,000.00
2010

WEST COAST LEAF ASSOCIATION

Strategic Litigation for Equality

Our project improves access to justice by identifying systemic issues and bringing forward test case litigation. By the end of the project, we will have identified 3-6 potential test cases and 10-15 interventions. Test case (strategic) litigation are cases that have the potential to create broad systemic change. Such cases may be brought by an individual whose rights have been infringed or by an organization who is acting in the public interest. Strategic litigation is always for the benefit of society rather than only for individuals involved. Test cases are vehicles for social and legal change: for example, strategic litigation led to the legalization of same sex marriage. High profile recent examples include Carter (death with dignity) and Bedford (prostitution laws challenge). Despite the significance of this tool for systemic change, West Coast LEAF is the only Canadian organization with the capacity and mandate to develop strategic litigation to ensure women’s equality under the law. Strategic litigation spurs policy reform, creates legal change, fuels public dialogue, and challenges mainstream assumptions about effective ways to support the most marginalized in society. Similarly, intervening in an ongoing case (that is, applying to the court to make submission in cases that may impact women’s equality) can be an effective and less resource intensive way to influence public opinion and bring voices of diverse and marginalized women into the corridors of power.
$150,000.00
2016

Mothering with Disabilities

This project will investigate legal and policy reform solutions to the challenges that disabled mothers encounter. We will collect qualitative data using feminist narrative inquiry (focus groups and semi-structured interviews with mothers with disabilities, and women with disabilities seeking to be mothers) and through interviews with key informants (service providers and advocates). We will also conduct legal research. Research questions include: 1. What are the legal issues facing mothers with disabilities? 2. What are the legal rights of mothers with disabilities and how do existing laws and policies impact these women’s rights as parents? 3. How should these laws and policies be reformed to ensure greater respect for the rights of mothers with disabilities? We anticipate addressing the following topics: reproductive rights; child protection; adoption law; family law; immigration law; social services; violence against mothers with disabilities; and employer responsibilities. Findings will be presented in a report to policy-makers, and will include law reform recommendations.
$43,000.00
2013

West Kootenay Environmental Centre

Engaging West Kootenay Industry Stakeholders in a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Future

To avoid global warming beyond 1.5C by 2100 we need to decarbonize by 2050. Each country and community needs to do its fair share to transition to a 100% renewable energy economy to avoid the worst climate impacts. Cities are leading the transition at the community-level, which includes transportation, electricity and buildings. As cities lead, industry’s carbon pollution must be addressed to reach 100% renewable. We’re working with local governments and industry workers to clarify the government’s relationship with industry in the transition to renewables, and with local residents to garner support for renewable energy in communities that rely on carbon-intensive industry for local jobs.
$10,000.00
2017

West Kootenay Women's Association Nelson & District Women's Centre

Rooted in Community

To create an innovative and comprehensive community-based volunteer training program accessible to all residents in the Nelson area. The training will be using an anti-oppression framework and include workshops from a variety of different social service organizations discussing the services they offer, the challenges they address in the community and volunteer opportunities in their organizations. The training will take place over several weeks, giving participants not only the time necessary to find the right fit between themselves and a volunteer opportunity, but also to create connections and a network of support with each other.
$8,220.00
2015

Gender Action Project (GAP) Theatre

The GAP project consists of 15 to 20 youth (ages 14 to 18) coming together once a week for four hours of workshop and training in Theatre of the Oppressed, a type of interactive theatre. This form of participatory education uses games, exercises, and discussions to inform youth about gender-based issues, including stereotypes, bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and relationship violence, and empowers them to respond positively when they encounter these issues in their lives. Youth and facilitators share a meal each week, and create a safe space for conversation and support. Through these workshops, the youth create interactive theatre scenes based on their collective life experiences. The youth will perform these plays in public forums, in order to facilitate dialogue and collective problem-solving in their communities. The audience is invited to intervene onstage and offer possible alternatives and solutions to the situations faced by the characters. Together, performers and audience explore different options for transforming violence and oppression in our communities.
$13,350.00
2014

West Kootenay/Boundary AIDS Network Outreach Support Society

Trans Connect

Trans Connect is a resource development project for transgendered people in the east and west Kootenay region. It provides peer-counselling, resources, referrals, and education for service providers. This project comes from the increasing population of Trans Folk in the area and the growing need to provide education and awareness for safe and supportive services. Trans issues have been primarily invisible to the broader public and Trans Folk are in need of a means through which they can connect, and access services in the Kootenay region.
$30,000.00
2010

Western Canada Theatre Company Society

Replacing the Pavilion Theatre HVAC System

We plan to replace the heating and cooling system in the Pavilion Theatre. The building was originally renovated in 1982. The system was a series of reconditioned units at that time and has not been replaced since. The Pavilion Theatre building houses our offices, our production shops, the box office and the 150 seat black box theatre. We lease the building from the City of Kamloops for $1 per year but are then responsible for all required upgrades and maintenance. The assessment from our mechanical engineer calls for $125,000 replacement of the system. Over the next few months, we will tender the project. We have $50,000 in hand from the City in the form of a repayable grant. We have applied to the BC Arts Council for funding and are eligible for support from the City and the Thompson Nicola Regional District, so are in the process of applying for Federal Gas Tax Credits. We collect capital improvement fees on all of our tickets but have mounted a low key capital campaign as well. The replacement of the HVAC system must happen to ensure WCT's and the Arts community's sustainability.
$10,000.00
2013

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

The Time is Now - Legislation for BC’s Endangered Species

The goal of this project is to engage in extensive outreach and mobilization to further increase awareness about species at risk in British Columbia, and to advocate for strong endangered species legislation. Using and building on our outstanding educational resources from the past year – including video footage of species at risk, stunning photos, striking child and youth-produced artwork, compelling presentations, and our educational report – the Wilderness Committee proposes to extend our outreach and mobilization to a broader audience. Specifically, we will focus on three areas: children, youth, and young adults (through their educational institutions); a broader geographic focus; and increased outreach to the general public. With the upcoming BC election, this is a politically strategic time to put endangered species on the agenda. If the election results in a government committed to endangered species legislation, which is likely, this 18-month period will be instrumental in achieving strong, effective stand-alone legislation to protect endangered species.
$35,000.00
2013

Lifelines - Protecting BC's Wild Species and Spaces

LIFELINES will educate British Columbians about endangered species, with a special focus on connecting children and youth to ten flagship species at risk in BC. British Columbia is one of only two Canadian provinces without an endangered species law, yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other. This project will mobilize the public, youth, and children to act, using video, photography, educational reports, outdoor slide shows, story-telling, social media, mainstream media, and student-generated art exhibits, to bring endangered species back into the minds, hearts and homes of British Columbians.
$35,000.00
2011

Whistler Animals Galore Society

Volunteer training videos project

This proposal presents an approach and methodology that meets and requirements of the RFP while presenting a program that enhances volunteer experience and will save valuable staff resources for years to come. If successful, this project will include creating training videos for volunteer orientation, which will enhance the quality of volunteer training, reduce pressure on staff training, and hopefully increase volunteer retention by showing the diversity of volunteer roles and opportunities at WAG and giving volunteers a comprehensive understanding of how the shelter operates.
$7,280.00
2014

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.
$10,000.00
2017

Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia

Developing Financial Sustainability through an Expanded Donor Base

This project will focus on building WRA's development capacity by: - Purchasing a new donor database. Our current database is woefully inadequate for our current and projected needs, especially as we aggressively grow out donor base in the coming years. - Acquiring new donors through direct mail (DM). While DM is not suseful with certain audiences and is expensive, it is effective for acquiring new donors from an older demographic, which our donor base has a significant portion of. We are planning a 5000 piece mail-out to select neighbourhoods in central and north Burnaby and Vancouver. - Hiring a consultant to help build our capacity in undertaking email and website donor prospecting. We have email addresses for most of the people who bring wildlife to the Care Centre. The challenge is how to cost effectively covert these prospects into donors. An email - website prospect campaign is an effective means of acquiring donors, but we require assistance in this relatively new area of fundraising. Developing new publications: planed giving brochure and wildlife 'finders' form.
$10,000.00
2014

Website Development

The WRA is planning a complete redevelopment of its website. This project will provide important new features, services and upgrades that will create a better communications tool to engage, inform and inspire the community about our important work for wildlife.
$10,000.00
2012

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Citizen Science Series

Outcomes will help influence systemic change through: 1. Normalizing active water stewardship with robust, scientifically defensible monitoring protocols that have been adjusted to be accessible and user friendly for citizen scientists. 2. Strengthened community understanding and engagement on the inter-relationship between land use, climate change and watershed health and that this stewardship is a collective responsibility. 3. Inform existing and newly emerging watershed and land use management policies, practices and pluralistic frameworks at the municipal, regional or sub-basin level. Our Citizen Science Series is an important initiative to engage, train and empower citizens and community groups to collect water data for policy implementation within their communities in lakes, rivers, wetlands, aquifers and glacial environments. We use provincial and federal protocols such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network in rivers and will be testing the adaptation of the protocol in partnership with Environment Canada to assess wetland health. We use Provincial Ambient Water Monitoring and Groundwater Protocols, and will be testing citizen science protocols for blue-green algae and glacial monitoring, which has not been done before in BC. We will work with the Adaptation to Climate Team - SFU and our science advisory board to implement and test the ability to asses climate change impacts within each of the monitoring protocols we use.
$65,000.00
2016

Living Lakes Canada - I Love My Lake

With an intensification of shoreline development proposals in the Columbia Basin, government agencies and community organizations have been working on Kootenay region lakes since 2006. With management guidelines now in place, Living Lakes Canada, in partnership with the East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership and Kootenay Lake Partnership, have developed an outreach strategy to engage these lake communities in a broader water stewardship dialogue, and move toward implementing the science into decision-making processes (Official Community Plans, Lake Management Plans or zoning bylaws). I Love My Lake aims to engage and create a sense of pride around healthy shorelines for shoreline property owners and other lake users. “I Love My Lake” includes a series of outreach tools and workshops designed to educate lake stewardship groups, local governments, realtors, and other community leaders about best practices in shoreline management, the aquatic habitat value of their lake, and encourage public participation in planning initiatives to better protect ecological values.
$19,000.00
2013

Aquatic Habitat Index (AHI) and Archaeological Overview Assessment (AOA)

CCRIFC and its partners (also known as the Kootenay Lake Partnership) are in the process of developing a lake management plan that will be used throughout communities on Kootenay Lake as an over-arching directive on activities and development. As a component of a three-part lake study (the Foreshore Inventory and Mapping complete), the aquatic habitat index (AHI) and archaeological overview assessment (AOA) will feed into shoreline guidelines for the lake. This grant will support a two-fold study (AHI/AOA) that will be conducted simultaneously and integrated into a final guidance document. It will include a fish and wildlife inventory, detailed habitat assessments and an archaeological study to determine the natural and cultural values for each lake segment. The inventory will be used to develop an ecological health index of the shoreline and related upland area, which will indicate zones of sensitivity (e.g. wetlands, tributary outlets, native grasslands, wildlife habitat and corridors, biologically productive areas, and traditional and contemporary culturally significant sites)
$23,000.00
2012

Elk River Alliance Community-based Water Monitoring

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) encourages citizens to understand water quality, quantity and the water decisionmaking process as a necessary bridge to ensure long-term sustainability of water quality and flows. The project will integrate holistic watershed planning within the watershed and engage grassroots community participation. Through this project, the ERA aims to demostrate that community-based water monitoring can build relationships of accountability, transparency, respect and trust between citizens, government and private landowners.
$25,000.00
2011

Living Lakes Network Canada

The project aims to protect and enhance Lake Windermere by means of inter-agency cooperation, scientific water quality monitoring and public education and engagement. This includes hosting a national workshop, initiating a partner survey to determine priority projects, standardizing stream monitoring methods, helping to train five water stewardship groups and developing a guide to successfully implementing community-based water stewardship programs.
$35,000.00
2010

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