Grants

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Carnegie Community Centre Association

Our Community Vision for Mental Health

The project is based on the recognition that housing is a primary and fundamental social determinant of mental health. It seeks to give low-income Downtown Eastside residents living with mental illness, trauma, and disability the power to contribute to—and seek knowledge about—their health by developing a new “residents first” approach to supportive housing provision and management. Their influence is integral to bettering social housing. We will facilitate spaces to draft and establish best practices and guidelines for meeting and decision-making. We observe an urgent need to work well in coalition, in good communication with other organizations, groups, networks, and services and we can contribute to their longevity. Part of our work will be to strengthen our community member's capacity to participate in decision-making structures. Through visual description, creative form, mapping, media we will address language barriers related to literacy and translation. We can influence the representation of our community. This work will advance our knowledge of supportive housing provision. Amplifying residents' voices and experience informed and grounded in the experience and needs of existing and future social housing residents. As a peer-led project, this plan will have at its core the fundamental belief that people living with mental illness, addictions, and poverty should be able to make basic decisions concerning the day-to-day activities in their lives and homes.
$10,000.00
2016

Implementing Our Vision from the Ground up

This project will work with Downtown Eastside residents to implement the Vision for Change they created over 2 years of consultations with 1200 residents. The Vision will be implemented by residents participating in city planning processes such as the Local Area Planning Process, reviews of official development, revitalization, hotel maintenance and housing plans and a social impact study of market development. Key action items in the Vision include getting more social housing in the Downtown Eastside, slowing gentrification, tackling systemic poverty, improving services and involving local residents in making decisions about their own community.
$110,005.00
2011

Carousel Theatre for Young People

The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan

In April 2014 Carousel Theatre for Young People (CTYP) will stage The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan by David Furumoto. We are increasingly aware of the diversity of our young audiences, and we feel a responsibility to reflect and honour that diversity. The Wondrous Tales represents our first step in this direction. The script explores the folklore of Japan through Kabuki, shadow puppetry and Japanese taiko drumming. Tales include: Momotaro: The Peach Boy, Urashimatoro: The Enchanted Fisherman, Yuki Onna: The Snow Woman, and Hanasaka Jiji: The Old Man That the Trees Bloom. The project will also provide the opportunity for our company to actively engage the Japanese community in Vancouver, seek out new partnerships, and foster new relationships. In addition, CTYP will offer community workshops in shadow puppetry, drumming and kabuki during the run as a means of educating and engaging our audiences.
$20,000.00
2013

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Dakelh Language Teacher/Elder in Residence at Aboriginal Choice School

The purpose of this project is to bring a Dakelh language teacher/elder-in-residence program to Carney Hill Elementary School, which will become the Prince George Aboriginal Choice School in September 2010. The elder will act as a culturally supportive person to the entire school population and teach the Dakelh language in an immersion style within the Strongstart classroom.
$17,500.00
2010

Castlegar & District Community Services Society

Youth in Action

CDCSS seeks to offer service to youth between 12 -29 by providing the financial support to youth for community engagement in the West Kootenay region. The youth worker will work with Schools and Youth oriented organizations to identify youth These youth will be provided the financial means, and travel when available to participate. Youth Worker will also work with youth to educate the community, parents, youth and others on the benefits to community engagement, and the positive effect it will have on self-esteem, confidence, relationships, and leadership. This program will benefit the area as a whole. Working with youth on leadership and development, program development and opportunity (youth led events, workshops etc). Youth worker will work with the youth to develop projects ideas to ensure program is youth led: Assisting youth in skill building, self esteem, and confidence, as well as engagement in a community. Project will work with youth to create long lasting programming for the youth, and creative planning for the future. Project will focus of the needs of the youth.
$51,000.00
2013

CCEDNet

Social Finance for Community Health and Well Being in British Columbia

Firstly we will compile a summary of existing research on impacts and models of place-based social finance in Canada and BC, and use that evidence to invite participation in and inform a "Learning Community" of practitioner and policy stakeholders in BC that will be convened over the lifetime of the project. Secondly we will support the implementation of two investment vehicles by the Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative that are currently in development. One is a Community Loan Fund in partnership with an Island based Credit Union that will invite contributions to a dedicated GIC the deposits in which will serve as collateral for loans to affordable rental housing, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and fisheries, First Nations economic development, and other local owned ethical enterprises that create social benefits and community impacts. The other vehicle is a securities regulated investment fund that is RRSP eligible that will be implemented in partnership with a Securities Registered Investment Management Company to support the same types of community benefits. Thirdly we will evaluate both the social and economic impact of the funds and use that information to inform stakeholders and the Learning Community and assist with dialogue with the BC Government, the media, the finance sector, the Securities Commission, and municipalities on enabling public policy needed to help a place-based retail social financing to grow to scale in BC.
$225,000.00
2016

Central Okanagan Naturalists Club

Fascieux Creek Restoration and Habitat Conservation

In 2010, Ecole KLO Middle School students discovered Western Painted turtle eggs in their long jump sandpit. In the 1980’s, the part of Fascieux Creek, which bisects school property, was diverted into a culvert and covered with concrete pads interrupting the flow of the stream and destroying the turtle and fish habitat. When the eggs were discovered, the sandpit was fenced to protect the turtles, however, recognizing that only the restoration of the creek would ensure the future of the turtles, the students decided to naturalize the creek and restore the terrestrial and aquatic habitats. In 2010-11, the students and Green Parent Committee engaged Golder Associates, an environmental consulting firm, to complete a conceptual design on an in-kind basis. In 2012, CONC agreed to provide volunteer labor, funding help and expertise on creek and habitat restoration. Golder will do the Natural Environment Development Permit Application process and Environmental Impact Assessment, the procurement of all permits and determining the resources necessary to complete the earthworks.
$8,000.00
2013

Centre for Community Based Research

Social Media Based Knowledge Hub: Facilitating Access to Knowledge

Building on the momentum of CU Expo 2008, held in Victoria, BC, CU Expo 2011 aims to highlight the use of creative methods of research to meet community needs and produce results that are important and useful to community members, academics, and policy makers. The conference, running from May 10-14, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, is expected to bring together 800 people from six continents. Many of the people who were present in Victoria in 2008 are expected to attend. However many more people in British Columbia and around the world are passionate about the power of community-based research to effect change, yet are unable to attend the conference in person. This project seeks to extend and enrich the conference experience both for those who attend the conference and for those who are unable to attend in person by using readily accessible social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and web conferencing technology to create a Knowledge Hub. The Hub provides a participatory, interactive and inclusive way to share and discuss knowledge presented at CU Expo 2011.
$3,000.00
2011

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Indigenous Watershed Initiatives and Co-Governance Arrangements:A British Columbia Systematic Review

CIER and the BC First Nations Fisheries Council (FNFC) are partnering to undertake a systematic review of indigenous watershed initiatives and co-governance arrangements to contribute to shaping the future of watershed planning and a new watershed governance regime in BC. As CIER and FNFC both work with First Nations, this idea originated from a conversation to understand and build BCFN capacity around watershed planning initiatives and co-governance arrangements. First Nations can play a critical role in the protection of water for fish and healthy aquatic ecosystems. The BC Water Sustainability Act (2014) has created an opportunity for watershed co-governance regime between the BC Government and BCFNs with their respective neighbours. This project serves to inform existing and future co-governance discussions by providing an accurate picture of the current needs and opportunities for BCFNs to advance a co-governance discussion with the Province and local governments. The FNFC intends to use this project to help build capacity for informed water decision-making among BCFNs to protect water for fish and healthy aquatic ecosystems. Through a series of activities, this initiative will identify BCFNs that are well placed and/or already interested in pursuing watershed planning and/or participating in co-governance discussions to share experiences, continue or start building relationships and/or further explore possible solutions/models for BC co-governance arrangements.
$11,250.00
2015

Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment

The Chilliwack River Watershed is home to the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe (TT), who are Stó:lō: 'People of the River”. They have stewarded this area since time immemorial; this intimate connection is reflected in its name: ‘Chilliwack’ is the anglicised version of Ts’elxweyeqw. In partnership with CIER and The WaterWealth Project, the TT are seeking funds for a Watershed Planning Readiness Assessment, which is the critical first phase of an indigenous-led Watershed Plan. The Readiness Assessment will confirm community interest in watershed planning, identify key gaps and needs in community capacity, and build essential knowledge and understanding of the planning process. The results of the first phase are required to move forward with the second phase of developing a Watershed Plan as it will identify an appropriate process and determine scope. A Ts’elxweyeqw Watershed Plan could involve indigenous and non-indigenous partners and will be driven by/interwoven with indigenous values, approaches and knowledge.
$30,000.00
2014

Our Water - Our Future

The project, “Our Water – Our Future”: First Nation Youth Water Leaders Creating Change is a 2 year program to empower and enable Indigenous youth to assume positions of leadership on water issues by providing them with the tools to protect water, supporting them with access to network of existing dynamic, prominent water leaders, and inspiring them with water learning experiences. 16 you the from a First Nations in each of the 4 main watersheds of Canada (Pacific, Arctic, Atlantic and Hudson Bay) have been chosen. Each community will host a week-long water leadership training workshop. During and between the workshops, youth will design and implement (with CIER help) and share personal action plans to address local water challenges. We are seeking a Vancouver Foundation Community Grant to support our Pacific watershed workshop (workshop #2). The workshop will be located on the Similkameen River in Keremeos, BC and will involve understanding and exploring water issues that affect the Similkameen, Okanagan, and Columbia rivers and, ultimately the health of the Pacific watershed.
$20,000.00
2013

Centre For Integral Economics

SUN DRUM: First Nation Youth Media Pilot Project

The Sun Drum project (name developed by Cree Youth) -- Sun connects to original power, drum to the heartbeat -- features video storytelling and was born through conversations with First Nation elders, leaders and youth. Video is highly effective in oral cultures; it brings to the world the strength of culture present in First Nation communities and builds self-esteem. It is also our experience that video can create powerful links between stories of the ancestors through elders in a context that attracts and empowers youth as storytellers. This project will harness the depth of cultures to align with sustainability objectives, cultural preservation, skills building and will point to entrepreneurship and economic development. We will build 4 core capacities: 1/basics of storytelling, story boarding and interviewing and basic video skills 2/ social media to share and send positive messages about First Nations 3/clean energy, jobs and economic opportunities, linked to culture in context of climate change 4/ social entrepreneurship basics: problem, solution = business models
$30,000.00
2012

Cetus Research & Conservation Society

Towards the development of a marine mammal conservation and education program

Our mission is to protect the lives of whales living in or transiting through Johnstone & Georgia Straits while at the same time educating the public about their responsibilities while on the water. Through our programs Straitwatch and Robson Bight Wardens, we engage directly with the public, alerting them to their impact on whales and other marine mammals. We also intervene directly, diverting pleasure and fishing boats from, intentionally or not, harassing or endangering whales. Recreational boating along the BC coast is steadily increasing. This has created an almost untenable situation for the region's orcas and other cetaceans. Death and injury by propellers and abandoned fishing gear, endless noise, disruption of travelling pods and sleep lines, and the relentless invasion of their space has created an ever-more precarious existence for these animals, whose abilities to thrive or even exist are already under threat from over-fishing and climate change. In order to ensure these animals' ability to survive and prosper, it is crucial not only to continue our efforts to inform the public and protect the whales directly; we must also shift the paradigm through which we perceive our relationship with and responsibility to wildlife. Our intention is to broaden the spectrum of those responsible for the welfare and protection of whales from a small coterie of "experts" to the broader public as a whole.
$10,000.00
2015

Southern Vancouver Island Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project

Derelict fishing gear has an unseen and devastating impact on the marine environment. Since 2002 the Northwest Straits Initiative's Derelict Fishing Gear Program, in Washington state, has removed over 4,000 ghost nets and 2,500 derelict crab pots from Puget Sound. In 2011 the Province of BC removed/disabled derelict crab pots and a seine net from North Pender Island, with a reported 1,799 dead and alive animals recovered. On the southern BC coast, there is currently no ongoing program to remove derelict fishing gear. Cetus Research and Conservation Society would like to become a leader for this work in southern BC waters, working with engaged participants - from fishermen to divers to beachgoers and citizen scientists. Living Oceans Society is developing a project to remove and safely dispose of derelict gear in northern Vancouver Island waters. Cetus will collaborate with Living Oceans Society to share the results of our research, our experiences and lessons learned, resulting in a cohesive approach to derelict fishing gear removal in the waters around Vancouver Island.
$15,000.00
2012

Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education Network

Growing Check, Growing Change

Young people are increasingly demanding programs, opportunities, and organizations that understand, respect, and respond to their unique needs and experiences as a diverse group transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Growing Check, Growing Change emerged from this finding and harnesses young people’s passion for social and environmental issues, turning it into community-based and youth-led education and action. Growing Check, Growing Change has complementary short-term and long-term objectives and activities. In the short-term, the project will recruit and train a diverse group of youth as peer educators, providing them with popular education tools, skills, and resources to lead dialogues. Equipped in this way, this group will engage, educate, activate, and inspire thousands of B.C. youth with social and environmental justice workshops. In the long-term, through systematic monitoring and evaluation, the project will pilot the next step in Check Your Head’s growth as an organization as staff focus on recruiting, training, and supporting a strong team of volunteer peer educators.
$55,000.00
2013

Workshop Enhancement Project

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

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

The Discovery Series (the Series)

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

Children's Family House Society of BC

Ronald McDonald House BC Lego Lounge

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

Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

HerWay Home

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

Children's Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Sensory Motor Integration Program

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

A Sound Move -Tele-intervention Project for Deaf Babies

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

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

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

Chor Leoni Men's Choir

Passion and Resurrection

The Vancouver premiere of two celebrated contemporary works for mixed choir is a co-production of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and Elektra Women's Choir. American composer David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion is a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition and the concert's title work is by Latvia's Eriks Esenvalds. In addition to the public performance on April 12, 2014 at the Chan Centre, the project includes a free 30-minute preview performance on April 2 at St. James Church in the Downtown Eastside. This project was conceived last year by Chor Leoni's new AD, Erick Lichte, and Elektra Women's Choir's AD, Morna Edmundson, as the first collaboration between the two conductors. The Lang work speaks to homelessness and the Esenvalds is a gripping new interpretation of the Passion story. We will not only serve the established choral audience but, with the free preview, people who may never have heard a choral performance. We hope to make a strong connection between the theme of homelessness presented in this music and the realities of life in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
$20,000.00
2013

Christ Church Cathedral

Social Innovation Cohort: Transforming Food Outreach Programs

A grant to participate in a development process ito explore the connection between and amongst volunteers, participants, and outside supports, with the goal of re-designing our programs to increase connectivity and reduce social isolation. This will be achieved by: • Reviewing the Cathedral’s existing food outreach and its suitability for the homeless population in the downtown business district through - Consulting with existing participants to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with existing volunteers to determine their own needs and reasons for participating in the Cathedral’s food outreach programs - Consulting with other downtown churches and service providers to assess current services in the immediate area • Prototyping, workshopping and designing opportunities – with the assistance of volunteers and participants – new or re-envisioned program offerings that respond to the most clearly articulated needs - Surveying the Cathedral’s volunteer database to determine availability and willingness to serve in these ways - Developing and/or strengthening partnerships with other service providers and voluntary organizations in downtown Vancouver that will help respond to these needs - Identifying trained professionals who can assist with new initiatives as identified in project plan
$7,500.00
2016

The Maundy Cafe

Systemic change beyond the Cathedral relies on vulnerably sharing the lessons learned through our year-long program transformation process with faith-based organizations seeking a way to deepen community engagement. This project will catalyze systemic change by building on faith leaders’ recognition of social isolation as a major issue facing their communities and neighbourhood networks. By sharing our experiences we will encourage other organizations to take similar risks to address the bigger issues of loss of community and economic bifurcation. The project will create toolkits, training programs, and workshops that will help other faith-based organizations to transform the entire process of food preparing, serving, composting, and cleaning into the vehicle by which inclusion, participation and community resiliency can be strengthened. We will also influence systemic change through the provision of focused opportunities for study and practical hands-on learning. In collaboration with our partners including other non-profits and local businesses, we will host public keynote events focused on how others can address social isolation, as well as workshops and voluntary opportunities for enterprises looking to channel their corporate social responsibility.
$10,000.00
2016

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