Grant Application Excerpts

We do a lot of writing in pursuit of grants to fund our non-profit programming. Sometimes we are successful in sharing our story, and the impact of our project for people and for pollinators; sometimes we are not, as it goes.

Here are some excerpts from that writing, from two successful applications we made:

1) Community Economic Development Grant; City of Vancouver
This application was written in request for support our community Bee Space project, you can come visit us at Bee Space, at 580 Powell, on mondays between 12 and 7pm (except stat. holidays)

Describe your organizations objective:
By creating flexible, welcoming and inclusive opportunties, year round, we aim to:
1) Increase self-worth and community pride in the individuals and communities we work alongside; 2) Develop capacity for work/employment through green skills training, accountability and communication, and job creation; 3) Enhance community, connecting individuals to supportive networks and offering opportunities for engagement in meaningful work/programming; 4) Diversify and increase availability of appropriate habitat and forage for native pollinators through planting of pollinator friendly and native species of plants; 5) Improve understanding of pollination’s role in our food system, of pollinator friendly practices, and of the rich diversity of bees in our province and city; 6) Produce of sustainable local goods and participate in our local economy.

How will your proposed project enable you to meet these objectives?
To operate at our space there are necessary improvements to be made to the kitchen. This funding would make those upgrades possible, they are otherwise beyond our reach. This would in turn allow us to realise the potential of our space as a community hub for our society, that creates a year round spectrum of opportunity for connection, training, and production of local goods. While the gardens and the bees have a seasonality, the community that we serve doesn’t take a break, and we have found that relationships fall through the gaps over the winter, when there is not a place for our community to gather. Through this project we will extend our ability to graduate our participants through opportunities, from low through to medium and higher barrier opportunities, and then connect them out into our network of beekeepers and gardeners, equipped with skills and understanding, and a much important sense of self worth that allows people to break free from the cycyles of abuse, poverty, trauma and addiction that are so difficult to escape without support.

2) Greenest City Fund; Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver; Pollinators and People
This application was written in support of the therapeutic mentorship programming we facilitate in partnership with other non-profits in our community, in residences and in community gardens, including our open beekeeping summer workshop series at the Hastings Urban Farm, which is finished for this season, but you can still come visit on Tuesdays and thursdays between 11am and 11pm until the end of summer!

What are the goals and objectives for this project?
Goal1: Create green skills training and pollinator awareness programming

  • To teach people to bee keep and garden responsibly and organically, managing pests and combatting the spread of disease, building diversity and resilience
  • To feed the bees as well as the people by building pollinator meadows and teaching in them
  • To teach concrete skills, building self worth and engaging people in the green work force
  • To introduce pollinator friendly plants and habitats, alongside our apiaries and throughout the city, supporting all pollinators
  • To educate and improve understanding of honey bees, honey, pollination, and environmental/food system threats to pollinators

Goal2: Add to local green economy

  • To train people in skills and create products that add to the local green economy
  • To create employment opportunities through green revenue
  • To create a viable social economy around the bees

Goal3: Connect community through nature

  • To connect people in our communities to natural systems that include bees, other pollinators, pollinator plants and habitats
  • To involve communities in garden spaces, beekeeping, plant care, pollination and food systems
  • To build opportunities for access to nature and natural systems
  • To host educational workshops regarding beekeeping, local food, pollinators, food security
  • To create green corridors, connecting beneficial insects and pollinators as well as human communities
  • To create a green culture that respects and welcomes all

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