Fall 2015 UTown@UBC Community Grants

The UTown@UBC Community Grant Selection Committee is pleased to announce the projects that have been awarded Fall 2015 grants!

We are excited to award a total of $5,550 to eight great projects, from workshops designed to encourage sustainable actions among primary school students, to the ever-popular Faculty Cup and more! Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to all the recipients; we look forward to building community on campus with all of you.

Have a great idea to build community on campus? Check back in January for our next cycle of UTown@UBC Community Grant applications.

Primary School Sustainability Workshops ($450)

These workshops, developed and facilitated by UBC Sustainability Ambassadors will focus on bringing sustainability education to our youngest UTown@UBC residents through fun and engaging activities. The aim of these workshops is to inspire primary school students to develop a sustainable mindset from a young age—it’s never too early to develop a passion for preserving our planet! 

Community Lantern Workshop ($1000)

November 21, join members of the community in creating beautiful lanterns at the Old Barn Community Centre at this free workshop! Once the lanterns are completed, they will be paraded throughout the neighbourhood in a show of community spirit, followed by a mingler event with hot chocolate and treats for all participants. A great way to get to know your neighbours from all across campus! 

  • When: November 21, 2015, 4pm
  • Where: Old Barn Community Centre
  • Cost: FREE

Faculty Cup ($1000)

Following a great inaugural event last year, Faculty Cup is back, pitting LFS against Arts, Sauder against Science in the ultimate show of (friendly) competition between faculties! Faculty Cup brings together students, faculty and staff to take part in a series of health-related activities and events aimed at inspiring school and faculty pride.
There will be lots of great events leading up to Faculty Cup, including a Faculty Fair, free yoga and dance lessons and more, so be sure to check back soon. For more information on how you can get involved, check out their website.

Art Expression Youth Club ($500)

The Art Expression Youth Club brings together young artists in the community to share their passion for art and sustainability. Following an impressive gallery show last year, featuring pieces comprised of recycled materials, the Art Expression Youth Club will also be hosting a Sustainability Crafts workshop this year to engage the community in developing a collaborative piece of work for the exhibit.  Check back for more details!

Kids for Charity ($500)

Originally founded with a UTown@UBC Community Grant, Kids for Charity has since grown into a community staple, as a student-run volunteer program dedicated to engaging kids and youth in community service while raising funds for local charities.This year, in addition to their annual cookie decorating and card making workshops, they will be exploring a brand new set of fun events, such as a charity ice-skating event, community garage sale, Christmas caroling, and Basketball with Santa! Check back for more information on upcoming events.

Caribbean African Association, Black Monologues ($500)

The Caribbean African Association’s Connection Week is an annual week-long celebration that features a number of events and activities aimed at providing opportunities for cultural awareness. Once again, we are very pleased to support a Connection Week staple: Black Monologues.

Black Monologues invites people to creatively discuss issues of the self, inclusivity, marginalization and more—through performance and artistic expression. For more information on Black Monologues, check out the CAA Facebook Page.

Voices from All Around ($1000)

UBC is home to students and families from all around the world. Voices from All Around will celebrate and educate about some of the cultures that exist within our community through documentary films, panel discussions and sharing of traditional foods.

UBC Players Club Centennial Celebration ($1000)

To celebrate UBC’s 100th anniversary, the UBC Players Club has commissioned three new plays celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the performing arts in the region. To mark the opening of the new works in February 2016,they will be hosting a Gala Opening Night event for students, campus residents, and alumni of UBC, UBC Theatre, and the UBC Players Club. Help celebrate UBC 100 by taking part in this great event! Check back for more information on when and where.

Centennial Grants 

The following projects have been awarded Centennial Grants, which support student-led initiatives that foster social innovation and connectedness on campus during our important Centennial year! 

Bike Rave ($1250) 

A much-anticipated campus event, the UBC Bike Rave is back to celebrate UBC 100! A unique celebration of cycling culture on campus, the UBC Bike Rave has grown from a small, student-led initiative to a beloved campus tradition in just a few short years. Check out their facebook page for more information. 

Here's hoping we see 100 years of cycling fun at UBC! 

Sprouts Community Workshops ($850) 

The folks at Sprouts, our beloved on-campus, student-led cafe will be leading a sustainability-oriented workshop to teach participants about small-scale indoor gardening. Music, food, and the chance to mingle with all members of the UBC community will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere! 

Mental Health Symposium ($1250) 

Now in its 3rd year, the Mental Health Symposium (MHS) is an annual day-long conference-style event that focuses on providing students with the tools and knowledge to foster a community that is resilient and aware of mental health at UBC. The Symposium is a collaborative initiative hosted by Student Development and  Services and the Mental Health Network and will involve keynote speakers, workshops, self-care activities, collaboration sessions, and more.