CORE grants

We are pleased to be able to award yearly small grants for projects that provide a tangible service or enhancement for the education of children and youth.

In addition to faculty members who hold regular appointments in the Faculty of Education, we encourage grant applications from graduate students, sessional instructors, community members, and emeritus faculty members -- each of whom must indicate a partnership with a regular faculty member.

Programs currently funded by CORE:

Youth Exploration of Concerns and Questions Regarding Sexual Health and Sexual Boundary Settings
This project seeks to facilitate an open, safe and engaging conversation between youth and adults to understand their lived experiences within a sexualized world.

Developing Queer Workshops in a Local High School: A Collaborative Pilot Project Involving LGBTQIA2S+ Youth Educators
This project supports a pilot community project developing a series of queer-related workshops for students at a local high school.

Creating Calm – Family Anxiety Support Group
In this series of workshops, children will learn about stress, anxiety, basic brain and body reactions to stress and anxiety, and healthy ways to regulate their reactions (including cognitive, emotional, and physiological regulation). By providing information, facilitating understanding and providing practical information regarding coping strategies to not just the children but also to the parents and school staff, these workshops will endeavor to support healthy children and healthy communities.

Past programs funded by CORE:

  • Cultural Physical Activity Initiative: A games-based approach
    This project was designed to support and complement the existing physical and health education curriculum for the grades 4/5 and 6 students and provide the elementary education students with additional teaching opportunities before their final practicum.
  • The Transgender Tipping Point
    The purpose of this project is to create a diverse cohort of 25 transgender youth writers (ages 12-17) by hosting 3 weekend-long writing retreats.
  • Word Up! A Literacy Enhancement Program for Struggling Readers
    This project will support children struggling with reading whose families are accessing community-based services through the LDABC: The Learning Curve).
  • Dancing Backwards: Let's Get Canada's Political Women into History! The purpose of this program is to have students re-create the stories of Canadian women in politics using dance, poetry, visual arts, animation, theatre, games or songs.
  • Life Stories: Drama and Theatre for Growth! This project aims at providing opportunities for children at the Kwum Kwum Lelum Centre to experiment with theatre and drama in a safe environment.
  • The Reading Program Accessibility Enhancement Project provided instruction focusing on writing skill development and on reducing stress associated with writing challenges to students with Learning Disabilities and/ or Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • CORE Counselling Clinic provided counselling and educational services to UVic students and youth in the community while also providing UVic counselling students with practicum experience.
  • Open Art Surge provided free, drop-in, open studio sessions for youth. This program ran in partnership with the Pandora Arts Collective Society.
  • Using our Words: Drama and Language in Action helped students in grades 1-3 at Quadra Elementary School enhance their literacy development through the integration of drama across the curriculum.
  • A Culturally Appropriate Physical Activity Program for the WSANEC Aboriginal Communities developed a physical activity program that incorporated traditional teaching and practice through collaboration with community partners.
  • Inclusion Works! for a Healthy Lifestyle adapted and implemented the Health Matters: Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for InclusionWorks! youth.
  • Music Makers empowers youth through mentorship and music education, matching youth with a volunteer for one-on-one music lessons once per week. This program partners with elementary schools to ensure that free music lessons are available to children in need.
  • Music Explorers is a free, community-based program offering youth aged 8-10 a journey of creativity and understanding of music and culture through weekly group workshops.

For more information on any programs supported by CORE, please contact us.