The Neighbourhood Small Grants program opens today! Share with us your idea for bringing your neighbours together to receive up to $500 in grants.
From now until April 9, 2019, applications are open to residents in more than a dozen communities., Delta, South Surrey and Whistler are among the new communities we’ve expanded into this year. Please see below for the full list.
We offer grants between $50 and $500 to people who have an idea to bring neighbours together — whatever that means to them. A grant is money we give you to help you bring your project to life and you must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back.
Grants can be used for any costs that are needed to bring people together, including food or event rental.
Neighbourhood Small Grants have been awarded to talent shows, gardening workshops, community kitchens, drop-in sports nights, cultural exchange nights, potlucks, walking tours, living room art shows, book exchanges, and of course, block parties.
This year, we continue to prioritize ideas that connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbours (Please note, the term “indigenous” refers to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people collectively), as well as projects led by youth ages 18 to 24. Here are two such projects that we funded in 2018:
Healing Circle Gathering at Slocan Park, Vancouver, BC, 2018 Neighbourhood Small Grants Project
Project Leader: Joy de Castro
Youth-led Philosopher’s Café at Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Vancouver, BC, 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Project
Project Leaders: Sally Jiao and Tanmai Bhatia
You’ll need to find a neighbour to work with, and think up an idea that meets one of the following criteria:
- Bring neighbours together
- Share skills and knowledge
- Build a sense of belonging and responsibility
- Respect and celebrate diversity
How It Works
- Find a neighbour to work with. You need two applicants that live at different addresses.
- Get some inspiration by reading our Stories, and decide on an idea.
- Submit your application online here.
- You’ll know within 4-6 weeks of your grant application submission if your project is approved, and for how much.
Communities Open for Grants
These are the communities that are open for applications. The deadline to apply is April 9, 2019. Please click on a community’s name to be taken to its unique application page:
- Maple Ridge (until April 30)
- New Westminster
- North Vancouver
- Surrey (Please refer to the communities page for boundaries of North and South Surrey)
- West Vancouver
- Vancouver (except UBC)
Here are the other communities where Neighbourhood Small Grants are also available, but have their own independent granting cycle. Please click on a community’s name to be taken to its unique application page.
- Clayoquot Sound — open from February 15 until March 15
- Nanaimo — open until February 28
- Mt. Waddington, North Island — open from February 15 until March 15
- Parksville — closed, typically opens in September
- Salt Spring Island — applications opening tentatively on May 1
- South Okanagan/Similkameen — Open until March 29
- UBC-Point Grey campus — now closed for 2019, typically opens in January
- Victoria — March 1- April 26
Spread the word with your friends, family, and neighbours!