Canada 150 Small Grants

Canada 150 Small Grants are a partnership between Vancouver Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Government of Canada to recognize our nation’s 150th anniversary.

Read below to find out more about the grants, when applications open, if you are eligible, and how to apply. A link to the application form is at the bottom of this page.


Grants of up to $500 for residents of the lower mainland are available to support projects that encourage participation in community activities to mark Canada’s 150th.

Canada 150 Small Grants support projects in the following theme areas:

1. First Nations focused cultural exchange, storytelling and dialogues
Example: a neighbourhood film and dialogue event on Truth and Reconciliation

2. Building intergenerational connections
Examples: a seniors and youth potluck, storytelling circle, craft workshop

3. Connecting newcomers with long-term residents
Example: A newcomer-led art making session for neighbourhood families



Communities across the lower mainland will open for application on February 15, 2017. The deadline to submit your application is April 4, 2017.

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Our eligibility criteria are designed to ensure that Canada 150 Small Grants support a diverse range of community-focused projects.

  • You must live in one of the following communities: six neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, North Shore and North Surrey.
  • Each Canada 150 Small Grant project must have two applicants. The two applicants must belong to the same community but live at different addresses. The project must take place within your own neighbourhood.
  • You can apply for only one Canada 150 Small Grant project per year and you can apply within only one community.
  • Registered charity organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.

What else do I need to know about Canada 150 Small Grants?

  • The primary focus of the grants should be to build relationships amongst neighbours and increase residents’ involvement in Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.
  • Your project must be free and welcoming to all. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of a wide variety of participants.
  • You may not charge entrance fees or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during your event. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project.
  • Festival-style events are expected to focus on a specific neighbourhood or community with a maximum of 500 to 1,000 attendees. Projects that are part of festivals must demonstrate an activity within the event that helps residents to develop or strengthen relationships. 
  • Large capital projects such as building and maintenance of public assets such as playgrounds or purchasing of equipment such as a computer are not eligible.
  • Projects involving psychotherapy and counseling support are not eligible.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
  • While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your Canada 150 Small Grant money is spent by November 30, 2017.
  • You may not profit financially from your project.
  • Your project must take place within the neighbourhood or community where your application is processed.


Applying for a Canada 150 Small Grants is easy via our online application system - see link below.

You will receive an email confirming your application has been received, and will hear back regarding the status of your application six to eight weeks after the application deadline.


Please consider the following when calculating your project budget:

  • Grant requests for projects are expected to be under $500. However, applications that offer unique and creative ways of meeting the Canada 150 Small Grants goals may be considered for additional funding.
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. Examples include a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project. You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.


If your project is going to take place in a public place (e.g. neighbourhood street, public spaces, or parks) please consider:

  • Projects taking place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces and/or parks must follow municipal by-laws and have proper permits.


Resident Advisory Committees are made up of local resident volunteers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Committee members review applications and decide which projects to fund.

If you would like to get involved in a Resident Advisory Committee, please contact the Coordinator in your community.


Thanks for reading the guidelines. Now you know all about Canada 150 Small Grants, you’re ready to apply!