Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are a partnership between the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Foundation to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Small grants of up to $500 are available for residents of Vancouver to develop projects that contribute to the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan


We go right into the heart of the community for ideas to make Vancouver greener. Our aim is to encourage local initiatives, designed and undertaken by residents, right in their community.

Small grants provide up to $500 for projects that contribute to the City’s Greenest City Action Plan Targets of:

  1. Making businesses greener
  2. Growing and eating local food
  3. Making buildings more energy efficient
  4. Promoting greener forms of transportation
  5. Creating zero waste
  6. Mitigating climate change
  7. Breathing clean air
  8. Improving access to nature and planting trees
  9. Conserving drinking water
  10. Reducing our ecological footprint

Read below to find out when grant applications open, if you are eligible for a grant, and how to apply.

When do applications open?

Communities across Vancouver are open for application in March and early April. Applications in these communities are now closed.

See below for more information on how to apply, and to access the online application.


Please review the eligibility criteria below before applying.

  • You must be a resident of Vancouver. Please check our communities map to see which area to submit your application under.
  • Main applicants can apply for one Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants project per year, and only within your community. Co-applicants can only be used on two applications.
  • Two applicants living in the same community but from different households are required on every application. Both applicants are responsible for managing the grant money.
  • Your project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations.
  • You may not profit financially from the project. Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made.
  • Projects are not supported retroactively.
  • Preference will be given to projects that train, educate, and promote green focused every day practices and seek to develop skills training and community sharing this year.


Applying for a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant is easy via our online application system. But first, you must make sure your project is a good fit for our funding.

Grants are given to projects that meet the following goals:

Mitigating climate change 
Examples: A “Neighbour Challenge” to track sustainable behaviours i.e. measuring of household waste, food waste, green transportation trips. 

Promoting greener forms of transportation 
Examples: A “bike repair 101” session providing participants with knowledge and some basic tools (e.g. patch kit, tire levels, allen keys); a “walking school bus” or “bike train,” with prizes/incentives for participation; a community map where people can draw their bicycle route to work and link up with new buddies to ride together; promote walking through an organized tour about local history of neighbourhoods; a public art installation.

Creating zero waste
Examples: neighbourhood composting; building a community share sheds for tools, toys, or appliances.

Improving access to nature and planting trees
Examples: a workshop on the benefits and care of trees providing a small tree for each participant; building a community pollinator garden; a workshop on building nesting boxes for barn swallows with basic materials.

Breathing clean air
Examples: an awareness workshop about the use of renewable energy or carbon footprinting.

Making businesses greener
Examples: Working with a local green grocer business to use unsold food for an event to educate neighbours on reducing food waste; create a resource-sharing space for local businesses (for example, a small business book exchange or tool shed; a green business trade school event; or common marketing tool for local green businesses).

Clean Water
Examples: a workshop on rain gardens for boulevards; installing rain barrels on garden sheds in community gardens; a workshop on water-wise gardening practices; replacing an area of pavement with porous natural materials.

Green Buildings
Examples: hosting a “DIY home energy retrofit” workshop providing participants with starter materials (e.g. window insulation kit, door draft stopper, weatherstrip tape); a neighbourhood information session on incentives available to reduce energy use in the home, using available City of Vancouver brochures and other resources.

Lighter Footprint 
Examples: a clothing and stuff swap; a school supplies swap; a repair café/fix-it fair event; a program for sharing in your neighbourhood

Growing and eating local food
Examples: develop a plan to pick neighbours’ unused/unwanted fruit and process this as a group (e.g. make jam, fruit leather, etc.); build a beehive and host a beehive workshop.


You can apply online for a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant.