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.

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are given to projects that meet the following goals:

Reducing greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint (e.g. hosting a clothing swap).

Promoting greener forms of transportation (e.g. a community map where people can draw their bicycle route to work

Creating zero waste (e.g. neighbourhood based composting clinics)

Improving access to nature and planting trees (e.g. a workshop on building nesting boxes for barn swallows with basic materials)

Breathing clean air (e.g. host an awareness workshop about the use of renewable energy)

Clean water (e.g. installing rain barrels on garden sheds in community gardens)

Green buildings (e.g. host a “Do it Yourself home energy retrofit” workshop providing participants with starter materials such as window insulation kit)

Growing and eating local food (e.g. pick neighbours’ unused/unwanted fruit and process this as a group (e.g. make jam, fruit leather, etc.)

Updates for 2017:

  • Projects that involve greening businesses are not eligible for Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants
  • Projects that train, educate, and promote green focused every day practices and seek to develop skills training and community sharing will take preference over garden related projects

Watch our video to see what kinds of projects we fund


Applications will open on February 15, 2017. The deadline to submit your application is April 4, 2017.

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Please review the eligibility criteria below before applying.

  • You must be a resident of Vancouver. Please check our community 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. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.
  • 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 grant is spent by November 30, 2017.


Applying for a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant 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 are expected to be under $500. 
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project.
  • When creating a project budget, you should determine the actual cost of items to be used, and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or donations.
  • You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.


If your project is going to take place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces/parks, please consider:

  • Projects follow municipal by-laws.
  • You must obtain appropriate permits and liability insurance prior to your project start date.


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 Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants, you’re ready to apply!