Neighbourhood Small Grants

Neighbourhood Small Grants is Vancouver Foundation’s unique program to help build community and strengthen connections right where people live - in their neighbourhood.

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.

WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANT?

Small grants of up to $500 are available for residents to develop projects that meet the needs of the community.

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

1. Connect and engage neighbourhood residents
Examples: Block parties to introduce new neighbours or weekly neighbourhood clean-up work parties that strengthen and sustain relationships over time.

2. Share residents' skills and knowledge within the community
Examples: a free yoga lesson for the community or a community kitchen where participants exchange their cooking skills and share a meal together.

3. Build sense of ownership and pride
Examples: A historical tour of the neighbourhood or a community clean-up of invasive species in a local greenspace.

4. Respect and celebrate diversity
Examples: A multicultural fashion show, a story telling project that involves seniors and youth, or a cost free acrylic workshops open to all ages and skill levels.

Watch our video to see what kinds of projects we fund

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

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

Other communities will open for application throughout 2017. Please sign up for our email newsletter to find out as soon as applications open in your area.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

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

  • You must live in a participating community - check our community map.
  • Main applicants can apply for one 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.
  • Except for community gardens, projects involving infrastructure building or upgrading or purchasing of large equipment such as computers are not eligible.
  • Projects involving therapy and counseling support are not eligible.
  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to new projects, or those that have been funded for fewer than three years in a row.
  • While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your grant is spent by November 30, 2017.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applying for a 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.

BUDGET

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.

PUBLIC EVENTS

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

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

GRANT DECISIONS MADE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS

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.

APPLY ONLINE

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