Neighbourhood Small Grants

Neighbourhood Small Grants support people who want to make their communities better places to live. The program is based on a simple but powerful idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Applying for a small grant is easy. You don’t need to have any experience in community projects.

We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.

After you apply, your grant application is reviewed by a Neighbourhood Grants Committee made up of local neighbourhood volunteers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Committee members review applications and decide which projects to fund.

Read below to find out more about the grants, eligibility, and how to apply. A link to the application form is at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for applications in many communities across the lower mainland and beyond is April 9, 2018.

What kinds of projects do you support?
Do you have any focus areas?
Am I eligible?
What else do I need to know?
How do I apply?
Who can help me?

What kinds of projects do you support?

Neighbourhood Small Grants are for projects that:

1. Connect and engage neighbours
Examples: Social gatherings such as clothing swaps and potlucks.

2. Share skills and knowledge
Examples: Collaborative art making or storytelling sessions.

3. Increase sense of belonging and responsibility
Examples: Neighbourhood walking tour or removal of invasive plant species.

4. Respect and celebrate diversity
Examples: Multicultural community kitchen or project that connects newcomers with Indigenous communities to share cultures.

Watch our videos to see what we fund

Do you have any focus areas?

This year we have set aside a small portion of granting money to put towards two focus areas to help us deepen the impact of NSG and reach out to diverse groups.

We are particularly interested in supporting:

1. Projects that connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to promote cross-cultural learning and understanding.
Example: community kitchens where stories of food are shared; collaborative arts and crafts workshops where participants exchange their skills and experiences. Watch this video for an example.

2. Projects that are led by youth aged 18-24 and may encourage and engage more young people to participate in the program.
Example: youth-led community dialogues; youth-led neighbourhood-cleanup events that foster intergenerational connections. Watch this video for an example.

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, 2018.

What else do I need to know?

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.

How do I apply?

Applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant is easy via our online application system - see button 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.

 

Who can help me?

If you would like to discuss your project idea or need help filling out the application, please contact your local Program Coordinator.