Do you have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood? We’d love to hear about it.
Applying for a small grant is easy. You don’t need to have any experience in community projects.
WHICH GRANT IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Does your idea bring people together, or make your neighbourhood greener?
In some communities, people can choose between different grants. Find out more about each grant, and decide which one is right for you.
Grants of up to $500 for projects that connect and engage neighbours, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.
Grants of up to $500 for residents of Vancouver to develop projects that contribute to Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan Targets. Grants are given to residents of Vancouver for projects that focus on local food, green businesses, energy efficiency, green transport, zero waste, mitigating climate change, clean air, improving access to nature, conserving drinking water, and reducing our ecological footprint.
ALL GRANT DECISIONS MADE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS
Neighbourhood Grants 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 Neighbourhood Grants Committee, please contact the Coordinator in your community.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Neighbourhood Small Grants and Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants are guided by the following six principles:
Everyone has gifts
The passions, skills and knowledge of neighbours are the building blocks of community. The resources necessary for change already exist in each community through asset areas such as physical, human, social, personal, and financial. When neighbours are encouraged and inspired to share and connect their assets, communities are strengthened and meaningful and lasting change can come from the ground up.
Connecting local strengths also increases relationships, helps new groups to form, and grows people’s sense of belonging and ability and interest to work towards common goals.
Small is beautiful
Small-scale actions and projects can have a far-reaching impact on people and places. We support individual or informal group-led projects with budgets of $500 or below. No project is too small, and when counted collectively these projects create lasting impact and become a powerful movement of grassroots-led change.
Local is best
People know what is best for their communities, so volunteer neighbours review the project ideas submitted by locals and decide which ones to fund. We support these community leaders as experts, solicit and listen to their feedback, offer guidance and skill sharing opportunities, and connect them with each other and resources to help build on their success.
Where we live matters
We take a place-based approach to building community. Though Neighbourhood Small Grants communities share many commonalities, they are each designed or adapted to meet unique local conditions.
In building community, it is the community that is the expert. Projects are done at the neighbourhood level, and these neighbourhoods are defined by the people who live in them. Each neighbourhood has a rich set of resources and relationships. Projects are led by people who bring these local resources and relationships together to bring about positive change that is unique to each neighbourhood and the people who live in it.
We learn together
Building a community requires certain skills and resources. Neighbourhood Small Grants seek to empower neighbours and partner organizations that implement the program with access to knowledge, resources, and opportunities so that they can effectively act together to achieve collective goals.
Everyone is invited
Neighbourhood Small Grants is committed to welcoming and listening to all voices in local solution-building, and making opportunities for participation accessible and inclusive. Cost, language, location, time and childminding are some of the challenges that might limit people from participating and efforts to overcome these challenges are always welcome.
When all voices are heard and all ideas considered, projects will represent and highlight the diversity of each community and residents will form connections with one another regardless of potential boundaries.