On Sunday, August 19th, the 16 Oaks Community Garden held a neighbourhood celebration to honour 10 years on privately owned land on the corner of 16th and Oak in Vancouver.
In July, our local sewing club members offered two morning classes to 8 local kids. We used the grant money to purchase the fabric, notions, and snacks, and were fortunate to have the Queensborough Community Center donate the space for both days.
We used the Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants funding to purchase a waterproof, rust-proof, dent-proof toy box for our community playground. We worked with the City of New Westminster to agree upon an appropriate location for the box and then had a launch day in May with neighbours. Some of the funds were used to purchase toys, and other toys have been donated.
We continue to maintain the toybox regularly by sorting through toys that are no longer 'playable' and cycling in new toys, cleaning out wood chips, organizing, etc.
Every year the Vancouver Foundation hosts a Neighbourhood Small Grants Gathering to bring together project leaders, Neighbourhood Grant Committee members, program coordinators, and partner organizations from across the province to engage in day of community knowledge sharing and celebration.
Meet Kim English, regional community development officer and NSG coordinator for the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan - Similkameen
NSG Communities and boundaries: Our boundary includes the Regional District of the Okanagan and Similkameen; we serve all communities from Summerland to Osoyoos, including Penticton, and west to Princeton.