For 20 years, our community has brought people together with a Neighbourhood Small Grant. We see this community-building spirit blazing stronger than ever right now. That’s why we’ve launched a Responsive NSG grant stream that will fund small-scale projects that involve reducing social isolation.

Learn About Responsive NSG >>
Or start your application here.

Public health orders to physically distance from others has had the unintended impact of creating more social isolation. But so many of you are stepping up to counteract this. Thousands are already self-organizing online to support each other out of their own pockets.

So what does community building look like during a pandemic? Let’s find out.

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What is a Responsive NSG Grant?

The Responsive NSG grant stream provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Projects must comply with public health orders for physical distancing.

This is available to all BC residents. The Responsive NSG grant stream is now open as of April 15. The end date will be determined based on public health orders.

What can I apply for?

Responsive NSG supports projects that build community by finding ways to connect with people socially.

Examples of such projects are delivering care packages to elderly or immunocompromised people in the neighbourhood. Be sure to review all the grant criteria at our Eligibility & FAQs page.


Responsive NSG also supports projects that involve sharing skills or talents through online platforms. Examples include hosting a webinar on a topic you know well, teaching an exercise class, or digital musical performance. Out of your entire project budget, you may spend up to $350 providing honorariums for those sharing skills. This includes yourself.

Now more than ever, BC needs to stay connected with our neighbours and community members. This will keep our communities resilient and able to recover sooner after the crisis.

What happens to my existing 2020 application?

If you submitted a Neighbourhood Small Grants application for 2020, your community coordinator will contact you soon. You may discuss with them how to modify your project to suit the Responsive NSG criteria or opt to defer your project to when physical distancing requirements are lifted.

We will no longer be accepting new applications for the regular Neighbourhood Small Grants stream.

How to Apply

Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted.

You can start your application here.

If you have an existing NSG account, please login and apply as you have done before.

If you are a first-time applicant to the NSG program, you will have to select your community from a drop-down menu. Please select the most appropriate region as outlined on the application page.


Please contact Andrew at if you have questions about the Responsive NSG stream.

Written By:

Esther Tung

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