We are excited to announce the LAUNCH of the Y-NSG! The Y-NSG Pilot offers grants up to $500 to youth (ages 12-24) living in Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Surrey/White Rock/Cloverdale, Richmond & Vancouver). Anyone with an idea can apply, no experience necessary!

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1. What kind of projects are accepted by the Youth Neighbourhood Small Grants program?

You may apply for any project that will bring your community together, build community strength and resilience, or tackle social isolation.

Some common types of Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant projects include care package deliveries or teaching people a new skill, but there are also many unique projects that don’t fall into these categories.

Any product, service, or event created with the support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant must be offered for free or by a small donation. The small donation should be optional and not a requirement for someone to participate in your project.

2. What can I use the grant money for?

You can ask for up to $500 for any Neighbourhood Small Grant program.

You can use the grant to offset any expenses that were needed for the project. This includes products, transportation, or services.

You may ask for up to $350 to provide honorariums to anyone who contributes skills or knowledge to your project—including yourself.

For example, if you plan to host an online cooking class and will be teaching it yourself, you may pay yourself an honorarium. If you are inviting a guest to teach it, you may pay them the honorarium instead. You can also use the grant to purchase the ingredients needed for the class as well as a premium subscription with a platform like Zoom to host many attendees in your class.

You may not fundraise for other projects and/or organizations. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project.

3. Who can apply for a Youth Neighbourhood Small Grant?

Open to all youth (ages 12-24) living in Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, North Surrey, Richmond, South Surrey/White Rock/Cloverdale, Vancouver)

You may not apply on behalf of a business or registered organization, but you may apply on behalf of an informal group (for example, a meetup or shared interest group)

4. Where can my project take place?

Your project can take place either online or in-person. All in-person events should follow your local public health guidelines.

5. What do I do if my project requires a permit or liability insurance to happen?

If your project requires any permits, such as a city or park board permit, they must be acquired and approved prior to applying for any Neighbourhood Small Grant.

Most projects will not require liability insurance, but bigger projects or events may need them. If you do, you must purchase it ahead of applying for any Neighbourhood Small Grant. Please reach out to your local coordinator to learn more.

FAQs – Application Process

1. After I apply, when will I receive my grant?

For NSG communities that accept applications on a rolling basis, you will hear back from us within two weeks. For NSG communities that only accept grants for a limited time, they will contact you between 6-8 weeks after your submission.



2. Can I apply for more than one project at a time?

No. You may apply for one Youth Neighbourhood Small Grant program at a time. You may apply for another project once you complete your project and submit your project story to your local coordinator.

3. Can my business or non-profit apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant?

No. Non-profits, businesses, or any other types of registered organizations are not eligible for a Youth Neighbourhood Small Grant.

4. I live in an area that belongs to two communities. Which community should I apply to?

You are one of the lucky few people who can choose which community they want to apply to — but you must choose. You will only be able to apply in one community.

FAQs – Who We Are

1. Who decides how projects are funded?

A committee of volunteers who also live in your community decide which applications will get funding and distributes the funds between those projects. They are called the Youth Neighbourhood Grant Committee.

2. What is Vancouver Foundation and their involvement with Neighbourhood Small Grants?

Vancouver Foundation is a community foundation that started the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in 1999. Vancouver Foundation partners with local community organizations including neighbourhood houses, community centres as well as other community foundations to deliver the program.

3. Are you a government program?

We are not a government program. In some NSG communities, a local partner may be a municipality or a government agency.

Vancouver Foundation is funded by private donors, just like most foundations and charities are.