Neighbourhood Small Grants 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.
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.
Neighbourhood Small Grants Goals
- Connect and engage neighbours
- Share skills and knowledge within the community
- Increase sense of belonging and responsibility to one's community
- Respect and celebrate diversity
Congratulations to our 2019 grant recipients. We are giving out 10 grants this year.
Resources for Project Leaders
- Project Leader Handbook
- Media Release Form
- Volunteer Recruitment Poster template
- Event Poster template
- Expense Tracking Sheet
Watch the video below for a interesting project idea that promoted a sense of beloning and responsibility in a Vancouver neighbourhood.
Have a great idea to bring people together in your neighbourhood?
Neighbourhood Small Grants support residents like you who want to make our community a better place to live.
We give grants from $50 to $500 to projects that focus on connecting and engaging residents. Block parties, art shows, craft workshops, community gardens, yoga at sunrise or movies under the stars.
There’s no limit to your creativity!
Am I eligible for a Neigbourhood Small Grant?
Our eligibility criteria are designed to ensure that Neighbourhood Small Grants support a diverse range of community-focused projects.
- Main applicants can apply for one Neighbourhood Small Grants project per year, and only within your neighbourhood
- 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.
- Projects involving building or upgrading infrastructure or purchasing large equipment (such as, computers) are not eligible. Some exceptions apply for community gardens.
- 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, 2019.
When Can I Apply?
Applications will open again in February 2020.
To learn more about eligibility and the application process, visit the Neighbourhood Small Grants website.
We are proud to partner with the Vancouver Foundation, and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability to fund and deliver Neighbourhood Small Grants in Whistler. If your organization is interested in becoming a Neighbourhood Grants partner, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.