What is the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program?
At the Vancouver Foundation, we know that small is beautiful, and that small things can have a big impact. The Neighbourhood Small Grants is Vancouver Foundation's unique program that helps build community and strengthen connections right where people live in their neighbourhoods. Our program supports residents like you: residents who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together and make your neighbourhood vibrant. Our grants range from $50 to $500 (with some possibly up to $1,000) and are designed to help make your project a reality.
What areas are available for this program?
With the generous support from the Vancouver Foundation, we are now offering the NSG program in North Surrey - Whalley, Bridgeview, Guildford, Johnson Heights, and Fleetwood!
What is the goal?
- Connect and engage neighbourhood residents
- Build local capacity to carry out NSG projects
- Share residents’ skills and knowledge
- Build sense of ownership and pride
- Respect and celebrate diversity
- Create lasting impact
Who can apply?
- Residents of North Surrey, including Whalley, Bridgeview, Guildford, Johnson Heights and Fleetwood (see map below)
- A group of 2 or more people who live in different households.
- Grants are for groups of neighbours or residents only; registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.
What can you do with the small grants?
Any projects/events that will help build a better community - bring people who do not know each other together and have fun. Here are some ideas you could develop:
- Neighbourhood historical walk
- Youth art workshop and exhibition
- Knitting Circle
- Educational seminars/workshops
- Lantern Festival/ Lantern Making event
- Community Ice Skating Event
- Art/Craft-Making Workshop
- Street Basketball Tournament
What are the application requirements?
- Project must be socially acceptable to the majority of the neighbourhood
- This funding is not for existing projects
- Applicants cannot profit financially from the projects
- Private, family-only or professional events are not eligible
- Events must be FREE of charge to all participants
- Projects must occur with in the program boundaries
- Project must comply with Surrey city bylaws and appropriate permissions must be obtained before the events take place
- Projects must be completed by November 30 2016
- Grants receivers must agree to document their projects and share result with photos in a poster/presentation.
- Grants receivers must submit an expense report at the end of the projects.
A resident committee will review all applications and decide which ones will receive funding. Please submit your online application directly from the Vancouver Foundation website - http://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/apply.
The applications for this year have closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
We will be accepting 2017 applications starting February 2017
Any more questions?
Please contact the program coordinator at (604) 582 7088 (ext. 3) or by email at email@example.com
This community building pilot project is presented by Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub Society and is generously supported by Vancouver Foundation.