Neighbourhood Small Grants
Have a great idea for a community project?
Apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant!
Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) is a unique program funded by the Vancouver Foundation that helps build community and strengthen connections right where people live – in their neighbourhoods. This program supports residents like you: residents who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together and make your neighbourhood vibrant.
There are Neighbourhood Small Grants and Greenest City Grants both offering grants between $50 and $500 (and occasionally $1000). Both grants are designed to help make your project a reality. A community garden, a canning workshop, an intergenerational storytelling project, a street party, and a book exchange – these are just some of the amazing things you can apply for.
The purpose behind NSG is to stimulate creativity, encourage local solutions, build connections between neighbours, and engage people from all backgrounds and circumstances in the life of their community.
Who can apply?
To apply through Kits House, you must live in the areas in the map below:
View West Side – Neighbourhood Small Grant in a larger map
Check with NeighbourhoodSmallGrants.ca if you live in other areas in Greater Vancouver.
What are the application requirements?
- Applicants must live the areas shown in the map above
- Projects must be sponsored by two or more people who live in different households
- The grants are for groups of neighbours or residents only; organizations cannot apply
- Projects must adhere to City Bylaws and be socially acceptable to the majority of the neighbourhood
- Retroactive funding (for projects that have already occurred) is not available
- Projects need to be completed by November 30, 2017
- Applicants cannot profit financially from the project. Honorariums are generally limited to $50
- Applicants must agree to be part of the evaluation process
When is the deadline for NSG applications?
Tuesday April 4, 2017.
How do I apply for a NSG?
Apply online at www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca.
For assistance with the online applications, or to obtain a paper application, contact the NSG Coordinator Kits House
Phone: 604 736-3588 Extension 124
Ways to promote your project:
- Start promoting your project early on and continue to remind people of your project. Especially the closer it comes to the day of the event!
- Talk to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbours. Let them know about the event and give them a poster or flier as a visual reminder.
- Use Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.
- Use the NSG Project Directories to let local residents know about your project. Also invite Kits House and the Vancouver Foundation to attend.
Any other tips you’d like to share? Let us know and we will add them!
Car-Free Day Kitsilano Block Party
Check out some awesome Westside NSG projects!
Parclowns Painted Parasol Parade – Youtube video
Vancouver boy offers yarn bombing workshops – Vancouver Courier article
Giant egg painted at Kitsilano intersection– Vancity Buzz
4 SHORT VIDEOS:
(Click thumbnails to watch)