Neighbourhood Small Grants
The Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program is funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for the Westside catchment. The NSG program was created to help build community and strengthen connections right where people live – in their neighbourhoods. This program supports project leaders who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together and make neighbourhoods vibrant. Both the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) and Greenest City Grants (GCG) offer grant opportunities to local residents for amounts between $50 and $500 (and occasionally $1000). Grants applications are reviewed and adjudicated by a Neighbourhood Grants Committee (NGC) once the application deadline closes. Grants are awarded to project leaders for projects that meet the criteria to connect and engage residents, share residents’ skills and knowledge within the community, build sense of ownership and pride, or respect and celebrate diversity. Visit the Neighbourhood Small Grants website to review the complete guidelines and criteria for both of these programs.
2020 grant applications open February 11th, 2020 and close April 6th, 2020
$50 – $500 (and occasionally $1,000)
Kits House administers the Neighbourhood Small Grants program for the Westside > West Side – Neighbourhood Small Grant catchment area. If you live in an area other than the Westside of Vancouver click HERE to find your community
Wednesday November 27, 2019 | Westside NSG Celebration
November 30, 2019 | NSG & GCG Projects Completed
December 6, 2019 | Unused funds must be returned to Westside Coordinator
February 11, 2020 | Applications Open
April 6, 2020 | Applications Close
April 2020 | Neighbourhood Grants Committee Reviewing Applications
Friday May 8, 2020 | Project Leader Orientation & Cheque Issue #1
Saturday May 9, 2020 | Project Leader Orientation & Cheque Issue #2
May 21, 2020 | 2020 Learning Day
October 25 – November 30, 2020 | NSG & GCG Project Leader Surveys to be completed
Wednesday November 25, 2020 | Westside NSG Celebration
November 30, 2020 | All NSG & GCG Projects Completed
December 4, 2020 | Unused grant funds must be returned to Westside Coordinator
Resources for your Project
Guidelines for NSG Project Leaders: Congratulations NSG & GCG Recipients! Listed are some guidelines to follow when carrying out your project
Cultural Awareness: First Peoples: A Guide to Newcomers to Vancouver was designed for immigrant communities, but can help create more awareness and understanding for all non-Indigenous people.
Greening an Event: The City of Vancouver Green Events Planing Guide will help you rethink the amount of waste, energy, and materials consumed during your event planning and activities
Promote Your Project: Use the Neighbourhood Small Grants blog to promote your event before it happens or share your story after your project takes place. Check out our step-by-step instruction page to learn more.
Photo Waiver: Media Release forms for your event,
Tips & Tricks: Tips & Tricks for your event.
Project Leader Toolkit
Please click on this link to view the Project Leader Toolkit PDF document
When promoting your project in print, on websites, or through other social media, use the blurb below and include the Kits House logo AND either the NSG logo or Greenest City Logo.
This Neighbourhood Small Grant project was funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.
Greenest City Blurb
This Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant project was funded by the Vancouver Foundation and administered by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.
When hosting a NSG/GCG event or project begin by using this acknowledgement:
In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Promoting your Project or Event
Here are some tips on how and where to advertise your projects:
Create a Facebook page, group or event or use Twitter or Instagram to get the word out about your project. Make sure to tag Vancouver Foundation and Kits House in your Facebook and Twitter posts and your posts may get “re-tweeted”.
Make a poster to promote your project by sending out through email, deliver door-to-door, hang in public places, public bulletin boards, coffee shops, libraries, community centres, or anywhere that the public gathers or walks by. Email a copy of your poster to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the Westside Celebration year end slide show.
KnowAboutItWestside Google Group
All approved project leaders are added to the “KnowAboutItWestside” google group. This is a great way to get the word out about your project to Westside project leaders both past and present.
Here are some websites where you could promote your project.
- Neighbourhood Small Grants – News
- Neighbourhood Small Grants – Upcoming Events
- Village Vancouver
- Vancouver is Awesome
Being Green & Zero Waste
Things to consider when organizing your event
Why have a green and zero waste event
- Protect our planet
- Educate and raise environmental awareness
- Conserve resources
- Save money
How to have a green and zero waste event
- Promote a green and zero waste event by talking about it at beginning of event
- Suggest that people bring their own plate, cups, cutlery, reusable water bottles, tablecloths, etc
- Provide pitchers of water, lemonade, etc. with reusable glasses not individual drink bottles
- No straws!
- Purchase food, decorations, and other materials that can be consumed, reused, or recycled
- Avoid styrofoam and unrecyclable plastic whenever possible
- Consider packaging and the transportation impact before buying or ordering food items
- Shop locally and eat locally grown food
- Use name tags made out of recyclable material
- Avoid balloons! They can be dangerous to wildlife and a choking hazard for kids.
- Make your own décor using items found in your recycle box or use up or repurpose items that you already have
- Provide clearly marked recycling, compost, and garbage bins (garbage should be the smallest!
If you are hosting a block party on another date and/or don’t live in Kitsilano, please register your block party directly with the City of Vancouver HERE.
Block Parties in Kits on Car Free Vancouver Days
June 15 & 16, 2019
* These dates coincide with the Car Free Vancouver Day street parties on Denman and Main Street..
One of the Neighbourhood Small Grant projects is supporting those who are hosting a block party in Kitsilano on Car Free Vancouver Days..
If you register with Kits Block Parties to host your block party on Car Free Vancouver Days you will receive assistance at your event with barricade delivery, insurance, and getting city approval.
These NSG Project Leaders help Kitsilano celebrate Car Free Vancouver Days by encouraging Kits residents to host their Block Parties on Car Free Vancouver Days.
Visit the Car Free Day Vancouver website to learn more, register your Kits block party, and access a step-by-step toolkit to help make your block party a big success!
www.carfreevancouver.org/kits or on the Facebook page at Car Free Vancouver Day: Kitsilano.
Reduced Rental / Free Space
Equipment to Borrow
There are five green tents available to community members to reserve and use for events or projects.
Contact the Kits House front desk to reserve a tent. *Note that Kits House is not always open evening or on weekends – you will need to arrange a time with front desk to pick up and to drop off.
There are 10 folding tables with carry handles (and some with wheels!) available to the community to reserve and use at their events or projects. These 6 foot tables fold in half and should easily fit into most types of vehicles. Please cover the table tops if you are doing crafts or art work so they remain nice and clean for the next person. Wipe down before returning to Kits House.
Contact the Kits House front desk to reserve a folding table. *Note that Kits House is not always open evening or on weekends – you will need to arrange a time with front desk to pick up and to drop off.
There are several different types of easels available (oil, water, table easels) that members of the community can reserve and borrow.
Contact Kits House front desk to reserve the easels. Please return the easels as soon as possible after you finish using them so that others have access to them. *Note that Kits House is not always open evening or on weekends – you will need to arrange a time with front desk to pick up and to drop off.