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.


Application Dates

2018 applications OPEN Monday Feb 19th 2018 2018 applications CLOSE Monday April 9th 2018

Grant Amounts

$50 – $500 (and occasionally $1,000)

Catchment Area

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



Contact Info

Faith G, Westside NSG Coordinator

604.736.3588 x 124


Important Dates

February 19, 2018 Applications Open

April 9, 2018 Applications Close

April 10, 2018 NGC Reviewing Applications

May 4, 2018 Project Leader Orientation & Cheque Issue

May 5, 2018 Project Leader Orientation & Cheque Issue

June 2018 NSG Summit – Date TBA

November 2018 NSG Surveys to be completed – Date TBA

November 29, 2018 Westside NSG Celebration

November 30, 2018 NSG Projects Completed

December 7, 2018 Unused funds must be returned

Kits House Logos

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Vancouver Foundation Logo (NSG Logo)

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Greenest City Logo (GCG Logo)

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Acknowledgement Blurbs

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.  NSG Blurb

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:

We [I] would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the x?m??kw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwu?7mesh (Squamish), Stó:l? and S?l?i?lw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Promoting your Project or Event

Here are some tips on how and where to advertise your projects Social Media 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”. Twitter – @VancouverFdn | @KitsHouse | #vfnsg | #nsg FacebookVancouverFdn  KitsilanoNeighbourhoodHouse

Printed Posters 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 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.

Websites Here are some websites where you could promote your project.

Equipment to Borrow

Tents There are 5 green tents that are stored a Kits House that community members can reserve and use for events or projects. Contact Faith at to reserve a tent. The tent(s) should be returned within two days of picking them up.

Easels 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.