Receive $500 for Your Community Project Idea!

Do you have an idea that will connect neighbours and improve our neighbourhood? Apply for up to $500 to turn you vision into a reality!

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is a grassroots initiative that supports resident-led projects in our community. A grant is a small amount of money that is given for a specific purpose often linked to a public benefit. Anyone can apply, and our grants do not need to be repaid, and do not count as taxable income.

Neighbours can apply for any project idea that will bring our community together, build community strength and resilience, share skills and knowledge, celebrate diversity, or tackle social isolation.

Hummingbird Heart Gifts Neighbourhood Small Grants Project.

Example of past projects have included: pinata workshops, cooking classes, book clubs, games nights, boulevard gardens, Diwali celebrations, kids’ crafts groups, apartment and condo building social events, canning workshops, beehives, mini libraries, drag queen story time, film nights, picnics, art shows, and walking tours to name a few. The opportunities are almost endless.

The initiative is funded by Vancouver Foundation in collaboration with local partners. Gordon Neighbourhood House coordinates this program for anyone who lives on the Downtown Peninsula (West End, Yaletown, Coal Harbour, and Downtown South). We offer this program because connected communities are safer, stronger, and more welcoming and resilient.

The program is open to everyone, and no experience is required. We’ve funded projects led by long-term residents, newcomers who have been here less than 6 months, youth under 10, and neighbours in their 90s. NSG projects are intended to be resident-led. Small and informal groups can apply (eg. a group of neighbours, meetups), however businesses and registered organizations are NOT eligible.

Amicae Little Free Library Neighbourhood Small Grant Project.

How to Apply for the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program

  • Think of an idea that will connect neighbours and improve our community
  • Start an Online Application by entering your contact details
  • Write a few sentences describing your project idea, and create a brief project budget
  • Submit an online application or paper application before April 30th, 2022

Our online application is straight-forward and only requires a few sentences describing the project idea, and a brief budget (eg. paint $100, brushes $25). Paper applications are also available by request.

This year, we will be accepting applications during an initial spring cycle, and a second fall cycle if funding is still available. The sooner you submit your application, the higher chances you will receive funding.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: Applications open Mar. 15th to Apr. 30th, 2022. (Spring projects should finish by Nov. 2022
  • Fall: Applications open Sept. 7th to Nov. 9th, 2022. (Fall projects should finish by Mar. 2023)

If you have the time and capacity, coordinating a NSG project is a great way to meet neighbours, gain transferrable skills, get experience, showcase your talents, and improve our community. Many past applicants are surprised how many new friends they have met while coordinating a community project. Apply today!

For more information, please visit www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.org; or contact Gordon Neighbourhood House at (604) 683-2554, or jim@gordonhouse.org.