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Applications for 2017 Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood grants have now closed.

Do you have a great idea for your community? Through the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program, small grants of up to $500 are available for residents to develop projects that meet the needs of the community.

How it works:

  • Residents complete and submit an online application
  • Within 3 weeks of the application period closing, projects are reviewed and grant decisions are made by a Resident Advisory Committee, made up of residents from your neighhourhood
  • Successful applicants receive a cheque for up to $500 and lead a project
  • Project leaders come together at the end of the cycle (November 2017) to celebrate!

Neighbourhood Small Grant Guidelines

  • Who do we fund?

    The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is open to residents of the Hillside –Quadra neighbourhood. The geographic area of Hillside-Quadra is a neighbourhood in the City of Victoria bounded by Tolmie Avenue to the north, Bay Street to the south, Blanshard Street to the west, and Cook Street to the east. The Quadra Village Community Centre is the implementing partner of the NSG program.

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  • What do we fund?

    Neighbourhood Small Grants are awarded to projects that meet one or more of the following goals:

    1. Connect and engage neighbourhood residents
      Examples: Block parties to introduce new neighbours or weekly neighbourhood clean-up work parties that strengthen and sustain relationships over time.
    2.  Share residents’ skills and knowledge within the community
      Examples: a free yoga lesson for the community or a community kitchen where participants exchange their cooking skills and share a meal together.
    3. Build sense of ownership and pride
      Examples: A historical tour of the neighbourhood or a community clean-up.
    4. Respect and celebrate diversity
      Examples: A multicultural fashion show, a story telling project that involves seniors and youth, or an acrylic painting workshop open to all ages and skill levels.


    Applications must also meet the following criteria:

    • Two applicants living in the neighbourhood but from different households are required on every application. Both applicants are responsible for managing the grant money.
    • An applicant can apply for one Neighbourhood Small Grants project per year. Co-applicants can only be used on two applications.
    • Your project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations.
    • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
    • Preference will be given to new projects, or those that have been funded for fewer than three years in a row.

    While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your grant is spent by November 15, 2017.

  • What we don’t fund.
    • Projects taking place outside of the participating neighbourhood.
    • Projects with only one applicant or with two applicants from the same household (two applicants living in the same neighbourhood but from different households are required on each application).
    • Projects where you are charging entrance fees, requesting donations, or fundraising for other projects.
    • Projects where you profit financially.
    • Organizations or businesses (these grants are specifically for individuals).
    • Except for community gardens, projects involving infrastructure building or upgrading or purchasing of large equipment such as computers are not eligible.
    • Projects involving therapy and counseling support.
  • Project Considerations

    Public Events

    If your project is going to take place on neighbourhood streets, parks or other public places, please consider:

    • Projects must follow municipal by-laws.
    • You must obtain appropriate permits and liability insurance prior to your project start date. Please contact Rowena Locklin, NSG Project Coordinator, for details.


    Please consider the following when calculating your project budget:

    • Grant requests must be under $500.
    • Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project.
    • When creating a project budget, you should determine the actual cost of items to be used, and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or donations.
    • You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.
  • How do we assess applications?

    Grant decisions are made by residents of your neighbourhood. A Resident Advisory Committee, made up of local resident volunteers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, reviews applications and decides which projects to fund.

    If you would like to get involved in a Resident Advisory Committee, please contact Rowena Locklin, NSG Project Coordinator.

  • How to Apply

    Applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant is easy via our online application system. Note that the online application system is through our partner, the Vancouver Foundation: you will be forwarded to the Vancouver Foundation’s website to complete and submit your application.

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    The 2017 online application is now closed. Check back for future application intake opportunities.

    Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming your application has been received, and will hear back regarding the status of your application three to four weeks after the application deadline. Cheques will be issued in late June 2017 and projects can get underway. Projects must be completed by November 15, 2017.

  • Community Partners

    Vancouver Foundation

    • The Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation, working throughout British Columbia to harness the gifts of ideas, money, time and energy to build a lasting legacy of healthy, vibrant and livable communities. A co-funder of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, the Vancouver Foundation provides support and guidance to Neighbourhood Small Grants programs in 17 communities across the province.

    Twitter: @Vancouverfdn
    Facebook: @VancouverFdn


    Quadra Village Community Centre

    • The Quadra Village Community Centre is a safe and welcoming gathering place that has served the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra since 1974. The Centre works to nurture community well-being by providing services and programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and recreational needs of people in the heart of the city.

    Twitter: @QuadraVillage
    Facebook: @QuadraVillage


Contact Information

Rowena Locklin, NSG Project Coordinator