Helping to build community and strengthen connections right where people live – in their neighbourhood.

 

Applications will be open March 1 – April 20, 2018.

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 people to lead a project in their neighbourhood. Examples of past projects include multicultural events, block parties, community gardens, and skill-sharing workshops.

How it works:

  • Individuals 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 neighbourhood
  • Successful applicants receive a cheque for up to $500 and lead a project anytime between May and November 2018
  • Project leaders come together at the end of the cycle (November 2018) to celebrate!

Neighbourhood Small Grant Guidelines

  • Who do we fund?

    The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is open to anyone living in the Hillside –Quadra, Oaklands, Burnside, or North Park neighbourhoods. The Quadra Village Community Centre is the implementing organization of the NSG program, and is operating the program in partnership with the Oaklands Community Association, Burnside Gorge Community Association, and North Park Neighbourhood Association.

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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 neighbours
      Examples: Block parties or emergency preparedness planning sessions
    2.  Share neighbours’ 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 belonging and connection
      Examples: An Indigenous plant walking tour led by an Elder or a community clean-up event
    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.

    While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your grant is spent by November 15, 2018.

  • 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.

    Budget

    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.

    Apply Now

    Apply between March 1st – April 20th, 2018 for projects taking place in 2018.

    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 mid-May 2018 and projects can get underway. Projects must be completed by November 15, 2018.

  • 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

    Burnside Gorge Community Association

    • The Burnside Gorge Community Association operates the Burnside Gorge Community Centre, which is a neighbourhood house and recreation centre. The Association provides family resource programs and services, educational and outreach activities, and a number of popular special events, including the Selkirk Waterfront Festival, Gorge Waterway Cleanup and Community Christmas Dinner.

    Twitter: @burnsidegorge
    Facebook: @burnsidegorgecommunityassociation

    Oaklands Community Association

    • The Oaklands Community Association operates the Oaklands Community Centre and the Oaklands Neighbourhood House. Their vision is to provide a welcoming, engaging, sustainable community where all members can live, learn and thrive. They offer farmers’ markets, recreation and fitness programs, community learning and social events, and a variety of child and youth programs including a child care centre.

    Twitter: @OaklandsCC
    Facebook: @oaklandscommunityassociation

     

    North Park Neighbourhood Association

    • The North Park Neighbourhood Association is a non-profit society that plays an active role in improving the quality of life of people in this downtown neighbourhood. With the support of the City of Victoria and many wonderful volunteers, this Association provides monthly meetings at which individuals can voice views about community matters, and operates sub-committees, including around land use, events, and public art.

    Twitter: @WeAreNorthPark
    Instagram: @WeAreNorthPark

Contact Information

Rowena Locklin, NSG Project Coordinator

250-388-7696