My Great Neighbourhood Grant Program

The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program was created to help residents of Victoria animate public space, develop and enhance a sense of community and leave a positive legacy in our neighbourhoods. 


Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant. The Fall 2017 Intake is now closed and the awards will be made in early January. The next intake will take place in March, 2018. Watch this space for details.

What qualifies as a good project for this

Qualifying Projects:

  • Are initiated and implemented by local residents.
  • Help animate community spaces.
  • Create gathering spots or provide activities that bring people together. 
  • Contribute to neighbourhood pride and enhance quality of life.
  • Promote community development and community programming
  • Could serve as a neighbourhood improvement campaign
  • Can be a pilot project
  • Must be completed within one year upon receiving funding.

The City will fund up to $5,000 to match the equivalent contribution the neighbourhood makes, which can be a combination of volunteer labour, donated services, donated materials and other funds raised. Eligible applications include not-for-profit organizations, schools and community centres. Ad hoc groups of residents are also eligible for the grant but need a sponsor non-profit organization. 

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in applying for a My Great Neighbourhood Grant, consider the grant policy to get a good understanding of the program.  City staff have contributed their suggestions in a tip sheet which you may also find helpful.  If you are interested in a community art project, look at the guidelines that apply to those types of projects.

You can then review the checklist as you develop your project idea to make sure that you are considering everything.

Once you have developed a concept for a project, you should schedule a meeting to discuss the idea with the Neighbourhood Advisor for the location. You must meet with staff before you submit your application.

Fernwood, North Park, Downtown-Harris Green
Michael Hill: (250) 361.0397, email Mike

Oaklands, Burnside-Gorge, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland:
Gary Pemberton: (250) 361.0548, email Gary

Victoria West, James Bay, Fairfield-Gonzales, South Jubilee, North Jubilee
Kimberley Stratford: (250) 361.0320, email Kimberley

Once you have met with staff and confirmed that your idea is ready to submit, complete the application form: 
2017 Fall Grant Application.docx [DOCX - 96 KB]

Placemaking projects may include:

  • Community garden enhancement
  • Boulevard enhancement
  • Neighbourhood gathering place (e.g. seating areas)
  • Community pathway
  • Decorative lighting display
  • Community art display
  • Neighbourhood branding initiative
  • Interpretive signage
  • Community lending projects (e.g. seed libraries and tools)
  • Playground enhancement
  • Playable spaces 

Click here to read about last year’s successful applications:  2016 Grant Recipients

Looking for ideas? Read about some great ideas on the following links:

101 small ways you can improve your city  
Shareable: Great Placemaking Ideas
Placemaking resources
Resilient Neighbourhoods
Lighter Quicker Cheaper
Placemaking in a Canadian Context
Creative City Network of Canada Toolkits
11 Principles of Placemaking
Placemaking Ideas
Creative Placemaking around the World
The Better Block Foundation
City Repair 

Important Documents:

2017 Fall Grant Application.docx [DOCX - 96 KB]

2017 My Great Neighbourhood Grant Policy.pdf [PDF - 186 KB]

2017 Fall My Neighbourhood Grant Checklist.pdf [PDF - 138 KB]

Tip Sheet:
2017 Fall Things to consider (tip sheet).pdf [PDF - 218 KB]

Community Arts Project Guidelines:
2017 Fall Art Project Guidelines.pdf [PDF - 207 KB]

Sample Activity Budget:
2017 Fall Sample Activity Budget.pdf [PDF - 20 KB]

Sample Placemaking Project Budget:
2017 Fall Sample placemaking project budget.pdf [PDF - 82 KB]

Final Report Template
2017 Fall MGN Final Report template.pdf [PDF - 238 KB]