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. 

What qualifies as a good project for this
grant
program?

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, mhill@victoria.ca, 361.0397

Oaklands, Burnside-Gorge, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland:
Gary Pemberton, gpemberton@victoria.ca, (250) 361-0548

Victoria West, James Bay, Fairfield-Gonzales, South Jubilee, North Jubilee
:
Kimberley Stratford, kstafford@victoria.ca (250) 361-0320

Once you have met with staff and confirmed that your idea is ready to submit, complete the application form

Application DEADLINE:  June 4, 2017

Pre-application meetings must be completed no later than May 26. 

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:

Application (pdf fillable):  
2017 My Great Neighbourhood Grant APPLICATION.pdf [PDF - 221 KB]

Policy:      
2017 My Great Neighbourhood Grant Policy final.pdf [PDF - 287 KB]

Checklist: 
2017 My Neighbourhood Grant Checklist final.pdf [PDF - 132 KB]

Tip Sheet:
Neighbourhood Grants Tip Sheet.pdf [PDF - 268 KB]

Community Arts Project Guidelines:
Art Project Guidelines Final.pdf [PDF - 210 KB]