My Great Neighbourhood Grant Program

The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program is all about community.

The program helps residents animate public space, develop and enhance a sense of community and leave a positive legacy in our neighbourhoods. You are invited to apply!

My Great Neighbourhoods Grants

Due to the immediate measures the City is taking to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we’ve decided to cancel the spring intake of the My Great Neighbourhood Grants.  We anticipate the fall intake will continue and look forward to reaching out when that is launched.  For now, the Neighbourhoods Team is working on new initiatives to support residents during the COVID-19 crisis and those updates will be communicated in the weeks ahead.   

Your neighbourhood advisors are:

Burnside-Gorge, Oaklands, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland

Gary Pemberton: gpemberton@victoria.ca 

Downtown-Harris Green, Fernwood, North Park, Vic West

Michael Hill:  mhill@victoria.ca 

Fairfield, Gonzales, North Jubilee, South Jubilee, James Bay

Kimberley Stratford: kstratford@victoria.ca 

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 provide up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and up to $1,000 for activities. The community must match the funding, which can be a combination of volunteer labour, donated services, donated materials and other funds raised. Any not-for-profit organization, school or ad hoc groups of residents can apply, although a sponsor must be found for those without not-for-profit status.

Important Documents:

My Great Neighbourhood Grant Application

My Great Neighbourhood Grant Policy

My Great Neighbourhood Grant Checklist - Spring 2020

Neighbourhood Grant Tip Sheet

My Great Neighbourhood Sample Activity Budget

My Great Neighbourhood Sample Placemaking Budget

My Great Neighbourhood Final Report Template

 

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 recent successful applications:

2018 Fall Grant Recipients
2016 Grant Recipients

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

101 small ways you can improve your city 
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