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

The My Great Neighbourhood Grant Program is now open. New this year is a rolling intake of applications between June 1 – December 31, 2020, until the grant fund is fully expended. We have also introduced a new category called Community Recovery and Resiliency. To understand what this includes, please see the highlighted sections (in yellow) in the updated grant policy. This is located in the Important Document section below.  As well, new questions on inclusion and equity have been included in the application form. Please refer to our tip sheet, also located in the documents section for definitions. Your Neighbourhood Liaisons are available to assist you in working through your ideas and questions.

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 community recovery and resiliency 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:

June 2020 My Great Neighbourhood Grant Application

My Great Neighbourhood Grant Policy June 2020

My Great Neighbourhood Grant Checklist

Neighbourhood Grant Tip Sheet June 2020

Trees in the City Tip Sheet

My Great Neighbourhood Sample Activity Budget

My Great Neighbourhood Sample Placemaking Budget

My Great Neighbourhood Final Report Template June 2020

 

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:

 

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