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- Applications Now Open
The Spring Intake opens on March 1, 2019.
Have a great idea for a project or activity that would bring neighbours together and help create an inviting, vibrant place for people to connect? Submit a ‘My Great Neighbourhood’ Grant application before April 15.
Anyone in the City of Victoria can apply, whether they are an organization or individual. Each application does need a “sponsor” not-for-profit organization. This could be a Neighbourhood Association or any other registered not-for-profit.
What qualifies as a good project for this grant program?
- 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.
The City will provide up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and up to $1,000 for activities. The projects funded by these grants are initiated and implemented by local residents.
How Do I Apply?
If you are interested in applying for a My Great Neighbourhood Grant, consider the grant policy [DOCX - 55 KB] to get a good understanding of the program. Here is a tip sheet which you may find helpful. If you are interested in a community art project, please look at the guidelines that apply to those types of projects.
You can then review the checklist [PDF - 53 KB] 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.
Once you have met with staff and confirmed that your idea is ready to submit, please complete the application form.
My Great Neighbourhood Grant Spring 2019 Application Form [DOCX - 98 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 recent successful applications:
Looking for ideas? Read about some great ideas on the following links:
101 small ways you can improve your city
Shareable: Great Placemaking Ideas
Lighter Quicker Cheaper
Placemaking in a Canadian Context
Creative City Network of Canada Toolkits
11 Principles of Placemaking
Creative Placemaking around the World
The Better Block Foundation
Community Arts Project Guidelines:
Art Project Guidelines.pdf [PDF - 207 KB]
Sample Activity Budget:
Sample Activity Budget.pdf [PDF - 20 KB]
Sample Placemaking Project Budget:
Sample Placemaking Project Budget [DOCX - 69 KB]
Final Report Template
2018 Fall My Great Neighbourhoods Final Report Template [PDF - 75 KB]
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