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. You are invited!
My Great Neighbourhoods Grants
The 2018 Spring Intake period is now closed. A second Fall Intake will open on September 1. Pre-application meetings must be scheduled before October 1. The fall application period will close on October 15.
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 [PDF - 54 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.
Fernwood, North Park, Downtown-Harris Green, Victoria West:
Michael Hill: (250) 361.0397, email Mike
Oaklands, Burnside-Gorge, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland:
Gary Pemberton: (250) 361.0548, email Gary
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, please complete the application form:
2018 My Great Neighbourhood Grant Application [DOCX - 92 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
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 My Great Neighbourhoods Final Report Template [PDF - 89 KB]
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