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 closed. Please check back in the spring for updated application documents and timelines.
In 2020, in addition to Placemaking and Community Activity categories, we introduced a new category called Community Recovery and Resiliency.
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 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.
Please note that these documents will be updated in the spring of 2021. You can learn about what is required here, but please wait for the 2021 documents to be available before you complete them.
- June 2020 My Great Neighbourhood Grant Application (*2021 update coming this spring)
- My Great Neighbourhood Grant Policy June 2020 (*2021 update coming this spring)
- My Great Neighbourhood Grant Checklist
- Neighbourhood Grant Tip Sheet June 2020 (*2021 update coming this spring)
- My Great Neighbourhood Sample Activity Budget
- My Great Neighbourhood Sample Placemaking Budget
- My Great Neighbourhood Final Report Guidelines June 2020
- Trees in the City Tip Sheet
- Click here to read about recent successful applications
- Click here to see the placemaking projects mapped out
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
Your Neighbourhood Liaisons are available to assist you in working through your ideas and questions.
Burnside-Gorge, Oaklands, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland
Gary Pemberton: email@example.com
Downtown-Harris Green, Fernwood, North Park, Vic West
Michael Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfield, Gonzales, North Jubilee, South Jubilee, James Bay
Kimberley Stratford: email@example.com
Looking for ideas? Read about some great ideas on the following links:
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
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