My Great Neighbourhood Grant Program

The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program is all about community.

This 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

This grant program is now open for 2022.  Grants will be reviewed on a monthly basis and funds will be distributed on a first come, first funded basis. This grant process will close on October 31, 2022.  

If you have a great idea for a project, reach out to your neighbourhood liaison to begin discussions on how to proceed. 

When starting to prepare your application, we suggest you read the "Application 'How To' Guide" PDF document below. When you have finished preparing your application, please copy and paste the content into the "Online Grant Application" online form below.

Click here for information on other City grant programs. 

What qualifies as a good project for this grant program?

  • Initiated and implemented by local residents
  • Animate community spaces
  • Create gathering spots or activities that bring people together
  • Contribute to neighbourhood pride and enhance quality of life
  • Promote community development
  • Could serve as a neighbourhood improvement campaign
  • Can be a pilot project

The City will provide up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and community resiliency projects and up to $1,000 for activities. The community matches City funding, through 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. Projects must take place within the City of Victoria.

Important Documents

Helpful Links

Additional Resources

 

 

Placemaking projects may include:

  • Community garden enhancement

  • Boulevard enhancement

  • Neighbourhood gathering place (e.g. seating areas)

  • Decorative lighting

  • Community murals

  • Neighbourhood branding

  • Interpretive signage

  • Community lending projects (e.g. seeds, books, food and tools)

Activity Projects might include: 

 

  • Educational community programs 

  • Neighbourhood improvement programs 

  • New neighbourhood celebrations and block parties (not previously established) 

 

Resiliency Projects could include: 

 

  • Neighbourhood level emergency response programs 

  • Formation of mutual aid groups at the block or neighbourhood level (beyond Block Watch) 

  • Education and support programs focused on climate change, zero waste or food security

Your Neighbourhood Liaisons are available to assist you in working through your ideas and questions.

 

Burnside-Gorge, Oaklands, Hillside, Rockland
Gary Pemberton: gpemberton@victoria.ca 

 

Downtown-Harris Green, Fernwood, North Park, Vic West
Michael Hill:  mhill@victoria.ca 

 

Fairfield, Gonzales, Jubilee, James Bay
Kimberley Stratford: kstratford@victoria.ca