Neighbourhood Association Support

Neighbourhood Association Support

Neighbourhood Base Grants and Coordinator Grants are provided to the community associations representing the City’s eleven neighbourhoods 

The funding supports the associations with their work in neighbourhoods as described in the Neighbourhood Grant Policy [PDF - 7 MB], which includes: 

  • Representing Residents – better understanding and representing residents’ interests  

  • Connecting People – involving residents in activities and building social connections  

  • Leading Improvements – coordinating projects and programs of interest to the community  

  • Supporting City Goals – helping achieve Strategic Plan and other City Plans’ goals  

  • Building the Association – strengthening the organization’s resiliency and administration 

Use of funds is guided by the directions above and is also subject to the general City of Victoria Grant Policy [PDF - 150 KB].  Costs associated with specific projects may also qualify for other grant funding (e.g. Growing in the City, My Great Neighbourhood Grants).    

Base Grants 

Base Grants are provided to neighbourhood associations based on their population Per capita rates for neighbourhood associations without community centres are higher than those with community centres, given that community centres provide staff and meeting spaces. 

Historically, population changes have been estimated for years where there is no census data available, and the per capita rates have been adjusted annually to account for inflation.  

For 2022, Council has set the Base Grant rates at $1.60 per capita for neighbourhoods without centres and $1.20 for neighbourhoods with centres.   

Coordinator Grants 

The neighbourhood Coordinator Grant provides funds for neighbourhood associations without community centres to secure staff to support to the ongoing operation of their organizations.   

In 2021, Council allocated Coordinator Grants of $20,000 a year for these neighbourhoods.   

For 2022, Council awarded an additional $58,020 in operating grants to both the Downtown and North Park neighbourhood associations on a one-time trial basis, bringing them to the same funding levels as those neighbourhood associations with centres.   

Annual Reporting for Base and Coordinator Grants 

To receive Base Grant and Coordinator Grant funding, associations are required to complete an Annual Report form (coming soon) describing how funds were used in the previous year and what they hope to achieve in the coming year.  A summary statement of revenue and expenditures must accompany this report and complete records must be maintained and made available by recipients should the City wish to review them. 

 Annual reports are due by February 15 of each year and must be received before funds are allocated in July.   Reports are submitted to neighbourhoods@victoria.ca.  

Community Centre Grants 

Community and seniors centres receive equal operational grants to assist with expenses for delivering community programs to residents Additional City funding is provided with amounts varying depending on the size of the facility, services offered, maintenance requirements and utility costs.  

These grants do not require an application, however, facility operators are required to submit annual operational reports to the Manager of Recreation Services by March 31 of each year. They are then summarized and presented in a report to Council. 

2022 Grant Allocations 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Neighbourhood 

 
Base Grant 
 
 Coordinator Grant 
 
 Community Centres 
 

Per Capita 

 
 $ 
 
 Operating Grant 
 
 Facility 
 
 Youth 
 
 Hillside Quadra 
 

$1.2 

 

$10,022 

 

- 

 
$78,020 
 
 $44,060 
 
 $9,230 
 
 Burnside Gorge 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $8,550 
 
 - 
 
 $78,020 
 
 

 

 
 $19,230 
 
Downtown  
 
 $1.6 
 
 $10,040 
 
 $20,000 
 
 $58,020 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 Fairfield Gonzales 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $21,960 
 
 - 
 
 $78,020 
 
 $49,630 
 
 $9,230 
 
 Fernwood * 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $12,990 
 
 - 
 
 $78,020

 

 
 

 

 
 $9,230 
 
 James Bay * 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $15,930 
 
 $20,000 
 
 $78,020 
 
 $52,880 
 
 $9,230 
 
 North Jubilee 
 
 $1.6 
 
 $5,630 
 
  
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 North Park 
 
 $1.6 
 
 $6,300 
 
 $20,000 
 
 $58,020 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 Oaklands 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $9,420 
 
 - 
 
 $78,020 
 
 $18,140 
 
 $9,230 
 
 Rockland 
 
 $1.6 
 
 $6,460 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 South Jubilee 
 
 $1.6 
 
 $4,030 
 
 $20,000 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 Vic West 
 
 $1.2 
 
 $10,160 
 
 - 
 
 $78,020 
 
 $37,370 
 
 $9,230 

*In these neighbourhoods, funding is divided amongst several organizations. 

CALUC Costs 

Each neighbourhood association has a Community Association Land Use Committee (CALUC) whose primary function is to facilitate the process of collecting required community input into the land use application approval process. 
 
Neighbourhood association CALUCs receive $250 to help cover costs of these engagement events.  Once the CALUC validates a completed Proposed Development Notice, the land developer includes the notice in their submission to the City and the payment is issued to the neighbourhood association.  For more information on the process, contact staff in Development Services at developmentservices@victoria.ca. 

Insurance Premium Reimbursements 

 The City reimburses all neighbourhood associations for their Directors and Officers Liability insurance premiums.  Neighbourhood associations without community centres also qualify for reimbursement of their Commercial General Liability and Group Accident (volunteer) insurance.  Reimbursement covers premiums only – no other related fees may be submitted.  For reimbursement, neighbourhood associations must submit copies of their insurance policy and paid invoices each year to the City’s Supply Management Services office at purchasing@victoria.ca.

 

For more information, contact your Neighbourhood Advisor.  

  • Burnside-Gorge, Oaklands, Quadra-Hillside, Rockland 

Gary Pemberton: gpemberton@victoria.ca   

  • Downtown, Fernwood, North Park, Vic West 

Michael Hill: mhill@victoria.ca 

  • Fairfield, Gonzales, Jubilee, James Bay 

Kimberley Stratford: kstratford@victoria.ca