City Approves 51 My Great Neighbourhood Grants

Fifty-one community projects will come to life this year thanks to more than $180,000 in matching funding from the 2020 intake of the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants. All ideas have been designed to allow neighbours to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to create inviting, vibrant places for people to get outside.

This year residents will be focused on: planting trees, lighting, traffic calming and community garden improvements. A new temporary category of Community Recovery & Resiliency was introduced in 2020 and residents responded with new programs for food security and education, as well as ways to support the City’s more vulnerable residents through the pandemic.

“The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program is incredibly important during these challenging times,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “These grants are all about empowering residents to stay connected and strengthen their community in safe, new ways that bring neighbours together in addition to the stimulus for the local economy.”

My Great Neighbourhood Grants were developed to support strong, connected neighbourhoods through funding for projects and activities that empower residents to shape their local area. The City provides up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and up to $1,000 for activities, matching equivalent contributions (including volunteer time and in-kind donations) from applicants. A third temporary category Community Recovery & Resiliency, providing up to $5,000, was introduced to respond to extraordinary needs of residents through the pandemic.

Intake for the 2021 program will open this spring. My Great Neighbourhood Grants are available to residents and community groups in the City of Victoria. 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. City staff are available to help residents through this process.

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