My Great Neighbourhood Grant Intake Now Open

Got a great idea for a project or activity that brings neighbours together and creates a vibrant space for the community to connect? This year almost $130,000 in My Great Neighbourhood funding is available for grants of up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and up to $1,000 for placemaking activities.

“With the pandemic still keeping us at home but apart, our neighbourhoods have never been more important to building a sense of belonging through community,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “I’m excited to see the creative ideas proposed that will build community connections and enhance Victoria’s neighbourhoods.”

Victoria residents, not-for-profit organizations, schools and ad hoc community groups are invited to apply. Applicants must provide matching equivalent contributions in the form of volunteer time and in-kind donations, and a non-profit sponsor is required for applicants without not-for-profit status.

Projects funded in 2020 included tree planting, new lighting, traffic calming and community garden improvements. The one-time category of Community Recovery & Resiliency last year enabled residents to develop new programs for food security and education, as well as ways to support the City’s more vulnerable residents through the pandemic.

Since 2016, $629,959 in My Great Neighbourhood Grant funding has been distributed to 211 community-based projects. Last year, more than $180,000 in matching funds was distributed to help fund 51 projects.

Applications for the My Great Neighbourhood Grant program will be accepted until October 31, 2021 and projects will be approved on a rolling basis to get the money out in the community as soon as possible.

Check out previous placemaking projects on the City’s VicMap here.

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