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Posted: May 18, 2022

Small community grants available for Kootenay residents

The Vancouver Foundation and Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC would like to invite residents of the Kootenays to apply to their Neighbourhood Small Grants stream.

Applications are currently open, with an extended deadline to May 30. To apply visit our website.

The Neighbourhood Small Grants is a program that aims to help community members by awarding them from $50 to $500 for a project with the purpose of connecting, sharing skills or talents among the community.

We believe that now, more than ever, we need to stay connected within our neighbours and community members. Through the COVID-19 pandemic the Neighbourhood Small Grants continued to encourage new ways to connect.

By providing a Responsive NSG grant stream the Vancouver Foundation offered grants of up to $500 available to anyone from across the province to carry out small community building projects that adhere to the public health requirements of social/physical distancing. In 2021 we were able to offer grants to 20 responsive projects, in the Kootenay region and we are hoping that this year we’ve grant even more.

With a Neighbourhood Small Grant, residents can join our network of thousands of project leaders who have taken steps to better their neighbourhoods.

Why are we doing this? Because magic happens when neighbours connect—even if we must be physically apart. It forms friendships, makes our communities safer and more vibrant. We have helped make communities in British Columbia stronger, safer, and more welcoming since 1999.

The NSG grant stream is currently open and will continue to be open till May 30. And if we still have funds left we will open a fall cycle on September 7.

The following are some ideas of what type of projects community members can apply for:

  • Projects that can ease social isolation of vulnerable people with physical distancing in mind are eligible.
  • Projects that use, share and exchange local assets/gifts using online platforms such as (ZOOM, FaceTime, Skype).
  • Projects about health and wellness information and workshops are eligible.
  • Projects that take place at public parks or spaces with social distancing in mind are eligible,
  • Community garden projects that have a social distancing element are eligible.

You can also visit our website where you can find out more about the program.

Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC

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