Have an idea for a community event but not the funds? There’s help for that.
Applications are now open for Neighbourhood Small Grants, an incentive by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, that provides funds for projects that help build a sense of community.
Neighbourhood Small Grants is based on a simple idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.
The grants provide up to $500 for local residents to strengthen their community by bringing people together, sharing skills and knowledge, celebrating diversity, and increasing people’s sense of belonging.
Last year projects ranged from potlucks and neighbourhood beautifications, including habitat restorations. Other ideas include harvest festivals, music groups, and art workshops.
In addition, this year the program seeks to prioritise projects that connect indigenous and non-indigenous community members, and projects led by young people age 18 to 24.
Each Neighbourhood Small Grant will be awarded by South Okanagan Similkameen residents themselves. Local volunteers will review the ideas submitted and decide which ones to fund.
“When people feel a sense of connection and belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live” said Kim English, Program Coordinator at the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.
Applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants are open until Wednesday, April 4.