Neighbourhood Small Grants Are Back!

Neighbourhood Small Grants Are Back!



Apply for a grant of up to $500 to bring people together and make your neighbourhood an even better place to live.

Neighbourhood Small Grants is based on a simple but powerful idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share. The grant provides 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. And there’s no limit to creativity.

“Nearly eighty neighbourhoods throughout the RDOS have received a Neighbourhood Small Grant since we started the program in 2016”, explains Kim English, Community Development Officer at the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. “Last year’s projects ranged from neighbourhood beautifications, interfacing, and habitat restorations. Other projects focused on welcoming new comers, sharing local history, scavenger hunts and bike parades. Neighbours painted murals, built bird houses, Little Libraries and Shared Sheds together”.

Neighbourhood Small Grants are one way that the Community Foundation amplifies the power of community by supporting the strength, resiliency and creativity of local residents. “Neighbourhood Small Grants help connect and engage residents in their community by encouraging them to come up with their own ideas for how to strengthen their community” adds Kim English. “Sometimes we need a little nudge to gather, and parties or projects with a purpose, are great ways to get to know your neighbours!”

The $500 can be used towards food and beverages, rentals, decorations, door prizes, dumping fees, project materials, and insurance. Two people from two different residents in the same neighbourhood or rural community may apply; charities, societies, organizations and businesses are not eligible.

Neighbourhood Small Grants is co-funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

The online application for Neighbourhood Small Grants is open until Friday, March 29, 2019.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and to apply online, visit or email