Neighbourhood Small Grants

Neighbourhood Small Grants

The Nanaimo Foundation is excited to announce our participation in the Neighbourhood Small Grants program in Harewood 2019. As a partnership program, Neighbourhood Small Grants were created by the Vancouver Foundation to support small projects that celebrate diversity, inclusiveness, and bring community members together.

Working with the Victoria Foundation and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the Nanaimo Foundation is looking to help support free projects with grants ranging from $50 to $500 awarded to concepts that meet the criteria of accessibility and community connection.

Your projects can be anything from block parties, potlucks, art-making, storytelling, to neighbourhood walks or cleanups, invasive plant removal, scavenger hunts, clothing or book swaps and much more. Small ideas can have powerful impacts and the possibilities for community celebration and growth are endless.

Have a great idea to bring people together in your Harewood neighbourhood?

Apply for a grant and bring your innovative idea to life!

Online Application is open now until March 8, 2019.

Click here to apply:


Who can apply

  • You must live in the greater Harewood community. This area is determined as within the bounds of the Island Highway, to Bowen Road, to Wakesiah Ave, to Jingle Pot Road, to Black Diamond Drive, to BC-19 Highway, connecting back to the Island Highway.
  • Each NSG project must have two applicants. The two applicants must belong to the same community but live at different addresses. The project must take place within your own neighbourhood.
  • You can apply for only one NSG project per year.
  • Registered charitable organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.
  • No previous connection to community organization is required.


Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee

We are also looking for members to join the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee.The NSG Committee is a volunteer group made up of neighbours living in the greater Harewood area who review Neighbourhood Small Grants applications and make decisions about which ones are funded.

Why should I join?

Benefits of joining the NSG Committee include:

  • Getting to know other people in the neighbourhood
  • Giving back to your community
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Gaining experience in community development, philanthropy, and decision-making
  • Having fun!

What else do I need to know?

  • The volunteer commitment is approximately 5 hours per This commitment is more concentrated during the review process. NSG Committee members will:
    • attend an orientation in early March
    • attend a meeting to review applications mid March
    • attend a meeting to make final funding decisions at the end of March
  • Meetings will be held at the Nanaimo Foundation
  • NSG Committee members are also allowed to apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant (but will not review an application they have submitted).
  • After projects are completed, a wrap up party will be held in celebration of the project leaders’ and committee members’ giving back to their community


My business address is within the eligible map area but my residential address is not. Can I still apply?

Yes. You are a part of the Greater Harewood area through your business address and so your project within that area is certainly eligible for application.

I am affiliated with an organization that wants to put on an event. Can my organization put on an event using the NSG program?

Yes, but with some follow up discussion about how the event will be represented. It’s important to us that the Nanaimo Foundation receives recognition for our contribution towards your event and we will need to be a part of the conversation but certainly apply for a NSG and these conversations will follow.

Is there a liability toolkit for me to co-apply with someone else?

We currently do not have a designated tool kit designed for co-applicant liabilities. Each project application will have a main applicant and a co-applicant. The applications will be thoroughly reviewed by the NSG Coordinator and by the NSG Committee. With the nature of these small grants, there is a possibility of incomplete projects or project leaders taking advantage of the grants they receive however this happens less often than not. We will not advertise any misused grants but instead will focus on the successes. At this point, it is up to you to decide if you are comfortable attaching your name as a co-applicant on a project application.

Are we only eligible to apply for a grant if we are strictly within the mapped area?

While this was the initial intention, more flexibility around the mapped area is now accepted. Keep in mind that we will be moving the mapped area each year but if you are just outside of it, we still want you to apply!

If you are interested in joining the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee and for any questions about Neighbourhood Small Grants, please contact NSG Coordinator Kieran Bertrand at or (250) 734-3971