Neighbourhood Small Grants

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.

We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.

In 2020, the Nanaimo Foundation will be providing Neighbourhood Small Grants in the communities of Harewood, Lantzville, Ladysmith, and Gabriola Island.


Ready to apply?

Applications are now being accepted until April 30, 2020.

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is a partnership program with the Vancouver Foundation, and as such, the application process is hosted by them.

To apply, go to https://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/our-communities/nanaimo/ and click ‘Apply now‘ in the upper right hand corner of the page. When the application page appears, complete the fields in the registration form, and select ‘Nanaimo‘ in the Open Neighbourhoods list.

If you are not able to complete an online application, please contact grants@nanaimofoundation.com and request a paper application.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we recognize that projects funded by these grants may need to be postponed. We still encourage you to apply. Where necessary, grant applications and project completion deadlines may be extended. If this occurs, all applicants will be informed, and new deadlines will be published for anyone who may be considering applying.


Neighbourhood Small Grants FAQs

All applications are done online through our partner, the Vancouver Foundation. To apply, go to https://neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/our-communities/nanaimo/ and select 'Apply now' in the upper right hand corner of the page. When you click this link, you'll be forwarded to the Vancouver Foundation’s website to complete and submit your application. When the application page appears, complete the fields in the registration form, and select ‘Nanaimo‘ in the Open Neighbourhoods list.

If you are not able to complete an online application, please contact grants@nanaimofoundation.com and request a paper application.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we recognize that projects funded by these grants may need to be postponed. We still encourage you to apply. Where necessary, grant applications and project completion deadlines may be extended. If this occurs, all applicants will be informed, and new deadlines will be published for anyone who may be considering applying.

 

If you have questions about applying or need help with your application, please contact Lynn Zdan, NSG Program Coordinator at grants@nanaimofoundation.com, or (250) 734-3971.

Neighbourhood Small Grants are meant for groups of people who live in the same community, and the projects are meant to take place in the area where they live.

The application form requires two applicants from different households. If funded, both applicants are equally responsible for managing the grant money.

We encourage applicants to involve more people in organizing their project — after all, Neighbourhood

Different ideas are funded, with a focus on those that build connections.

Examples include: block parties, emergency preparedness workshops, art-making projects and art shows, community garden projects, book exchange boxes, music and harvest festivals, cultural celebrations, and sports days.

Grant decisions are made by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee, a group of volunteers who live in the community. The Committee decides which applications will receive funding, then distributes the funds between those projects.

If you would like to get involved in the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee in your community, please contact Lynn Zdan, NSG Program Coordinator at grants@nanaimofoundation.com, or (250)734-3971.

Yes. Projects that receive funding must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must live in the participating community they apply to and do the project in that community.
  • Projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. They may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations.
  • Except for community gardens, projects involving infrastructure building or upgrading, or purchasing of large equipment such as computers are not eligible.
  • Projects involving therapy and counselling support are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not profit financially from the project.
  • Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.
  • A portion of the grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honoraria) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honoraria may not be more than $100 per project.
  • Festival-style events are expected to focus on a specific neighbourhood or community with a range of 100 to 300 attendees. Projects that are part of festivals must demonstrate an activity within the event that helps neighbours to develop or strengthen relationships.
  • If a project is going to take place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces/parks, applicants will need to follow municipal by-laws and obtain appropriate permits and liability insurance prior to their project start date.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee

We are also looking for members to join the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee in their communities. These Committees are a volunteer group made up of neighbours living in communities designated to receive grants this year. In 2020, those communities are Harewood, Lantzville, Ladysmith, and Gabriola Island.

Committee members will review the Neighbourhood Small Grants applications that have been received from these communities and make decisions about which ones are funded.

There are lots of reasons! Some of the benefits of joining an NSG Committee include:

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

Note that NSG Committee members are also allowed to apply for a Neighbourhood Small Grant, but cannot review an application they have submitted.

The volunteer commitment is approximately 5 hours in total with the bulk of that time required during the review process.

  • NSG Committee members will need to:
    • attend an orientation in March
    • attend a meeting to review applications and make funding decisions in early May

Once all projects have been completed, a wrap up party will be held to celebrate project leaders and committee members giving back to their community.