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 February 28, 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 February and will meet twice later that month to review the applications and again to make final grant decisions.
  • 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

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