What projects are eligible?

  • Projects that can ease social isolation of vulnerable people with physical distancing in mind are eligible

Example: Dropping off care packages of dry goods to elderly or other vulnerable people from safe distance

  • Projects that use, share and exchange local assets/gifts through in- person workshops for up to six people with physical distancing or using online platforms such as (ZOOM, FaceTime, Skype) are eligible.

Example: Arts and culture workshops, cooking demonstrations, storytelling or yoga and meditation sessions

  • Projects about health and wellness information are
  • Community Art projects that can be carried out with physical distancing are
  • Projects involving psychotherapy and counselling support are not
  • Garden projects and other green / environmental projects should apply for a Greenest City NSG Grant.

What additional information do you need to know about the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants?

  • Your project must be free to attend and participate in. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of all
  • You may not fundraise for other projects and/or organizations. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your
  • You can apply for one NSG project at a time. You must complete your project and submit your project story to your local Coordinator, in order to be eligible to apply for another grant when applications are being accepted.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported
  • Applications that are submitted September 14th – October 30th, 2020 and approved, must carry out their project by March 15th, 2021.
  • Your project must be free to attend and participate in. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of all
  • You may not fundraise for other projects and/or organizations. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your
  • You can apply for one NSG project at a time. You must complete your project and submit your project story to your local Coordinator, in order to be eligible to apply for another grant when applications are being accepted.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported
  • Applications that are submitted September 14th – October 30th, 2020 and approved, must carry out their project by March 15th, 2021.

 

Neighbourhood Small Grants

The Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (RNSG) is a new grant stream created to support small scale community projects from across the province that comply to the new social/physical distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The purpose of R-NSG is to support creative projects by individuals that

  • build community strength and resilience,
  • foster community creativity and well-being, and
  • alleviate social isolation

Who can apply?

  • Grants of up to $500 will be available to residents of Central Vancouver to carry out small community building projects that comply to the public health requirements of social/physical distancing
  • Projects can be carried out by individuals and/or family members from the same household or in collaboration with a neighbour with proper physical distancing practices.
  • Projects that bring up to six people or less for an in-person gathering with proper physical distancing practices are
  • Projects must take place from/close to your own home in order to accommodate the self-isolation public health requirements
  • Project leaders must be willing to comply with local public health guidelines. In-person gatherings must not exceed six people and must include physical
  • Registered charity organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply for
  • Service delivery and emergency relief programs supporting low-income and other vulnerable people are out of the scope of NSG.

What do you need to think about when you are estimating your project cost?

  • Grant requests for projects are expected to be under $500. However, applications that offer unique and creative ways of meeting the Responsive NSG purposes may be considered for additional
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An honorarium is a small fee paid to someone for their in-kind skills or knowledge contributions. Examples: an artist sharing skills and
  • Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $350 per project. The maximum honorarium is normally reserved for projects that involve multiple meetings and significant preparation time.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive an honorarium for sharing their skills and talents through workshops. The final honorarium amount is at the discretion of the Neighbourhood Grant Committee (NGC) that reviews grant applications.

What do you do after you receive the grant money?

  • Let the RNSG coordinator know when your event is taking
  • Vancouver Foundation and Mt. Pleasant and Little Mountain Neighbourhood Houses should be acknowledged by displaying appropriate logos on your project promotional
  • Please write a short summary and document your project with photos or videos and share them with your local NSG Coordinator as soon as you are done with your
  • Once you submit your project story, you are eligible to apply for another grant when applications are being accepted.
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