Neighbourhood Small Grants
We are currently re-working this program, to modify it due to the current COVID pandemic. Check back after April 15th for the updated program.
We believe in building community and strengthening connections right where people live. Neighbourhood Small Grants provide up to $500 for West Vancouver residents to develop projects that bring neighbours together and have the following goals:
- Connect and engage neighbours
- Share skills and knowledge within the community
- Increase sense of belonging and responsibility to one's community
- Respect and celebrate diversity
Please note: You must live in West Vancouver (other communities have their own program). The project must be free to attend, accessible and welcoming to all. Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible – these grants are specifically for individuals. You may recruit donors and sponsors but you cannot fundraise.
When Can I Apply?
The program is temporarily closed until April 15 - watch for updates with modifications to allow for the current COVID situation. The grant cycle for the physical gathering projects will be moved to the fall but we will be opening a "virtual" gatherings program soon.
We support projects of all kinds, and we continue to be particularly interested in encouraging applications in the following areas:
1. Cross-Cultural: Connect indigenous and non-indigenous community members to promote cross-cultural learning and understanding. Example: community kitchens where stories of food are shared, collaborative arts and crafts workshops where participants exchange their skills and experiences, culture days.
2. Youth Led. To foster youth leadership and community participation, we encourage projects where one or both co-applicants are between the ages of 18–24. All co-applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply but teens are welcome to participate in the planning. Example: youth-led community dialogues, youth-led neighbourhood-cleanup events that foster inter-generational connections, teen get-together.
3. Environment Projects. We encourage projects that have the goal of reducing our carbon footprint, creating zero waste, improving access to nature, clean air and water, growing local food and other environmental focuses. Example: butterfly garden workshops, reducing plastic waste project, exploring the tidal zone, inter-generational hiking activities.
We are proud to partner with the Vancouver Foundation and the Howard Martin Memorial Fund to fund and deliver Neighbourhood Small Grants in West Vancouver. There are 31 communities in BC that participate in this program. If your organization is interested in becoming a Neighbour Grants partner, please contact the office.
- Thinking of applying? Applied and not sure what to do next? Read this Tool Kit for some tips.
- To learn more about eligibility and the application process, visit the Neighbourhood Small Grants website.
- Bring the West Vancouver Memorial Library's Honouring Reconciliation resources or Reconciliation Canada's Reconciliation Toolkit to your neighbourhood.
- Find lessons learned, ideas, and examples to create projects where you live with the Resilient Streets Toolkit.
- Planning to host an event in a public space? Learn about permits required at the District of West Vancouver's Special Events page.
- Read our 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grant Annual Report
Have unanswered questions or need help with developing your project? Please contact us.
Neighbour Grants Committee
The Neighbour Grants Committee is made up of community volunteers who are passionate about building connection and belonging in West Vancouver. They help raise awareness about the Neighbour Grants Program, make grant decisions, and mentor grant recipients.
- Arzoo Babul
- ChiChi Wang
- Hoon Choi
- Eleanor Cramb
- Lorna Duncan
- Tamara Leger
Neighbour Grants Stories
Neighbour Grants Project Leaders share their inspiring stories about people in West Vancouver gathering, sharing, celebrating, and connecting.
Celebration: In early Nov we celebrated all of the 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grant project leaders!
Movie Night: In late August, two neighbours got together and held a Family Movie Night. The neighbourhood has seen some changes including old homes coming down and new ones going up, new neighbours moving in and long time residents moving away. The perfect time to hold a neighbourhood get together.
Emergency Preparedness: 50 neighours got together for a community dinner and Emergency Preparedness meeting. In an emergency, you may want the help or offer your help, of your neighbours.
Picnic of the Century: Over 40 different groups meet in West Vancouver United Church and to celebrate they invited the various groups, neighbours and community to a picnic that closed down part of Esquimalt.
Cleaning, Caring & Caring Project: These residents designed a “spring cleaning” project to not only clean but also build community. They had no idea how successful it would be!
EAT Together 2019: Despite a last minute location change, everything worked out wonderfully at this long-table potluck. There were new faces and familiar, good food, lovely music, and overall a fantastic time was had by all.
Cedardale: A grandmother moves to a new community and organizes a block party to build a community where her grandson will be comfortable enough to knock on a neighbour's door and ask for help.
I Can, You Can, We Can: Residents invite our local Paralympics Gold Medalist to share her stories of passion, injuries, adversity, and triumphs with West Vancouver.
Mid Autumn Festival: Young children from different cultural backgrounds learn about a traditional Chinese Festival.
Tall Trees Beach Cleanup and Celebration: A small neighbourhood spent a summer morning cleaning up the beach and hosting a full house at an evening BBQ.