Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants

RESPONSIVE Neighbourhood Small Grants

In partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and Bowen Island Municipality, the Bowen Island Community Foundation launched the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) Program in February 2020.  The NSG Program provides grants of up to $500 for individuals with ideas to help connect and engage residents in their neighbourhood. The goal of NSG is to build connections between neighbours, stimulate creativity, encourage local solutions, and engage people from all backgrounds and circumstances in the life of their community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted practically every aspect of our lives. To respond to this crisis, the Vancouver Foundation adapted the NSG program –and re-launched in April 2020 as RESPONSIVE Neighbourhood Small Grants– to support citizen-led projects while addressing the public and physical-distancing protocols to which we all now adhere.

This new program funds small-scale projects up to $500 that reduce social isolation. R-NSG projects will adhere to physical distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and invite individuals to dream up creative projects that address the following areas: tackle and address social isolation; build community strength and resilience; and foster community creativity and wellbeing.

Projects must comply with public health orders for physical distancing. During the health crisis, program eligibility requirements include:

  • Projects can ONLY be carried out by individuals and/or family members from the same household.
  • There is currently no requirement to have a co-applicant in order to apply.
  • As per current provincial health guidelines, projects that bring people for face-to-face interactions can now include 2-6 people with proper social distancing protocols (decisions on small gatherings or in-person projects will be at the discretion of the NSG Committee).
  • Applicants can apply for up to $350 honorariums for skill-sharing projects, however the decision for the actual grant amount is at the discretion of NSG Committee.
  • Project Leaders can carry out one R-NSG project at a time. Once they complete their project and submit their project story, they are eligible to apply for another grant right away.
  • Projects must be completed no later than November 30, 2020.
  • All project leaders are required to submit a short story with photos and videos as soon as their project is done so we can share them on social media channels to inspire others.

COMING SOON: Photos and project stories from our inaugural year.  We hope you’ll get inspired for YOUR project idea by reading about what your Bowen neighbours accomplished.

You can see the answers to more questions about R-NSG and frequently asked questions at Eligibility & FAQ.

The 2020 applications are now closed.
Apply in Spring 2021 online through the Vancouver Foundation portal.

For more information, contact Lisa Wrinch, NSG Program Coordinator
at or 778-835-6802.