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.

The application cycle opens on February 23, 2021. 
Click here to learn more about the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

Projects must comply with local and provincial COVID-19 health & safety orders for physical distancing. During the health crisis, program eligibility requirements include:

  • Projects can only be carried out by individuals and/or family members who live in the same household.  There is no requirement to have a co-applicant.
  • Social gatherings and projects that bring people together for face-to-face interactions are not currently eligible.  If your project idea is not solely on an online platform (e.g. community garden), you will be asked to provide SPECIFIC details as to how you will ensure adherence to physical-distancing and health & safety protocols. Such decisions will be at the discretion of the Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee.
  • Businesses and/or charity organizations are not eligible to apply.  Successful applicants will not associate their business with their project/event.
  • Projects must be free, inclusive and accessible to all community members. You’re not permitted to charge any entrance fees, request donations and/or fundraise for other projects or organizations.
  • 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.  The intent of an honorarium should be considered to be a gesture of respect and acknowledgement of expertise/skills that don’t have a formal price attached to them; it is NOT intended to be applied to payment for services.
  • Projects must be completed no later than November 30, 2021.
  • 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.
Have any questions?  Complete program requirements and more information at Eligibility & FAQ.

We hope you’ll be encouraged to bring YOUR project idea to life by reading about
the accomplishments and creativity of our Bowen neighbours.
Click here to view the project stories and photos
from Bowen’s inaugural NSG year in 2020.
And be sure to check back often as we add more
inspiring stories and pictures throughout 2021


Apply online through the Vancouver Foundation portal

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