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 on February 11, 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 with support from NSG partner-communities across the province, has adapted the NSG program to support citizen-led projects while addressing the public and physical-distancing protocols to which we all now adhere.

New program eligibility requirements include:

  • Projects can ONLY be carried out by individuals and/or family members from the same household.
  • There is longer a requirement for a co-applicant to apply
  • Projects that bring two or more people for face-to-face interactions are no longer eligible. f your project idea is not solely on an online platform, you will be asked to provide SPECIFIC details as to how you will ensure adherence to social/physical-distancing and health & safety protocols.
  • 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 Neighbourhood Grants Committees.
  • Since there will not be a grant deadline date, applications in the system can get reviewed after they are switched to the new grant stream (by the NSG Coordinator) and they’re then modified and submitted by applicants.
  • All efforts will be made to report back to Applicants on the status of their application within 2-3 weeks from the time they submit their new or modified applications.
  • Project Leaders can carry out one R-NSG project at a time. Once they complete their project, they can submit their stories and are eligible to apply for another grant right away.
  • All project leaders are expected 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.

This new program will fund small-scale projects 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 R-NSG grant stream provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Projects must comply with public health orders for physical distancing. Examples of such projects are delivering care packages to elderly or immunocompromised people in the neighbourhood. Responsive NSG also supports projects that involve sharing skills or talents through online platforms. Examples include hosting a webinar on a topic you know well, teaching an exercise class, or digital musical performance

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

Do you have a project idea that can help your neighbourhood
during the current public health crisis?

The 2020 R-NSG grant cycle opens on April 15, 2020.
Apply online through the Vancouver Foundation portal.

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