We believe change comes best from within a community. We believe that behind every change is a spark of an idea. We want to give the opportunity for more ideas to shine.
Your Community Foundation is providing grants of $50 to $500 for local projects that build community and make our island a better place to live. The program is in partnership with Bowen Island Municipality and the Vancouver Foundation.
Neighbourhood Small Grants is a program the Vancouver Foundation started in 1999 that has now spread throughout B.C. in collaboration with other community foundations.
The program is based on one simple idea––that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share.
It helps residents of any age, experience or background take part in building community.
Though these grants are small, the results are powerful. Each project creates new relationships and a better tomorrow.
Lots of different ideas can get funded. In other communities the program has funded block parties, emergency preparedness workshops, art-making projects and art shows, community gardens, book exchange boxes, festivals, cultural celebrations, sports days and much more. Check out www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/stories to see more about what others have done through the program. We’re particularly looking for ideas that build connections.
Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood and community groups. The deadline for applying is April 6 and grant money must be used by Nov. 30. Get more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants and apply at bowenfoundation.com/neighbourhood-small-grants/.
The more connected we feel, the stronger our sense of belonging––to our neighbourhood or broader community––and the stronger our desire to make it a better place for everyone.
The Bowen Island Community Foundation is a registered charity engaging the community and inspiring generosity that will benefit Bowen Island for generations.