Block Parties & Matching Grants
In response to Covid19 pandemic and the physical distancing measures and public facility and space closures as determined by public health officials, the Neighbourhood Small Grant Program (NSG) has been revised to fund ideas and projects for our community to stay in touch and keep engaged together while apart. Small grants up to $500 will be available for projects that ease social isolation of vulnerable people and build community while maintaining social distancing practices. The NSG grant program helps support neighbours, build community and strengthen connections in neighbourhoods, real and virtual.
Applications being accepted include:
• Projects that share and exchange local assets /gifts online o eg. Arts & culture workshops, cooking demonstrations, games night
• Support opportunity for vulnerable community members
• Online health and wellness sessions
• Virtual Block Party or Picnic These are some examples and not a complete list so please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other ideas that fit the criteria.
*Note: equipment purchase is not an eligible cost. Regular block party applications will be accepted again when public health authorities allow public gatherings.
Deadline to apply: Apply any time as open ended until funds as allocated but we encourage early application to avoid disappointment. Apply online and see criteria details below. All ideas and projects must be completed by Nov 30, 2020.
Grants are available for projects that maintain physical distancing and limited numbers for gatherings as per health authorities.
Virtual Block Party Grants - $250
Connect with your neighbours throughout the year. Building relationships in your neighbourhood improves your sense of well-being, your sense of security and strengthens the quality of life for you and your neighbours. Online Application
$250 Block Party Grants are available to individuals who wish to organize an activity in their neighbourhood which will help families, children and individuals get to know one another. Activities that some neighbourhoods have enjoyed include block parties, Easter egg hunts, Christmas caroling, movie nights, barbecues, picnics and talent shows.
Matching Grants - $500
This is a Maple Ridge program that supports improvements to local neighbourhoods or public spaces through a project that creates relationships and brings benefits to the local area. Projects should actively involve the residents of the neighbourhood surrounding area of the project, and be inclusive. Online Application
Focus Areas for Matching Grants:
- Environmental Protection – Projects that address environmental impact or sustainability. Restore or regenerate land impacted negatively by environmental damage.
- Youth Initiated – Projects that engage youth and contribute positively to a youth population.
- Neighbourhood Organizing – Proposals that will create or strengthen existing or non existing neighbourhood groups.
- Physical Improvement – For neighbourhoods to enhance, create, build or restore a physical structure.
Who Can Apply:
Support Up to $500: Any local neighbourhood group, group of residents, or informal group coming together to work on a specific project where the outcome will be improvement and/or beautification of a specific area, public land, green space, park or any other designated area. The group does not have to be a registered non-profit organization.
Support up to $1000: In special circumstances, neighbourhood groups may apply for up to $1000 in matching funds. For more details, call our office at 604-467-7325 Ext.1 or email Neighbours.