My Great Neighbourhood Grant Projects
This City of Victoria program helps residents animate public space, develop and enhance a sense of community and leave a positive legacy in our neighbourhoods. You are invited to apply!
See the City website for all the details. There are 2 intakes per year, Spring and Fall.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has modified its My Great Neighbourhood Grant program to accommodate an ongoing enrollment from June 1 until the end of the year and include a new category that is focused on COVID-19 Community Recovery and Resiliency.
In addition to the great ideas for a physically-distanced project or activity that can connect neighbours safely or help create inviting, vibrant spaces, the My Great Neighbourhood Grants can also be used to help the community in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
My Great Neighbourhood Grants support strong, connected communities with funding for projects that empower residents to shape their local neighbourhood.
The City provides up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and the new category of Recovery and Resiliency, and up to $1,000 for activities, matching equivalent contributions (including volunteer time and in-kind donations) from applicants. A total of $136,955 in community grant funding is available and the ongoing enrollment runs from June 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
Grants are open to individuals and community groups in the City of Victoria. Any not-for-profit organization, school or ad hoc groups of residents can apply, although a sponsor must be found for those without not-for-profit status. City staff are available to help residents through this process.
For more information and to apply, visit: victoria.ca/neighbourhoodgrants
What qualifies as a good project for this grant program?
- Are initiated and implemented by local residents.
- Help animate community spaces.
- Create gathering spots or provide activities that bring people together.
- Contribute to neighbourhood pride and enhance quality of life.
- Promote community development and community programming
- Could serve as a neighbourhood improvement campaign
- Can be a pilot project
- Must be completed within one year upon receiving funding.
The City will fund up to $5,000 to match the equivalent contribution the neighbourhood makes, which can be a combination of volunteer labour, donated services, donated materials and other funds raised. Eligible applications include not-for-profit organizations, schools and community centres. Ad hoc groups of residents are also eligible for the grant but need a sponsor non-profit organization. The FGCA is happy to sponsor and support many neighbourhood projects.
The City will provide up to $5,000 for placemaking projects and up to $1,000 for activities. The projects funded by these grants are initiated and implemented by local residents.
How Do I Apply?
If you are interested in applying for a My Great Neighbourhood Grant, review the City’s web page which contains; the grant policy, a tip sheet, guidelines, a checklist and outlines the process of developing a concept, scheduling a meeting with the Neighbourhood Advisor and submitting your application.
Projects in Fairfield & Gonzales
Check out all the amazing work that has happened in Fairfield Gonzales to date!
Community Inspiration Project – A “homemade” project! Our Streetlife committee is working on a neighbourhood asset-mapping, aiming at facilitating community collaboration in areas of civic engagement, community development, issues of social justice and environmental sustainability. To know more, see our dedicated webpage!
Food Pantry- soon to come! We will install a “pantry” where residents can leave food that they won’t eat so that others can enjoy!
Creating Community on Cornwall Street – A boulevard seating area and gathering space was installed on Cornwall Street to create community and help calm traffic, making a safer and more vibrant space for people and pets.
Fairfield Food Forest Fencing – The Fairfield Food Forest installed deer fencing that will help more plants to grow and flourish and more people to come in and enjoy the edible plantings.
Olive St Common – A proposal to install a mural on an emergency supply container and investigate the history of the Olive St. Common area.
Fairfield Bicycle Music Festival – A fully bicycle powered music festival! The festival took place in two locations in Fairfield: Pioneer Square and Porter Park . All amplification was powered by bike.
Maddison Street Block Party – Maddison Street residents received funding to host their local block party.
Emergency Supply Bench on Leonard Street – Neighbours partnered with Building Resilient Neighbourhoods to build a bench that has emergency supplies for the block, a community notice board, and even a solar cell phone charger!
Collinson Road Mural – Residents on Cornwall Street painted a mural onto the road that was designed by a local artist. The mural beautifies Collinson Street while slowing down through traffic.
Pemberton Park Picnic Table – Local residents installed a beautiful picnic bench as a gathering space in Pemberton Park
Five Points Corner enhancements – Planning is underway to make the small plaza at the corner of Fairfield, Moss, and Oscar Streets more people-friendly.
Celebrating Indigenous Stories – The Fairfield Gonzales Reconciliation Circle hosted a series of three readings by local indigenous authors and populated Little Free Libraries all over Fairfield Gonzales with books by indigenous authors to promote truth and reconciliation in our neighbourhood.
Cook Street Boulevard Enhancement – A kitchen garden, native plant demonstration area and public seating were installed by Big Wheel Burger on the boulevard of Cook Street at McKenzie.
Fairfield Food Forest Infrastructure Project – A tool shed, bench, pergola, and mural were installed in the Fairfield Food Forest to enhance the space and make it more accessible for all of our volunteers.