Neighbourhood Small Grants

UPDATE (March 30):  Postponed. With regret we have postponed the NSG program.  Although a wonderful idea aimed to bring people together, the timing was unfortunately another victim of the COVID-19. The Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program supports people who want to make their communities better places to live. Our grants range from $50 to $500. A grant is money we give you to bring your project to life. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back. Application is available here.

Neighbourhood Small Grants are based on a simple but powerful idea – when people feel a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place.

When people are active in the life of their neighbourhood, our communities are strengthened from the ground up.

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program supports residents like you who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together to make their neighbourhood vibrant.

We give grants from $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back.

The goals of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program are to:

  • Connect and engage neighbourhood residents (e.g. a block party or a social gathering)
  • Share residents’ skills and knowledge (e.g. yoga instructor teaching a free class)
  • Build a sense of ownership and pride (e.g. cleaning up an alleyway)
  • Respect and celebrate diversity (e.g. multicultural community kitchen)

For interesting project ideas that promoted a sense of belonging and responsibility in a Vancouver neighbourhood visit

Important dates

  • Opening of application: January 18, 2020
  • Closing of application: February 28, 2020
  • Grants will be awarded March 26, 2020
  • Projects must be commenced and completed in May 2020

Who can apply?

  • Prince Edward County residents
  • The project must take place within your own neighbourhood.
  • Each NSG project must have two applicants as leads. The two applicants must belong to the same community but live at different addresses.
  • Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.

About Neighbourhood Small Grants

  • Your project must be free to attend and participate in. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of all people.
  • You may not fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during your event. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project.
  • You cannot sell products or services at the event nor gain financially.
  • Large capital projects including building and maintenance of public assets such as playgrounds or purchasing equipment such as computers are not eligible.
  • Projects involving psychotherapy and counseling support are not eligible.
  • Grant money may not be used to purchase alcohol.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
  • While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that your NSG grant money is spent by May 31, 2020.

Project Costs

What do you need to think about when you are estimating your project costs?

  • Grant requests for projects are expected to be under $500.
  • You may not profit financially from your project. Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project. You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.

Regulations & Insurance 

What do you need to know if you use a public space (for example, a neighbourhood street or park) for your project versus a private space?

  • For any neighbourhood projects that use public spaces, parks or streets, applicants are required to adhere to all municipal bylaws and insurance requirements.
  • You must obtain liability insurance prior to your project start date.
  • For more information please visit The County website.
  • Projects that take place on private property are not required to provide a certificate of insurance. However, it is recommended that applicants inquire with their own insurance providers to determine what type of coverage may be required.

What do you need to know if your event involves food?

  • There are a few considerations if you are having an event that includes food. The simplest options are food prepared offsite, such as potluck, self-catered or prepared by a caterer.
  • If you are preparing food in a park or street, this requires a temporary food permit and cleansing stations.

What do you need to think about when carrying out your project?

  • Your project is expected to address one or more of the NSG program goals and objectives. The primary focus should be about building relationships between neighbours and increasing residents’ involvement within their community.
  • Your project must take place within The County in your own neighbourhood.
  • Remember to ask permission of project participants before taking photos or recording videos at your event to make sure that the images can be used by the County Foundation.
  • The County Foundation should be acknowledged by displaying The County Foundation logo on event posters or other project promotional materials.

What do you do after your project is completed?

  • Complete the NSG evaluation report, provided by The County Foundation. The report must include a copy of all your project expense receipts, photos or videos and a written summary of your event including number of participants and volunteers.
  • Submit the report to The County Foundation at
  • Project leaders are expected to attend the NSG Celebration event held in June 2020 to share your project story with other project leaders.
  • You must return any unused grant money to The County Foundation.

Approval of Applications

After you apply, your grant application is reviewed by a Neighbourhood Grants Committee made up of local neighbourhood volunteers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Volunteer committee members review the applications and decide which projects to fund. Funding announcements on March 26, 2020.

Resources for Project Leaders

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