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South Van Strawberry Social June 5, 2022

12 May

In South Vancouver, there is amazing non-profit called Free The Fern that has been working hard to remove invasive plants from the Red Alder Trail in Champlain Heights. In doing so, they’ve built a great community supporting their work. Their projects have been funded in part by TD Park People and Neighbourhood Small Grants.  This is a passionate group making a difference in their community.   On Sunday, June 5th, they are hosting an event and showcasing their passion and projects with you.  

Free The Fern invites you to the South Van Strawberry Social being held Sunday, June 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the Red Alder Trail, 3530 Swansacre.  On hand, you can expect to find:

  • 200 free servings of strawberries (with shortcake and whipped cream) – First come first serve.
  • live music, including a 20s-40s jazz trio.
  • local craft vendors: Resistance Kitters (fundraising for Ukraine), Wild Rose Natural SkincareGoodfellow Craftery, and more.
  • an eco art workshop: learn how to make a pencil from an invasive blackberry stem.
  • tours of our new Douglas Fir Teaching Garden: with hundreds of native flowers, berries, and ferns. Note, this teaching garden includes a Douglas Fir which is estimated at 162 years old.

To learn more, visit them online at Free The Fern or reach out to them directly at freethefern@gmail.com.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Applications Now Being Accepted Until April 30, 2022

27 Mar

The Neigbourhood Small Grant program is back for 2022.  The foundation of this program is connecting people within their own communities.  The premise of the program is fairly simple. It is the belief that the best people to affect change in a community, are those that live within it. When money is less of an issue, it allows more ideas to flow.  This is where the grants come in. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program allows you to apply for up to $500 for your idea to connect your community.

What have other people done?   A few ideas include book exchanges, benches and community gardens.  Some other ideas include creating small care packages for seniors with a few spring flowers and crossword puzzles and/or word search games.  For young children, creating a scavenger hunt in a park with prizes. People have also created art cards for seniors in long term care. Connection is the key and the ideas are only limited by your imagination and, of course, the $500 budget. Want more ideas or thinking about applying? We invite you to visit Neighbourhood Small Grants for more information.

The basic principles of the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program:

  1. Small is beautiful. Small ideas are beautiful and manageable.

  2. Everyone has something to offer. Whether you can teach a skill or give some tips, or provide a service. We all have something valuable to share.

  3. It’s your project. You create how you want it to look and feel.

  4. Create your chosen family.  A platform to help build networks within your community.

Applications are now open until April 30, 2022.   Applications may be accepted for a second cycle in the Fall depending on whether funds are still available. This is a great opportunity to create something memorable for your community.

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Neighbourhood Small Grants Up To $500

27 Feb

NeighbourhoodSmallGrant2015Do you have an idea for a community project that brings people in your community together? It could be something small such as getting a group together to make ‘kids playing here signs’ for your street, maybe a beautification project, hosting a picnic, maybe a tea party or BBQ for your block? We encourage you to consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant. If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into. Speaking from experience this program is a great way to get to know your neighbours and build community. You can apply for grants of up to $500 for projects in your community. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live. Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens or an outdoor movie night. This is not for adults only, kids and teens are encouraged to get into the act.  The ideas are only limited by your imagination. Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised in late May/early June if they receive funding and are asked to have their projects completed by November 2018.  To apply for a grant, visit Neighbourhood Small Grant.  Note, the site is available in several different languages. Application deadline is Monday, April 8, 2018.  To learn more, check out the video “How To Apply” which shares other people’s ideas

Neighbourbood Small Grants Back For 2017 – Celebrate Community!

27 Feb

NeighbourhoodSmallGrants2014In case you hadn’t heard, it’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year.  Why not celebrate it within your own community?  Or maybe there is something small you can do to make your community a better place? We encourage you to consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant. If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into. Speaking from experience this program is a great way to get to know your neighbours and build community. You can apply for grants of up to $500 for projects in your community. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live. Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens or an outdoor movie night. This is not for adults only, kids are welcome to get into the act.  The ideas are only limited by your imagination. Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised in late May/early June if they receive funding and are asked to have their projects completed by November 30, 2017. To apply for a grant, visit Neighbourhood Small Grant.  Note, the site is available in several different languages. Application deadline is Monday, April 4, 2017 and open to residents in the following areas:

  • Carnegie – Strathcona – Ray Cam
  • Cedar Cottage – Hastings Sunrise – Renfrew
  • Mount Pleasant – Little Mountain
  • South Vancouver – Collingwood

If you prefer to make the City a greener space, there is also an opportunity to apply for a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant. Again residents can apply for grants of up to $500 with the stipulation that the projects contribute to the City’s Greenest City Action Plan Targets.   Grants are given to projects that meet the following goals:

Mitigating climate change – Examples: A “Neighbour Challenge” to track sustainable behaviours i.e. measuring of household waste, food waste, green transportation trips.

Promoting greener forms of transportation – Examples: A “bike repair 101” session providing participants with knowledge and some basic tools (e.g. patch kit, tire levels, allen keys); a “walking school bus” or “bike train,” with prizes/incentives for participation; a community map where people can draw their bicycle route to work and link up with new buddies to ride together; promote walking through an organized tour about local history of neighbourhoods; a public art installation.

Creating zero waste – Examples: neighbourhood composting; building a community share sheds for tools, toys, or appliances.

Improving access to nature and planting trees – Examples: a workshop on the benefits and care of trees providing a small tree for each participant; building a community pollinator garden; a workshop on building nesting boxes for barn swallows with basic materials.

Breathing clean air – Examples: an awareness workshop about the use of renewable energy or carbon footprinting.

Making businesses greener – Examples: Working with a local green grocer business to use unsold food for an event to educate neighbours on reducing food waste; create a resource-sharing space for local businesses (for example, a small business book exchange or tool shed; a green business trade school event; or common marketing tool for local green businesses).

Clean Water – Examples: a workshop on rain gardens for boulevards; installing rain barrels on garden sheds in community gardens; a workshop on water-wise gardening practices; replacing an area of pavement with porous natural materials.

Green Buildings – Examples: hosting a “DIY home energy retrofit” workshop providing participants with starter materials (e.g. window insulation kit, door draft stopper, weatherstrip tape); a neighbourhood information session on incentives available to reduce energy use in the home, using available City of Vancouver brochures and other resources.

Lighter Footprint – Examples: a clothing and stuff swap; a school supplies swap; a repair café/fix-it fair event; a program for sharing in your neighbourhood

Growing and eating local food – Examples: develop a plan to pick neighbours’ unused/unwanted fruit and process this as a group (e.g. make jam, fruit leather, etc.); build a beehive and host a beehive workshop.

Residents in the following communities can apply for this grant:

  • Carnegie – Strathcona – Ray Cam
  • Cedar Cottage – Hastings Sunrise – Renfrew
  • South Vancouver – Collingwood

You can apply for both of the grants online. Please see their online application for more information.  The deadline to apply for the Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant is also Monday, April 4, 2017.

Queen Alexandra Elementary Garden Project

7 Jul

KidsInTheGarden.pngSo we’ve recently learnt about a great new project which is a collaboration between Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Queen Alexandra Elementary School at Broadway and Clark Drive.  The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House received financial grants from Evergreen Learning Grounds and Neighbourhood Small Grants to allow them to co-ordinate a garden and workshops at Queen Alexandra Elementary School.  On May 26, 2016, they kicked off the Queen Alexandra Garden Project.   They will be hosting garden work parties every Thursday between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm until October. This project has several goals. Outside of creating the garden itself, they also wish to create a Garden Committee consisting of teachers, parents, school staff, community individuals and organizations.  Most importantly, their aim is to create a community among the volunteers giving them the opportunity to make connections while at the same time learning to grow food. I have a personal soft spot for this particular project as Queen Alexandra is my alma mater and some of my best experiences in the school system were at this school which also fueled and nurtured the imagination and creativity you see here today.  So if you are able to provide some support whether it’s time, knowledge or skills in building a shed or an irrigation system, you are invited to contact Joey Liu at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House at jliu@mpnh.org. If you wish to learn to grow food, make new friends, learn about native plants in your community, check out the weekly workshops on Thursdays at Queen Alexandra Elementary School between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Apply For A Neighbourhood Small Grant To Help Build Community

11 Mar

NeighbourhoodSmallGrant2015

Would you like to make your community a better place? If yes, consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant. If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into. Speaking from past experience this program is a great way to get to know your neighbours and build community. You can apply for grants from $50 to $1,000 for projects in your neighbourhood. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live. Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens and an outdoor movie night. This is not for adults only, kids are welcome to get into the act. One could do something nice for seniors in your community and it could be something simple as hosting a tea. The ideas are only limited by your imagination. Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised in late May/early June if they receive funding and are usually asked to have their projects completed by November 30th. The program is available to anyone living in Vancouver. To apply for a grant, visit Neighbourhood Small Grant. Application deadline is Wednesday March 31, 2015.

Neighbourhood Small Grants Applications Now Available Until April 7, 2014

12 Mar

NeighbourhoodSmallGrants2014

Would you like to make your community a better place? If yes, consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant.  If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into. Speaking from past experience this program is a great way to get to know your neighbours and build community.  You can apply for grants from $50 to $500 for projects in your neighbourhood. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live.  Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens and an outdoor movie night.   The ideas are only limited by your imagination.  Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised in late May/early June if they receive funding and are usually asked to have their projects completed by November 30th.   In East Vancouver, the program is available in the following areas:

Vancouver: Mount Pleasant, Little Mountain

Areas: Mount Pleasant, Olympic Village, Riley Park

•Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

•Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinators: Jenna Wray, info@nsgproject.com and Olga Cherbina, olga@scherbina.com

Vancouver: South Vancouver-Collingwood

Areas: Renfrew-Collingwood, Renfrew Heights, Victoria-Fraserview, , Killarney, Champlain Heights and Sunset

•South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

•Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinator: Sheri Parke, sparke01@shaw.ca

Vancouver: Cedar Cottage, Hastings-Sunrise – Renfrew

Areas: Hastings-Sunrise, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Grandview Woodland, Renfrew Heights

•Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

•Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

•Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House

Program Coordinator: Danielle Gauld, nsg.east@gmail.com

Vancouver:  Strathcona – Ray-Cam

Areas: Downtown Eastside, Strathcona, Ray-Cam

Program Coordinator: Roberta Robertson, roberta.nsgp@gmail.com

•Carnegie Community Centre

•Strathcona Community Centre

•Ray-Cam Community Centre

If you would like to get further information, contact the Program Co-ordinator in your area. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 7, 2014.  Applications can be made on on-line at the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Grants Program’s site.

Want to Make Your Community A Better Place?

13 Mar

NeighbourhoodSmallGrantsFlyerIf you would like to make your community a better place, consider applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant.  If you have not heard about this program, it is worth looking into.  You can apply for grants from $50 to $500 for projects in your neighbourhood. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation,  is to connect and engage people within the community in which they live.  Neighbours can get together and make an application for a variety of events. Some examples of past events include neighbourhood block parties, clean up campaigns, ethnic cooking classes, emergency preparedness plans, community gardens and an outdoor movie night.   The ideas are only limited by your imagination.  Once your application is submitted, it is reviewed by a Resident Advisory Committee made up of residents in your neighbourhood. Applicants are advised by May 1st if they receive funding and are asked to have their projects completed by November 30th.   In East Vancouver, the program is available in the following 4 areas:

Carnegie, Strathcona, Ray-Cam
Cedar Cottage, Kensington, Hastings-Sunrise
Mount Pleasant, Little Mountain
South Vancouver, Collingwood

Deadline for applications is March 31st.  Applications can be made on on-line at the Neighbourhood Grants Program.

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