A neighbourhood isn't just a place. It's a group of people who call that place home. And because they share a home, they also share a connection to one another. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program was created to make those connections stronger.
Funded by the Vancouver Foundation, the program operates in communities throughout the Lower Mainland. In Richmond, it's proudly administered by RCRG.
Here's how it works. Every year, we distribute grants of up to $500 so individuals can complete small community projects, from block parties to urban gardens. And while the projects we fund are diverse, they all have the same goal: to strengthen connections between neighbours. At the end of the year, we invite all grant recipients to a special celebration, where they can each talk about their project and how it helped bring their neighbourhood together.
The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted so many aspects of community life, including the way we interact with one another. Physical distancing guidelines are in place to keep us safe, but they also mean that social gatherings, from cultural celebrations to block parties, can no longer happen in person.
We're living through a unique time, and we have to find new ways to forge connections and mitigate social isolation. That's where Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants come in.
This new funding stream is available to all Richmond residents, who can apply for up to $500 to carry out a community project. Whereas, in the past, projects could take on any form, so long as they were inclusive and brought neighbours together, our new reality requires new limitations, but also presents new opportunities to showcase your creativity.
Online projects are strongly encouraged - think workshops or classes where you share skills and expertise with your neighbours. In-person projects are eligible as well, though of course, they must follow public health guidelines. A good example is the creation and delivery of care packages, where in-person contact is limited.
But our suggestions should merely be a starting point. You know what you're passionate about. You know what skills and talents you have to share. We're here to provide the resources so you can do something that will make your community stronger, more resilient, and better connected.
We know you have an amazing project idea ready to burst to life, and we can't wait to see what it is!