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Neighbourhood Matching Fund (NMF)

Grants to British Columbia Neighborhood Groups
in Eligible Areas for Community Projects

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City of Vancouver

Deadline Date:

11/03/20 4:00 PM


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Matching funds of up to $10,000 to British Columbia neighborhood groups sponsored by a nonprofit organization for park-improvement projects and arts activities in eligible locations. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support projects that actively involve local residents and help cultivate neighborhood connections. Projects must take place in Vancouver parks or be virtual projects that have a strong community focus.

For the fall 2020 applications, Neighbourhood Matching Fund will support:

  • Upgrades and revitalizations to existing land-based projects in Vancouver Parks only. (No new project sites will be considered.)
  • Community art, culture, environmental stewardship, and knowledge shared at a community center or through a digital platform (for example community center webpage, public notice board)

Eligible activities include:

  • Co-designing and creating a collaborative zine, poetry booklet, collection of recipes, storytelling podcast, virtual play, talent show, or other digital projects
  • Developing historical or cultural or nature-based self-guided neighborhood walk with maps, digital resources, or identification guides
  • Restoring a wild space by removing invasive species and planting indigenous plants
  • Improving or updating exiting murals and sculptures
  • Enhancing existing community gardens (for example, building arts-based fence for aesthetic purposes and environmental functions)

For additional information about eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154968

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Vancouver Park Board provides up to $10,000 to match the value of contributions from the community.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to be completed within 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Informal neighborhood-based groups may apply in partnership with the sponsorship of a registered not-for-profit organization.

Ineligible projects:
- In-person community events and gatherings (for example parades, seasonal celebrations, etc.)
- One-time neighborhood event or workshop that is not documented
- Establishing new community gardens, garden expansions, or green spaces
- New murals on private property
- Building new outdoor sculptures and art installations
- Standard items that are a regular part of the Vancouver Park Board’s operation such as playgrounds, park benches, and other manufactured equipment

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Neighbourhood Matching Fund staff by email or phone call to discuss your projects. If your project is eligible, you will be invited to apply. Your project will be not be considered unless you contact staff in advance and receive approval to apply.

The application deadline is November 3, 2020, at 4:00 PM PST. Decisions will be made in early December 2020.

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund is not a grant. Community groups are awarded funds for project expenses based on a matching value of volunteer labor, in-kind donations, and/or cash support.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact Neighbourhood Matching Fund staff by email at or call 604-713-1869.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund
Vancouver Park Board
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

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