Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Matching Funds to British Columbia Neighborhood Groups for Projects to Benefit the Local Community

Neighbourhood Matching Fund (NMF)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
City of Vancouver
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia: Vancouver;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/06/23
Deadline: 10/27/23 Save

Grant Description
Matching funds of up to $10,000 to British Columbia neighborhood groups sponsored by nonprofit organizations for projects that involve and benefit the local community in eligible locations. Applicants must contact program staff and confirm eligibility prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support community beautification, restoration, arts, and culture projects in Vancouver parks.

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund provides support for community groups to build community and neighborhood connections while enhancing parks or other public spaces. 

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Co-designing and creating a collaborative zine, poetry booklet, or collection of recipes to be made available and accessible in your neighborhood at no cost
  • Developing historical or cultural or nature-based self-guided neighborhood walk with maps, digital resources, or identification guide
  • Creation of a collaborative community artwork such as a mural or mosaic
  • Upgrades to community gardens, green spaces (i.e. building organic or arts-based fences; structures that improve aesthetic while also providing function; creating a seed library)
  • Restoring a wild space by removing invasive plants and planting native plants and trees 


  • All eligible projects must involve the creation of an innovative, lasting legacy that expresses something unique about the neighborhood and provides continued community use and enjoyment for at least two years.
  • Proposals for a structure may require engineered stamped drawings depending on the location and scale of the project.

Projects must actively involve the local community and build neighborhood connections. Examples of community participation include:

  • Participatory installation
  • Collaborative painting
  • Cultural knowledge sharing
  • Design and learning workshops

For eligible project requirements, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Informal neighborhood-based groups may apply in partnership with the sponsorship of a registered not-for-profit organization. Please contact Park Board staff if you need help to connect with a non-profit organization.

Ineligible projects:
- Celebrations, parades, performances and programs. These can be part of a larger lasting project, but cannot be the exclusive focus of the Neighbourhood Matching Funds.
- “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
- Eligibility confirmation deadline: October 6, 2023
- Application deadline: October 27, 2023
- Decisions made: Late November 2023
- Project start: Winter/Spring 2024

Applications are accepted twice annually in the spring and fall.

Applications will not be considered unless you contact staff in advance and receive approval to apply. There will be a new online application link sent to you once your project proposal is approved.

Please note: The Neighbourhood Matching Fund is not a grant; community groups receive funds for their project expenses based on a match of volunteer labour, in-kind donations and other cash support.

If your organization does not already have third-party liability insurance, you will need to purchase coverage (minimum $2 million per occurrence). This is an expense that can be included in your budget. The same applies to the required COV business license for not-forprofit organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Vancouver Park Board can provide funds up to $10,000 to match volunteer time and donated contributions from the community.

Term of Contract
Please note that projects should be completed within two years of funding approval.

Contact Information
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

Grant News
Live Chat Chat Now