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Neighbourhood Grant

Grants to Kelowna, British Columbia Resident
Groups to Enhance Local Neighborhoods

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City of Kelowna - Active Living and Culture Division

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Kelowna, British Columbia resident groups to enhance the quality of life in local neighborhoods. Funding is intended to support resident-led projects that enable communities to take action to improve their neighborhoods. Through working with other residents, neighbors will build relationships, gain a greater sense of neighborhood pride, and provide resources to address each neighborhood’s unique interests and needs.

Projects should address one or more of the five focus areas:
- Aesthetics: Enhance the physical appearance, character, or natural environment in your neighborhood.
- Leadership: Encourage/involve multiple neighbors to participate in planning and/or implementing the project.
- Safety: Enhance safety, especially traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety (for example: creating a traffic calming sign).
- Social Offerings: Provide opportunities for neighbors to gather and have fun.
- Relationships: Create opportunities for neighbors to connect, especially neighbors that are new or haven't interacted in the past.

Acceptable Funding Uses:
- Equipment, materials and other items that will not revert back to private ownership
- Contract services from outside the neighborhood, e.g., master gardener, journeyman carpenter or artist. These services are only fundable if there is no individual within the neighborhood willing or able to donate the necessary expertise
- Promotional material and translation services
- Equipment rental
- Food costs, to a maximum of $10 per person, to complement neighborhood enhancing project.

Examples of neighborhood grant projects/initiatives include:
- Neighborhood garden
- Boulevard Beautification
- Little free library and pantry
- Parklet
- Nectar Trail
- Interpretative nature signage
- Neighborhood clean-up
- Buddy bench
- Wall or fence mural
- Gratitude garden
- Back alley roadway art

Grant objectives and outcomes:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179846

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amount is $1,500 per project.

Term of Contract:

For Summer grants, the implementation phase is May-September, and the project completion date is September 30.

For Fall grants, the implementation phase is August-December, and the project completion date is December 31.

For Winter grants, the implementation phase is January-April, and the project completion date is April 30.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any group of three or more residents with an idea for a project or event that will enhance their neighbourhood is eligible. Experience in organizing a project or event is not necessary; the Community Development Coordinators are available to support you along the way.

In order to be eligible for a Neighbourhood Grant, an applicant must:
- Live within the City of Kelowna boundaries
- Live within the neighbourhood of the proposed project
- Identify a working group including a minimum of two additional neighbours from separate households

Non-Fundable Expenses:
- Retroactive expenses
- Any item that will revert to private ownership
- Travel expenses
- Fundraising activities and/or donations
- Political or religious activities
- Volunteer honorariums
- Any project in contravention of City bylaws
- Block parties where funds are used exclusively for food, drink and entertainment

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must complete the primary screening application. Once the primary application has been submitted, the Community Development Coordinator will follow up to discuss your project further and will provide the secondary application form.

Neighbourhood groups can submit an application at any time; however, funding is released three times per year. Typical program timelines:

- Application Deadline: First Friday in March
- Decision Announced: First Friday in April
- Implementation Phase: May - September
- Project Completion: September 30

- Application Deadline: First Friday in June
- Decision Announced: First Friday in July
- Implementation Phase: August - December
- Project Completion: December 31

- Application Deadline: First Friday in November
- Decision Announced: First Friday in December
- Implementation Phase: January - April
- Project Completion: April 30

Applicants will be notified within five weeks of the intake deadline.

Grants require matching funds. Matching contribution can include cash, in-kind volunteer hours valued at current BC minimum wage rate, and/or donated materials and equipment.

If all funds are not awarded during a grant cycle, applications received after the deadline which meet all other criteria will be considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you have questions after reviewing the guidelines, you can obtain more information from Community and Neighbourhood Services staff. Please contact staff well in advance of the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Online Primary Screening Application:

Tanya Sletten

Submit required materials by the deadline to:

2019 Neighbourhood Grant
Attn: Tanya Sletten
City of Kelowna Active Living and Culture
1435 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4

Or email a scanned hard-copy or digitally signed PDF, and required support materials, to
Strong Neighbourhoods

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Kelowna

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia