2017 neighbourhood small grants



The Neighbourhood Small Grants program supports residents like you: residents who have small but powerful ideas to bring people together to make your neighbourhood vibrant. Our grants range from $50 to $500.

A grant is money we give you to help you do your project. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back.  Residents from Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton and the smaller communities in between may apply!

Neighbourhood Small Grants Important Dates

March 31st, 2017April 28th, 2017MayMid-JuneNovember 15th, 2017December 15th, 2017
Online application opensOnline application closesReview submissionsCheque distributionProject completion deadline.Deadline for project story sharing on website. Program feedback survey.


The goals of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program are to:

  • Connect and engage neighbourhood residents (e.g. a block party or a social gathering)
  • Share residents’ skills and knowledge (e.g. yoga instructor teaching a free class)
  • Build a sense of ownership and pride (e.g. cleaning up an alleyway)
  • Respect and celebrate diversity (e.g. multicultural community kitchen)


Who can apply?

  • People in neighbourhoods throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen regions
  • Each NSG project must have two applicants: lead and co-applicant.
  • The two applicants must belong to the same community and live at different addresses.
  • The project must take place within your own neighbourhood.
  • You can apply for only one NSG project per year and you can apply within only one community.
  • Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply.


What information do you need to know about NSG?

  • Your project must be free and welcoming to all. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to those who are disabled and inclusive of a wide variety of participants.
  • You may not charge entrance fees or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during your event. However we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project.
  • Large capital projects including building and maintenance of public assets such as playgrounds are not eligible.
  • Projects involving holistic treatments, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and counseling support are not eligible.
  • Bouncy castles and climbing walls rental costs are not eligible.
  • NSG is not be combined with annual or special community events
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
  • Honorariums may not exceed $100 or 25% of the project budget
  • You may not profit financially from your project
  • Projects must be completed by November 15, 2017.

What do you need to think about when you are estimating your project costs?

  • Grant requests for projects are expected to be under $500.
  • You may not profit financially from your project. Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project. You are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.


What do you need to know if you use a public space (for example, a neighbourhood street or park)?

  • Projects taking place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces and/or parks must follow municipal by-laws and have proper permits.
  • You must obtain liability insurance prior to your project start date.


 What do you need to think about when carrying out your project?

  • Your project is expected to address one or more of the NSG program goals and objectives. The primary focus should be on increasing connections between people and deepening their engagement within their community.
  • Your project must take place within the neighbourhood or community where your application is processed.
  • If your project takes place at a special event in the community such as a festival or street party, the event should have a maximum of 300 attendees and your project must include an activity within the event that helps residents of the neighbourhood to develop or strengthen relationships with each other.



What do you do after you receive the grant money?

  • To help future applicants, please document your project with photos, videos or by writing a summary of your event. Share these with Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen or submit them to the program website at: cfso.net
  • Project leaders may be asked to share your project story with media
  • CFSOS and your community organization should be acknowledged by displaying appropriate logos on event posters or other project promotional materials.
  • After your project is complete, you must submit a grant report and/or evaluation to CFSOS. You must return any unused grant money to CFSOS.

If you have any questions on the application or would like to discuss your idea, please email

Kim English, neighbourhood small grant coordinator at kimenglish@cfso.net

You can review some NSG project ideas by downloading this document:

See How Others Celebrate Their Neighbours

Read about our Neighbourhood Small Grants from 2016!

NSG Goals

The Neighbourhood Smalls Grants Program aims to stimulate creativity, encourage local solutions, build connections between neighbours, and engage people from all backgrounds and circumstances in the life of their community.

The Neighbourhood Small Grants Program has the following goals and objectives:

Connect and engage neighbourhood residents- Build new relationships amongst neighbourhood residents (e.g. block parties to introduce new neighbours)
- Deepen existing relationships amongst neighbourhood residents (e.g. weekly neighbourhood clean up parties)
Share residents’ skills and knowledge-Local residents share their skills and knowledge with other residents in the neighbourhood (e.g. yoga instructor giving free lessons)
- Provide opportunities for participants to learn from each other (e.g. community kitchen where participants exchange cooking skills and share a meal)
Build sense of ownership and pride- Showcase local resources including talent, public and private spaces, arts, culture and food (e.g. historical tour of neighbourhood by a long time resident)
- Engage residents to make meaningful contributions or give back to their communities (e.g. cleanup invasive species from alleyway)
Respect and celebrate diversity- Showcase the diversity within the community (e.g. multicultural fashion show)
- Connect people across boundaries of age, ethnic backgrounds, income level, sexual orientation, physical abilities etc. (e.g. senior and youth gardening together)
- Respect and promote accessibility and social inclusion (e.g. cost-free activities and events)
Neighbourhood Small Grants is delivered in partnership with Community Organization Partners.