2018 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!

To learn more about the program and the grant application process, watch for an announcement of an NSG workshop in your community in March.

Important dates to remember:

  • Opening of application: February 19, 2018
  • Closing of application: April 4, 2018
  • NSG awards 2nd week of May
  • Projects must be completed by November 15, 2018


Learn more about NSG and attend an Information Session in your community!

Osoyoos, February 24th 11am – 12pm @ the Sonora Rec Centre

Oliver, February 24th 2-3pm @ the Rec Centre

Penticton, March 3rd 11am-12pm @Rec Centre

Summerland, March 3rd 2-3pm @Library meeting room

Keremeos, March 10th 11am-12pm @Diagnostic Centre meeting room

Princeton, March 10th 2-3pm @ Princeton Museum

RSVP your spot to kimenglish@cfso.net 


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)

This year the program seeks to prioritise projects that connect indigenous and non-indigenous community members, and projects led by young people age 18 to 24.

True to the grassroots spirit of the program, each Neighbourhood Small Grant will be awarded by South Okanagan | Similkameen residents themselves. Local volunteers will review the ideas submitted and decide which ones to fund.

Kaleden Community Gathering NSG 2017

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. Ask for a neighbour to join you in your idea. An application where the lead and co-applicant are from the same address will not be eligible.
  • The project must take place within your own neighbourhood or rural community.
  • You can apply for only one NSG project per year.
  • Registered organizations, societies, 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.
  • Neighbourhood Small Grant projects are 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, nor a business benefit.
  • Projects must be completed by November 15, 2018


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.


Drumming workshop and feast in Cawston NSG 2017

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.


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 should be acknowledged by displaying appropriate logos on event posters or other project promotional materials. If your NSG project takes place in Penticton, the city and the foundation logos are to be displayed on all project promotional material.
  • 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


Bluebird Boxes NSG 2017 Oliver/Vaseux Lake

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.