Neighbourhood Small Grants 2021

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Neighbourhood Small Grants reopen for a fall cycle September 7 to November 9. Applications are assessed by a committee of volunteers from around South Surrey, White Rock, and Cloverdale. The goal is to support applicants in developing an eligible project which will bring people together.

Locally, the grants (of up to $500) have supported crafts workshops, beautification projects, online yoga sessions, movie nights, food drives, and much more.

We're seeking two or three individuals interested in joining our Neighbourhood Grant Committee during this fall cycle. The commitment of one or two hours per week involves privately reviewing and assessing online applications; participating in biweekly online meetings; liaising with project leaders and attending the celebration event in early 2022. There are other opportunities to get more deeply involved in the community-building work of NSGs, as well!

No experience is necessary! The only prerequisites are residency in the catchment area and a passion for bringing community together. If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for the Neighbourhood Grant Committee, please contact Neil Fernyhough at

The idea behind Neighbourhood Small Grants is that the best people to create change in a community are the ones living there. And when we can make money less of an issue in doing so, it allows so many more kinds of ideas to shine. Up to $500 is available to individuals and households looking to create an activity or project which will bring neighbours together.

The fall cycle for Neighbourhood Small Grants runs Sept 7 to Nov 9. If you'd like to find out more or apply, check out

A little seed money can do a lot! Congratulations to Neighbourhood Small Grant recipient, Megan Boettcher, and her colleague, Veronica Wahl, whose project provided free, hands-on education about our local marine biology.
The Neighbourhood Small Grants Program helps build community and strengthen connections in the places we call home by helping to put your ideas in action. Neighbourhood Small Grants support creative projects by individuals that:
  • Build community and strengthen resilience
  • Foster community creativity and wellbeing
  • Alleviate social isolation


Here’s a sample of the 2021 applications:

· Virtual scavenger hunt

· Public garden restoration 

· Online yoga

· Online kitchen

· A seed library

· Virtual gardening course

· Care packages for street-involved people in need

· Neighbourhood yard-decoration party

· Food drive

· Science classes for children

If you have any questions, please email Neil Fernyhough at  Find helpful tips on how to write a grant application below.