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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is being modified to address the need for greater community capacity created by the effects of social distancing and self-isolation.

This new cycle is referred to by the acronym R-NSG (for Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants).  The new R-NSG grant stream is now open for you to submit your application, or to edit an NSG or GCG already submitted.

The R-NSG funding stream will focus on supporting community members to build community and help one another during this COVID-19 crisis, while following our current public health guidelines.

PLEASE READ THE ELIGIBILITY & FAQs section at The criteria are different for R-NSGs. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and be open April 15-July 1.

You may have ideas of how to adapt your original project idea to the new context.

If so, please send me an email with "Switch" in the subject line and let me know you'd like me to move your existing application into the new stream.  Tell me your project name and the number - that helps keep me organized!

If you choose this option, you will receive an email notification when your application has been moved to the new R-NSG stream, at which point you will be able to make edits as needed and submit again.  

You can also leave your existing NSG or GCG project as is - If you choose this option your application will stay in the system for when modifications to the present health guidelines allow the sort of physical gathering usually supported by NSGs. You can also create a second, R-NSG application, at

Again, please send me an email if you'd like your application to be moved to the new COVID-19 Responsive NSG stream. Thanks for all you're doing to support your neighbours and stay connected and healthy during this time.

Also, a brief reminder that Alexandra Neighbourhood House has set up Community Caring Circles to support self-isolating individuals and families to stay home during the COVID-19 health emergency. Information on the program, including application forms (for support, or to volunteer), can be found at

Take good care, stay healthy!

An initiative led by the Vancouver Foundation in collaboration with community organizations throughout the province, Neighbourhood Small Grants have been a popular and successful way to inspire residents to create local activities which strengthen relationships.

Among the two dozen projects funded by our Neighbourhood Small Grants program this year was a stroke recovery initiative developed by local residents Bev Olds and Laurie McFarlane. The rehabilitation activities included the planting and tending of plots in a local community garden - which is still ongoing, as participants work on winterizing their plots. It also involved increasing mobility and stamina through light walking exeercises. Produce grown in the garden was served at the stroke recovery group, taken home by participants, and served at a salmon BBQ in July held at Peace Arch Park with the three levels of government in attendance!

Lauire reports that some of the stroke survivors really missed bike riding. An acquaintance donated a large three-wheeler, and participants had great fun using that in addition to their walk on the track.

If you have an idea for your neighbourhood you think would benefit from support through our 2020 Neighbourhood Small Grants program, contact Neil at

NSGs are a way for folks to create activities which bring neighbours together;  block parties, games nights, an art installation, a historical walking tour, a swap meet or promoting community gardening. NSGs help connect and engage neighbours to share skills and knowledge, increase a sense of belonging and responsibility to community and to respect and celebrate diversity.

How it Works

NSGs provide up to $500 to enable local individuals and groups to develop an activity for their neighbourhood with applications vetted by a Neighbourhood Grants Committee. The committee assesses each application according to the goals outlined above, along with other criteria.

The Neighbourhood Grants Committee does more than just review grants, however. Members assist in promoting the program, planning and conducting an orientation/cheque presentation session for project leads with wrap-up celebration, mentoring and encouraging project leaders, providing feedback to the NSG Regional Program Coordinator and the Vancouver Foundation and identifying potential recruits for the Neighbourhood Grants Committee.

Who We’re Looking For

We recruit four to six individuals each year to serve on two local committees. One assesses applications from the Cloverdale area and the other is responsible for the rest of South Surrey, including White Rock.

Ideally, we look for a diverse group of people representing a variety of backgrounds, skills, and life experience. Members are oriented to their role and responsibilities in a training session hosted by the Vancouver Foundation; and are mentored and supported by the NSG Program Coordinator appointed through Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you’d like to find out more about the NSG program and the role and responsibilities of the Neighbourhood Grants Committees, please contact Neil Fernyhough, Community Programmer at Alexandra Neighbourhood House at, or call 604-535-0015 ext 236.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of one of the two local committees please reply providing your name and contact information, which of the two local committees you’re interested in (Cloverdale or South Surrey/White Rock), and a brief résumé highlighting your background, skills, experience, and relevant professional affiliations