At Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we have been making Mount Pleasant a better place to live for over three decades. We believe in our neighbourhood and in the ability and the right of its members to enhance their lives. Working together we are a stronger, healthier neighbourhood.

 

What is a Neighbourhood Small Grant?

  • Vancouver Foundations unique program to help build community and strengthen connections right where people live
  • They are small grants of up to $500 available to residents to develop projects that meet the needs of the community

 

What community needs do we want the projects to achieve?

  1. Connecting and engaging neighbourhood residents
  2. Sharing residents’ skills and knowledge within the community
  3. Building a sense of ownership and pride
  4. Respecting and celebrating diversity

 

Examples of Projects

  • Block or building parties to introduce new neighbours
  • Weekly Neighbourhood clean-up work parties that strengthen and sustain relationships over time
  • Neighbourhood Haunted house
  • Family Mini Olympics
  • Free yoga lessons, sewing or macrame workshops
  • Community kitchens where participants exchange their cooking skills and share meals
  • Community gardens
  • A historical tour of the neighbourhood

 

 

What is a Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant?

  • The GCNSG is a partnership between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Foundation to help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
  • They are small grants of up to $500 available to residents of Vancouver to develop projects that contribute to the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

 

What goals do we want these projects to achieve?

  1. Mitigating climate change
  2. Promoting greener forms of transportation
  3. Creating zero waste
  4. Improving access to nature and planting trees
  5. Breathing clean air
  6. Making businesses greener
  7. Clean water
  8. Green buildings
  9. Lighter footprint
  10. Growing and eating local food

 

Examples of Projects

  • A “Neighbourhood Challenge” to track sustainable behaviours like measuring of household waste, food waste, and green transportation trips.
  • A “bike repair 101” session providing participants with knowledge and some basic tools
  • A “walking school bus” or “Bike train” with prizes or incentives for participation
  • Neighbourhood composting
  • Building a community share shed for tools, toys or appliances
  • A workshop on the benefits and care of trees providing a small tree for each participant
  • Building a community pollinator garden
  • A workshop on building nesting boxes for barn swallows with basic materials

 

Why should you apply?

  • To make a lasting impact in your community and environment
  • To build deep connections within your neighbourhood
  • To share your passions with likeminded folks and make new friends at the same time!

 

Contacts

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House contact

  • Support during application stage and project implementation (space, resources, etc.)

                Janick Hayek, jhayek@mpnh.org

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House contact

  • Support during application stage and project implementation (space, resources, etc.)

                Joanne McKinnon, joanne_mackinnon@lmnhs.bc.ca

Resident Advisory Committee

  • Team that will be reviewing your applications after they have been submitted and follow up with more questions

NSG Coordinator

  • Support with more in depth question regarding the application. Contact once you apply

                Jenna Otto-Wray, jennawray@hotmail.com