Neighbourhood Small Grants - Block Parties & More
The City of Maple Ridge is doing business a bit different to help us keep connected while we stay separate to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The neighbourhood Small Grant Program (NSG) has always been a way to connect neighbours and build community. We are moving forward and challenging you to use these grants to uplift our spirits and ease the impacts of social distancing by helping our neighbours to strengthen connections in neighbourhoods, real and virtual. Small grants up to $500 will be available for projects.
Applications being accepted include:
- Projects that share and exchange local assets /gifts online (ex: Arts & culture workshops, cooking demonstrations, virtual games night)
- Support opportunity for vulnerable community members
- Online health and wellness sessions
- Virtual Block Party or Picnic
Equipment purchase is not an eligible cost. Regular block party applications will be accepted again when public health authorities allow public gatherings.
Deadline to Apply:
Apply any time as open ended until funds as allocated but we encourage early application to avoid disappointment. Apply online and see criteria details below. All ideas and projects must be completed by Nov 30, 2020.
Grants are available for projects that maintain physical distancing and limited numbers for gatherings as per health authorities.
Matching Grants - $500
This is a Maple Ridge program that supports improvements to local neighbourhoods or public spaces through a project that creates relationships and brings benefits to the local area. Projects should actively involve the residents of the neighbourhood surrounding area of the project, and be inclusive.
Focus Areas for Matching Grants:
- Environmental Protection – Projects that address environmental impact or sustainability. Restore or regenerate land impacted negatively by environmental damage.
- Youth Initiated – Projects that engage youth and contribute positively to a youth population.
- Neighbourhood Organizing – Proposals that will create or strengthen existing or non existing neighbourhood groups.
- Physical Improvement – For neighbourhoods to enhance, create, build or restore a physical structure.
Who Can Apply:
Support Up to $500: Any local neighbourhood group, group of residents, or informal group coming together to work on a specific project where the outcome will be improvement and/or beautification of a specific area, public land, green space, park or any other designated area. The group does not have to be a registered non-profit organization.
Support up to $1000: In special circumstances, neighbourhood groups may apply for up to $1000 in matching funds.