What is the Neighborhood Grants Program?
The Watershed Alliance offers a city-funded Neighborhood Grants program to support environmental and community focused projects implemented by Vancouver’s neighborhood associations. Annually, $22,500 in micro-grants are offered to help inspire and support sustainable community efforts to improve shared areas of the City.
Grants of up to $2,000 are available and typically range from $400-2,000. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis until all funds are awarded for the year. Projects must provide a clear benefit to the community and focus on enhancing the environment. The neighborhood is required to contribute a 1-to-1 match of the grant funds.
City of Vancouver neighborhood associations are eligible to apply. Individuals or organizations with ideas for a qualifying project can partner with a neighborhood association to apply.
Qualifying projects must:
- Support the Watershed Alliance mission to bring together and engage the community to protect and enhance the natural environment of Vancouver’s watersheds.
- Demonstrate a benefit to the environment and must involve the community in creating and completing the project.
- Have support from a recognized City of Vancouver neighborhood association who will take on the fiscal management and sign the grant agreement.
- Provide evidence of project approval from the property owner
- Be able to supply copies of receipts for services/materials.
- Contribute a 1-to-1 match from the neighborhood (cash, in-kind, or volunteer hours).
- Neighborhoods that receive a grant must complete their project’s final report before applying for another grant. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. Contact Program Coordinator.
Examples of potential projects:
Native Plant or Pollinator Gardens, Friends of Trees Neighborhood Planting Events, Invasive Tree Removal, Living Walls, Nature Play areas, etc. Here is a list of previously funded projects.
Grant Guidelines and Application Packet
To apply, please submit the Neighborhood Grant Application Packet.
If you have any questions about your potential grant application, please contact:
Grant Program Coordinator, email@example.com, 360-852-9189