Shuswap Neighbourhood Small Grants
Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) are intended to support people and groups who want to make their communities better places to live. The program is based on a simple idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have a part to play in making our communities better.
How do they work?
Applying for a small grant is easy. Applicants don’t need to have any experience in community projects. We want this to be a gateway for smaller organizations and individuals to access our larger grants as well as to create awareness and support for Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF) in the community.
We give grants to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity.
Following the application submission, it is then reviewed by an adjudication committee within the community, and if deemed to be in-keeping with the program goals, it will be passed onto a Neighbourhood Grants Committee made up of SCF Board members for final approval. Committee members will conduct a final application review and decide which projects to fund.
What kinds of projects do we intend to support?
Neighbourhood Small Grants are for projects that:
- Connect and Engage Neighbours
Examples: Social gatherings such as clothing swaps and potlucks.
- Share Skills and Knowledge
Examples: Collaborative art making or storytelling sessions.
- Increase Sense of Belonging and Responsibility
Examples: Neighbourhood walking tour or removal of invasive plant species.
- Respect and Celebrate Diversity
Examples: Multicultural community kitchen or project that connects newcomers with Indigenous communities to share cultures.
- Enhance the Environment
Examples: Community Gardens, Neighbourhood Plant a Tree project.
Who is eligible?
- Eligibility criteria is designed to ensure that Neighbourhood Small Grants support a diverse range of community-focused projects.
- Main applicants can apply for one Neighbourhood Small Grants project per year, and only within their community. Co-applicants can only be used on two applications.
- Two applicants living in the same community, but from different households, are required on every application. Both applicants are responsible for managing the grant money.
- Projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. Organizers may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during the event.
- Except for community gardens, projects involving infrastructure building or upgrading or purchasing of large equipment such as computers will not be eligible.
- Projects involving therapy and counselling support will not be eligible.
- Organizers may not profit financially from the project. Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply. These grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood/community groups.
- You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.
- Preference will be given to new projects, or those that have been funded for fewer than three years in a row.
- While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that grant funds be spent in the calendar year.
What else do applicants need to know?
Applicants need to consider the following when calculating their project budget:
- Grant requests are required to be under $350. Larger requests can be considered through the regular SCF Granting Program.
- Shuswap Community Foundation requires that funded events be documented (film, photos) and shared with us following the event. SCF reserves the right to utilize this event documentation in our own advertising and promotional materials.
- Grant money may be used to pay people for services (also called honorariums) to help with the project. An example may be a carpenter or face painter. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project.
- When creating a project budget, applicants should determine the actual cost of items to be used and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or donations.
- Applicants are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for all project costs.
- Public Events – If project is going to take place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces/parks, applicants must provide proof that the event:
- will adhere to municipal by-laws.
- have obtained (or applied for) appropriate permits and liability insurance prior to the project start date.