Osprey Grant

Neighbourhood Small Grants – Nelson and RDCK E & F, North Kootenay Lake, Salmo Valley & Slocan Valley

Applications Now Open!! Closing May 16, 2022

WHAT ARE NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS?
The Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) is a grant stream for individuals created to support small scale community projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents. The purpose of NSG is to build community strength and resilience, foster community creativity and wellbeing and tackle social isolation.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Neighbourhood Small Grants provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Projects must follow current BC public health guidelines.

For many this is the first grant people are applying for. Most start off with a general idea of what they want to do but are unsure if their project is eligible or how to put the details down on paper. Read through the Eligibility & FAQs page before submitting your application. Also check out Stories from Next Door for project ideas.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

Anyone from the Nelson community & RDCK areas E and F, North Kootenay Lake, Salmo Valley and Slocan Valley, is eligible to apply for NSG of up to $500.

You may not apply on behalf of a business or registered organization, but you may apply on behalf of an informal group (for example, a meetup or shared interest group)

Any product, service, or event created with the support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant must be offered for free or by a small donation. The small donation should be optional and not a requirement for someone to participate in your project.

WHAT ARE NSG ELIGIBLE PROJECTS?

You may apply for any project that will bring your community together, build community strength and resilience, or tackle social isolation.

Some common types of Neighbourhood Small Grant projects include care package deliveries or teaching people a new skill, but there are also many unique projects that don’t fall into these categories.

Projects must adhere to current public health orders regarding gatherings and events.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to people with disabilities and inclusive of all people.

You may budget up to $350 towards honorariums for skill sharing projects such as an artist facilitating a virtual drawing workshop or a musician preforming a virtual live set. You may pay yourself or someone else for in-kind skills or knowledge contributions.

When creating a project budget, you should determine the actual cost of items to be used, and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or donations.

HOW DO I APPLY?

ONLINE
Applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant is easy via our online application system. First time visitors will need to register.

MANUAL APPLICATIONS
While online grant applications are preferred and will ensure that all the information we require is received and processed accurately, Osprey still accepts manual applications. Contact us at nsg@ospreycommunityfoundation for an application.

Nelson and Area Neighbourhood Small Grants are co-funded by the Osprey Community Foundation and Vancouver Foundation. NSG is delivered in partnership with the City of Nelson.

"Neighbourhood Small Grants are all about making sure individuals have the funds to make a positive impact in their community. They're for anyone, any age, any ability. "
Rachel Nissenbaum, Neighbourhood Small Grants Coordinator Nelson