Osprey Grant

Neighbourhood Small Grants – Nelson and RDCK E & F

Applications are now open. Deadline to apply is November 15th, 2021

WHAT ARE NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANTS?
The Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) is a new grant stream created to support small scale community projects that comply to the new social/physical distancing guidelines. The purpose of NSG is to build community strength and resilience, foster community creativity and wellbeing and tackle social isolation.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other. Project must stay within guidelines for physical distancing.

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 is eligible to apply for NSG of up to $500. Projects can be carried out by individuals and/or family members from the same household or in collaboration with a neighbour with proper social distancing practices.

Your project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations

WHAT ARE NSG ELIGIBLE PROJECTS?

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

Projects that can ease social isolation of vulnerable people with physical distancing in mind; ie: Dropping off care packages of dry good to elderly or other vulnerable people.

Projects that use, share and exchange local assets/gifts through in-person with six or less people and proper social distancing OR using online platforms such as Zoom, Instagram, Skype; ie: arts & culture workshops, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, yoga or meditation sessions, live music streaming.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Your project must be free to attend and participate in. 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.

"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