Okanagan, BC – The Community Foundation of the North Okanagan is excited to announce a partnership granting program that addresses local needs in a wonderfully personal way. The Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant stream provides grants of up to $500 for projects that connect people socially or involve sharing skills or talents with each other during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants of up to $500 will be available to households throughout the North, Central and South Okanagan to carry out virtual or small community-building projects. Folks with ideas that strengthen connections while we adhere to the public health requirements of social/physical distancing are encouraged to apply. According to Leanne Hammond, executive director at the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, “This program is yet another demonstration of how community foundation collaborations bring more resources to our region. We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in the Central and South Okanagan as well as the Vancouver Foundation to make this program possible.”
Kim English, regional program coordinator with the Vancouver Foundation and the Community Foundation South Okanagan|Similkmaeen explains, “Over the last few weeks, we all have witnessed how people in our communities are self-organizing through online platforms to support each other and address social isolation. The Vancouver Foundation is interested to support these citizen-led movements by delivering Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program throughout the province.
Households are encouraged to consider projects that can ease social isolation of vulnerable people with physical distancing and personal safety in mind. “An example would be dropping off care packages to the elderly or other vulnerable people from safe distance.” Continues Kim English, “Or if someone has a hobby or skill they’d like to share, they could apply to host one or a series of virtual workshops”.
The $500 can be used towards online subscription fees, materials for projects, fresh food and sundry hampers, prizes, and honorariums. (Societies, organizations and businesses are not eligible. Charities seeking emergency funding may apply for an emergency grant at www.cfso.net/community-response-fund-application/).
“The Vancouver Foundation believes that these Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants have a potential to become a catalyst for exploring and trying new ways to build community, foster community creativity and well-being and address social isolation in this difficult time” concluded Kim English. The Community Foundation of the North Okanagan is pleased to have two seats for volunteers on the collaborative grants distribution team.
For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and to apply online visit www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca or email [email protected] . The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is funded by the Vancouver Foundation.