Neighbourhood Small Grants Now Available for Community Strengthening Projects in the Similkameen

Applications are now open for Neighbourhood Small Grants, for projects that help build a sense of community.


Neighbourhood Small Grants is based on a simple but powerful idea – that everyone is a valuable member of the community and that we all have something to share. The grants provide up to $500 for local residents to strengthen their community by bringing people together, sharing skills and knowledge, celebrating diversity, and increasing people’s sense of belonging.


Local residents can come up with all kinds of creative ideas to bring people together. Last year projects ranged from potlucks and neighbourhood beautifications, including habitat restorations. Other ideas include harvest festivals, music groups, and art workshops. In addition, this year the program seeks to prioritize projects that connect indigenous and non-indigenous community members, and projects led by young people age 18 to 24.


True to the grassroots spirit of the program, each Neighbourhood Small Grant will be awarded by South Okanagan | Similkameen residents themselves. Local volunteers will review the ideas submitted and decide which ones to fund.


Applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants are open until Wednesday, April 4, 2018.


Neighbourhood Small Grants are one way that the Community Foundation amplifies the power of community by supporting the strength, resiliency and creativity of local residents.


“When people feel a sense of connection and belonging to their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live” adds Kim English, Program Coordinator at the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen.


Neighbourhood Small Grants help connect and engage residents in their community regions through co-funding partnerships with Vancouver Foundation and the City of Penticton.


For more information on the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, and to apply online, visit or email

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 4:00pm