Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG)'s annual Neighbourhood Small Grants program is opening its applications to local residents. This year, the organization is including a new pilot program.
The Neighbourhood Small Grants program, which is operated by RCRG, is accepting applications to apply for up to $500 for their community project ideas.
A new pilot program called Lighter Living Neighbourhood Small Grants is a category specifically for community initiatives focusing on environmental sustainability and social well-being, according to Jocelyn Wong, general manager of RCRG.
Applications for the standard grant are for projects that foster social connection and facilitate the sharing of skills, talents and cultural practices while the youth-focused grants are for applicants between the ages of 12 and 24.
Each year, RCRG awards help Richmond residents "strengthen connections between neighbours" through organized community initiatives like cooking classes, urban gardens and art exhibitions.
“It’s about giving people the resources to build community in a creative and inclusive way," said Wong.
“The funding streams are meant as guides, and can help bring your ideas into focus,” says Wong. “Our advice is to start with something you’re passionate about – a skill, a hobby, an interest. That can be the foundation of a really amazing project.”
Application deadline is April 18 and can be submitted by clicking here.