Application now open for Community and Neighborhood Grants

January 10, 2024

The City of Vancouver is now accepting applications for its Community and Neighborhood Grants Program. This program’s goal is to build and strengthen community connections, encourage partnerships between groups and empower residents to take meaningful action in their community.  

“After more than a decade, we’re delighted to bring back and expand such a wonderful grant program,” said Neighborhood Coordinator Koko Olszewski. “The program will serve as a platform for projects and events that contribute to the fabric of our community. We look forward to supporting community members’ vision, creativity and desire to connect.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with grants being awarded in March, June, August and October, or until funding runs out. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications with enough time for approval and planning. Please note that the City cannot award grant funds to events or programs that have already happened.

To help applicants navigate the process, the Office of Neighborhoods will be hosting a series of application workshops. These workshops will provide training and support for those interested in applying for a grant. Interested parties can register for an upcoming workshop via Zoom at the following links:

  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17
  • 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31

Eligible organizations for this grant program include nonprofits, community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, clubs, parent-teacher groups such as PTA/PTO/PTSA groups, as well as informal groups, partnerships or collaboratives. Government agencies (including county agencies, schools or special districts), for-profit businesses and political organizations are not eligible to apply.

Grant funds can be used towards materials and supplies for events or programs; event rental fees; insurance policies; food or non-alcoholic beverages; and professional services such as translation/interpretation services or design/advertising costs. However, grant funds cannot be used towards purchase of real property; utility bills; salaries for staff; alcohol, marijuana or any illegal substances; political activities; fundraising events; or events that require payment to attend.

The grant program offers two levels of funding: Level One Microgrants, with up to $500 available for smaller-scale projects and events, and Level Two Grants, with up to $10,000 available for larger-scale projects and ongoing programs. A total of $200,000 is available for both levels of funding.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Need: The project addresses a community need that is not currently being met.
  • Support for Priorities and Core Values: The project aligns with City Council priorities (Community Safety, Climate Action, Diversity Equity and Inclusion) and focus areas identified in the City’s Strategic Plan.
  • Community Involvement: The applicant partners with community groups, organizations or other stakeholders to ensure project success.
  • Community Impact: The project builds or strengthens community connections, empowers residents to take meaningful action in their community, and leads to community benefits for people who live or work in Vancouver.

All eligible organizations working towards supporting community-building within Vancouver city limits or urban growth area are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the grant program and how to apply, please visit cityofvancouver.us/communitygrants.


Contact: Tim Becker, strategic communications manager, tim.becker@cityofvancouver.us