Community and Neighborhood Grants

The Community and Neighborhood Grants Program supports local efforts to: 

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded in March, June, August and October, or until funding runs out. Please submit your application with enough time for approval and planning. The City cannot award grant funds to events or programs that have already happened. Please review the eligibility criteria and information below before applying.  

View an application workshop

Office of Neighborhoods staff is providing training and support to interested community members through a series of application workshops.

Watch a previous workshop recording

For questions or help filling out an application, please contact the Office of Neighborhoods at neighborhoods@cityofvanocuver.us

Eligibility

Groups that are working to support community-building within the Vancouver city limits or urban growth area are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include: 

  • Nonprofits 
  • Community-based organizations 
  • Neighborhood associations 
  • Clubs 
  • Parent-teacher groups such as PTA, PTO and PTSA Groups 
  • Informal groups, partnerships or collaboratives 

The following organizations are not eligible to apply: 

  • Government agencies (including county agencies, schools or special districts) 
  • For-profit businesses 
  • Political organizations 

How Funds Can Be Used

Grant funds can be used to pay for: 

  • Materials, supplies or equipment used for an event, project or program 
  • Event rental fees 
  • Insurance policies 
  • Food or nonalcoholic beverages
  • Professional services, such as translation, interpretation, facilitation, design, art, printing, advertising, etc. 

Grant funds cannot be used to pay for: 

  • Purchase of real property or capital improvements
  • Utility bills 
  • Salaries for staff 
  • Alcohol, marijuana or any illegal substances 
  • Political activities 
  • Fundraising events 
  • Events that cost money to attend 

Application Process 

Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded in March, June, August and October, or until funding runs out. Please submit your application with enough time for approval and planning. The City cannot award grant funds to events or programs that have already happened. 

View a workshop recording for more information, including how to complete an application.

If you would like help filling out an application, please contact the Office of Neighborhoods at neighborhoods@cityofvancouver.us.

Funding Amounts

The grant program offers two levels of funding: 

Level One Microgrants

Up to $500 to support smaller-scale projects and events such as block parties, picnics, carnivals, cultural and community celebrations, education events, or arts activities. Up to $40,000 is available for Level One Microgrants. 

Level Two Grants

Up to $10,000 to support larger-scale projects and ongoing programs. These could include after-school, educational or youth sports programs, ongoing arts programs, neighborhood beautification, safety improvements, food assistance programs and any manner of programs aimed at improving equity, accessibility and inclusion in historically underserved parts of Vancouver. Up to $160,000 is available for Level Two Grants. 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

Need

The project will address 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)  
  • Focus areas identified in the City’s Strategic Plan
    • Transportation and Mobility 
    • Economic Opportunity 
    • Housing and Human Needs 
    • Vibrant and Distinct Neighborhoods 
    • Culture and Heritage 
    • Safe and Prepared Community 
    • Climate and Natural Systems 
    • High Performing Government 

Equity and Inclusion

The project will benefit or engage: 

  • Historically underserved communities 
  • Areas of our community identified by the City of Vancouver’s Equity Index
  • Neighborhoods with poor access to community spaces or services 
  • A diverse group of community members across age, race, ethnicity, religion, income, language, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression 

Community Involvement

The applicant will partner with community groups, organizations or other stakeholders to ensure project success.

Community Impact

The project will:

  • Build or strengthen community connections 
  • Empower residents to take meaningful action in their community 
  • Lead to community benefits for people who live or work in Vancouver 

Reporting and Accountability

Grant recipients must complete an impact and outcome report within 30 days of their project’s conclusion. The report will include an evaluation of outcomes, the number of people engaged and describe how money was spent. Recipients who fail to submit an impact and outcome report may be ineligible to apply for future grants through the City of Vancouver.