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Neighbourhood Small Grants funding available for South Okanagan communities

Up to $500 available for neighbourhood projects in South Okanagan Similkameen
Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (Contributed)

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is offering grants up to $500 through its Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

The grants are for people who have an idea they want to share with their neighbours and community. Funds can go towards care hampers, craft and building materials, tech equipment, online hosting fees and honorariums. Businesses, charities, and formal groups cannot apply.

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“Neighbourhood Small Grants is a grassroots grant-making program; it’s just for people to apply,” said Kim English, regional grants coordinator at Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen.

“The pandemic has changed how we live and how we gather. It has also shown us just how creative people are in finding ways to connect, share, and celebrate, whether they gather online or within in their small social bubble.”

Last year, the community foundation awarded 36 grants in communities throughout the region.

Neighbours gathered for online cooking demonstrations, yoga and painting classes. Small groups of neighbours focused on pandemic safe activities such as no-contact scavenger hunts, socially distanced movie-nights, and beautification projects with sign-up times.

“In Keremeos, a group of young adults painted a mural of a Sylix/Okanagan legend,” English said, adding that another group tackled the skate park with paint. “Neighbourhood Small Grants is an excellent opportunity for young people who want to contribute to their community, and with a $500 grant, they can turn their idea into reality.”

Anyone with a creative idea that strengthens the community is encouraged to visit The application deadline is June 30. Projects are to be delivered between July and November.

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