Deadline extended for the neighbourhood small grants

If you were hoping to get an application in for the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, you've got a little more time

If you were hoping to get an application in for the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, you’ve got a little more time to get the paperwork done.

The program, run locally through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan offers grants of up to $500 for projects and initiatives to bring people within communities together.

The original deadline for the program was July 29, but organizers have decided to extend it to Aug 31. Kim English, who is administering the program, said they decided that having the application process over the summer when people are on vacation or engaged in other activities, might not be giving enough time.

“We are getting lots of applications,” she said. “Lots of really interesting, thoughtful ideas.”

While this is the first time the grant funding has been offered in this region, it has been in place in the Lower Mainland for the past decade.

Aaron McRann, executive director of the CFSO, said a total of $20,000 is available, making it possible for them to give out 40 grants.

In other communities, initiatives have included free yoga sessions, a multicultural potluck and a Muslim fashion show and burkha parade.

“When people feel a sense of connection to their neighbourhood — a sense of belonging — they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live,” McRann said. “And when people are active in the life of their neighbourhood, our communities are strengthened from the ground up.”

To apply, visit the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan at www.cfso.net/neighbourhood-small-grants.