$500 grants open to those looking to strengthen connections with neighbours

Grants to build community

North Okanagan residents who have a great idea to strengthen connections within their community may be eligible for a $500 grant.

The Community Foundation of the North Okanagan is opening up their Neighbourhood Small Grants program, in partnership with Vancouver Foundation.

The grant money can be used to make care hampers, buy craft and building materials tech equipment or online hosting fees, among other ideas. The grant money is only open to individuals, not businesses or charities.

“NSG is a grassroots grant-making program; it's just for people to apply,” said Kim English, the regional NSG coordinator.

“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.”

Some ideas from last year's program include online cooking demonstrations, no-contact scavenger hunts, socially distanced movie-nights and yoga and painting classes.

“NSG 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,” said English.

Those interested in applying can find more information here.

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