Richmond’s responsive neighbourhood small grants aim to connect community

Richmond’s annual Neighbourhood Small Grant program has changed its application guidelines to help ease social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) worked in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC to create the new Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program this year.

Richmond residents can apply for up to $500 in funding for a community project focusing on supporting vulnerable residents and facilitating the digital exchange of skills, ideas and resources such as delivering care packages or hosting online cooking demonstrations.

Projects must follow social distancing guidelines and take place in or near the applicant’s home.

“We’re asking project leaders to think of ways they can help ease social isolation, and create connections with their neighbours,” said Jocelyn Wong, general manager of RCRG.

“Even though we can’t meet in person, each of us can still play a part in building a strong, vibrant community.” 

She added that project leaders are encouraged to be creative while staying within the program guidelines.

“It’s about sharing your skills, talents, expertise and kindness with your neighbours, so we can get through these challenging times together.” 

Applications will remain open on an ongoing basis and can be submitted online at www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca

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