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City launches 2022 Neighbourhood Celebration Grant Program

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:30 PDT, Wed May 4, 2022

The City of Richmond is once again providing an opportunity for grassroots community events to receive funding through the Neighbourhood Celebration Grant Program.

Richmond based neighbourhood groups, not-for-profit community groups, Parent Advisory Committees, community associations, and student councils with a creative idea for an event that will build community connections and neighbourhood pride are encouraged to apply for a Richmond’s Neighbourhood Celebration Grant. This grant program provides funding up to $2,500 to support the delivery of initiatives that will reconnect residents through community events and shared experiences that can be delivered safely throughout the summer and fall of 2022.

“We’re thrilled to re-launch the City of Richmond’s Neighbourhood Celebration Grant Program,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This program supports a number of council priorities including building local capacity by investing in community-driven events; providing opportunities for Richmond residents and community groups to collaborate, contribute and participate; and maximizing social benefits to the community by fostering volunteerism and increasing sense of community pride and belonging.”  

Examples of events that are eligible for funding include neighbourhood block parties, community picnics, and cultural celebrations. Local artists are encouraged to connect with local non-profit community organizations or neighbourhood groups to develop proposals that capitalize on the power and potential of the arts to support community-building and promote social connection.

Event submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

• Event must demonstrate alignment with the program objectives

• Event must be inclusive and demonstrate engagement of community members from diverse backgrounds

• Applicants must show evidence of capacity to host the event

• Project approach must show a realistic estimate of resources needed and total budget required

• Project must demonstrate commitment to incorporate sustainability initiatives

Event must take place prior to December 31, 2022

• Event must be held in Richmond

It is expected that any event/initiative supported through this program will be delivered in a manner consistent with any relevant Provincial Health Officer orders on gatherings and events at the time of delivery.

Find out more about the Richmond Neighbourhood Celebration Grant Program and submit an online application at www.richmond.ca/celebrationgrant. Deadline for submissions is May 23.

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