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Second chance to apply for Neighbourhood Small Grant

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:34 PDT, Fri September 23, 2022

Last Updated: 10:48 PDT, Mon October 3, 2022

Throughout Richmond this summer, dozens of fun, creative, inclusive community projects helped bring neighbours together thanks to Neighbourhood Small Grants.

Residents in one neighbourhood held a swap meet, trading items they no longer needed for new treasures. As families exchanged goods, they also swapped stories and shared laughs, using the opportunity to make new friends and re-connect with old ones.

Elsewhere, Birchwood Estates played host to a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Participants made their way through six stations, completing activities like rock painting, nature bingo, and a group sidewalk mural. Afterwards, the Birchwood strata organized a community barbecue, giving even more residents a chance to come out and enjoy each other's company.

For her project, science illustrator Bea Martin invited residents to Richmond's bountiful community gardens, where she taught them how to draw fruits, flowers, and pollinators. Beyond honing their artistic talents, participants learned about the science behind their drawings, and how to observe and explain the natural world.

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is a partnership with Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. Applications for the fall granting period are open until Oct. 21. People can apply for up to $500 to complete a community project. A second funding stream just for youth is available to applicants between the ages of 12 and 24. 

Apply online: neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/our-communities/richmond/

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