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Greenest City Fund

To support green ideas generated and implemented by the community, we teamed up with the Vancouver Foundation in 2012 to create the $2-million Greenest City Fund. We committed $1-million to the Fund, which the Vancouver Foundation matched. From 2012 to 2015, the Greenest City Fund provided grants to the community for projects in support of the Greenest City Action Plan.

Grant distribution from 2012 to 2015

There were three grant streams:

  • Generation Green (youth) - Up to $100,000 
  • Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants - Grants of up to $1,000
  • Greenest City Community Grants - Grants of up to $50,000 

573 projects were funded and approximately $1,900,000 was distributed. Projects were implemented in support of all 10 Greenest City goal areas.

Number of projects funded from 2012 to 2015
Generation Green Grants 32
Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants 478
Greenest City Community Grants 63

In 2016 we're funding sustainability projects with a focus on social innovation

We're relaunching the Greenest City Fund in 2017 as a separate grant process. This year, applications will be accepted through the Vancouver Foundation's Health and Social Development grant stream as a temporary approach until we transition to a longer-term dedicated grant program.

Registered charities and other qualified organizations are invited to apply through an open call for applications. Work must take place in Vancouver between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. A budget of up to a maximum of $50,000 or up to 75% of the project budget may be applied for. The first step to apply is submitting a letter of interest.

Learn about the letter of interest and apply online 

 Letters of interest are due August 5, 2016. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Sustainability Group and Social Policy within the City of Vancouver.

If you have questions about this project, contact Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist by email at angela.danyluk@vancouver.ca.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Schools and community groups planning a garden- or green project on public land may qualify for financial support from the Neighbourhood Matching Fund. Projects should improve local green spaces, build community connections, celebrate diversity, and leave a lasting physical legacy.

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