Street cleaning workers group photo

Seven non-profit organizations awarded street cleaning grants

The City continues to support low threshold employment opportunities and public realm cleanliness with grant program

February 13 2019 –
Vancouver City Council has approved funding for seven local non-profit organizations as part of the City’s annual Street Cleaning Grant Program. 

For the last 20 years, the Street Cleaning Grant Program has provided funding to non-profit organizations for micro cleaning services, which play a major role in keeping Vancouver clean, supplementing work by City crews, and provide meaningful, low-barrier job opportunities for people who need them the most.

Grant recipients

The program will award $1,210,000 in grants to the following seven local non-profit organizations:

  • Save Our Living Environment – United We Can ($360,000)
  • Coast Mental Health Foundation – Employment Services Program ($330,000)
  • Mission Possible Enterprises Society – MP Maintenance ($330,000)
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Street Youth Job Action ($66,000)
  • The Kettle Friendship Society – SEED Employment Program ($44,000)
  • Tides Canada Initiatives Society - The Binners’ Project ($55,000)
  • Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative – ($25,000)

About the program

The 2019 Street Cleaning Grant Program will help to keep our city clean and green, allow existing service providers to continue providing low threshold employment opportunities, maintain support for Business Improvement Associations (BIA) in dealing with litter city-wide, support waste diversion initiatives involving the binning community and assist in developing strategies aimed at addressing rat populations in Vancouver.

2018 street cleaning grant program by the numbers: 

  • Micro-cleaning of 400 City blocks and 22 BIA areas
  • 55,000 work hours to individuals with barriers to traditional employment
  • 14,800 bags of litter collected 
  • 72,200 needles collected from streets and lanes 
  • 81,000 littered single-use items (plastic bags, coffee cups, foam take-out containers) collected 

Micro cleaning involves daily collection of difficult materials, including needles and litter using brooms, shovels, and wheeled garbage carts and offers job and job skills training for youth and adults with barriers to traditional employment. This work differs from street cleaning done by City crews, which is focused on emptying receptacles and litter collection using sweepers, flushers, or other vehicles.

Learn more about the Street Cleaning Grants Program

How you can help keep the city clean

While the City and partners work to keep streets clean, all residents are encouraged to pitch in by reducing waste, responsibly disposing of their waste, picking up litter or participating in the City's year-round volunteer-led litter program – Neighbourhood Cleanup Party