Neighbourhood Matching Fund

We are now accepting applications for fall 2020 intake. Some changes have been made to the program criteria.

Neighbourhood Matching Fund

By City of Vancouver

 

  • Indigenous Garden at Britannia Carving Pavilion

    By City of Vancouver

  • Still Creek Street Murals

    By City of Vancouver

  • Beehive at Dunbar Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

  • Container Mural at Pine Street Community Garden

    By City of Vancouver

  • "How you can help the bees" zine by Cloudscape Comics

    By City of Vancouver

  • Local fibre growth, weaving, and education at China Creek North Park

    By City of Vancouver

The Neighborhood Matching Fund is not a grant.

Community groups are awarded funds for project expenses based on a matching value of volunteer labour, in-kind donations, or cash support.

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports neighbourhood-based groups who want to creatively enhance parks or other public lands through community art, environmental stewardship, or garden projects. 

Applications are accepted twice annually in the spring and fall. 

The Vancouver Park Board can provide funds up to $10,000 to match volunteer time and donated contributions from the community.

Projects must actively involve the local community and build neighborhood connections. 

Interested groups must contact Neighbourhood Matching Fund staff by email: nmf@vancouver.ca or phone: 604-713-1869 to discuss their project eligibility before applying. For more information about eligibility read the application guidelines (396 KB)

New criteria in response to COVID-19

For the fall 2020 applications, Neighbourhood Matching Fund will support:

  • Upgrades and revitalizations to existing land-based projects in Vancouver Parks only (No new project sites will be considered.)
  • Community art, culture, environmental stewardship, and knowledge shared at a community centre or through a digital platform (for example community centre webpage, public notice board)
   Eligible ​​​​​​​ Ineligible
Locations
  • Vancouver parks
  • Community centres
  • Digital platforms
  • Streets
  • Private property
Activities
  • Co-designing and creating a collaborative zine, poetry booklet, collection of recipes, storytelling podcast, virtual play, talent show, or other digital projects
  • Developing historical or cultural or nature-based self-guided neighbourhood walk with maps, digital resources, or identification guide
  • Restoring a wild space by removing invasive species and planting Indigenous plants
  • Improving or updating existing murals and sculptures
  • Enhancing existing community gardens (for example, building arts-based fence for aesthetic purposes and environmental function)
  • In-person community events and gatherings (for example parades, seasonal celebrations, etc.)
  • One-time neighbourhood event or workshop that is not documented
  • Establishing new community gardens, garden expansions, or green spaces
  • New murals on private property
  • Building new outdoor sculptures and art installations
  • Standard items that are a regular part of the Vancouver Park Board’s operation such as playgrounds, park benches, and other manufactured equipment

What creative ideas do you and neighbours have? Please contact Neighbourhood Matching Fund staff to discuss your project for eligibility. Email: nmf@vancouver.ca or phone: 604-713-1869.

Fall 2020

  For the fall 2020 call for applications, we will only be able to support projects taking place in Vancouver parks or virtual projects that have a strong community focus.    

Application deadline November 3, 2020, at 4pm PST
Decision made Early December 2020
Project start Early 2021 (once agreements are signed)

Resources

Previous projects

View previous Neighbourhood Matching Fund projects in ArtFinder.

Make an outdoor mural

Interested in creating a mural in your community? Apply for paint supplies and support for your outdoor mural.

Suggested artist fees

Artist fees vary from project to project and it is ultimately up to the artist you work with. Artists with different levels of experience may have different rates for service. Some may choose to waive their fee.

We encourage you to support paying artists for their valuable services.

View suggested artist fees (Section C.1 - C.3, Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective website)

Elemental Earth project

Renfrew-Collingwood project

Contact Neighbourhood Matching Fund programmers

Mailing address
Neighbourhood Matching Fund
Vancouver Park Board
2099 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

Phone: 604-713-1869

nmf@vancouver.ca