Neighbourhood Matching Fund

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund provides support for community groups to build community and neighbourhood connections while enhancing parks or other public spaces. 

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.

About the Neighbourhood Matching Fund

Neighbourhood Matching Funds projects involve the creation of innovative and lasting work for community enjoyment and use. These projects express something unique about the neighbourhood.

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. Examples of community participation include:

  • Participatory installation
  • Collaborative painting 
  • Cultural knowledge sharing 
  • Design and learning workshops

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

Spring 2023 key dates

Eligibility confirmation deadline March 24, 2023
Application deadline April 14, 2023
Decisions made Early June 2023
Project start Summer/fall 2023

What's happeningJoin the Neighbourhood Matching Fund advisory committee

We're looking for new volunteer committee members. The committee reviews funding applications twice annually, decides which projects to fund, and advises on program administration. There are approximately two or three meetings annually, with lively and stimulating discussions.

Consider applying if you:

  • Have an interest in community building, art, environmental stewardship, and equity
  • Have a connection with a community organization
  • Are familiar with different Vancouver neighbourhoods
  • Represent the demographic diversity of Vancouver communities
  • Reside in the City of Vancouver

Nominate yourself or someone else by sending a resume or brief description of interests and experience to nmf@vancouver.ca.

Resources

Equity in parks and recreation

Starting great conversations to address historical inequities.

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 (CARFAC-RAAV minimum recommended fee schedule)

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