Library Small Grants


Applications for 2017 are open now closed.

Are you a newcomer to Canada or the North Shore, or are you interested in connecting with the newcomers in your area? Need a little extra money to jump start your idea?

The North Vancouver City Library is excited to announce new Library Small Grants targeted at promoting cross-cultural connection among North Vancouver City residents. The purpose of the program is to provide seed money to support creative opportunities for community-led projects, events and initiatives that promote learning, understanding, and friendship among our city’s diverse residents.

The program will distribute grants of up to $500 to City of North Vancouver residents who are excited about building cross-cultural connections in their community through the library. The goals of the program are to enrich lives and inspire stories and friendship through the creative use of library’s space, resources, staff, books, and technology, including the library’s Digitization Station.

Potential projects could include:

  • Create a network, committee or group dedicated to a shared interest such as community gardening, a parent action group, or social club
  • Organize a regular walking group and meet for a reception in the library
  • Establish a team of community neighbours to plan a storytelling project using library resources such as the Digitization Station or other resources
  • Create a culture-themed book club or writing group to connect, share stories and build relationships with your fellow community members
  • Create a craft program to teach one another about your family or ancestry’s traditions
  • Use NVCL’s seed library to create a community garden in your neighbourhood

A few examples of ways to use the grant money could include an honorarium for guest speakers, supplies or equipment, food and drink, or to purchase technology.

Use your imagination! We’d love to hear what other creative and inventive ways you can think of to connect with your neighbours, learn from each other, and help build an inclusive community for North Shore residents.

Looking for more information, or perhaps have an idea and curious if it could work? Contact Mikale Fenton

Eligibility

Our eligibility criteria are designed to ensure that Library Small Grants support a diverse range of cross-culture-focused, inclusive community projects.

Who Can Apply?

  • You must live in the City of North Vancouver (map available here)
  • Main applicants can apply for one Library Small Grants project per year; however, co-applicants can only be used on two applications
  • Two applicants living in the same community but from different households are required on every application. Both applicants are responsible for managing the grant money
  • Your project must be free, accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge entrance fees, request donations, or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations
  • You may not profit financially from the project. Registered organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects are not supported retroactively.

Before You Apply

Applying for a Library Small Grant is easy via our online application form (see link below). But first, you must make sure your project is a good fit for our funding. Grants are given to projects that meet the following goal: to support creative opportunities for community-led projects, events and initiatives that promote learning, understanding and friendship among our city’s cross-cultural residents by using the library space, technologies, books, or resources. These projects should:

  • Share residents' skills and knowledge within the community, e.g., create a network, committee or group dedicated to a shared interest such as community gardening, a parent action group, or social club
  • Build sense of ownership and pride, e.g., establish a team of community neighbours to plan a storytelling project using library resources such as the Digitization Station or other resources
  • Respect and celebrate diversity, e.g., create a culture-themed book club or writing group to connect, share stories and build relationships with your fellow community members

Considerations

  • Applicants may not financially profit from the project.
  • Grant money may be used for honorariums with a maximum allowable amount of $50 per person, with total honorarium(s) not exceeding $100 or 50% of the project budget (whichever is less).
  • When creating a project budget, applicants should determine the actual cost of items to be used, and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or donations.
  • Applicants are responsible for keeping expense receipts to account for project costs.
  • If your project is going to be on public space (e.g. neighbourhood street, public spaces or parks), please consider that projects taking place on neighbourhood streets or public spaces/parks are required to comply with municipal by-laws, such as:
    • Applicants are required to know relevant information about permits and liability insurance they may require, and account for the time needed to process these requests at the municipal office
    • Applicants should obtain appropriate permits and liability insurance prior to project start date
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