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Library small grants

Applications for 2021 are now closed

Stay tuned for updates on this year's grant awardees! 

Connecting with your neighbours and community has never been more important. Therefore we are pleased to launch the 2021 Library Small Grants program. NVCL's Small Grants program is targeted at promoting cross-cultural connection among North Vancouver City residents. It provides seed money to support creative opportunities for community-led projects, events and initiatives that aim to combat social isolation, promote learning, understanding, and friendship among our city’s diverse residents.

Each year the program distributes grants of up to $500 to City of North Vancouver residents who are excited about building cross-cultural connections and civic engagement 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 Creation Stations.

While thinking about your application, please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the library is currently only offering online, virtual programs. In-person events and programs are not allowed at this time.

Potential projects could include:

  • Use NVCL’s seed library to create a community garden in your neighbourhood
  • Create a network, committee or group dedicated to a shared interest such as a parent action group or social club
  • Work with your neighbours to create a community art project
  • 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


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?
  • The main applicant 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.

Applying for a Library Small Grant is easy via our online application form. But first, you must make sure your project is a good fit for our funding. These projects should:

  • Share residents' skills and knowledge within the community.
  • Build sense of ownership and pride.
  • Respect and celebrate diversity.
  • Promote friendship.
  • Consider creative use of library space and resources.
  • Applicants may not financially profit from the project.
  • Any equipment, materials or supplies purchased using grant money will remain the property of North Vancouver City Library.
  • 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. 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.
  • All projects must follow current Provincial Health Orders and health and safety protocols.

Successful past projects have included:


  • Norooz Friendship and Celebration Party: Welcoming Spring in Two Phases
  • Geering Up STEM Workshops for Grades 4-7: Computer Science, Engineering, Physics
  • Block Lettering and Wooden Name Sign Workshop for Grades 3-6
  • Four Cups of Tea: Tea History and Ceremonies in Japan, Iran, India and Russia

See some great photos from the 2019 projects here!


  • Grow and Cook with Herbs: Planting Session and Potluck Session
  • Community Board Games Night for Teens
  • Cookie Decoration Workshop for Adults
  • Color Works Painting workshop for age 55+
  • Queen Mary Community Lending Library

See some great photos from the 2018 projects here!


  • Active Companionship
  • Documentary Screening and discussion: Directly Affected
  • Pre-Calculus Workshop for Teens
  • Soccer Tournament
  • Yalda (Persian winter solstice) Celebration


  • A Craft Program on Designing and Making Friendship Postcards
  • Family Fun Soccer Tournament and Pizza Party
  • Walking Group
  • Writing Group
  • Yalda Festival, a Persian tradition that takes place on winter solstice and celebrates the return of light

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 librarian Shideh Taleban at for more information.

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