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Here’s how to get started and what to expect when applying for the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant

Come up with a great idea that fits within one of the five ING funding streams

  • Beautify a community pathway
  • Run a neighbourhood market
  • Plan a community art project
  • Plan a community safety initiative
  • Install historical and land feature interpretation boards
  • Enable efficiencies to track your board’s financial reporting with improved software
  • Create a community engagement plan for a larger community project
  • Support mental health initiatives

Get support from your community association (CA)

  • Discuss project ideas with your CA early in the process. CAs are the only eligible organizations able to apply for ING and will need to provide a board approved motion as part of the application

Pre-application meeting with your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator (NPC)

  • Review the ING grant guidelines and work through the checklist
  • Review ING application for completion
  • Ensure the project budget is accurate
  • Filter through considerations found in the ING tip sheet (permits, neighbourhood support, insurance, maintenance, etc.)
  • Ensure development permits are in place as required
  • Discuss community engagement required for your project

Get a project team together

  • Gather neighbours and/or members willing to help take the lead. A dedicated group of people to inspire action and keep the project moving forward is crucial for project success

Get a group of project supporters together

  • Find out who might be interested in becoming a project partner. Partnerships are a great way to gain support, resources, and discover new ideas

Create a project budget

  • Develop a list of expenses and estimated costs associated with putting your project idea into action. Use the ING Budget Template to determine how to match the value of the grant

Submit your application

Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant application is open for 2024 submissions.

Application review, recommendations, and decision making

  • Community Partners will review all applications
  • Grant decisions are made according to the funding and eligibility criteria outlined in the ING Guidelines.
  • Decisions will be communicated by your NPC within four to six weeks of application submission.

Applicant is notified of decision

  • Successful applicants will receive a funding approval letter and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed before funds are distributed and the project begins
  • Applicants who are not successful will receive feedback and recommendations

Funds are distributed to applicant

Grant recipient completes their approved community project within the agreed upon timeline

  • Contact your NPC should you require any support or have questions as your project proceeds
  • Please ask your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator for the link to submit your final report.

Grant recipient submits a report upon completion of the project

  • The Final Report Template will include a final project budget, and a copy of all expense receipts
  • Submit your report here