neighbourhood connections feature

Learn more about funding opportunities to enhance neighbourhood liveability through partnerships.

Thank you for your interest in Neighbourhood Funding. Please note that the 2022 Neighbourhood Services Micro and Connections Grants program is now closed. Applications for 2022 funding will no longer be accepted.  Please visit our website again soon for updates on the 2023 opening date.

Neighbourhood Connections Grants are to assist groups with implementing initiatives that will engage and involve different people in their neighbourhood(s). Neighbourhood Connections Grants provide residents, businesses owners and operators, non-profit organizations $501-$2500 in funding and are available for projects which demonstrate they will:

  • Increase community connections to build a sense of community and community ownership
  • Create opportunities for people to work with others beyond their circle to create new working relationships and potential partnerships
  • Inspire community volunteers to make their neighbourhoods the place they want them to be
  • Engage assets already in the community and build community capacity
  • Offer practical applications and valuable lessons for caring neighbours who want to make a difference  

Projects can include block parties, community arts, and neighbourhood social or recreation activities.

Applicants can apply for only one City of Edmonton grant for a particular element of their project or initiative.

Neighbourhood Connections Grant

FAQs

What is Eligible for Neighbourhood Connections Grant Funding?

Projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Enhancing community safety
  • Inspiring community connections
  • Celebrating multicultural connections/awareness
  • Promoting beautification and cleanliness
  • Building community capacity
  • Advancing arts in the community

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Projects that have already been completed
  • Ongoing operating expenses or salaries of an organization
  • Facility maintenance or repair
  • Events that charge admission
  • Alcohol or cannabis
  • Expenses incurred prior to date of application will not be reimbursed
What Is the Funding Amount?

Up to $2500, depending on project or event scope and criteria. Applicants can apply for only one City of Edmonton grant for a particular element of their project or initiative. 

For projects seeking funding of $500 or less, please apply on our Micro-Grant.

Matching Your Grant

The amount of funds requested must be matched by 25% of the total funding amount" of cash, in-kind donation and/or volunteer labour. For example, if requesting $2,000 to carry out a project, the applicant must have $500 from other sources of funding, in-kind donations and/or volunteer labour.

As of March 15, 2020, the City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Services recognizes the general volunteer labour rate at $20 per hour.

Evaluation of Applications

Neighbourhood Connections grant applications are evaluated by the City of Edmonton using the following criteria. The project must:

  • Be feasible
  • Directly involve residents, businesses, property owners, community organizations and/or other stakeholders
  • Benefit the area (for example, the project must create a positive change in the area)
  • Foster a sense of community spirit (for example, the project must bring the community together, and create connections and interactions)
  • Leave a legacy, such as an annual event, a physical change or greater community capacity
What are the Final Report Requirements for the Neighbourhood Connections Grant?

All Neighbourhood Connections Grant fund recipients must submit a Final Report within 60 days of the completion of the initiative.  Your Final Report will state how the funds were used.  Fund recipients must demonstrate how the initiative met outcomes of enhancing community connections or capacity for safe, healthy and vibrant communities.

Note: Fund recipient eligibility for future funding through the City of Edmonton is dependent on a complete Final Report verified as received by the Grants Office. 

 Neighbourhood Connections Grant Final Report 

To prepare for filling out the Final Report Form please gather:

  • Information on how your initiative met the goals for your neighbourhood
  • Examples of your advertising/marketing material and posts
  • Have your copy of the Financial Report (budget) ready to include actual revenue and expenses.  This is the budget you submitted with your Neighbourhood Connections Grant Application.  You will be required to show a 25% matching component which can include donations as well as in-kind value. 
  • Copies of receipts.  Your Financial Report with actual expenses and receipts must be included in your Final Report Package.
  • Number of initiative attendees
  • Photos *optional - ensure you have permission to share identifiable photos prior to submission.

Note: If you do not have a copy of the Financial Report (budget) submitted with your application, please call the Grants Office for assistance at 780-496-4933.  Otherwise, you can create a new Neighbourhood Connections Financial Report (Budget) with the actual expense portion completed.  A 25% matching component is required for the Neighbourhood Connections Grant

Terms of Use and Right to Audit

The funds received shall not be intended or used for a purpose beyond the objectives outlined by this grant. The Applicant must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and manage its finances.

Projects must be completed within a 12-month time frame.