The Comox Valley Community Foundation has created a special fund specifically for non-profits struggling to help families during the COVID-19 health crisis. Stock image

Comox Valley Community Foundation announces Neighborhood Small Grants recipients

The Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) has announced a total of 20 projects that have been funded through the Spring Neighborhood Small Grants (NSG) program.

“The NSG program is based on a simple but powerful idea – when people feel a sense of connection and belonging in their neighbourhood, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place to live,” reads a CVCF press release.

Spring 2021 marked the second time the NSG program has been offered in the Comox Valley and the community response was outstanding.

“We were completely blown away by the number of applications and the creativity of the projects, all of which demonstrate the program’s guiding principle of strengthening the social fabric of our community through active engagement,” said Matt Beckett, CVCF’s president. “It was also great to see so many new project leaders submitting applications. Of the 20 approved applications, only one project leader had received a grant before.”

Many of the approved projects will take place outdoors, including the planting of pollinator plants in Cumberland and Comox, the creation of a community seed library in Cumberland and the establishment of a community cupboard for fruit and flowers in Courtenay. Several of the projects will be delivered online, including expressive arts, online engagement tools for seniors and a movement sequence.

The following is a detailed list of the recipients:

Spring 2021 Neighbourhood Small Grants Approved Projects – Comox Valley

Project Name

Description

Community

Salute To The Sun

An online movement sequence class.

Black Creek

Alley Way- Pollinator Pathway

Creation of a network of pollinator habitats in Cumberland through removal of invasive species and planting native pollinator plants.

Cumberland

Church Street Urban Pantry Weather Shelter

Building a shelter for the Church St. Urban Pantry to allow the community pantry to be accessible for more months of the year

Comox

Community Compassion Connection

Engaging students to create cards and art for long term care residents

Comox

Invasive Ivy Pulling in Town of Comox “The Ivy League Pullers”

Planning for fall Ivy Pulling events

Comox

I AM RESILIENT.

Gratitude journals for resilience for local youth

Comox

Little Acre Alley – Pollinator Pathway

Creation of a network of pollinator habitats in Cumberland through removal of invasive species and planting native pollinator plants.

Cumberland

Cumberland Community Pollinator Pathway Project

Creation of a network of pollinator habitats in Cumberland through planting native pollinator plants

Cumberland

Camp Rd Pollinator Project

Creation a network of pollinator habitats in Cumberland through planting native pollinator plants

Cumberland

Chicken TV

Creation of a public viewing window for neighbours to watch chickens as they way by

Cumberland

Community Snack and Bouquet Garden

Creation of a community cupboard for sharing of snacks and flower bouquet

Courtenay

Connection Through the Expressive Arts – “Sharing, Creating, Meditation, Grounding”

An online expressive arts workshop where participants will have the opportunity to do guided meditation, light movement, create art, do writing and share with others their experiences over the last year.

Cumberland

Butterfly Way Pollinator Project

Creating pollinator habitats in Comox through planting native pollinator plants and providing education

Comox

Dance Video Project

Bringing isolated dancers together, participants perform a section of a dance in their own home or outdoor space, the clips will be edited together for create one performance

Cumberland

Neighbourhood Care Package

Care packages to help neighbours connect without meeting in person. Care pack items are purchased from local businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic

Cumberland

The Burrow Community Homestead – free shelf and seed library

Creation of a seed library for neighbours to encourage neighbours to grow food

Cumberland

Online Engagement Tools

An online workshop to help seniors become familiar with online games and activities

Comox

The flowerman

Community connection event

Comox Valley

Steam Engine Community Garden

Creation of a community garden

Cumberland

Grow my goodness!

Community garden and educational videos

Courtenay

For further information, or to learn more about how you can make a lasting impact, please visit www.cvcfoundation.org or call 250-338-8444.

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