Community Grants | Fall 2020

UTown@UBC Community Grants award up to $1000 for projects that foster community building and connectedness on campus or in the Musqueam community. 

Our grant program is in the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) network, a grassroot granting program through the Vancouver Foundation. We are glad to connect UBC to this extensive network of partners that serve neighbourhoods and regions across BC.


  • This grant is only open to students, faculty, staff at UBC Vancouver, or neighbourhood residents of Musqueam, University Neighbourhood Association (UNA) or Acadia Park.
  • Members of the UBC Okanagan community are not eligible for UTown@UBC grants due to location boundaries and can instead find an NSG program in their community


With the belief that small ideas can start a ripple to make big impacts, this grant is intended for small community-building projects — think of it like seed money for grass-root efforts. 

At this time, project must adhere to UBC and BC Government's public safety guidelines around COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines. Currently, this grant will not fund projects that bring people together for any in-person interactions.  

Project ideas should clearly fulfil these focus areas:

  • foster social vibrancy and interactions that help form new connections between the various community groups at UBC
  • facilitate greater community led-engagement, skill sharing and capacity-building
  • offer unique and fun opportunities for community members to learn about their community


Read about previously funded UTown@UBC grant projects. We have projects from as far back as 2016!

Check out NSG's collection of Stories From Next Door


  • Ensure you are eligible for the grant (see Who can Apply) and that your idea fulfils the intentions of this grant (see Eligible Projects). 
  • Read through the guidelines below to ensure your project idea is suitable for grant funding. 


  • Awarded funds must be used by February 28th, 2021. 
  • This grant cannot fund projects retroactively. Projects cannot start before the grant decision and applicants should ensure they plan their project start date with adequate time to recieve the grant decision. 
  • Participation in projects should be prioritized to members of UBC Vancouver, Musqueam, UNA and Acadia Park. Online participation can be open to outside communities only if spaces remain.
  • Projects have to provide free or low-barrier participation.
  • Applicants cannot profit financially from their projects. Fundraising projects with a strong community-building focus will be assessed for appropriateness.
  • Applicants may only recieve funding for one project per cycle. Past applicants from a different cycle can apply once the prior project and report are completed. Funding priority will  be given to new projects.
  • Activities of clubs and groups that serve primarily their membership are ineligible to be funded unless the community at large can participate.  
  • UBC staff and faculty: this grant is intended to fund projects that would not be funded by UBC administration; funds may not be used to replace or supplement UBC departmental funding.
  • A project may only be awarded a grant from UTown@UBC or NSG, and not both. Please wait until you hear back from one grant before applying for the other. 
  • Projects with multiple funding sources and/or secured sponsorships will not be considered. 
  • Funding may not be used for ongoing operational or core expenses, or equipment and furniture purchases.
  • Honorariums: This is a small fee paid to someone for their in-kind skills or knowledge contributions. The grant may be used to pay people for services or knowledge contributions up to a maximum total of $100 per project with the final amount decided by the selction committee.  
  • A report is due upon completion of each project and must include original receipts of all expenses.
  • Any unused funds must be returned to Campus and Community Planning at the end of the grant cycle. Instructions will be provided.


Applications open on September 22, 2020. Completed applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until December 10th, 2020, or until funding has been fully subscribed.

After you apply, your application will be reviewed by our Grant Selection Committee made up of past grant recipients and community members. Please allow for up to 10 business days to recieve a decision. 


We are here to help! Feel free to contact us at before applying to discuss your community grant project idea, the application process or any other questions.

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