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Second chance to apply for Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant 

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:22 PDT, Wed September 23, 2020

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) has opened a second round applications for its Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program. 

Offered in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants provide funding of up to $500 so Richmond residents can carry out community projects. 

During the pandemic, the focus is on projects that ease social isolation, and facilitate the sharing of skills, ideas, and resources through online platforms.  

“COVID-19 has forced us to re-imagine how we come together as a community,” says Jocelyn Wong, general manager of RCRG. “Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants empower people to be creative in finding new, meaningful ways of connecting with one another.” 

Earlier this year, grants were awarded to a variety of projects.  

One applicant created booklets, featuring step-by-step instructions on how to do manicures and pedicures. She then mailed them to community members, along with supplies like nail clippers and nail polish remover. 

Another applicant—a pastry chef—filled jars with ingredients and a recipe for making cookies. Afterward, she delivered them to residents in her apartment building. 

“Projects must adhere to physical distancing guidelines, and we aren’t able to fund social gatherings,” says Wong. “But even with those limitations, there’s still a world of possibilities for fun, engaging project ideas.” 

Applications can be submitted online at neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca until Oct. 30.   

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is a registered charity that serves as a hub for volunteering and giving. RCRG is also a direct service provider, operating a Child Care Resource & Referral Centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund, and a variety of Seniors Community Support Services. www.rcrg.org.

Visit neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca to learn more.

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