The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many in self-isolation out of respect for the health and safety of friends, family and neighbours.
With that, Coquitlam is currently pondering the question, how can the community be "safer, stronger or more connected?"
The city hopes the answer lies among its residents who, if successful, could get a financial boost through a new trio partnership for public grant funding.
Today (Sept. 29), the Neighbourhood Small Grants program (NSG) is being offered as an avenue to support small projects that are aimed to bring the community together, build stronger connections and, above all, tackle social isolation in a safe manner.
Up to $500 is up for grabs per approved grant — the minimum a qualifying application can receive is $50.
This is thanks to the city, Coquitlam Foundation and Vancouver Foundation, which has been heading the program since 1999 with other organizations across B.C.
"Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their project ideas," says Coquitlam Foundation executive director Carol Cahoon, noting possible ideas could involve teaching new skills, unique celebrations or sharing resources.
"Examples of past activities are posted on the NSG website and have included neighbourhood gatherings, online workshops and social events, gardening and composting projects, book and game exchanges, telephone calls to seniors, cooking and craft-making events, history projects and others."
A release states the NSG is for individuals or groups only and does not apply to businesses or registered organizations.
The funds are set to cover expenses like transportation, products and services.
The NSG application period starts tomorrow (Sept. 30) with a Nov. 15 deadline.
Cahoon adds another intake is scheduled for spring 2022.
For more information, interested residens are encouraged to visit the NSG program website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.