Looking to gather the neighbours for a get-together with good eats, drinks and fun activities for the kids?
Good news, organizers.
In an effort to encourage fun and safe social gatherings, the city of Coquitlam has decided to double its block party grant for 2021 by way of the Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP).
The total one can now apply for is $300:
- $150 from the city's block party grant
- $150 matched through the CSRP
Up to 100 grants are set to be made available for 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis, the city explains.
The CSRP is a dedicated fund that supports residents, community organizations, business and others searching for some relief from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Block parties are one way residents can begin to recover the social and neighbourhood connections that may have waned during the pandemic," a city release states today (July 29), noting registered block parties can also receive free special event liability insurance.
Coquitlam adds it's encouraging interested applicants — if approved — to use the money for "top-up" expenses from local sources such as supplies, food, activities, or the hiring of a performer or children's entertainer.
Neighbourhood block parties can request road closures and the use of barricades if needed, amplified music must be silenced by 9 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
However, the city says they can't be held in a parked or rented venue or include vendors, food trucks or anything that requires a business license.
Coquitlam says all applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days before the planned party date.
For more information and criteria , you can visit the block party page on the city of Coquitlam's website.