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General News · 30th March 2021
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Micro-Grants for Neighbours
Apply now!
(If you need an extension please let me know by the deadline and I can arrange.)

What is it?
The Micro Grants for Neighbours Program (MGNP) helps community members realize their potential within a community and to help neighbours deepen their relationships to each other.
The Micro-Grants for Neighbours Program:

-Provides small grants ($50 to $1000) directly to neighbours with little bureaucracy
-Has operated for 10 years, starting as literacy-related grants
-Has expanded in 2021 thanks to contributions and support from the Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) & Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) & Strathcona Regional District (SRD)
-Awards grants for many kinds of activities that benefit the Cortes community & underserved individuals, this year there is a particular focus on health, wellness, arts, literacy, engagement, and youth.
Additional partners and support include: Decoda Literacy Solutions, the Strathcona Regional District, the Raise-a-Reader program & many neighbours,
-The grant awarding committee includes community decision makers representing a diverse-cross section of organizations/individuals and island young people.

Past grant recipient projects:
Dozens of these grants have been awarded to date, helping to fund activities such as:
-youth literacy and art after-school programming
-a series for seniors on diet and health by naturopathic doctor Maureen Williams;
-Cortes Island’s first multi-generational musical theatre series;
-Book clubs for parents, young adult books,
-All-age music theory and guitar classes;
-Inuit story-telling session with youth;
-Workshop on helping those with learning differences;
-Zoom recorders for CKTZ citizen journalists;
-Queer Cinema nights for LBTQ and their allies (first of its kind on Cortes)
-All-Age Game nights;
-Community supported dinner nights; and much, much more.

Small gifts, big changes
Micro-Grants are aimed at getting more people involved in the work of citizenship and community building. Research shows that volunteering leads to more engaged citizens that value community involvement and better understand community needs and community problem solving.i-iv The impacts of community involvement are even greater with youth who are more likely to avoid risky behaviours and experience psychological benefits and maintain a commitment to life-long citizen engagement and giving. “Happier people give more and giving makes people happier.”vi-vii

Creating the future generation of leaders
This year, the Micro Grant for Neighbours Program is particularly proud to be collaborating with the CCHA’s Teen Szene to offer empowering and relevant teen-led and teen-targeted projects on Cortes. Along with the youth representatives to help allocate funds, teens will also be encouraged to submit micro-grant proposals and supported to bring forth their own ideas.

Applying takes only minutes. Apply here:

If you need help. Just call Manda at 0111.