What is the Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant?
The Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant is a new funding program under the Markham Environmental Sustainability Fund Program. The grant is designed to support and empower residents to undertake their own greenMarkham initiatives – in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work and in the community.
What is the purpose of the Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant?
The purpose of the Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant is to support resident-led sustainability projects, activities and events within Markham that increase environmental awareness.
Who can apply for a grant?
Any Markham resident can apply for a Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant. The application requires at least 2 applicants from different households who live in the City of Markham.
How old do I have to be to apply for a grant?
Youth-led or youth-centric projects are strongly encouraged but at least one applicant must be over 18 years old.
Can businesses apply for this grant?
No. For-profit organizations and businesses are not eligible to apply for the Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant.
How much money will I receive?
Small grants of up to a maximum $500 are available for Markham residents to develop greenMarkham projects, activities or events.
What kind of projects qualify?
Projects that receive funding will help achieve one or more of the following:
What are the requirements?
Are there past projects I can check out?
No. This is the first year for the Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant, but here are some project suggestions:
What are the budget considerations?
How do I apply?
Application Guidelines [PDF]
How are projects evaluated?
A City Staff committee will review and evaluate all applications each funding year and make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team. Recommendations, including grant amount and conditions are assessed through scoring and discussion.
Projects submitted for funding will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
How well does the proposal identify a need, propose a solution and clearly state the hypothesis in terms of levers of change and potential to measurably advance one or more of Markham’s sustainability goals?
Does the proposal offer a realistic plan for achieving its goals and objectives? Are the costs and timeframe reasonable?
Does the project involve those affected by the proposed work and increase the skills and assets of Markham residents, where possible?
How is the project inclusive and has the capacity to benefit all City of Markham residents?
Learning & Knowledge Transfer
What is the plan and willingness to share findings with neighbourhood organizations and members?
What happens after the project is completed?
Upon completion of the project and no later than 12 months from delivery of the funding, you are required to submit your project report.
Project Report must include:
Who can I contact if I have questions?
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your project.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.