Living City Grant

The deadline for Living City Grant applications is April 8, 2022.

As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability, the City of North Vancouver offers a Living City Grant.

This is an annual grant that provides funding opportunities for small-scale, community-based parks and environmental initiatives. A total of $15,000 in grants is available each year, with the majority of grants awarded in the range of $1,500 to $5,000.


Who Can Apply?

As stated in the Living City Grant Terms of Reference, eligibility includes registered not-for-profit societies; and unincorporated local community associations, groups, and service clubs. The Terms of Reference also lists projects which are not eligible for Living City Grants.

Past grant recipients have included initiatives in the following areas:

  • Energy conservation
  • Environmental protection and enhancement
  • Zero waste
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Urban agriculture
  • Water conservation
  • Education and awareness

Application Process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the City to discuss the suitability of their project prior to submitting their grant application:

Planning Assistant - Environmental Sustainability
Tel: 604-982-3942
Email: livingcitygrant@cnv.org

To apply, simply fill out the Living City Grant Application Form.

For your convenience, the Application Form is a fillable PDF. Here are the steps to complete the form:

  1. Open the PDF.
  2. Save it with another name (go to the File menu and select Save As).
  3. Fill in the form.
  4. Submit your completed form by this year's deadline, April 8, 2022, either by email to livingcitygrant@cnv.org or or by mail to:

    Living City Grant Program
    Planning – Environmental Sustainability
    City of North Vancouver
    141 West 14th Street
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1H9 

Note:

  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • LCGP funding cannot be awarded retroactively.
  • LCGP funding is not intended to provide core funding for ongoing programs.
  • The City reserves the right to request evidence of liability insurance if deemed necessary.
  • Playgrounds are not normally eligible for LCGP funding; such projects are funded through the Community Enhancement Fund (contact staff for details).

How Are Applications Evaluated?

Please review the Living City Grant Terms of Reference. All applications will be reviewed and prioritized according to the following criteria:

  • Innovative means to contribute to the social and environmental sustainability of the City
  • Clear project goals and objectives
  • Clear action plan, which is realistic and attainable in terms of timing and resources
  • Evidence of community support and inclusiveness
  • Evidence of an evaluation plan to measure project effectiveness
  • Evidence of financial need and fiscal responsibility
  • Willingness to work in collaboration with other City-related sustainability initiatives
  • Consistent with and supportive of the City's parks and environmental goals as presented in the Official Community Plan

Reporting Requirements

As stated in the Terms of Reference, funding recipients will be required to submit the following reports on the Living City Grant Reporting form, in this order:

  • Interim report (submitted 6 months after receiving initial funding) listing any program events and deliverables to date
  • Final report (submitted within 12 months of receiving funding)

Contact Info

Planning Assistant - Environmental Sustainability
Tel: 604-982-3942
Email: livingcitygrant@cnv.org



Past Award Recipients

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19, no grants were given in 2020.

Creekside Housing Co-operative

Creekside Housing Co-op is a 42-unit affordable housing complex which was built in 1985. Co-op members include seniors, persons with disabilities, families and single persons with low-medium incomes and housing costs are based on a percentage of the members' gross income. The organization is proposing a community garden project to promote community wellness, alleviate pandemic-induced social isolation, assist with neighbourhood beautification, and contribute to the City's environmental goals. They will be planting native plants to benefit local wildlife and pollinators, and to provide environmental stewardship education to participants. This will also be a multi-generational project which will provide an opportunity for co-op members of different ages - from seniors to teenagers - to work together. The project will teach youth basic gardening techniques while learning about environmental stewardship with the co-benefit of older generations being able to share their skills and connect with their neighbours.

Fresh Air Learning Society Vancouver

Fresh Air Learning was founded in 2010 and offers play-based nature programs for over 350 children ages 2-13 every year. Their mandate is to connect children to nature through play and hands-on learning. They are seeking grant funding to provide a free, nature-based playgroup program for parents and young children ages 2-6. The program would focus on natural environments in and around Heywood Park and would provide the opportunity for children to socialize and learn about the environments within the park. They would run three sessions of the class comprised of up to 12 children and their families, serving 36 families in the neighbourhood over the course of the summer. The purpose of the sessions would be to provide community and environmental connection after a year in which families have been socially isolated and to contribute to the stewardship of the park by having each class engage in restoration activities.

Larson Elementary School

Larson is a public elementary school providing instruction to approximately 490 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7. The project managers for the school garden project recently installed four garden beds on school property with the goal of providing hands-on gardening workshops for students. The project managers are also the Co-Chairs of the Parents Association of Larson School. They plan to partner with The Edible Garden Project which is an interactive educational program that brings students out of the classroom and into the garden to deliver the program. Students from all grades will participate in lessons from September to June that teach the cycles of food production from seed to soil.

North Shore Rain Garden Project

The North Shore Rain Garden Project is an initiative in SFU's Faculty of Environment. Launched in 2017, the North Shore Rain Garden Project aims to promote and expand the use of green infrastructure such as rain gardens in urban and residential environments. They are proposing a video project that will bring attention to Wagg Creek and encourage community conversation on what citizens can do to support the restoration of this creek. According to the North Shore Streamkeepers, Wagg Creek (lower Wagg) is one of the most polluted watersheds on the North Shore and restoration measures, including the installation of rain gardens in the watershed, are needed to benefit the creek and the ecosystems it supports. Some of the questions the film will explore include: What has led to this decline; what can be done to restore the creek; could rain gardens and other forms of green infrastructure play a role in this process; what can the community do? Can the fish return? The project also aims to bring the community together to form a positive vision of the future.

Ocean Ambassadors Canada

Ocean Ambassadors Canada is a registered charity that connects people with the ocean and engages them on the issue of plastic pollution. They are seeking support to offer a Zero Waste Coaching for Small Businesses program in the City of North Vancouver. The coaching program will support small businesses to decrease their use of single-use items, determine which single-use products are most sustainable for their businesses given the recycling systems in the City, increase recycling and food scraps diversion and move towards zero waste. Ocean Ambassadors has created a three page single-use item toolkit for small businesses and will meet with businesses owners to complete an informal audit of their recycling systems and single-use items. They will then suggest improvements, assist with purchasing options, and offer staff and customer training if a business is interested. Their goal is to help 20 small businesses in the City to move towards zero waste in 2021.

Roundabout Urban Gardens

Ruth and Erika lead the Roundabout Urban Gardens Project. They met in May of 2020 over their shared love of gardening, sustainability, and nature. Ruth is a co-founder of Cascadia Society for Social Working and has managed three roundabout gardens on Mahon Avenue for seven years. Through the conversion of unused public boulevard grass in Central Lonsdale to pollinator-friendly gardens, they plan to support local vulnerable populations with food donations in partnership with a non-profit, combat social isolation by enabling neighbours to connect through volunteering, inspire others to grow and share food, provide gardening skills development, and sequestering carbon in the soil. Through this project, they want to inspire others to emulate their model and to connect with each other to grow more food on boulevards, yards, or others' yards for those that don't have one.

Cascadia Society for Social Working

For over 19 years, the Cascadia Society for Social Working has hosted shared homes and community inclusion day programs for adults with special needs in the City of North Vancouver. Their programs offer a variety of educational, skill-building and cultural experiences, including a daily gardening workshop where community members participate in composting, seeding, weeding and harvesting activities. The Cascadia Society is seeking funding to install a rainwater collection system in each of their two gardens to collect rainwater from roofs on the property and supply water for drip irrigation lines in the gardens.

North Shore Neighbourhood House, Edible Garden Project

The Edible Garden Project was established by the North Shore Neighbourhood House after food security on the North Shore was identified as a key priority during extensive community and stakeholder consultation. Loutet Farm, an initiative of the Edible Garden Project, produces locally-grown food for the community and provides opportunities for residents to learn about urban agriculture. The Edible Garden Project is seeking funding to establish and maintain two honey bee hives at Loutet Farm after their bee colonies collapsed last season. The new bee hives will offer greater pollination and increased yields in their produce fields and serve as an educational tool for school visits, a workshop series and community events. The funds would be used for the materials required to establish the bee colonies and to support an expert beekeeper to conduct regular inspections of the hives.

Gerry’s Garden Society

Established in 2008, Gerry’s Garden is a half acre community garden that is volunteer created and run. The space was previously covered in concrete, weeds and invasive plants before Gerry MacPherson and volunteers began to transform the area into a vibrant social meeting space that includes benches, paths, trees and habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Gerry’s Garden has become a much loved asset to the community and is regularly visited by seniors, school children and residents alike. The Society is seeking funding to install shrubs, perennials and bedding plants to provide habitat for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and continue to beautify the area for visitors to enjoy.

Lower Lonsdale Community Gardens

For the past 35 years, Lower Lonsdale Community Gardens has provided green space for residents and visitors to enjoy, and affordable garden plots to enable residents of multifamily buildings in the Lower Lonsdale area to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The Gardens have been at their current location on the corner of St. George’s Avenue and East 2nd Street since 2004 and the garden plots are now in need of repair. Funding from the Living City Grant program would be used to contract a carpenter and for materials to repair and replace garden plot boards, signage and the shed roof. Labour for the project would be provided by member volunteers who are committed to improving the safety, aesthetics and function of the gardens.

Lookout Housing & Health Society

Since 1971, the Lookout Housing and Health Society has offered a range of housing options, community resources and health services to marginalized individuals in communities across Metro Vancouver. The North Shore Housing Centre provides emergency shelter beds, transitional housing units, weather response mats and an outreach team to serve as a “social safety-net” to community members in need. The proposal is for a peer-run program to monitor and clean up the areas surrounding Mosquito Creek near the Lookout property. Under the supervision of Lookout staff, guests and tenants would be provided with safety gear, supplies and training to pick up garbage, recycling and discarded clothing in the area, and be given small stipends to recognize their contributions of time and commitment.

Simon Fraser University, Pacific Water Research Centre

SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre in the Faculty of Environment has developed a community-based volunteer Rain Garden Design Advisory Panel as a key component of their work to address complex water issues through community-engaged research. The Panel works with the North Shore municipalities and community groups to support the creation of new rain garden projects. The project proposal is for the development of a rain garden within a parking lot at Capilano Mall, in collaboration with QuadReal Property Group and the City Engineering Department. The goals of the project are to support the ecology of Mackay Creek, provide a demonstration project for commercial property owners and engage the community in positive, practical and achievable environmental action. Funding from the Living City Grant would be used to produce a short demonstration video, host a public workshop and help support a project coordinator.

Boundary Elementary School

Inspired by participation in the Cool Routes to School Program, students of Boundary Elementary School want to start a Spring Walking and Wheeling Campaign called “Walk BC”. Boundary Elementary is located on the boundary of the City and District with a significant number of City students attending the school.  The school will work as a team to accumulate enough kilometers actively travelled to equal the length of British Columbia. Each day students will record the distance they walked or wheeled to and from school. Students in Nancy Dale’s Grade 4/5 class will regularly update and map the total distances travelled. The grand prize will be a school dance if the school can travel from White Rock to Fort Nelson (1570 km) in a month.

Gerry’s Garden Society

Established in 2008, Gerry’s Garden is a half acre community garden that is volunteer created and run. The space was previously covered in concrete, weeds and invasive plants before Gerry MacPherson and volunteers began to transform the space into a vibrant social meeting space that includes benches, paths, trees and habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Gerry’s Garden has become a much loved asset to the community and is regularly visited by seniors, school children and residents alike. The Society is seeking funding assistance for materials to rehabilitate garden beds and complete trail maintenance. 

Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council

Established in 1995, the Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council aims to raise funds to provide Ridgeway students with special programs, equipment and supplies they would not normally have access to.  The Council is seeking funding assistance to construct natural play and learning spaces to service the school and its growing community.  The project will emphasize natural learning and play spaces that will challenge and inspire a wide range of ages.  This project will also offer increased outdoor learning spaces and improve the aesthetics of the property. 

North Shore Community Garden Society

Established in 2008, the North Shore Community Garden Society’s purpose is to oversee the use and management of community gardens on the North Shore. The society currently operates six community gardens (3 in CNV and 3 in DNV) with more than 300 gardeners taking advantage of their plots. The Society is seeking funding assistance to purchase materials required to maintain pathways and public spaces within the City’s Charros and Queen Mary Community Gardens. The remainder of all funds for materials and labour for the path renewal project will come out of society funds. Both gardens are integral parts of their neighbourhoods and receive a high volume of foot traffic. The project will ensure safe access for mobility challenged gardeners and visitors, reduce water pooling, slow weed growth and provide easier pathways for wheelbarrows to move plants and garden refuse. 

Holy Trinity School

As part of a wider initiative to encourage students and parents to consider active transportation options, Holy Trinity Elementary School is seeking funding assistance to produce student designed notices or “reminder tickets” for parents dropping off their children to school. These tickets will allow volunteers to hand out information with tips and reminders to ensure students are safe within the school zone during arrival and dismissal. The tickets will function to reduce the volume of traffic around the school and ensure drop off zones are safer for those using active modes of transportation. The goal is to build a strong community, having parents and students working together to find ways to change behaviors and provide feedback in a non-confrontational manner. 

Larson School Parents Association

The Parents Association of Larson School is seeking funding for a multitude of projects encouraging sustainable transportation for students, staff and parents. The project includes a volunteer run carnival distributing information and bike safety prizes during Bike to School Week, the development and distribution of a best bike routes map to Larson School, a bike safety education seminar and installation of a covered bike rack on school grounds. This project aims to raise awareness for the benefits of active transportation, reduce the amount of local greenhouse gas emissions and increase knowledge of safe routes to school.

Fraser River Keeper

Founded in 2004, Fraser Riverkeeper is a registered Canadian charity that aims to promote water literacy and nurture a network of water leaders who will conserve, protect and advocate for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water and prosperous communities for generations to come. This project will provide training to youth to test water quality in the Mosquito Creek Watershed, through interactive workshops, field training and innovative digital tools. The ultimate goal of the project in year one is to create and develop a successful model for citizen water quality monitoring that can then be replicated throughout Metro Vancouver and eventually across the province.


North Shore Fruit Tree Project Society

Established in 2010, the North Shore Fruit Tree Project Society is a non-profit society that aims to reduce waste and provide nourishing food to those in need through harvesting fruit on the North Shore. The Society raises awareness of sustainable practices, encourages fruit tree picking within the community to maximize fruit tree yields, and provides fruit to local food banks and organizations. Every year, the Society has seen increases the numbers of volunteers, "picks" held, and volume of fruit picked and distributed to agencies including Salvation Army, Harvest Project, Lookout Shelter, NS Crisis Services and NS Hospice. In 2016, the number of picks increased by one-third and the volume of fruit picked doubled that of 2015. In anticipation of continued increases, the Society is seeking funding assistance to ease the pressure of stretched resources and to purchase of a second set of picking equipment.


Pacific Water Research Center, Simon Fraser University

Formed in 2015, the Pacific Water Research Centre adds value to ongoing and emerging research activities in SFU's Faculty of Environment. The focus of this project is to mobilize the community to learn about why and how rain gardens work to build flood resilience in residential, neighbourhood and community scales. The project proposed is a pilot that will inform a bigger initiative involving the three North Shore municipalities. This demonstration project would engage local citizens, local government, NGOs, university researchers and students in shared learning about the role of rain gardens in improving water quality and managing storm water. This pilot project will focus on learning through structured and interactive workshops and field site visits. This project aims to raise the awareness of the benefits of rain gardens and show residents how to access information and resources that will assist them in designing and constructing their own rain gardens.


BeeFriendly Native Bee Conservation Society

Established in 2012, the Beefriendly Native Bee Conservation Society aims to increase community awareness and education for the conservation of habitat and forage sources for the declining native bee species on the North Shore. Gerry’s Garden, located at East 14th Street and Rufus Avenue, is certified as a Wildlife Habitat space by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. This project is in response to arson in 2016, as well as, drought and winter conditions. It would include three parts: garden restructuring, installation of an irrigation system, planting, and replacement of the Beefriendly native bee hotel.


North Shore Table Matters

Table Matters is a network of local citizens, organizations, businesses, governments and schools working together to support food policy and food related development projects. This project will celebrate projects and people doing food systems work on the North Shore and to convene a community dialogue around diversity in its many forms: environmental diversity, indigenous foods and Reconciliation, socioeconomic diversity and poverty, and multicultural diversity – all under the banner/theme of ‘food’. This project aims to strengthen connections amongst organizations and individuals doing food related work on the North Shore, to energize and inspire people doing food related work and wanting to be involved, to enjoy and appreciate good food in good company, and to spark some new thinking/dialogue about diversity.

Affordable Housing Advisory Association

The Affordable Housing Advisory Association is establishing an organic vegetable garden on the roof of the parkade between the two Twin Towers buildings at 172 2nd St E, as part of their senior services program. The grant will be used to help purchase seeds, soil and other supplies, as well as to help prepare the garden plots for planting. The gardens will provide locally grown, fresh organic produce that will be available for tenants, and will also provide social benefits for seniors through the opportunity to work in and enjoy the garden.


North Shore Community Garden Society

The Queen Mary Community Garden officially opened in June 2010 and consists of 62 garden plots and other amenities, which are now in need of repair. The North Shore Community Garden Society will use the grant for supplies and labour to repair and replace garden plot boards, replace soil, install panels to prevent soil erosion, repair gates and compost bins, and re-paint the shed and picnic tables. These repairs will benefit the local community by helping improve the safety, aesthetics and function of the gardens, so community members can continue to grow their own produce and enjoy the sustainable community space.


Edible Garden Project

The Edible Garden Project (EGP) will be installing drip irrigation in five of their Sharing Gardens in the City, to increase water efficiency while continuing to grow fresh produce for those most in need in the community. EGP’s goal is to decrease water consumption in the vegetable gardens by 40 - 50% to reduce unnecessary water usage and prepare for anticipated water shortages. The grant will be used to develop and install the irrigation system, and also to develop, promote and provide public education and hands-on activities to increase awareness of water conservation and sustainability in the community.


Queen Mary Community School

The Queen Mary Green Team, a group of students supported by volunteer parents and teachers, has formed a Bike Club to help improve transportation safety around the school and support students in transitioning to more active modes of transportation to commute to school and around the community. The grant will be used to organize Bike to School Weeks in both the spring and fall, as well as towards transportation planning and data collection. The Green Team will also provide bike skills training workshops in connection with HASTE, and ensure the school has appropriate infrastructure to support bike use.

2021 Recipients

Note: due to the impact of COVID-19, no grants were given in 2020.

Creekside Housing Co-operative

Creekside Housing Co-op is a 42-unit affordable housing complex which was built in 1985. Co-op members include seniors, persons with disabilities, families and single persons with low-medium incomes and housing costs are based on a percentage of the members' gross income. The organization is proposing a community garden project to promote community wellness, alleviate pandemic-induced social isolation, assist with neighbourhood beautification, and contribute to the City's environmental goals. They will be planting native plants to benefit local wildlife and pollinators, and to provide environmental stewardship education to participants. This will also be a multi-generational project which will provide an opportunity for co-op members of different ages - from seniors to teenagers - to work together. The project will teach youth basic gardening techniques while learning about environmental stewardship with the co-benefit of older generations being able to share their skills and connect with their neighbours.

Fresh Air Learning Society Vancouver

Fresh Air Learning was founded in 2010 and offers play-based nature programs for over 350 children ages 2-13 every year. Their mandate is to connect children to nature through play and hands-on learning. They are seeking grant funding to provide a free, nature-based playgroup program for parents and young children ages 2-6. The program would focus on natural environments in and around Heywood Park and would provide the opportunity for children to socialize and learn about the environments within the park. They would run three sessions of the class comprised of up to 12 children and their families, serving 36 families in the neighbourhood over the course of the summer. The purpose of the sessions would be to provide community and environmental connection after a year in which families have been socially isolated and to contribute to the stewardship of the park by having each class engage in restoration activities.

Larson Elementary School

Larson is a public elementary school providing instruction to approximately 490 students from Kindergarten through Grade 7. The project managers for the school garden project recently installed four garden beds on school property with the goal of providing hands-on gardening workshops for students. The project managers are also the Co-Chairs of the Parents Association of Larson School. They plan to partner with The Edible Garden Project which is an interactive educational program that brings students out of the classroom and into the garden to deliver the program. Students from all grades will participate in lessons from September to June that teach the cycles of food production from seed to soil.

North Shore Rain Garden Project

The North Shore Rain Garden Project is an initiative in SFU's Faculty of Environment. Launched in 2017, the North Shore Rain Garden Project aims to promote and expand the use of green infrastructure such as rain gardens in urban and residential environments. They are proposing a video project that will bring attention to Wagg Creek and encourage community conversation on what citizens can do to support the restoration of this creek. According to the North Shore Streamkeepers, Wagg Creek (lower Wagg) is one of the most polluted watersheds on the North Shore and restoration measures, including the installation of rain gardens in the watershed, are needed to benefit the creek and the ecosystems it supports. Some of the questions the film will explore include: What has led to this decline; what can be done to restore the creek; could rain gardens and other forms of green infrastructure play a role in this process; what can the community do? Can the fish return? The project also aims to bring the community together to form a positive vision of the future.

Ocean Ambassadors Canada

Ocean Ambassadors Canada is a registered charity that connects people with the ocean and engages them on the issue of plastic pollution. They are seeking support to offer a Zero Waste Coaching for Small Businesses program in the City of North Vancouver. The coaching program will support small businesses to decrease their use of single-use items, determine which single-use products are most sustainable for their businesses given the recycling systems in the City, increase recycling and food scraps diversion and move towards zero waste. Ocean Ambassadors has created a three page single-use item toolkit for small businesses and will meet with businesses owners to complete an informal audit of their recycling systems and single-use items. They will then suggest improvements, assist with purchasing options, and offer staff and customer training if a business is interested. Their goal is to help 20 small businesses in the City to move towards zero waste in 2021.

Roundabout Urban Gardens

Ruth and Erika lead the Roundabout Urban Gardens Project. They met in May of 2020 over their shared love of gardening, sustainability, and nature. Ruth is a co-founder of Cascadia Society for Social Working and has managed three roundabout gardens on Mahon Avenue for seven years. Through the conversion of unused public boulevard grass in Central Lonsdale to pollinator-friendly gardens, they plan to support local vulnerable populations with food donations in partnership with a non-profit, combat social isolation by enabling neighbours to connect through volunteering, inspire others to grow and share food, provide gardening skills development, and sequestering carbon in the soil. Through this project, they want to inspire others to emulate their model and to connect with each other to grow more food on boulevards, yards, or others' yards for those that don't have one.

2019 Recipients

Cascadia Society for Social Working

For over 19 years, the Cascadia Society for Social Working has hosted shared homes and community inclusion day programs for adults with special needs in the City of North Vancouver. Their programs offer a variety of educational, skill-building and cultural experiences, including a daily gardening workshop where community members participate in composting, seeding, weeding and harvesting activities. The Cascadia Society is seeking funding to install a rainwater collection system in each of their two gardens to collect rainwater from roofs on the property and supply water for drip irrigation lines in the gardens.

North Shore Neighbourhood House, Edible Garden Project

The Edible Garden Project was established by the North Shore Neighbourhood House after food security on the North Shore was identified as a key priority during extensive community and stakeholder consultation. Loutet Farm, an initiative of the Edible Garden Project, produces locally-grown food for the community and provides opportunities for residents to learn about urban agriculture. The Edible Garden Project is seeking funding to establish and maintain two honey bee hives at Loutet Farm after their bee colonies collapsed last season. The new bee hives will offer greater pollination and increased yields in their produce fields and serve as an educational tool for school visits, a workshop series and community events. The funds would be used for the materials required to establish the bee colonies and to support an expert beekeeper to conduct regular inspections of the hives.

Gerry’s Garden Society

Established in 2008, Gerry’s Garden is a half acre community garden that is volunteer created and run. The space was previously covered in concrete, weeds and invasive plants before Gerry MacPherson and volunteers began to transform the area into a vibrant social meeting space that includes benches, paths, trees and habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Gerry’s Garden has become a much loved asset to the community and is regularly visited by seniors, school children and residents alike. The Society is seeking funding to install shrubs, perennials and bedding plants to provide habitat for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and continue to beautify the area for visitors to enjoy.

Lower Lonsdale Community Gardens

For the past 35 years, Lower Lonsdale Community Gardens has provided green space for residents and visitors to enjoy, and affordable garden plots to enable residents of multifamily buildings in the Lower Lonsdale area to grow their own fruit and vegetables. The Gardens have been at their current location on the corner of St. George’s Avenue and East 2nd Street since 2004 and the garden plots are now in need of repair. Funding from the Living City Grant program would be used to contract a carpenter and for materials to repair and replace garden plot boards, signage and the shed roof. Labour for the project would be provided by member volunteers who are committed to improving the safety, aesthetics and function of the gardens.

Lookout Housing & Health Society

Since 1971, the Lookout Housing and Health Society has offered a range of housing options, community resources and health services to marginalized individuals in communities across Metro Vancouver. The North Shore Housing Centre provides emergency shelter beds, transitional housing units, weather response mats and an outreach team to serve as a “social safety-net” to community members in need. The proposal is for a peer-run program to monitor and clean up the areas surrounding Mosquito Creek near the Lookout property. Under the supervision of Lookout staff, guests and tenants would be provided with safety gear, supplies and training to pick up garbage, recycling and discarded clothing in the area, and be given small stipends to recognize their contributions of time and commitment.

Simon Fraser University, Pacific Water Research Centre

SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre in the Faculty of Environment has developed a community-based volunteer Rain Garden Design Advisory Panel as a key component of their work to address complex water issues through community-engaged research. The Panel works with the North Shore municipalities and community groups to support the creation of new rain garden projects. The project proposal is for the development of a rain garden within a parking lot at Capilano Mall, in collaboration with QuadReal Property Group and the City Engineering Department. The goals of the project are to support the ecology of Mackay Creek, provide a demonstration project for commercial property owners and engage the community in positive, practical and achievable environmental action. Funding from the Living City Grant would be used to produce a short demonstration video, host a public workshop and help support a project coordinator.

2018 Recipients

Boundary Elementary School

Inspired by participation in the Cool Routes to School Program, students of Boundary Elementary School want to start a Spring Walking and Wheeling Campaign called “Walk BC”. Boundary Elementary is located on the boundary of the City and District with a significant number of City students attending the school.  The school will work as a team to accumulate enough kilometers actively travelled to equal the length of British Columbia. Each day students will record the distance they walked or wheeled to and from school. Students in Nancy Dale’s Grade 4/5 class will regularly update and map the total distances travelled. The grand prize will be a school dance if the school can travel from White Rock to Fort Nelson (1570 km) in a month.

Gerry’s Garden Society

Established in 2008, Gerry’s Garden is a half acre community garden that is volunteer created and run. The space was previously covered in concrete, weeds and invasive plants before Gerry MacPherson and volunteers began to transform the space into a vibrant social meeting space that includes benches, paths, trees and habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Gerry’s Garden has become a much loved asset to the community and is regularly visited by seniors, school children and residents alike. The Society is seeking funding assistance for materials to rehabilitate garden beds and complete trail maintenance. 

Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council

Established in 1995, the Ridgeway Parent Advisory Council aims to raise funds to provide Ridgeway students with special programs, equipment and supplies they would not normally have access to.  The Council is seeking funding assistance to construct natural play and learning spaces to service the school and its growing community.  The project will emphasize natural learning and play spaces that will challenge and inspire a wide range of ages.  This project will also offer increased outdoor learning spaces and improve the aesthetics of the property. 

North Shore Community Garden Society

Established in 2008, the North Shore Community Garden Society’s purpose is to oversee the use and management of community gardens on the North Shore. The society currently operates six community gardens (3 in CNV and 3 in DNV) with more than 300 gardeners taking advantage of their plots. The Society is seeking funding assistance to purchase materials required to maintain pathways and public spaces within the City’s Charros and Queen Mary Community Gardens. The remainder of all funds for materials and labour for the path renewal project will come out of society funds. Both gardens are integral parts of their neighbourhoods and receive a high volume of foot traffic. The project will ensure safe access for mobility challenged gardeners and visitors, reduce water pooling, slow weed growth and provide easier pathways for wheelbarrows to move plants and garden refuse. 

Holy Trinity School

As part of a wider initiative to encourage students and parents to consider active transportation options, Holy Trinity Elementary School is seeking funding assistance to produce student designed notices or “reminder tickets” for parents dropping off their children to school. These tickets will allow volunteers to hand out information with tips and reminders to ensure students are safe within the school zone during arrival and dismissal. The tickets will function to reduce the volume of traffic around the school and ensure drop off zones are safer for those using active modes of transportation. The goal is to build a strong community, having parents and students working together to find ways to change behaviors and provide feedback in a non-confrontational manner. 

Larson School Parents Association

The Parents Association of Larson School is seeking funding for a multitude of projects encouraging sustainable transportation for students, staff and parents. The project includes a volunteer run carnival distributing information and bike safety prizes during Bike to School Week, the development and distribution of a best bike routes map to Larson School, a bike safety education seminar and installation of a covered bike rack on school grounds. This project aims to raise awareness for the benefits of active transportation, reduce the amount of local greenhouse gas emissions and increase knowledge of safe routes to school.

2017 Recipients

Fraser River Keeper

Founded in 2004, Fraser Riverkeeper is a registered Canadian charity that aims to promote water literacy and nurture a network of water leaders who will conserve, protect and advocate for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water and prosperous communities for generations to come. This project will provide training to youth to test water quality in the Mosquito Creek Watershed, through interactive workshops, field training and innovative digital tools. The ultimate goal of the project in year one is to create and develop a successful model for citizen water quality monitoring that can then be replicated throughout Metro Vancouver and eventually across the province.


North Shore Fruit Tree Project Society

Established in 2010, the North Shore Fruit Tree Project Society is a non-profit society that aims to reduce waste and provide nourishing food to those in need through harvesting fruit on the North Shore. The Society raises awareness of sustainable practices, encourages fruit tree picking within the community to maximize fruit tree yields, and provides fruit to local food banks and organizations. Every year, the Society has seen increases the numbers of volunteers, "picks" held, and volume of fruit picked and distributed to agencies including Salvation Army, Harvest Project, Lookout Shelter, NS Crisis Services and NS Hospice. In 2016, the number of picks increased by one-third and the volume of fruit picked doubled that of 2015. In anticipation of continued increases, the Society is seeking funding assistance to ease the pressure of stretched resources and to purchase of a second set of picking equipment.


Pacific Water Research Center, Simon Fraser University

Formed in 2015, the Pacific Water Research Centre adds value to ongoing and emerging research activities in SFU's Faculty of Environment. The focus of this project is to mobilize the community to learn about why and how rain gardens work to build flood resilience in residential, neighbourhood and community scales. The project proposed is a pilot that will inform a bigger initiative involving the three North Shore municipalities. This demonstration project would engage local citizens, local government, NGOs, university researchers and students in shared learning about the role of rain gardens in improving water quality and managing storm water. This pilot project will focus on learning through structured and interactive workshops and field site visits. This project aims to raise the awareness of the benefits of rain gardens and show residents how to access information and resources that will assist them in designing and constructing their own rain gardens.


BeeFriendly Native Bee Conservation Society

Established in 2012, the Beefriendly Native Bee Conservation Society aims to increase community awareness and education for the conservation of habitat and forage sources for the declining native bee species on the North Shore. Gerry’s Garden, located at East 14th Street and Rufus Avenue, is certified as a Wildlife Habitat space by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. This project is in response to arson in 2016, as well as, drought and winter conditions. It would include three parts: garden restructuring, installation of an irrigation system, planting, and replacement of the Beefriendly native bee hotel.


North Shore Table Matters

Table Matters is a network of local citizens, organizations, businesses, governments and schools working together to support food policy and food related development projects. This project will celebrate projects and people doing food systems work on the North Shore and to convene a community dialogue around diversity in its many forms: environmental diversity, indigenous foods and Reconciliation, socioeconomic diversity and poverty, and multicultural diversity – all under the banner/theme of ‘food’. This project aims to strengthen connections amongst organizations and individuals doing food related work on the North Shore, to energize and inspire people doing food related work and wanting to be involved, to enjoy and appreciate good food in good company, and to spark some new thinking/dialogue about diversity.

2016 Recipients

Affordable Housing Advisory Association

The Affordable Housing Advisory Association is establishing an organic vegetable garden on the roof of the parkade between the two Twin Towers buildings at 172 2nd St E, as part of their senior services program. The grant will be used to help purchase seeds, soil and other supplies, as well as to help prepare the garden plots for planting. The gardens will provide locally grown, fresh organic produce that will be available for tenants, and will also provide social benefits for seniors through the opportunity to work in and enjoy the garden.


North Shore Community Garden Society

The Queen Mary Community Garden officially opened in June 2010 and consists of 62 garden plots and other amenities, which are now in need of repair. The North Shore Community Garden Society will use the grant for supplies and labour to repair and replace garden plot boards, replace soil, install panels to prevent soil erosion, repair gates and compost bins, and re-paint the shed and picnic tables. These repairs will benefit the local community by helping improve the safety, aesthetics and function of the gardens, so community members can continue to grow their own produce and enjoy the sustainable community space.


Edible Garden Project

The Edible Garden Project (EGP) will be installing drip irrigation in five of their Sharing Gardens in the City, to increase water efficiency while continuing to grow fresh produce for those most in need in the community. EGP’s goal is to decrease water consumption in the vegetable gardens by 40 - 50% to reduce unnecessary water usage and prepare for anticipated water shortages. The grant will be used to develop and install the irrigation system, and also to develop, promote and provide public education and hands-on activities to increase awareness of water conservation and sustainability in the community.


Queen Mary Community School

The Queen Mary Green Team, a group of students supported by volunteer parents and teachers, has formed a Bike Club to help improve transportation safety around the school and support students in transitioning to more active modes of transportation to commute to school and around the community. The grant will be used to organize Bike to School Weeks in both the spring and fall, as well as towards transportation planning and data collection. The Green Team will also provide bike skills training workshops in connection with HASTE, and ensure the school has appropriate infrastructure to support bike use.

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