$52,945 in grants going to Victoria neighbourhood projects

A family picnic, free libraries in parks and community emergency kits are among the latest projects to receive money from the City of Victoria’s grants program for neighbourhoods.

A total of $52,945 in My Great Neighbourhood Grants will be distributed to 29 community projects and activities.

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The grants program awards money to projects that bring neighbours together and “create inviting, vibrant places for people to connect,” the city says.

Among the projects receiving support this year, the Fernwood neighbourhood will receive $1,000 for a health and wellness fair at École George Jay School, Oaklands will receive $1,000 for a family day picnic in Oswald Park and Burnside Gorge will get $815 to install a “little free library” in the Cecelia Cove park.

“The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program is an incredible opportunity for the city to support the creativity and innovation of city residents,” Mayor Lisa Helps said in a statement.

“These grants allow residents to innovate and lead projects that create a sense of community and help neighbours come together to create valuable experiences that increase a sense of connection and belonging.”

Since 2016, the city has handed out nearly $392,836 in neighbourhood grants to 129 projects.

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