North Van student uses small grant to add big colour to neighbourhood

In between bouts of rain and hail, Sydnee Graham, a Grade 5 student at Seymour Heights Elementary, recently completed a project designed to add a pop of colour and cheerful messages to her community.

With the help of her parents, Graham, 10, cleaned out a section of prickle bushes near her house on Belloc Street in North Vancouver. With the section cleared out, she then decorated the fence with colourful art, quotes and an overall encouraging message of hope and resiliency for the neighbourhood.

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The $200-project was funded through the Neighbourhood Small Grants program, which has been rebranded the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant applications – which people can apply for in search of sums as low as $50 and up to $500 in order to help create a community-enhancing project – must now include how the applicant plans to implement strict physical distancing measures into their project.

Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants are administered in West Vancouver by the West Vancouver Foundation and, in North Vancouver, by North Shore Neighbourhood house.

Applications for small grants are open until July 1.

The organizations are aiming to respond to grant applicants within two weeks of their submission.

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