MicroGrants for Neighbours

Applications will open March 15th and close April 15th, 2024.

The theme’s for this years applications are Connection, Climate & Sustainable Forestry, Literacy and Youth. We will be prioritising funding towards projects that focus on these categories. However, we will still be accepting all applications! 

The MicroGrants 4 Neighbours program gets small amounts of money (usually $50 to $500) directly into the hands of neighbours doing important things for the community. This program developed out of Cortes Literacy’s seed grant program in partnership with Folk University. Now, MicroGrants for Neighbours is run by the Cortes Island Community Foundation with support from the Cortes Community Health Association, the Neighbourhood Small Grants Island Network, and a jury of neighbours, both young and old, that ensure a wide diversity of projects are funded.

Less bureaucracy. More impact.

MicroGrants for Neighbours is designed to spark creativity within our community. In 2023 we were able to fund 13 different projects, which helped support childcare, encourage learning surrounding gender diversity and more! 

Please contact Isabella McKnight at microgrants@cortesfoundation.ca with any questions regarding the MicroGrants for Neighbours program.

Watch this video by Immanuel McKenty to learn more. 

Past MicroGrant Projects

2023 – Adventures in Leadership end of year kayak trip

2023 – Songwriters of Cortes

2023 – Song Circles

2023 – Cortes Skate Jam

2023 – Savoury Aisan Street Foods Cooking Class

2023 – Creative Critters 

2023 – Parents & Tots Enhancement

2023 – Gender Diversity Inclusion Workshop

2023 – Soul Moves Dance School

2023 – The Gold Hearth Homeschool

2023 – Bereavement Packages

2023 – Youth Improv