Salt Spring Foundation Announces 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants

The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of community belonging and responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity. First offered in the fall of 2018, the grants have supported many fun and creative events that have proved to be extremely popular.

Bard on the Ridge

This Eagle Ridge event brings neighbours of all ages together to perform a shortened version of one of Shakespeare’s plays through a staged reading with music. A dessert potluck follows the family event.

Canvasback Neighbours Barbecue

To be held in August, this event for the Canvasback Place neighbourhood will provide an opportunity for residents to meet, socialize and participate in discussions about emergency planning and preparedness.

Creative CoSSI

This creative skill-share series offers locals a chance to facilitate a “play-shop” in their chosen craft to a group of 15 people per session. Sessions may include working with indigo dye, leather work, macramé, tanning, fruit-tree propagation and dance.

Fort Street Fire Safety Awareness Barbecue

The Fort Street neighbourhood will be hosting a barbecue to raise the awareness of fire risk and assist in emergency planning. The event will also boost neighbourhood spirit by helping neighbours get to know each other.

Glitter Queens Summer Workshops

The Glitter Queens workshops are gatherings for girls aged 10 to 13 learn skills, trades and crafts from women in our community. The gatherings not only share inter-generational skills but enable girls to expand their experiences, build relationships and learn of the many options available to them.

Gulf Island Lakes Publication

This publication will be a compilation of five recent reports on freshwater quality data and lake ecology of the Southern Gulf Islands and will be made available to island residents at the Salt Spring Island Library. A book launch at the library will celebrate the volume’s completion and provide an opportunity to share this information with the public.

Non-Binary Family Picnic

To be held at Drummond Park, this picnic for families with gender non-conforming children will provide an opportunity to connect through fun and common ground, celebrating diversity while increasing the sense of belonging and connections between these families.

Salty Skippers

The Salty Skippers will be holding weekly double-dutch skipping sessions for fun and fitness at Salt Spring Elementary School. All community members are welcome to attend.

Sweat Lodge Dressmaking Workshop

This two-day sewing workshop led by experienced instructors will teach participants how to make a sweat lodge dress, a traditional costume worn by participants in a sweat lodge ceremony.

Park-Kanaka Block Watch Party

Residents of the Park-Kanaka neighbourhood will be holding a block party to bring neighbours together for food and information-sharing, featuring a specific focus on ways to ensure neighbourhood safety.

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Neighbourhood Small Grants 2019 project leaders along with SSI Foundation and SSI Community Services representatives meet to launch the new round of NSG.