Applications for the 2017 SPARKS! Neighbourhood Matching Fund and TreeME Matching Fund are now being accepted until February 28, 2017.
It all begins with a group of neighbours and an exciting idea! Londoners can develop ideas for their neighbourhoods and then apply for funding to initiate, manage and implement their projects.
In its seventh year, the SPARKS! Neighbourhood Matching Fund is a community grant that provides funding to improve and enhance neighbourhoods. Upon approval, the City will match volunteer time contributions, donated services and materials up to $5,000 per project.
In the last six years, 70 projects in 20 neighbourhoods have been funded. Projects have included; community celebrations and gatherings, neighbourhood banners and signs, art and cultural festivals, beautification and naturalization projects. With countless project possibilities, neighbourhoods are encouraged to be creative and have fun inventing projects to “spark” local neighbourhood pride.
The TreeME Matching Fund, now in its third year, provides funding to increase tree coverage across the city by funding tree planting initiatives on private property. In the last two years, more than 3,000 trees were planted across ten different neighbourhoods, including a second neighbourhood tree planting blitz in six new neighbourhoods.
“I encourage every neighbourhood to take a look at these two programs and see how the City can support your community building efforts,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “London is a city of unique neighbourhoods and programs like this help us work together to build strong, vibrant and thriving communities and a better city for all.”