Fairfield's most famous stretch of blossoms, Moss street usually bursts into bloom in March. (ItkasanImages)

The City of Victoria is asking the public to pitch their ideas for a grant of $50,000 meant to enhance and enrich neighbourhood spaces.

The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is seeking proposals from Victoria residents with an idea for a project or activity that will enhance or enrich physical, social or virtual neighbourhood spaces in a way that encourages connection to self, nature or others.

The proposals could include art installations, community gardens, walk-in movie events, virtual music halls, or anything else designed to benefit neighbourhood spaces in Victoria.

Projects can be put forward by an individual, groups, or non-profit organizations. All projects must take place within the City of Victoria area. Community voting will determine the top projects for funding, and will occur in late summer / early fall.

The Steering Committee and City staff will co-host a series of online information session events for residents and organizations interested in submitting a proposal.

Those events are scheduled for two days: Thursday, June 24th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 to 11:30 am.

Learn more, RSVP for a learning event, and apply for Participatory Budgeting funding here.

Individuals or groups are invited to apply by 4 p.m. on July 25th.

“Participatory Budgeting is a very exciting process as it connects ideas from the community and direct community voting with a portion of our City budget”, said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

“The timing of Neighbourhood Spaces is more important than ever as we pull out of this pandemic and reimagine how to use neighbourhood spaces to reconnect.”

Neighbourhood Grant Information Sessions

Where: Online
When: Thursday, June 24th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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