Vision: Strong, sustainable community-based Neighbourhood Houses and organizations provide a crucial focus and support for community capacity building, development and change.

Mission: The Foundation encourages the development of the Neighbourhood House Movement in British Columbia by supporting projects of Neighbourhood Houses or championing the start-up phase for new Neighbourhood Houses.

What is a Neighbourhood House?

To qualify for funding from the Alexandra Foundation as a neighbourhood house, an organization must:

  • be a qualified donee of charitable funds as defined by Canada Revenue Agency;
  • be able to demonstrate that it operates by the values and principles of the neighbourhood house movement:
    • Is governed by an active community advisory group;
    • Demonstrates responsiveness to local culture and needs;
    • Welcomes, encourages and champions diversity in all facets of the organization;
    • Provides or intends to provide a welcoming “open-door” environment for neighbours to gather.

Three grant streams:

  1. New Neighbourhood House Initiatives
  2. Projects for Existing Neighbourhood House
  3. Small Time-Sensitive Urgent Grants

1. New Neighbourhood House Initiatives

The purpose of this grant is to support initiatives that are in the process of establishing, developing or building a new neighbourhood house in BC. The Foundation’s funding goal is to increase the number of neighbourhood houses in BC by providing funding support during the start-up phase. A new neighbourhood house may be:

  • a new organization or
  • a new program location within an existing organization.

Before applying, a new initiative must be able to demonstrate solid preliminary interest in and work on the development of the neighbourhood house such as:

  • An active working group
  • Partners who demonstrate support for the initiative
  • A survey of local residents indicating need and interest
  • An analysis of neighbourhood assets and gaps showing the need for this kind of amenity

Activities and costs may include:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Business plans
  • Startup salaries for leadership staff
  • Rental/lease of initial facilities
  • Capital costs including:
    • furnishings and equipment
    • leasehold improvements
    • renovations of existing facilities
    • land purchase
    • new construction

Grant maximums:

The maximum allowable grant in this category is $50,000 per year for a maximum of two consecutive years.

Where applicable, applications must include a plan for transitioning from Alexandra Foundation funding to another sustainable funding source.

Here is a link to a valuable resource known as the “Toolkit”.

Annual Submission Timelines Annual Approval Timelines
Apply before April 30 Grants approved by June 30
Apply before September 30 Grants approved by November 30

2. Projects for Existing Neighbourhood Houses

For this grant, the Foundation’s funding goal is to contribute to the continuance, development and expansion of neighbourhood houses and to help build capacity and improve infrastructure, including innovative programming. The purpose of this grant is to provide short-term support for projects of existing neighbourhood houses in BC. Where applicable, applications must include a plan for transitioning from Alexandra Foundation funding to another sustainable funding source.

Before applying, an existing neighbourhood house should ensure that the proposed project:

  • aligns with your own organization’s goals and
  • addresses a demonstrated need.

Activities and costs may include:

  • Soft costs like project staffing, administration or overhead
  • Consultation fees
  • Capital costs including:
    • furnishings and equipment
    • leasehold improvements
    • renovations or repair of existing facilities
    • land purchase
    • new construction

Ongoing program costs, staff positions, operating expenses will not be considered.

Grant maximums:

The maximum allowable grant in this category is $50,000 per year for a maximum of two consecutive years. Where applicable, applications must include a plan for transitioning from Alexandra Foundation funding to another suitable funding source.

Annual Submission Timelines Annual Approval Timelines
Apply before April 30 Grants approved by June 30
Apply before September 30 Grants approved by November 30

3. Small Time-Sensitive Urgent Grants

To apply for a grant in this category, you must:

Currently be in good standing as a qualified donee

  • Have been approved and received funding from the Foundation within the past five fiscal years.
  • Be in good standing (all reporting requirements submitted and approved)

The grant application process is simplified as follows:

Provide a written application explaining the nature of the emergency or other urgent situation. There is no specified format for this application but it should contain certain information. It should explain why the Foundation’s funding is required with supporting documentation such as:

  • the Applicant’s most current internal financial statements and audited financial statements;
  • board approval for the grant application;
  • third party support (estimate or quote), if applicable, to support the costs of the time sensitive project;
  • if the cost of the time-sensitive project is greater than the amount of the grant application to the Foundation, explain the sources of the other funding.

Grant maximums:

The maximum allowable grant in this category is $10,000.

A response will be provided as soon as possible, taking into consideration the urgency of the project.

Grant Application Procedure for New Neighbourhood House Initiatives or Projects for Existing Neighbourhood House

Annual Submission Timelines Annual Approval Timelines
Apply before April 30 Grants approved by June 30
Apply before September 30 Grants approved by November 30

Please use the forms provided to apply for funding. Your application will be reviewed at a scheduled meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors.

Please note that the Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses has limited funding and not all applications that meet the grant criteria will receive financial assistance.

Reporting Procedure for New Neighbourhood House Initiatives or Projects for Existing Neighbourhood House

Please use the forms provided for your report.

You must use the funds received from the Alexandra Foundation of Neighbourhood Houses only for the purpose for which they have been requested and granted. Any unused portion of the grant amount received should be reported to the Alexandra Foundation.

If there is any interruption on a project that has been granted, your organization must notify to the Alexandra Foundation immediately and request an extension.

For multi-year projects, you will provide an interim narrative and a budget report at the end of the first year. Once this report is reviewed and approved, the second year’s funding will be released.

A final report is due 90 days after the completion date of your approved project. This report will include:

  • a discussion of results and benefits you anticipated achieving in your application
  • a tabular report on outputs and outcomes as proposed in your application
  • a budget report for the full initiative, including explanations of variances from your proposed budget.

To be considered for a new grant, your organization must be in good standing with the Alexandra Foundation for Neighbourhood Houses, with no outstanding reports or funds owing.