The George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program

THE GEORGE ROSS LEGACY STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

The George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program is a funding program created to help support hands‐on citizen stewardship activities by park partners in Metro Vancouver regional parks and greenways. The Program is funded by the interest from an endowment created from the generous $2.8 million bequest from Mr. George Ross, who loved trees and parks. This program is administered by the Pacific Parklands Foundation, a non-profit society established to support and enhance Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system.

READ MORE ABOUT THE GEORGE ROSS FUND

CATEGORIES OF FUNDING

There are two categories of funding:
1. Large grants: $5,000-$10,000

For incorporated regional park partners, as well as all park associations

2. Small grants: $2,500-$5,000

For unincorporated and incorporated regional park partners, including all park associations

WHO CAN APPLY

Regional park partners and non-profit organizations with current agreements with Metro Vancouver, and non-profit societies and community groups that are active in Metro Vancouver regional parks and greenways.

There are 8 park associations: Burnaby Lake Park Association; Boundary Bay Park Association; Campbell Valley Park Association; Colony Farm Park Association; Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association; Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society; Minnekhada Park Association; and Pacific Spirit Park Society.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE

  • Must occur in a Metro Vancouver regional park or greenway
  • Must be a stewardship activity that contributes to the improvement of the region’s ecological health through protecting, enhancing, or restoring natural resources, thus benefitting the regional park or greenway
  • Must be a one-off activity with a start and finish
  • If the activity is an event, it must be one-off and stewardship-focused or a component of a project
  • Applicants must contribute volunteers to the project
  • Applicants are not required to have additional funding sources for the project
  • Each group can only apply for a George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program grant once per calendar year

WHAT EXPENSES ARE ELIGIBLE

  • Contracted equipment or special expertise required in the field (i.e. biologist, restoration specialist, equipment operator) – service fee or honorarium
  • Supplies for stewardship-related events: specialized equipment, refreshments, gloves, eye protection, ponchos
  • Purchase of native plants, mulch, soil
  • Materials for stewardship projects such as wire for beaver control, materials for bird house or nesting platforms, bat boxes
  • Rental of bins for invasive species disposal, hauling of woody debris

WHAT EXPENSES ARE INELIGIBLE

  • Research projects intended for scientific purposes only
  • Ongoing activities or programs
  • Compensation for applicants’ or volunteers’ time or personal expenses
  • Retroactive funding for completed projects
  • Planning studies
  • Administration costs
  • Project supervision

HOW TO APPLY

Before completing the application, all project proposals must be pre-screened by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks staff.

Contact the Community Development Coordinator in your Area with a brief description that includes letter of inquiry that provides the following information:

  • Name of your organization
  • Funding category you’re applying for, and amount of your request
  • The regional park or greenway in which the project will occur, and the specific location
  • The nature and scope of the work you plan to achieve, and how it will benefit the site

The Community Development Coordinators are happy to answer your questions or provide more information.

WEST AREA CONTACT
Jennifer Swanston
Email Jennifer
Tel: 604.224.5739

CENTRAL AREA CONTACT
Trina Sakata
Email Trina
Tel: 604.520.6442

EAST AREA CONTACT
Jeff Rotin
Email Jeff
Tel: 604.530.4983

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Please check back in Late April 2017.

2017 GRANT DEADLINES

There will be one grant cycle in 2017, in the fall, for both Large and Small Grants. Please check back in late April 2017 for deadline dates.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a final report, including an expense report with receipts proving the expenditure of the total funds. A report template will be provided.

Project representatives are expected to attend Metro Vancouver’s annual Fall Parksfest event on the first Saturday of November or other Metro Vancouver events and may be asked to share their project story with other attendees.

All advertising, communication, and promotional material for your project should acknowledge the contribution of Pacific Parklands Foundation and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Logos will be provided.

FEEDBACK

This is the inaugural year of the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program. We welcome your feedback on the grant program or the application process. Please contact Jeff Rotin at jeff.rotin@metrovancouver.org or 604.530.4983 with any comments.

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