Small Grants

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

SMALL GRANTS

Small Grants are any grants under $2,500.

For George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program grants over $2,500, please visit the Medium and Large Grants page.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Applicants can include community groups, elementary school groups, university students, ad
    hoc groups, as well as regional park partner organizations with current agreements with Metro
    Vancouver, and non-profit societies and incorporated and unincorporated community groups
    that are active in Metro Vancouver regional parks and greenways.
  • For any unregistered organizations, at least three applicants 19 years or older are required per
    project application. All three applicants are equally responsible for managing the project and the
    grant money.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE

  • Must occur in a Metro Vancouver regional park or greenway
  • Must be a stewardship activity or event 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
  • 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

EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS

  • Smaller planting projects of native species, such as trillium or erythronium
  • Stewardship conservation awareness, such as an event highlighting the negative impacts of harvesting nettles and mushrooms
  • Installing fencing to protect sensitive habitat

WHAT EXPENSES ARE ELIGIBLE

  • Purchase of native plants, mulch, soil
  • Printing of informational material for stewardship awareness event
  • Installations and displays that support stewardship messages
  • Supplies for stewardship-related events and activities: specialized equipment, gloves, eye protection, ponchos. Please note that in most cases, Metro Vancouver will provide work party supplies such as gloves, trowels and shovels
  • Refreshments for a work party or stewardship awareness event
  • Materials for stewardship projects such as wire for beaver control, materials for bird house or nesting platforms, bat boxes, fencing
  • Rental of bins for invasive species disposal, hauling of woody debris

WHAT EXPENSES ARE INELIGIBLE

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

HOW TO APPLY

You may apply any time of the year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on the availability of funds.

WEST AREA CONTACT
Theresa Harding
Email Theresa
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

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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.

Any 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.

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