Sustainability Grants

Sustainability Grants

The 2020 Sustainability Grants program encourages community participation in sustainable action while recognizing current and ongoing sustainability projects in Vernon.

  • Small grants between $500 and $1000 are available as an incentive to accelerate sustainability projects. Total annual grant funding of $3,000 (3-6 projects).
  • Projects should support, help achieve, or improve sustainability goals including: Ecosystem & Ecological Conservation, Energy Conservation & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, Local Food & Agriculture, Water Quality Protection & Conservation, Stewardship and Sustainability.



Review program guidelines below.

2020.07.27Submit grant application by July 27, 2020.*

2020.08.17Applicants will be notified of their application status following Council endorsement after August 17, 2020.

2021.06Grant recipients have until June 2021 to complete their respective projects and provide a short report.

Questions? Connect with Vernon Sustainability at 250-550-3634, or

*Thank you for those that applied to the grants program. The application in-take is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application status following Council endorsement.*

  • Residents of Vernon, youth and student groups from Vernon, and volunteer-based or non-profit neighbourhood/community organizations who are proposing to undertake a project that is located in and contribute to Vernon qualify. Incorporated, for-profit corporations do not qualify at this time.
  • Your project must be accessible and welcoming to all. You may not charge entrance fees or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations.
  • You may not profit financially from the project.
  • You must begin your project after the grant decision is made. Projects may occur continuously (e.g. building a demonstration garden for 3 months), or may be a single event (e.g. hosting an energy retrofit workshop). However, projects are not supported retroactively.
  • In the North Okanagan, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) is the lead agency in response to the community impact of the COVID-19 virus. The City continues to take its direction from the Province of B.C. and Government of Canada. All residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines and directives of BC's Provincial Health Officer, in helping to reduce the spread of the virus. You must account for and follow provincial safety and health orders for safe practices in your project idea, development, and plans. Visit for COVID-19 updates and information.
  • If your project is going to take place on a neighbourhood street or public spaces/parks, please ensure that projects follow all applicable municipal bylaws and obtain the appropriate authorization.
  • Budget wisely! When creating a project budget, you should determine the actual cost of items to be used, and think resourcefully about how to obtain materials through borrowing or sourcing donations. Grant Requests are expected to be under $1,000. Grant money may be used to source supplies, materials, honorariums (no more than $100 per project) to help with the project.
  • A short, final report must be provided once your project is complete. This will help provide information and recognition regarding your project achievements.
Example Projects
Ecosystem & Ecological Conservation
  • Organize and host workshops on ways to encourage and attract pollinators.
  • Organize and host workshops on building nesting boxes for barn swallows.
  • School/neighbourhood/community based habitat enhancement projects.
Energy Conservation & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
  • Host a reuse and repurpose clinic to help community members repair and/or learn how to repair existing items instead of throwing them away.
  • Organize and host workshops that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprints such as neighbourhood composting clinics to reduce or eliminate waste, awareness workshop about the use of renewable energy, and demonstrations of DIY energy retrofit projects.
  • Establish or expand a share or cooperative program that help share resources locally, such as a neighbourhood tools and equipment cooperative.
  • Workshop to improve/enhance an existing trail or pathway to help encourage alternative transportation with lower emissions.
Local Food & Agriculture
  • Organize and run workshops demonstrating ways to encourage and attract pollinators.
  • Build a demonstration garden or establish a community garden.
  • Establish or expand a program to reduce local food waste and help the efficient distribution of available produce (work with neighbourhoods to pick unused/unwanted fruits and vegetables, process as a group and share).
  • Establish a community accessible seed and/or seedling bank.
Water Quality Protection & Conservation
  • Build and install functional/demonstration rain barrels in community centers or gardens to reduce water consumption.
  • Organize and run a workshop on water conservation such as how to retrofit and update properties to be more waterwise.
  • Build and install an accessible demonstration rain garden.
Applications are evaluated on:
  • Applications are evaluated on:
    • How the proposed project supports, helps achieve, or improves the City’s sustainability goals including: Ecosystem & Ecological Conservation, Energy Conservation & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, Local Food & Agriculture, Water Quality Protection & Conservation, Stewardship and Sustainability;
    • Who the project would benefit; and
    • The overall impact of the project on the community.
  • Resource matching encouraged (in-kind or financial).
  • Submissions will be evaluated by staff to determine program qualifications and recipients will be recommended to council based on program requirements for endorsement.

Application Results (to be announced after August 17, 2020)

Project Reporting (details to be provided directly to successful applicants)