Sustainability Grants

The City of Vernon is committed to working towards a sustainable future. As part of the City's effort to meet the sustainability objectives in the Official Community Plan, the Sustainability Grants program is directed at encouraging and facilitating the introduction of low cost, achievable sustainability actions that contribute to Vernon’s resilient future. The overarching program goal is to create a culture of sustainability which grows from community history, addresses local and global challenges and reflects the community’s vision of how to grow and adapt into the future.

In 2022 on Earth Day, (April 22), the Sustainability Grants program seeks to encourage community participation in sustainable action, while recognizing current and ongoing sustainability projects in Vernon. In an effort to reinvigorate sustainable initiatives in the City, the Sustainability Grants program funding has been increased from $3,000 to a total $6,000, and will include separate spring and fall proposal intake periods. Grants up to $1,000 will be available as an incentive to accelerate sustainability projects led by Vernon residents, youth, non-profit organizations and community groups. 

Grant Eligibility Criteria

The scope of acceptable projects is broad, examples include:

  • Establishing or improving a neighbourhood community garden
  • Building educational or demonstration displays for conservation
  • Undertaking energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects

Applications will be evaluated on how the proposed projects help achieve the City’s sustainability goals, who the project would benefit, and the overall impact of the project on the community. Recommended projects will be reviewed and approved by City Council.

Deadlines

Applications for the Sustainability Grants will include two separate application periods in 2022: 

1st intake: April 22 - May 15

Selected grant recipients of the first application period will be announced after the May 30th Council meeting and will have until December 31, 2022, to complete their projects.

2nd intake: September 22 - October 24

Grant recipients of the second application period will be announced after the November 14th Council meeting and will have until June 1, 2023, to complete their projects.

How to Apply

apply online

Questions about the program can be directed to Jack Shipton, Environmental Planning Assistant, at sustainability@vernon.ca or call 250-550-3634.

Example Projects

Evaluation