Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund program opens: deadline for submissions is February 24, 2020.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

October 22nd, 2019



Burlington has a Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund (NCMF) with up to $10,000 available for each project.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 24, 2020.

Created to inspire residents to champion community-led projects, the goal of the NCMF is to improve neighbourhoods by creating a sense of belonging and community pride, while building meaningful connections.

Burlington residents, brought together by a common goal or neighbourhood boundaries, are encouraged to submit ideas that help make our City a better place to live and play. Inspired by the unique needs of residents and community groups, projects can increase walkability, promote beautification, encourage recreational activity, build social connections and improve safety or accessibility.

Anyone interested in applying for funds is encouraged to visit to learn more about the application process, guidelines and past projects.

Lakeshore ball park - matching grant winners

Griffen Gervais, second from the left, explains to his pals what has to be done to fix up the local ball park.

How the fund works
The NCMF provides up to $10,000 in city funding to support selected neighbourhood and community group led projects in Burlington. Approved projects receive up to 50 per cent of the funding for the project from the City. The neighbourhood or community group will match this funding with an equal contribution made up through any combination of volunteer hours, donated services, donated materials and supplies or other funds raised, such as cash donations.

Some very good projects have been funded using the NCMF program. There is a ball diamond that was in really rough shape next to Lakeshore Public school. Griffen Gervais and a bunch of his friends (with a lot of help from their parents) approached the city and got the funding they wanted.

Backstop Lakesh PS

It was a pretty rough looking ball diamond – Griffen Gervais and his buddies did the work needed to get city funding.

The program does work; the amount available has been increased and staff within Parks and Recreation come close to bending over backwards to make what people want to do possible.

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