Community Grant Application Presentations and Vote
For 2017, the decision-making will happen at the Community Grant Application Presentations and Vote, to be held at Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Drive) on February 18, 2017 at 1pm. At this event, applicants will present their funding requests to attendees. At the end of the presentations, Port Moody residents in attendance (including applicants) may cast one ballot for each grant range category:
- $1,000 or less;
- $1,001 to $2,500; and
- $2,501 to $5,000.
2017 Booklet of Grant Applications
Grants will be awarded based on the number of votes received by each community group in each category.
This event will be streamed live at www.portmoody.ca/watchlive.
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Bridging community engagement to action is one of Council’s core values. Participatory budgeting is a way to bridge that gap – it’s one more way in which the City is engaging community members in the decision-making process.
Participatory budgeting is a direct, democratic process which empowers residents to set priorities for the community, and make real decisions about real money. Participatory budgeting has been implemented, at varying levels, in municipalities around the world, with the common goal of engaging community members to make decisions about how specific public funds are allocated.
If you would like to learn more about participatory budgeting, please visit the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). PBP is a non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. PBP creates and supports participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. test
Applying for the Community Grant Program
Port Moody’s Community Grant Program provides financial assistance to community groups and non-profit organizations that contribute to the general interest and benefit of local residents and businesses. Each year in January, a community group or non-profit organization can apply for up to five-thousand dollars in funds and in-kind services. Interested community groups must fill out a grant application form and submit it by January 31 of each year. Please note, groups seeking funds for festivals or events are asked to apply for grants through the Festival and Special Event Assistance Program.
Council has decided to use a process called participatory budgeting to award funds through the Community Grant Program. Participatory budgeting shifts decision-making authority away from elected officials, and places this authority in the hands of residents. This means Port Moody residents will decide which groups will receive community grants.
Participatory budgeting info
Special Event Assistance Program