Micro-grants to create neighbourhood events like block parties and projects like pole painting.
WHAT ARE RESILIENT STREETS?
We can begin to make our communities more resilient by strengthening the connections and relationships between neighbours on a street, or in apartment or condominium buildings.
View and download our collection of inspiring examples and stories of neighbours connecting and doing projects together in streets and buildings in British Columbia and around the world.
Greater Victoria Region Resources
Beginning in May, we will be offering workshops, and micro-grants to the Greater Victoria region, to help support neighbours in kicking off community gatherings and projects. We will also offer larger grants to help communities replicate our Resilient Streets program.
To get early word on upcoming Resilient Streets orientation workshops, contact us or sign up to our mailing list.
City of Victoria Resources
Stay tuned or sign up to our mailing list for Resilient Streets resources specific to the City of Victoria.
BC Resilient Streets Pilot Communities
This year, we are fostering Resilient Streets across BC! Through the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund, we will be partnering with up to four BC communities to implement and adapt the Resilient Streets program in diverse contexts. To find out more about the Resilient Streets Pilot Communities grants available to support this, please click here.
“Our planning picnic last Sunday was a great success. We ended up painting all the poles on our street that same day. [...] One neighbour in her 70s showed up! So we brought out whatever paints we had from past household projects and a friend ran down to a hardware store for a couple primary colours and an off-tint – and voila!– Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Pole Painting)
I struggle with health challenges to do my own gardening, so it was just really heartening for me to see the offers of support, and assistance should I ever need it. It just has me feeling much– Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Shared Garden Project)
more connected with my fellow Vic Westians.
Even people who did not attend have been friendlier, as they now know our names and where we live. There are now more conversations on the street and less [invasive] ivy in the park. Garden produce is being shared and more greetings being called out as people drive or ride by. We're planning a bee-friendly garden to occupy an empty lot.”– Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Block Party)
“We had our first Food Buyers meeting today thanks to the $40 [Resilient Streets] grant. WOW, what started as ‘let’s buy organic food together to share costs’ exploded into a chicken coop, carpooling to support local farmers, pet sitting, seed and yard sharing, home-grown food swapping, street canning parties…. and the food buying group of course!”– Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Food Buying)
Before the program, neighbours [...] seldom reached out to talk. Now [...] we often get together for parties and help one another with projects and events. We support each other with house/pet sitting, sharing gardens/harvests, sharing tools, repairing equipment, figuring out how to vote and [more]. Transition Streets has transformed my street into the type of community that can deal with anything, good or bad.– Vic West Resilient Streets Champion (Transition Streets)