Building Resilient Neighbourhoods: upcoming events

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods is excited to bring you news of a number of upcoming events and opportunities related to our activities.

BRN has released its free guide to using physical comedy to help build neighbourhood resilience.
The City of Victoria has announced substantial new grants for citizens and organizations to launch neighbourhood “placemaking” projects.
The Vic West Street Fest is happening this Sunday, June 12th.
BRN has received a grant from the City of Victoria to continue our neighbour-to-neighbour engagement activities.
Please read on for all the details and links!

Release of “Laughing Allowed! – A How-to Guide for Making a Physical Comedy Show to Build Neighbourhood Resilience”

It’s finally here! In the fall of 2014, a group of people in Victoria, Canada who shared both an interest in their neighbourhood and a quirky sense of humour were brought together to explore a question: Could they turn their experiences of the ups and downs of neighbourhood leadership, activism and volunteering into physical comedy sketches? Project participants were trained in theatre and physical comedy techniques over six weeks and collaboratively developed a show called Laughing Allowed! The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism. Click here to watch the show. And click here to download and print our newly released, complete do-it-yourself guide to developing your own show using physical comedy as a way to build neighbourhood resilience.


City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grant

Love your neighbourhood? Ever thought about how great it would be to have a community tool shed, parklet or community mural on your street?  Apply for a My Great Neighbourhood Grant and put up to $5,000 to work for your community!

The My Great Neighbourhood Fund supports citizen-initiated projects that leave a positive physical legacy in public spaces. Up to $5,000 is available for eligible applications which include, but is not limited to, not-for-profit organizations, schools and community centres.  The City will fund up to $5,000 to match the equivalent contribution the neighbourhood makes. The matching contribution can be a combination of volunteer labour, donated services, donated materials and other funds raised. Great Neighbourhood projects are intended to animate under-utilized community spaces and should be initiated by local residents to create gathering spots that bring people together.

If you’re a resident of Victoria, YOU can apply for funding by partnering with a local not-for-profit group! Please read our grant guidelines to review all of the eligibility criteria, and apply by midnight on July 24, 2016. Click here to learn more.

Vic West Street Fest 2016

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods helped found the Vic West Street Fest last year as part of the VIc West Resilient Neighbourhood Resource Table, and we’re thrilled that the group and event are continuing on their own!

On Sunday, June 12th, 2016, Harbour Road will be shut down and taken over for the day to celebrate the community of Victoria West via the second annual Vic West Street Fest! Building on the success of last year’s event, this community-centric celebration will include live music, shipyard tours, activities for children and families, food trucks, street hockey, and a local business fair.

The Vic West Street Fest is aimed at creating an event that highlights the diversity and talent within the Victoria West community. Whether you’re from the community, curious to learn more about Vic West, or you’d simply like to spend a day strolling along the Galloping Goose and checking out the shipyard…we hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, June 12th
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Harbour Rd

Click here for more info.

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Continues On!

The City of Victoria has provided BRN with a Strategic Plan Grant. We will be adding new modules and revising our popular Resilient Streets Toolkit, and helping convene a collaborative table of groups and organizations involved in building neighbour-to-neighbour connections in Victoria. More information to come soon!

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