Community Grant Fund

The PNE raises $10,000 each year to dedicate to growing community pride and providing opportunities for the Hastings Sunrise community to come together, learn, engage, and enjoy!

Hastings Sunrise Community non-profit organizations or recognized groups can apply to the Community Grant Fund to host a free, fun, and accessible event or program for the local community.

Previous applications have included programs and events such as learning or teaching programs (e.g. learn to knit, gardening tips, being sustainable in your home), educational events (e.g. nature or historical walks), neighbourhood beautification (e.g. planting roundabouts), and community events (e.g. an Easter Egg Hunt, bike to school/work day/s, a community BBQ, or a picnic in the park).

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2023 Community Grant Fund close on Sunday, May 28.

Congratulations to our 2023 Community Grant Fund recipients:

  • Hastings Community Association
    Putting on multiple free, seasonal family-friendly events such as Hastings Summer Fun, Easter, Breakfast with Santa, Family Day, and Halloween.
  • The Vancouver Learnary Society
    Expanding their ‘Curiosity Table’ to provide activities for folks of all ages to come and explore a new skill, hosted by community members who wish to share a specific skill with their neighbours.
  • Parker Street Neighbors
    Creating ‘Block Lobster’ – a community-building, inclusive and diverse family friendly neighbourhood gathering highlighting the diversity and talent within our own neighbourhood.
  • Akoma Vancouver
    Running a volunteer-led, not-for-profit, anti-racist monthly get-together for children of African heritage, with mentorship opportunities, cultural experiences, and a space for kids to connect and play with kids who look like them.
  • Sunrise Park Yoga
    Providing a low barrier/free yoga class in the heart of the community during Vancouver’s cold fall/winter months, building a community with neighbours by learning about movements and shapes to support long-term wellness.
  • Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation (VUFFF)
    Hosting a Neighbourhood Food Week in Hastings Sunrise – a celebration of food in community shared as a series of free workshops and events in parks, plazas, community centres and gardens.
  • Franklin Community School Association (FCSA) & Sir John Franklin PAC
    FCSA puts on the Franklin Family Picnic, offering a place for the community to gather socially, including those in need of support for the greater community for food and companionship. The PAC hosts the HOP, a family and friends gathering/dance party held in the school gym. The HOP is volunteer-led and organized and brings together families within our school community.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grant requests must be between $100 – $3,000
  • Your event or program must take place between July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
  • The program or event must take place in the Hastings Sunrise area or at Hastings Park
  • Only non-profit organizations or recognized local community groups within Hastings Sunrise can apply (no individuals or businesses)
  • The grant funds can be used to pay for programming/event expenses, equipment rentals, space rental, and promotion of the event or program. Funds shall not be used towards infrastructure upgrades, new builds, or ongoing maintenance
  • Recipients cannot financially benefit from the event or program (no fundraising)
  • The event or program cannot be political or religious in nature

Please note that applying does not automatically guarantee funding, or the full funding requested.

More Information

Grant Details 

The money for the PNE Community Grant Fund will be raised at Community Day in Playland where $10 from each regular priced ticket sold on that day goes towards the grant fund (to a maximum of $10,000).

The PNE will allocate either cash, or a subsidy (if the event is hosted at Hastings Park or a combination of both).

Selection Process

Following the application process, the Manager of Community Engagement at the PNE will review all applications. A survey will then be created stating only the event concept and location (organization/ group name will not be disclosed) which will be distributed to the PNE’s Community Advisory Group and a Neighbourhood Focus Group. These members will then provide their feedback on all of the applications via the survey.

The Manager of Community Engagement will then take the survey feedback and consider all others aspects of the application and make recommendations to the PNE Executive Management Committee who will review and make decisions. The PNE President and CEO will make the final decision on all of the successful applicants.


If you have any questions about the application process that are not answered here, please email