City announces winning submissions for the Better Neighbourhoods program

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City of Ottawa

The four winning submissions in the Better Neighbourhoods program were announced today —chosen from the over 40 submissions the Neighbourhood Connection Office (NCO) received in its first-ever call for applications to support these small-scale, community-driven projects.

The winning entries are:

  • Brewer Park Community Garden
  • Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre
  • Leslie Park Community Association
  • Vanier Community Association

These applications were selected based on a variety of criteria including innovation, strong volunteer commitment, and community considerations including potential benefits for a broad range of neighbourhood stakeholders.

"At the April 2012 Planning Summit, I discussed the need to set conditions to help residents improve the quality of life in their community," said Mayor Jim Watson. "The Better Neighbourhoods program is an excellent way in which the community and the City can work together to achieve these ends."

In October 2012, the NCO launched its Better Neighbourhoods program to assist urban and suburban communities who have identified projects that would address small inadequacies and contribute to a more liveable community experience.

NCO staff will begin working with the winning applicants in their selected neighbourhood starting in March 2013. Projects will receive up to $30,000. each in financial support from the City.

"I am extremely pleased with the number and quality of submissions for the Better Neighbourhoods program," said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee. "It is very exciting to see this initiative get off the ground and I'm looking forward to the successful implementation of these plans - bringing City planning and the community closer together."

Residents or community groups who are interested in applying for the 2014 Better Neighbourhoods program are encouraged to subscribe to the NCO e-Newsletter to receive notice of the application intake deadline and other related information of interest.