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May 17, 2017 Return to Headlines

Grants Available for Coquitlam Block Parties

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 17, 2017 – Want to get together with your neighbours this summer? Coquitlam residents planning block parties can apply to the City to receive a $150 grant and free insurance coverage.

The City is giving away grants in 2017 to encourage residents to plan block parties – fun social events that are a great way to meet neighbours, make new friends, enhance safety and awareness, and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year. 

A block party is a gathering of adjacent neighbours who want to connect and celebrate their community. Block parties can take place in a variety of locations, including on your street, on private property such as a common area or backyard, or in a park (rental fees apply for park bookings). The $150 grants may be used for food, activities, entertainment, equipment and venue rentals. 

To apply for a grant, block party organizers must fill out a free application at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties at least 15 days before their event. Criteria include:

  • Being a Coquitlam resident,
  • Hosting the block party in Coquitlam,
  • Providing the names of two neighbours who support the event and others who will be invited, and
  • Submitting a post-event evaluation and photo of the event.

To hold a block party on a City street, block party organizers must request a road closure  through the online application form (local and emergency road access must be maintained – free barricades will be provided). Approved applicants will also receive free special event liability insurance coverage.

The application form and complete details can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/blockparties.

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Media contact:
Matt Besuschko
Special Events Officer
604-927-6970
mbesuschko@coquitlam.ca