A lot of the process involves finding out what matters to residents, and coming up with concrete ways to implement change. The ideas can start out as big picture thoughts, and develop into projects that are more specific and achievable within the program’s budget.
“We’ve heard from a lot of members of the community who are concerned about homeless individuals living in the neighbourhood, and how to better support them. With $100,000 we are certainly not going to solve the issue of homeless in the community, but we may be able to fund projects that will support homeless individuals. So, that might be one example of how we want to hear the ideas, and then get creative about how we can shape them into something that will have that impact in the community.” – Anthony Kupferschmidt, West End Seniors’ Network