The first ateliers/C of 2019 allowed our network of community groups to meet the people of La Pépinière | Espace collectif, a nonprofit dedicated to building more participative cities: specifically, developing urban spaces that can become public, collective spaces used by citizens and the community at large. La Pépinière showcased their new project, Vivace, which has launched a call for submissions for public initiatives in Montreal.
In addition to projects like the Gamelin gardins (at Émilie Gamelin) or the most well known Village au pied du courant, the workshop allowed us to discover that since it’s foundation in 2014, La Pépinière | Espace collectifs has accompanied citizens in the creation of more than 30 projects in Montreal and in the regions.
Wanting to see their practices and passion for community mobilizing spread even farther, the Vivace programme wants to make more links with the community by accompanying local change agents in creating new initiatives in their neighbourhoods.
Citizens, community groups and nonprofits are invited to submit their project ideas. Vivace will support 4 of these projects in getting started, from developing the initial plans all the way to implementation. This support includes training, an initial amount of funding to get going, and 8 resource people to support the project over an 8-12 month period. To know all the details of the program and to submit a project, you can consult the submission page here or the facebook page for the program.
If you have any questions, send an email to the coordinator, Laura Courbe, at firstname.lastname@example.org. But hussle up, because the first deadline is February 15th!