When plans to have a neighbourhood bbq were put on hold because of COVID-19 restrictions a North Delta neighbourhood came up with a virtual replacement. The Sunshine Hills Virtual Garden Show attracted 51 entrants and 85 entries, with support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Delta Foundation, with funding from the Vancouver Foundation..
Organizers had surveyed followers of their Facebook group and found that people were looking for a way to connect to their neighbours and community. With a neighbourhood grant for $500, people were invited through Facebook and The North Delta Reporter to send in pictures of their gardens.
With the grant and a few sponsors event organizers gave away over $800 in prizes, six to the youngest gardeners and 22 to the remainder.
From the Neighbourhood Small Grant, not only was this virtual event held to connect so many Sunshine Hills neighbours, some local businesses were supported through the purchase of gift cards and certificates, such as Spektra Reflections of Home, Pepperoni Café, LaBelle Fleur Floral Boutique, Potters Nursery, Art Knapp Plantland & Gifts, and The Home Depot.