Supporting small community projects that make a big difference

Community members pitch their ideas, people pitch in donations, the community votes, and the projects with the most votes get funded.  Doing good things together as a community. Thanks to the generosity of the community, all nineteen wonderful little community projects that applied for Project Impact 2024 have been funded! Read the full results here. Thank you to everyone who applied, voted and donated!  

Project Impact has now funded 67 community projects all around Greater Sudbury!


Here are all the wonderful projects being funded in Project Impact 2024

Read the results of the community vote here

Healthy Food for All (New Roots Collective)
Our project is a vegetable garden located in Wahnapitae where we will produce food for low-income, undeserved and underrepresented communities. We will also be donating some of the food to places that provide free food to individuals in need. Some of the food will also be sold at low cost to individuals that live in Wahnapitae because they do not have access to fresh food or farmer’s markets unless they drive to Sudbury.

Renewing garden beds at Minnow Lake Community Gardens -dog park site (Minnow Lake Community Gardens)
We need new wood to repair and rebuild garden beds at our thriving community garden. The garden beds will be built by garden members and community volunteers.

York Street Tot Lot Pollinator Garden (Katie Hahn and Christine Caveen)
Over the last three years, we have planned and prepared a small garden bed and planted a variety of native pollinator plants in the York Street Tot Lot.  Our project is to make family friendly interpretive signs, in French and English, with information on pollination, pollinators and native species, as well as I.D. signs for the native species we’ve planted.  Our goal is to expand this small pollinator garden over time.  In addition to being ecologically important, the creation of a pollinator habitat in the playground is a great way for children and their parents to connect to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens.

Herbology Garden – Learn to do by Doing (Sudbury 4-H Club & Westmount 4-H Club Community Garden)
The Herbology Garden will be situated within the Westmount 4-H Club Community Garden beside the cozy cedar greenhouse. We propose a space for all to connect hands-on with the earth, seeds, plants, and water. With a sensory perception approach and an approach called herbology, people can learn & play, relax & heal, and see the connections between seeds, plants, birds, rocks and trees. People of all ages can book the space to do activities led by volunteers, or drop by to do activities on their own.

Ollas! Saving water and growing more (Delki Dozzi Community Garden)
Delki Dozzi Garden Lead Nadine Law will deliver a hands-on workshop building garden ollas. The workshop will provide 10 Sudbury community gardens with the materials and expertise to trial ollas in their respective gardens. Ollas are an inexpensive way to significantly reduce water consumption and improve plant growth in raised garden beds.

Windows for Wildlife: A Bird-Safe Campus (Laurentian University Environmental Sustainability Committee)
Our project aims to reduce bird strikes against a portion of clear and reflective glass windows at the Vale Living With Lakes Centre. This will be done through artwork that follows bird-friendly design guidelines (no gap in the design greater than 2″” x 4″”). This art installation will be a mingling of art and science, bringing awareness to the importance of bird species and biodiversity. Anticipated outcomes include reduced bird strikes and increased campus biodiversity education. Ideally, the artwork will inspire similar projects across campus.

Free Little Art Gallery (Sarah Moreau)
Inspired by the beloved concept of free libraries, our project aims to revolutionize access to art through a simple yet powerful idea: Take a piece of art, leave a piece of art. Just like the cherished tradition of borrowing books, our free art gallery encourages individuals to explore a diverse array of artistic creations, from miniature prints and paintings to intricate jewelry and whimsical keychains. All mediums are not only welcomed but celebrated! Our mission is clear: to democratize art and spread joy far and wide. The gallery will be located in front of The Okalita (601 Kathleen Street), where there’s plenty of foot traffic and love for local art.

Manidoo Bineshii Dreams Plant Identification Project (Manidoo Bineshiinh)
This project is all about community connectivity. During this project you can help make plant markers for the Manidoo Bineshii Dreams garden and edible forest. We will take a tour through the edible forest to identify trees and get inspiration for the plant markers. We will learn the different names of plants in anishnaabemowin and any other languages each individual wishes to share. We will have deeper connection to ourselves, land, and each other by sharing our lived experiences.  You will also have an opportunity to add to the dream catcher dedicated to the every child matters movement and tie an orange ribbon with your personal message.

Azilda CAN Community Bird House Project (Azilda Community Action Network)
Our project will include multiple parts of our community. We are hoping to have the woodworkers union cut the wood for us to make 20 birdhouses. Volunteers will assemble the bird houses and then local families will paint them. CAN volunteers will then seal the wood from the elements and place the birdhouses around Azilda. This will hopefully bring some fun and colour to our community and a safe home for our small birds.

New Sudbury Historical Trail Fire and Ice Walk (New Sudbury West Community Action Network)
We will light up the New Sudbury Historical Trail with torches, lanterns and a bonfire, music, and more. We want to build community through an event and promote active living and trail use. We are considering partnering with a community group to provide a guided walk with a climate adaptation perspective.

Louis St. Community Beautification (Live Love Louder)
Our organization seeks to assist neighbourhoods in reclaiming shared living spaces with beautification efforts focused on replacing graffiti with murals and creating interactive games to promote active play. Our project will add pavement games and art, murals, and other beautification for the residents of Louis Street.

Junk Mail Reduction  (Canadian Federation of University Women Sudbury-Environment & Climate Change Interest Group)
Our Project hopes to enhance awareness of a little known Canada Post program.  By applying a red dot on a mailbox, Canada Post will no longer deliver unrequested or junk mail to an individual or community group mailbox. Short-lived paper products from trees have a higher carbon footprint  and junk mail adds 1 billion pounds of waste to landfills per year. We propose to present to one or more local CANs (Community Action Network) and give them the red dots to distribute.

Twin Forks greenhouse enhancements (Ward 8 Community Action Network)
Lopes Ltd donated a 16×20 greenhouse to the Twin Forks Community Garden in 2023. Our project is to build work and potting tables in the new greenhouse so we can start some programming. We want to make this greenhouse open to the community, including to other community groups working in local food security and other community gardens, who can use some of our space to start or grow plants. We envision a community gathering space that offers workshops and other learning opportunities which is a place to connect neighbours and the community, where people can come to lean how to grow food and connect with each other.

Camping Porta-Potties (Holland Marshall )
Using 19 litre plastic buckets, I will provide basic toilets for tent encampments. Eight bucket toilets that I made have already been put out by Go Give Project and are being used.  I would like to build ten more to fill this basic need at ten small encampments.

2 in 1 compost- water barrel (BBBF Indigenous-led)
At the Better Beginnings Better Futures Community Garden, we will build a raised water barrel stand with a built- in compost on the bottom. A mural will be painted on the water barrel. This project will be used as a teaching tool to teach community members how to use resources in an environmentally friendly manner.

WIL’s Giant Pumpkins (Whinnying In Life)
We will build 7 new raised garden beds at Whinnying In Life farm for group homes and special need daycares to plant and tend giant pumpkins in 2024. Participants will be encouraged to make a sign identifying their pumpkin patch. There will be a growing competition and everyone will be a a winner. 

Four Lakes Community Association Garden Box Replacement (Four Lakes Community Association)
Our project is to replace the three-level garden box at the Four Lakes Community Association welcome sign (at Desmarais & Frenchman Lake Rd).  The current beds are unsafe and cannot be used.  This will allow us to plant new flowers and beautify our garden boxes to showcase a warm and welcoming community.  

Birkdale & Camelot Tenant Association neighbourhood events (Birkdale Village & Camelot Drive Tenant Association)
We will organize events for around 200 families and hand out flyers so everyone is invited. This could include beautifying the community which can help mental health, community cooking classes, or other activities chosen by the community.  The little funds we had available for our neighbourhood activities was recently cut, so our Tenant Association needs resources to keep supporting our community with fun events, family activities, and opportunities to connect and learn together.

Peace Pole (Violet Lanthier)
I would like to erect a peace pole at an edible forest site and invite the public to its installation for a unifying ceremony and food to share to encourage people to talk to one another. The ceremony may include a sing a long … “We shall be known” may be sung once again.


Project Impact supports small community projects that make a big impact, and involves residents in positive change where they live. Projects are pitched, chosen and funded by the community.  To date, Project Impact has funded 67 community projects around Greater Sudbury.

Q: What is Project Impact?
A: Project Impact, led by the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, supports small community projects that make a big impact, and involves residents in positive change where they live.   Projects are pitched, chosen and funded by the community.

Q: How long has Project Impact been around?
A: Project Impact started in 2015. To date, Project Impact has supported 67 grassroots community projects. 

Q: How does Project Impact work?
A: Individuals, friends, neighbours, schools, or community groups  – ALL community members in Greater Sudbury – can fill out an application for a small community project that they would like to see implemented. Because Project Impact is all about community, the project ideas come from the community and a community vote decides which projects get funded.  The funds also come from donations from the community.

Q: Is my project eligible?
A: Project Impact supports many diverse community-led projects that benefit the community.  Your project may not be eligible if:  the project is situated outside of Greater Sudbury; you are a business or a large institution; the project has a private benefit versus a community benefit; your project/organization has values that run counter to the values and Mission of Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury.

Q: What kinds of projects have been chosen in the past?
A: There are so many different types of projects! They range from: student built birdhouses, planting milkweed for Monarch butterflies, water buggies for community festivals, bike exchanges, planting and harvesting native plants and sweetgrass, mural painting, community gardens, harm reduction, community building events, and much more!

Q: What is the budget for each project?
A: Each community chosen project can request a maximum funding of $500. Funds can be used for small stand-along projects, or for aspects of larger projects for which other resources have already been secured.

Q: How are projects selected?
A: Once applications have closed at the end of January, and applicants have been notified that their projects have been accepted, there will be a community celebration at the beginning of March where applicants present and showcase their projects. This is a great way to connect with community. Attendees will vote on what projects they would like to see supported (using a participatory budgeting model). Projects continue to be displayed at the library and online giving community members ~2 weeks to vote.  After voting closes, the number of votes are tallied to determine which projects will receive funding. The number of grants awarded will depend on the results of the vote, the funding required by the winning projects, as well as the total funds secured for Project Impact. Funds are given out in early April, and projects should be completed by November.

Q: What is Participatory Budgeting?
A: Participatory Budgeting is a community driven decision-making process using community funds. Residents of the community are encouraged to become engaged to decide together which projects will receive funding.

Thank you

Much thanks to everyone who applied to Project Impact  2024.  We are so happy to be able to fund all the applicants, with bonuses for the four projects with the most community votes. Thank you for making such a positive difference in the community!

Thank you to everyone who voted, donated, and came out to events.  Your generosity has made 19 small but mighty community projects possible, all around Greater Sudbury!

Thank you to all our donors big and small. Thank you to our Impact donors: Triple Impact Sponsor Sudbury Credit Union, Double Impact Sponsor Responsible Mining Solutions, Impact Sponsors The Nickel Refillery, Rachelle Niemela, Elaine Porter, and Frank Palkovitz

Thank you to the Sudbury Community Foundation.  Thanks to your partnership, charitable receipts were available for donations of $20 or more for Project Impact.

Thank you to the Greater Sudbury Library for hosting community voting, and the Project Impact results announcement.

Thank you to our perk donors: Bay’s Books, YES Theatre, Knowhere Public House, artist Lora Zombie, the Good Luck Store, Sudbury Indie Cinema, Click Fork, Amberhill Gallery, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Alicia Irwin, Lilly’s Glassery, Northern Wildflowers, artists Laura-Leigh Gillard and Wallace Gillard.

Thank you to Better Beginnings Better Futures Indigenous-led, Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, and Greater Sudbury Library for including celebrating the Project Impact results at our Earth Day Celebration.