WHATCOM — The Project Neighborly grant round of the Whatcom Community Foundation is now open, and applications will be taken to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

The goal is spark ideas about how we can all become better neighbors. The unusual grant is to provide resources to bring the ideas to life.

“Your enthusiasm for more neighborly communities, from the water to the mountains and between our international and county borders, combined with your energy and ingenuity, will result in more area residents being neighborly — kind, considerate and helpful — to everyone they meet,” the foundation says in promotion.

Although a wide variety of projects could fit these parameters, preference will be given to ideas that are actionable and relevant for Whatcom County that bring people together who may not typically interact. 

Answer these questions in an application: Does the project clearly identify a specific and relevant need, locale, and audience? Does it address who is involved, where the activities will happen, and why is it important? Does it bring diverse people together?

Review a list of past grantees on the community foundation website, and staff are willing to answer questions by phone at 360-671-6463 or via email.